Female Characters The Greatest Female TV Role Models  

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List Rules Strong and admirable woman and girl characters in television

List of the greatest female TV role models. Here are the rankings for the best female characters for your daughter to look up to. The TV shows with great female role models span the decades, from black-and-white to digital film. They also span the style, from live action multi-camera sitcoms to cartoons. Who are some of the best female role models on TV?

You could make a pretty good case for Leslie Knope's passion, Liz Lemon's wit, and Rachel Green's attitude. Or, if people really want to talk about strong independent women, we have listed ladies like Susie Greene from "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Xena (the Warrior Princess). Some seem to think even Nancy Botwin from "Weeds" is a good female role model on television -- perhaps for her business sense. TV can make a difference in the culture, as shows can set standards and aspirations for young women, or men, with the remote control.
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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2
334 279
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

3
527 430
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

4
225 327
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
30 Rock

5
247 342
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

6
233 247
Victoria Barkley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added The Big Valley

7
223 235
Mary Beth Lacey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Cagney & Lacey

8
288 218
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

9
228 211
Carla Espinosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Scrubs

10
256 218
Maggie O'Connell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added Northern Exposure

11
206 216
Emma Peel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
lemonhead added The Avengers

12
140 320
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

13
362 249
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Parks and Recreation

14
205 216
Julia Sugarbaker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Designing Women

15
342 167
Kathryn Janeway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Star Trek: Voyager

16
204 181
Anita Van Buren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Law & Order

17
258 182
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Golden Girls

18
453 207
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The X-Files

19
158 280
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murphy Brown

20
181 192
C. J. Cregg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added The West Wing

21
172 186
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

22
127 250
Claire Beauchamp Randall Frase... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
mclewis added Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser Outlander

23
178 189
Lady Mary Crawley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Downton Abbey

24
192 178
Violet Crawley, Dowager Counte... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Downton Abbey

25
275 74
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added NCIS

26
249 151
Uhura is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series

27
275 84
Rebecca Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Full House

28
298 275
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Unlimited

29
197 177
Brenda Leigh Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

30
202 253
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Veronica Mars

31
284 69
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
JVall14 added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

32
82 197
Kate Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Family

33
225 75
Laura Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added Little House on the Prairie

34
100 177
Grace Van Owen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added L.A. Law

35
237 296
Daenerys Targaryen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Game of Thrones

36
197 68
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Criminal Minds

37
209 75
Caroline Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
MeganAnderson added

38
249 145
Jessica Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Murder, She Wrote

39
230 134
Cristina Yang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Grey's Anatomy

40
288 288
Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Gilmore Girls

41
185 154
Jennifer
LanaYoshii added Criminal Minds

42
178 93
Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
LaChance added Mike & Molly

43
209 118
Jaime Sommers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Bionic Woman

44
99 214
Ann Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added Ann Kelsey L.A. Law

45
148 185
Arya Stark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
intcat-eternal added Game of Thrones

46
181 161
Selina Meyer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models

47
266 296
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

48
31 21
Olivia Walton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
The Waltons

49
156 106
Margaret Houlihan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
phoebelouise added M*A*S*H

50
210 116
Brienne of Tarth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Female TV Role Models
Game of Thrones