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The Greatest Female TV Role Models

List RulesStrong 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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    225
    The X-Files
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    298
    153
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    Topanga Lawrence

    Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
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    335
    141
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    469
    284
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    Olivia Benson

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 5
    423
    267

    Leslie Knope

    Parks and Recreation
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    339
    206
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    Kathryn Janeway

    Star Trek: Voyager
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    284
    154

    Nyota Uhura

    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • 8
    272
    157

    Brienne of Tarth

    Game of Thrones
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    242
    136
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    Laura Ingalls

    Little House on the Prairie
  • 10
    544
    419
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 11
    242
    171

    Jessica Fletcher

    Murder, She Wrote
  • 12
    266
    170

    Rebecca Katsopolis

    Full House
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    217
    123
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    Caroline Ingalls

    Little House on the Prairie
  • 14
    210
    130

    Lucy Ricardo

    I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour
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    207
    132
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    Jaime Sommers

    Bionic Woman
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    234
    116
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    Penelope Garcia

    Criminal Minds
  • 17
    192
    137

    Kara Thrace

    Battlestar Galactica
  • 18
    329
    263

    Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman
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    273
    168
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    295
    214

    Sophia Petrillo

    The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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    220
    182
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    Temperance "Bones" Brennan

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    191
    132
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    Henrietta Lange

    NCIS: Los Angeles
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    299
    290

    Mary Richards

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • 24
    265
    261

    Xena

    Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess
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    178
    150
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    Emma Swan

    Once Upon a Time
    "Sorry, the only one who saves me is me."-Emma
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