Top 10 Female TV Characters of the Past 10 Years

by Ramona Barckert

It's List Time Again!

A few months back, everyone weighed in with their Top 10 Best Female Characters in Film in the Past 10 Years (1998-2008). Now, it's time to talk about our favorites from TV. Here's my personal best to get us started:

10. Zoe Washburne (Firefly)

9. Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos)

8. Sydney Bristow (Alias)

7. Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

6. Laura Roslin (Battlestar Galactica)

5. Elaine Benis (Seinfeld)

4. Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)

3. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)

2. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (Battlestar Galactica)

1. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Now it's your turn! Post your Top 10 and I'll tally the results for next month. Good listing!


  1. Oh fun! Okay - these gals are all #1 in my book - but well Lucy Lawless is Xena after all!

    1. Lucy Lawless - Xena “Xena Warrior Princess”

    2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Elaine Benes “Seinfeld”

    3. Tina Fey - Liz Lemon - “30-Rock”

    4. Sarah Jessica Parker – Carrie Bradshaw “Sex and the City”

    5. Mariska Hargitay – Det. Oliva Benson “Law and Order: SVU”

    6. Patricia Arquette – Alison Dubois “Medium”

    7. Edie Falco – Carmela Soprano “The Sopranos”

    8. Jennifer Aniston – Rachel Green - “Friends”

    9. Julie Kavner – Marge Simpson “The Simpsons”

    10. Sarah Michelle Gellar – Buffy Summers - “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”

  2. Veronica Mars and Buffy would definitely top my list! Agree with Olivia Bensen on LAW AND ORDER: SVU too. Would add Dr. Elizabeth Weir from STARGATE: ATLANTIS. I also loved Gabrielle on Xena and find Penny on THE BIG BANG THEORY to be a load of fun.

  3. 1. Buffy
    2. Nikita (La Femme Nikita)
    3. Sarah Conner (The Sarah Conner Chronicles)
    4. Jordan (Crossing Jordan)
    5. Detective Olive Benson (Law and Order SVU)
    6. Dana Scully (X-files)
    7. Sydney Bristow (Alias)
    8. River Tam (Firefly)
    9. Claire Bennet (Heroes)
    10. Nurse Carol Hathaway (ER)

  4. My additions: Temperance Brennan on Bones and Detective Reece on Life.

  5. These are not in order.

    1. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
    2. Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
    3. Dana Scully (X-Files)
    4. Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
    5. Tammy Taylor (Friday Night Lights)
    6. Edwina Monsoon (Absolutely Fabulous)
    7. Miranda Bailey (Grey's Anatomy)
    8. Pam Beesly (The Office)
    9. Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)
    10. Susan Walker (Coupling)

  6. Great additions! I also forgot to mention Agent Ros Myers from Spooks (BBC) :D

  7. Is it too early to vote for the next decade? Cause Nurse Jackie has my vote!

  8. Ha! I still haven't seen it yet - but it's on Rogers on Demand so I'll catch up just you wait Miss Sarah!

  9. Dr. Cuddy - House
    Roz and Daphne - Frasier
    Det. Benson - L&O SVU
    Cheryl David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Elaine Benes - Seinfeld
    Debra Barone - Everybody Loves Raymond

  10. Ooo - more fun! I watch a lot of British TV, which you'll see reflected in my list:

    1 - Rev. Geraldine Granger - The Vicar of Dibley
    2 - Jane Tennison - Prime Suspect
    3 - Kahlan Amnell - Legend of the Seeker
    4 - Lacey Burrows - Corner Gas (Canadian TV comedy)
    5 - Lois Griffin - The Family Guy
    6 - Patsy Stone - Ab Fab
    7 - Peggy Hill - King of the Hill
    8 - Roz Myers - Spooks (MI-5)
    9 - Sookie Stackhouse - True Blood
    10 - Xena - Xena Warrior Princess

  11. your numbers 3 and 4 are my 1st and 2nd!

    3.pam from the office
    4. the publicist from Entourage

    I can only think of 4 sorry

  12. Great lists!

    Hmmm... not in order.

    1. Liz Lemon--30 Rock

    2. Sydney from Alias

    3. Robin Scherbatsky (How I Met Your Mother)

    4. Lily Aldrin (How I Met...)

    5. Buffy

    6. Phoebe (Friends--though I do love Rachel too!)

    7. Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus--New Adventures of Old Christine)

    8. Marge Simpson (do animated characters count?)

    9. Fiona Glenanne (Burn Notice)

    10. Pam Beasley (The Office)


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