Best Female Performance in a TV Show

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The Top Ten

Gillian Anderson ( X-Files )
Gillian did such a great job as Special Agent Scully in The X-Files. Great Job, Gillian Anderson!
Just great!
These looks... this laugh... WOW
Always, she is so brillant and versitille And obviously beautiful and hot, what more can you ask for

2Emily Joyce (My Hero)

3Jennifer Aniston ( Friends )
I find her charming, cute, funny and sexy as hell!

But hey, where is Phoebe?


she is my favourite actress and she is my cousin I love her so much

4Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita)
I was torn between voting for Lucille Ball and Peta Wilson, but LFN was such a favourite of mine during my late teens. The drama and complexity of the show and Nikita's evolution was great to watch.

5Lucy Lawless (Xena)
Princess fighter, character brave woman super kick, shoot, rotate and taekwondo jumping.
Xena is princes and good fighter kick shoot, jump his and special warrior woman.
Xena is beautiful woman, excellent figter woman, good speed and body show. Super hair and excellent costeem, big dance kicking.

6Sophia Bush ( One Tree Hill )
And Anna Paquin in True Blood.
So beautiful. Was the character I looked through for inspiration through my teen years. She is a real girl, with a real body. She has battled and gone through a lot. Great role model.
Heck Yes best show ever best character ever!


7Gena Davis ( Commander in Chief )

8Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives)
The perfect character... I can't even describe how beautifully marcia cross played bree... Desperate housewives would have been nothing without Bree!
cmon who doesn't like Bree?

9Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy)
Lucy was a true comedic genius. She deserves to be much higher on this list than she is.


1%, What's wrong with you people? Maybe you should take your eyes off your cell phone and watch I Love Lucy once?

I kissed Bill Holden!

I used to watch this with my Grandma, and I still watch.

10Felicity Huffman ( Desperate Housewives )

The Contenders

11Lauren Graham ( Gilmore Girls )
She's brilliant I love GG I watch it every morning before and after school Lauren plays the part so well it's like shes my best friend
Everytime I watch her in Gilmore Girls it feels like I'm coming home and I'm with friends. She has great comic timing too.



12Jenna Fischer (The Office)

13Shannen Doherty ( Charmed )
Voted because she's my favorite on this list but Holly Marie Combs was better than her. Critics repeatedly called Holly "the only good thing about this show. "
She is such a great actress and her character on the show is so interesting! I'm one of the greatest fans of Shannen Doherty.
One of the reasons I got hooked on the show.


14Courteney Cox (Friends)

15Lisa Kudrow (Friends)
Phoebe is my favourite character of all time, and Lisa Kudrow really deserved the Emmy she won and she should have won another one.

16Evangeline Lilly ( Lost )

17Jessica Alba ( Dark Angel )

18Kristin Kreuk ( Smallville )

19Bethany Joy Lenz ( One Tree Hill )
she deserves to be higher up than this! shes probably the best actress on the show.


20Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)

21Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries)
No way is Nina 22nd. She played three different characters in one episode. Played two characters for 5 seasons. If that's not the best female performance, then I don't know what is

22Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ( Seinfeld )

23Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)

24Andrea Parker (Pretender)

25Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)
Patrick Dempsey is not a woman!

26Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives)

27Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched)

28Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck)
Yvonne Strahovski is a great actress she playes Sarah walker on chuck. She is amazing.

29Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time)

30Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory)

31Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show)

32Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place)

33Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks)

34Courtney Cox (Cougar Town)

35Claire Danes (Homeland)

36Naya Rivera (Glee)
Full of emotion and fun. Gives the audience some hilarious and touching moments!

37Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)

38Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Buffy is the most badass female character I've ever seen! I personally prefer Willow but there's no denying that SMG's portrayal of Buffy is iconic!
I find her absolutely amazing in this role.

39Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars)

40Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars)

41Paola Andino (Every Witch Way)
Paola Andino is doing so good at playing Emma Alonso on her show Every Witch Way.

42Jennifer Garner (Alias)

43Betty White (Mama's Family)

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Updated Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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