Best Female Performance in a TV Show

The Top Ten

1 Gillian Anderson ( X-Files ) Gillian Leigh Anderson is an American-British film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer.

Gillian did such a great job as Special Agent Scully in The X-Files. Great Job, Gillian Anderson!

The Best of the best! She was phenomenal!

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

2 Emily Joyce (My Hero)
3 Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) Crystal Marie Reed is an American Actress and Model, she was born february, 6 1985 in Detroit. She is best known for her role as Allison Argent in MTV's supernatural drama series Teen Wolf and as Sofia Falcone in the superhero television series Gotham.
4 Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress, dancer and model, known for her role as Hanna Marin on the mystery-thriller television series Pretty Little Liars.
5 Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) Millie Bobby Brown is an English actress and model. She is known for her breakout role as Jane "Eleven" Ives in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things.
6 Shannen 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. - RdrTech

clever, strong willed, sexy

7 Phoebe Tonkin (The Originals) Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin is an Australian actress and model. She is best known for portraying Cleo Sertori in H2O: Just Add Water, Fiona Maxwell in Tomorrow, When the War Began, Faye Chamberlain in The Secret Circle, and Hayley Marshall in the CW TV series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series more.
8 Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf) Shelley Catherine Hennig is an American model and actress. She is also a beauty pageant titleholder who held the Miss Teen USA 2004 title.
9 Madelaine Petsch (Riverdale)
10 Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives)

The Contenders

11 Jennifer Aniston (Friends) Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of Greek actor John Aniston and American actress Nancy Dow, Aniston gained worldwide recognition for portraying Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom Friends, a role which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, more.

I find her charming, cute, funny and sexy as hell!

But hey, where is Phoebe? - mesh13

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

12 Peta 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.

13 Lucy 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.

14 Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) Sophia Anna Bush is an American actress, director, spokesperson, and activist. She starred as Brooke Davis in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill. She had major film roles in John Tucker Must Die, The Hitcher, and The Narrows.

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! - xxxAshleyxxx

And Anna Paquin in True Blood.

15 Marcia 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?

16 Gena Davis (Commander in Chief)
17 Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy)

Lucy was a true comedic genius. She deserves to be much higher on this list than she is. - tarot_contralto

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.

18 Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives)
19 Jenna Fischer (The Office)
20 Lauren 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. - hannah_337


21 Lisa 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.

Funny sexy AWESOME -K Kelso

22 Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time)

The Queen is dead. Long live the Evil Queen!

Love her acting in once opon a time she brought the character to like and made us all feel that she was feeling 100 things at a time

23 Courteney Cox (Friends) Courteney Bass Cox is an American actress, producer and director. She is best identified for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination.
24 Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) Nina Dobrev (born January 9, 1989) is a Bulgarian-Canadian actress and model, best known for her role as Elena Gilbert on The CW's supernatural drama series The Vampire Diaries (2009-2015, 2017). She also portrayed Mia Jones on the drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2006-2009).

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

25 Evangeline Lilly (Lost)
26 Jessica Alba (Dark Angel)
27 Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
28 Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars)
29 Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) Kristin Laura Kreuk is a Canadian actress. Debuting on Canadian teen drama Edgemont, she became most known for her roles as Lana Lang in the superhero television series Smallville, and as Catherine Chandler in The CW sci-fi series Beauty & the Beast.
30 Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill)

she deserves to be higher up than this! shes probably the best actress on the show. - bbzxox

31 Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
32 Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Seinfeld)
33 Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched)

She is a treasure.

34 Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck)

Yvonne Strahovski is a great actress she playes Sarah walker on chuck. She is amazing.

35 Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory) Kaley Christine Cuoco is an American actress, known for her roles as Bridget Hennessy in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules, Billie Jenkins in the final season of the supernatural drama series Charmed, and Penny in the CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory for which she won a Satellite Award in 2012, a Critics' more.
36 Andrea Parker (Pretender)
37 Naya Rivera (Glee) Naya Rivera Dorsey is an American actress and singer, known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox's musical comedy-drama television series Glee.

Full of emotion and fun. Gives the audience some hilarious and touching moments!

38 Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Sarah Michelle Gellar is an American actress, producer and entrepreneur. After being spotted by an agent at the age of four in New York City, she made her acting debut in the made-for-TV movie An Invasion of Privacy.

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.

39 Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls)

Really difficult to say who's the most talented actress on this show but my preference leans towards Beth Behrs for some reasons.

40 Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur and author. She rose to prominence starring as Emily Fields in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars.
41 Alyssa Milano (Charmed) Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, activist, producer and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.
42 Jojo Siwa (Dance Moms)
43 Lili Reinhart (Riverdale)
44 Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show) Suzanne Pleshette (January 31, 1937 – January 19, 2008) was an American actress and voice actress. After beginning her career in the theatre, she began appearing in films in the late 1950s and later appeared in prominent films such as Rome Adventure (1962) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).
45 Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place)
46 Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in Wild at Heart, Of Mice and Men, Boxing Helena and the television sitcom more.
47 Courtney Cox (Cougar Town)
48 Claire Danes (Homeland)
49 Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)
50 Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) Sasha Pieterse-Sheaffer is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She is Best Known for Playing The Role of Alison DiLaurentis in The Freeform Series Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017) and its Spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (since 2019)
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