Best Female Performance in a TV Show

The Top Ten

1 Gillian Anderson ( X-Files ) 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!

Always, she is so brillant and versitille And obviously beautiful and hot, what more can you ask for

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2 Emily Joyce (My Hero)
3 Jennifer Aniston ( Friends ) 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, ...read 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

4 Peta Wilson (La Femme Nikita) 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.

5 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.

6 Sophia Bush ( One Tree Hill ) Sophia Bush ( One Tree Hill )

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.

7 Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) 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?

8 Gena Davis ( Commander in Chief )
9 Lucille Ball (I Love Lucy) 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?

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I kissed Bill Holden!

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

10 Felicity Huffman ( Desperate Housewives )

The Contenders

11 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

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12 Jenna Fischer (The Office)
13 Lisa Kudrow (Friends) 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

14 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.

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15 Courteney Cox (Friends) 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.
16 Evangeline Lilly ( Lost )
17 Jessica Alba ( Dark Angel )
18 Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) 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

19 Kristin Kreuk ( Smallville ) Kristin Kreuk ( Smallville )
20 Bethany Joy Lenz ( One Tree Hill )

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

21 Mary Tyler Moore (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
22 Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ( Seinfeld ) Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ( Seinfeld )
23 Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
24 Lana Parrilla (Once Upon a Time)
25 Elizabeth Montgomery (Bewitched)

She is a treasure.

26 Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck)

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

27 Andrea Parker (Pretender)
28 Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)

Patrick Dempsey is not a woman!

29 Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives)
30 Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory) 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' ...read more.
31 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.

32 Alyssa Milano (Charmed) Alyssa Milano (Charmed)
33 Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show) 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).
34 Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place)
35 Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks)
36 Courtney Cox (Cougar Town)
37 Claire Danes (Homeland)
38 Naya Rivera (Glee) 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!

39 Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)
40 Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) 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.

41 Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars)
42 Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars)
43 Paola Andino (Every Witch Way) Paola Andino (Every Witch Way) Paola Nicole Andino is an American actress known for her lead role as Emma Alonso in the Nickelodeon series, Every Witch Way.

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

44 Jennifer Garner (Alias)
45 Betty White (Mama's Family) Betty White (Mama's Family) Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality.
46 Holly Marie Combs (Charmed)

She was my favorite and I think she's also the most talented actress in " Charmed ".

47 Lea Michele (Glee) Lea Michele (Glee)
48 Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars)
49 Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars)
50 Dianna Agron (Glee) Dianna Agron (Glee)
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