8 Powerful Women Characters on TV ...


It seems like the only shows on are reality shows, and it's pretty hard to find a strong, female role model on something like Jersey Shore.

Yeah, okay, I love reality TV, but I miss really strong female characters.

So, I came up with 8 powerful women characters on TV – some of them recent and some of them not so much, but all of them admirable – to me at least – in a number of ways.

1. Clair Huxtable

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The Cosby Show hasn't been on the air for years, but Clair Huxtable is my all time, number one favorite character.

Lawyer, mother, lover, friend – she is all things to all women.

Yeah, it was a TV show, and yeah, there were some pretty cheesy messages, but what was realistic was Phylicia Rashad's portrayal of what it was like dealing with all those kids while holding down a professional career and keeping up the romance with a husband who was often like a sixth kid.2

2. Temperance Brennan/Bones

Temperance Brennan/Bones

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Bones is proof that even if you're not ready for marriage, children, or a relationship – and even if you don't want one – you can be successful.

She is proof, too, that there are no limits for women anymore.

We can be anything.

We can even discover things we have no business discovering from just glancing at human remains!

3. Lisa Cuddy

Lisa Cuddy

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Lisa Cuddy is another strong, successful woman who does things her own way.

She might have simultaneously horrible and awesome taste in men, but she also oversees an entire hospital – and she's a single mom.

She didn't take no for an answer with her career, her family plan, or her boyfriend.

4. Brenda Leigh

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Brenda Leigh is the character Kyra Sedgewick plays on β€œThe Closer.” She is just awesome.

Gorgeous – yet gorgeous in a real way – funny, brilliant, and successful – but she has problems too, so you're never left thinking her life is perfect.

She just copes with the imperfections.

Gemma Teller Morrow
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