As summer winds down, we’re getting ready for the fall TV season and both the return of our favorite shows as well as the promise of some new ones. Entertainment Weekly just listed the top 22 TV characters that kick a**. And guess what? Half of them are women. Some are cops (book ’em, Danno!), some have shades of gray (hello, Nikita!) — mess with any of ’em at your own risk this fall.
Check the EW Gallery for the complete list and make sure to support these awesome femmes when their series’ premier in September.
Kono (Grace Park), Hawaii Five-0
Sure, the tropical locale helps, but Kono and her fellow cops always make crime fighting look good, whether as a team and on their own
Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), Castle
Yes, she may have a soft spot for a certain writer but Det. Kate Beckett is one tough cookie who always gets her guy. She may have been down at the end of last season but we’re sure she won’t stay that way
Ziva David (Coté de Pablo), NCIS
Becoming an American citizen won’t do a thing to infringe on this former Israeli Mossad agent’s ability to take you out
Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh), Eve French (Minka Kelly), Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor), Charlie’s Angels
If they’re anything like their ’70s counterparts, these crime fighting angels will prove that fashion, heels, and kicking butt actually do mix
Sarah Bartowski (Yvonne Strahovski), Chuck
Fighting alongside her man and protecting him at the same time is all in a day’s work for this CIA agent.
Nikita (Maggie Q), Nikita
Nikita knows it takes more than just a strong will to bring down Division.
Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Fringe
Who else could have their lives messed with the way Olivia has and still come out swinging?
Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), NCIS: Los Angeles
She can more than hold her own with the boys, heading off to the rescue, ready to kick more butt.
Jane Timoney (Maria Bello), Prime Suspect
Well, we know she can take a punch and it seems she can take on the jerks in her department, too.
Some of our all-time favorite female TV characters in this category? How about Jennifer Garner in Alias or Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Who are your favorite TV heroines?