Quick, there are awesome women on TV and you need to watch them! These are my top eight women, plus several honorable mentions, in my TV watching life thus far. They're brilliant, y'all. I think you should get to know them.
Fandoms: All My Children, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Grey's Anatomy, Homicide: Life on the Street, Saving Grace, West Wing, Wire in the Blood
(seriously, it's important...)