The Top Six Badass Television Women

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Mary-Louise Parker (Nancy on “Weeds”)

There are so many badass aspects to this woman, it’s hard to know where to start. Not only did she suffer a traumatic, terrible loss in her life at the beginning of the first season, but she seems to keep suffering traumatic, terrible losses for the entirety of this show’s duration. This doesn’t stop her from doing her absolute best to keep her family together and trucking through. Although her choices are somewhat questionable at times (ok, most of the time) there is no denying that she never gives up. The most admirable part of Nancy is that regardless of what her family members do, she sticks by their sides, particularly her sons. I mean, one of her sons murders someone (spoiler-sorry.) and she doesn’t disown him. On the contrary, she packs up her family and helps him escape. I think we all kind of hope our mom would do the same for us.

Elizabeth Perkins (Celia on “Weeds”)

Yeah, she is definitely sort of a bitch, but God, it’s so deliciously entertaining. One could always count on Celia to say the things that everyone else was too scared to say. And, really, what’s better than that? She never seemed to care how mean she was coming across, just that she got out what she wanted to get out. All meanness of her character aside, that is something really special. Not to mention, she also goes through a good deal of crap (cancer, a cheating husband, a cocaine addiction, etc…) and still manages to bounce back every single time, with the authority of a queen.

Jessica Lange (multiple characters on “American Horror Story”)

No matter which season of AHS, Jessica Lange is always always a badass. Every time she walks out onto the screen, in any of the seasons and situations, she just had this essence of domination and control all women yearn for. The best part about her is that it seems so effortless, as if she was born on a thrown and plans on remaining there. She rarely ever has to raise her voice; people listen no matter what. And that’s what makes her so awe-inspiring.

Sarah Paulson (multiple characters on “American Horror Story”)

The best thing about her is that all of the characters she plays can come across a little timid and shy, but turn out to be anything but. Her sweet, softspoken demeanor is part of her weapon. She often appears almost harmless, so when she turns around and puts up a fight, it catches everyone off guard. She maintains a niceness and warmth, but simultaneously possesses great strength and resilience. It’s not easy to have both, but she does it.

Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori on “The Walking Dead”)

People either really hate this character or really love her, but there is no denying that everyone should respect her. Lori was like the modern day Lady Macbeth, willing to do anything, and I mean anything, in order to stick by her husband. She definitely made some very questionable and concerning decisions, but most of the time it was in order to stand by her man and her son. At the same time, she was pretty sexy and knew it and used it. What a bad bitch.

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Mariska Hargitay (Olivia on “Law and Order:SVU”)

I think we all secretly want Detective Olivia Benson to come save us and kick someone’s ass for us. She can be both a badass cop and a caring confidant at the same time. She gets out there and fights, not only because it’s her job, but because she actually cares about helping people. One of the best parts about her character is that she has been through some of what her victims go through and possesses understanding on a level that most can’t. Also, she beats the shit out of bad guys and looks really hot doing it.

Kaitlyn Seabury | News Cult