Television’s Best High School Girls–Part 2

As long as there’s been high school shows, there’s been engaging, interesting and downright entertaining female characters that propel the shows into must-watch territory. Let’s face it, this isn’t a genre that lets the guys have all the fun. Next month will see the return of One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Glee and The Vampire Diaries; shows driven by their exceptionally talented female casts, so lets look at the 20 most exceptional females television has given us over the decades: Numbers 10-1

#10 Kelly Taylor (Beverly Hills 90210)

How can I not mention the first quintessential California dream girl? This spoiled mall princess may have began the series as a popular pot stirrer but over the show’s 10 seasons developed into a sympathetic character anyone would be proud to call a friend.

#9 Effy Stonem/Mini McGuiness (Skins)

Two for the price of one, these troubled characters from across the pond have a lot in common. Aside from both being incredibly beautiful, they’re also seriously messed up with complex problems that go deeper than the typical “insecure mean girl” further proving the UK just does it better.

#8 Faye Chamberlain (The Secret Circle)

Talk about a killer witch. Not much stands out about this witchcraft-centric Vampire Diaries retread but the show’s saving grace definitely comes in the form of witchy bad girl, Faye Chamberlain. She’s so captivating, we’re willing to forgive the fact a girl who was born and raised in Washington mysteriously has an Australian accent.

#7 Summer Roberts (The OC)

If there ever was a definition for “valley girl” it’s Orange County’s Summer Roberts. Sure she’s essentially a walking punch line but there is something so sweet and genuine about her, audiences couldn’t help but fall in love with Seth Cohen’s unattainable dream girl.

#6 Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

She saved the world…a lot. The eternal vampire slayer managed to attend class, save the world from the brink of destruction on a regular basis and looked damn good doing it. And you thought you had problems.

#5 Katherine Pierce (The Vampire Diaries)

Okay, so this is a bit of  a cheat but doppelganger of a high school student sort of counts right? Kat is by far the most volatile person listed, ready to put a knife (or sink her teeth) into anyone who stands in her way, because at the end of the day Katherine Pierce only cares about one thing and that’s Katherine Pierce.

#4 Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)

Part Sherlock, part Gilmore Girl, this spunky teen sleuth is certainly the snarkiest female on my list. Her penchant for lightning fast quips and saving the day has made her a stand-out favourite even despite her show’s criminally short run.

#3  Santana Lopez (Glee)

Rachel may have the voice and Brittany may have the blissfully dim one-liners but when it comes to sheer awesomeness, no one can touch this fiery cheerio. The reigning Queen of Lima Heights Adjacent, Santana can cut any opponent down to size with  a swift death glare or pitch-perfect insult and we wouldn’t have her any other way.

#2 Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

It’s not every day one finds a TV character that’s both a deliciously conniving, teenage schemer and the moral centre of the show. This princess (soon literally) of the Upper East Side has been Gossip Girl’s runaway favourite since episode one and it’s no surprise thanks to her endless wardrobe, snarky quips and hidden vulnerability.

#1 Brooke Davis (One Tree Hill)

After following Tree Hill’s resident It Girl for nine years, is there any high school character on television more fully-formed than the one-and-only B.Davis? The cheer captain may have began Dawson’s Creek 2.0 as a trampy pot stirrer but that didn’t stop viewers from falling for the girl with the perfect dimples. Over the course of the series Brooke was given the ultimate redemption storyline going from troubled party girl to business-savvy fashion mogul and finally (in one of the series’ most rewarding moments) to mother.

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Television’s Best High School Girls–Part 1

As long as there’s been high school shows, there’s been engaging, interesting and downright entertaining female characters that propel the shows into must-watch territory. Let’s face it, this isn’t a genre that lets the guys have all the fun. Next month will see the return of One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Glee and The Vampire Diaries; shows driven by their exceptionally talented female casts, so lets look at the 20 most exceptional females television has given us over the decades: Numbers 20-11

#20 Fiona Coyne (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

Over-the-top drama queens are a dime a dozen in soap operas but what can I say? Her infamous abusive boyfriend storyline provided Canada’s premier teen sudser with some of its juiciest moments and humanized the pampered socialite in a way few soaps have.

#19 Blair Warner (The Facts of Life)


The character that paved the way for all other high school prom queens (here’s looking at you Blair Waldorf) Blair was spoiled and hilariously self-centered before it was cool to be so and all future bitches-with-a-heart-of-gold tip their hats off to her.

#18 Naomi Clark (90210)


Okay, so her obnoxious “look at me!” shtick got old in Season 2 and she’s probably one of the least likable bad girls on television but Naomi remains the zip code’s most consistent scene stealer, never failing to give fans a perfectly timed eye roll or word vomit the very thing most of us are too afraid to say out loud.

#17 Angela Chase (My So-Called Life)


Her show may have only ran for one season but Angela Chase has never been forgotten. In a genre filled with larger-than-life personalities, Angela was a real girl, someone viewers could relate to and felt like they knew. Teenage angst hasn’t had a more authentic portrayal since.

#16 Aria/Hanna/Spencer/Emily (Pretty Little Liars)


Has any group of teenagers gotten into so much trouble in one semester? Between daily death threats, increasing paranoia and being framed for murder, it’s astounding they ever have time for homework.

#15 Cher Horowitz (Clueless)


Okay, so maybe TV’s Cher Horowitz never completely won us over the way her movie counterpart did but she gave us three additional years with Beverly Hills’ best intentioned queen bee.

#14 Alisha Bailey (Misfits)


What high school girl hasn’t wished to be the object of desire for any man she wants? Blessed with supernatural powers following an electrical storm, this potty-mouthed rebel can send men into a sexual frenzy simply by touching them.

#13 Kelly Kapowski (Saved by the Bell)


Most girls who woke up Saturday mornings for their Bayside High fix will admit, they wanted to be like Kelly Kapowski. Beautiful and popular but with the girl-next-door charm that made her personable to all. She even hung out with the nerdiest guy in school for god’s sake!

#12 Lyla Garrity (Friday Night Lights)


Some may call her a Christian goody-goody but there was something so sweet and wholesome in a character that could have easily been just another whiny cheerleader. When Lyla left Dillon for good, a piece of the show left with her.

#11 Jackie Burkhart (That 70s Show)


Few girls can pull off being as narcissistic and shallow and still be so likable at the same time, it’s no wonder she was the object of affection for pretty much every guy in the Foreman basement.