Sweet Dee. Women in comedy are so often delegated to the "I don't think that's a good idea" role because "lol girls are smarter than boys" bullshit they try to run on us, but I love that Sweet Dee is allowed to be a fuck up and a mess and just as evil as the rest of the boys. (See also: Selina Meyer)
Probably Sharon "Athena" Valerii in Battlestar Galactica. Everything and almost everyone was against her, yet she continued to prove herself loyal to Adama and the fleet.
I don’t think she’s too “underrated” anymore but Thandie Newton’s Maeve from Westworld is one of the best strong female characters on TV. I think another one that’s probably more underrated is Jean Smart’s Dr. Melanie Bird in Legion. One of the Best Parts of that Show’s First Season last year. I’m probably forgetting a lot more too.
Olivia from Fringe! Though personally I never understood why people like Sansa, Arya is much better!
Love Sansa Stark.
An underrated female for me would be Elliot from Scrubs. I usually hear people talk about JD and Turk or Dr. Cox but Elliot was hilarious. Sarah Chalke is a good comedic actress and the way she played up the obsessive, neurotic tendencies was gold.
Claudette from *The Shield*. CCH Pounder's performance is one of the show's highlights.
Pam Poovey from Archer
Pam is such a badass. She is always up for anything and isn’t afraid to jump into a fight. She is also one of Archer’s best friends and the best sex he’s ever had.
In Dreamland, she didn’t even need a gender and she was still Archer’s best friend. (Her favorite turd)
Betty Draper. She seems to get the Skyler White treatment, where everyone hates her but loooooves Don. Imo she’s even more tragic than Skyler. And imo January Jones did an excellent job portraying her.
You have this young woman who is living a fairly progressive lifestyle for her time- earns a Bachelor’s, studies abroad, models. Then she is told to give all of that up for this man, because that’s what good lil women did back then. While that man (Don) is rich and successful, he’s also a fucking TERRIBLE man. He lies about his entire identity, drinks constantly, is a workaholic, and slides his dick into any and all women. Meanwhile, he constantly belittles her. She becomes a depressed, miserable housewife. The depression is compounded by all of the people in her life that tell her that her life is so wonderful! She is so lucky to be with Don! Even her own psychologist infantilizes her. So she finally leaves Don for Henry Francis. Henry is, by all means, 10000x a better man than Don. But he still treats her like a child with little agency. Finally, the end comes. She gets into a good grad program! But right as she begins, she finds out she is dying of cancer.
Like Skyler, she wasn’t perfect. She cheated on Don a couple times and wasn’t always a good mom. But she is an angel compared to her no-good ex husband.
30 Rock gets a lot of love but Liz Lemon is a highly underrated tv character.
Dina (played by Lauren Ash) is the main reason I watch Superstore. She's like a female Dwight Schrute, but with a little more depth and self awareness. Last episode when she ate the chicken leg had me in stitches.
We're luckily in the Skyler White renaissance now where people are finally appreciating just how amazing and tragic she is, but definitely her while the show was airing.
Not hated but underrated - Laurie from *The Leftovers*. People love Nora so much (rightly, mind you) that they kind of overlook her, plus she was somewhat unsympathetic at the beginning of the show I guess? But she's so fucked up and yet struggling, I love her.
Bow from Blackish. I only watched the first two seasons, but she was really funny there
She's beloved by the fandom, but given that the fandom is teeny, I'm going to say Amy Matthews, from Boy Meets World.
Amy Matthews, the matriarch of the Matthews family, has very few episodes dedicated to her, even compared to her husband Alan (who is the greatest sitcom father of all time), but she is always there.
The father is the pillar of the family, but the mother is the foundation, and Amy is one heck of a foundation.
She is kind-hearted and supportive and nurturing, but she is also realistic and grounded, unafraid to call her loved ones out when they're in the wrong.
I salute her.
Aunt Becky from full house! She does a lot for the girls in the absence of their mom but I feel like it’s all about the 3 guys