49 of TV’s Beautifully Badass Jewish Babes

November 26, 2018  

By: Solve Israel’s Problems Staff

As more and more women are being recognized around the world politically beyond just their beauty, we couldn’t help but recall our list of 47 Sinfully Sexy Jewish Men on TV. It didn’t seem fair to leave the men without their competition.

Since it’s about more than just brains and beauty, this list takes into consideration women of the Jewish faith who exude confidence, strength and own their power.

In celebration of the spotlight finally shining on amazing Jewish women, here are some of the most badass TV babes of the bunch.

 

49. Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch
As Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on “The Big Bang Theory,” fellow Jersey girl Melissa Rauch juggles being married to Howard (Simon Helberg) with her job as a microbiologist, all while handling first-time motherhood like a (lady) BOSS.

48. Zosia Mamet

Zosia Mamet
Zosia appeared on “Mad Men,” United States of Tara,” and “Parenthood,” before scoring a leading role on the HBO series, “Girls.” As fast-talking Jewess, Shoshanna Shapiro, we never tired of hearing every word that quickly came flying out of her mouth!

47. Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert
Sara might not be a conventional beauty, but her stock as a badass is through the roof. Not only is she twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her role as Darlene Conner on the sitcom “Roseanne,” she also kills us as the adorably dorky Leslie Winkle on “The Big Bang Theory.” And that’s not all Sara’s slain. She’also a co-host and the CREATOR of the daytime talk show, “The Talk.” Come on Y’all — Gilbert’s got GAME.

46. Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein
Once Dr. Cuddy on the medical drama, “House,” Edelstein recently helped independent ladies find their way as Abby McCarthy on “The Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce.” Nowadays Lisa’s back where she belongs in official doctor mode as Dr. Blaize on “The Good Doctor.” and we think it’s a very good move.

45. Jane Levy

Jane Levy
Jane played Mandy Milkovich on Showtime’s “Shameless” and in 2011, landed her first lead role on the sitcom “Suburgatory.” Levy has since strayed from comedy to prove just how frighteningly talented she is on Hulu’s psychological thriller, “Castle Rock.”

44. Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik
If you were alive in the 90s, you likely remember Mayim as the young star of “Blossom.” Since then, Bialik’s back on TV as Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” coupled up with hubby Sheldon (Jim Parsons) as the female half of the smartest newlyweds on television. As the neuroscientist to his physicist, Mayim’s supersmart character isn’t exactly a stretch — because Bialik’s a neuroscientist in real life, she doesn’t just play one on TV.

43. Jenny Slate

Jenny Slate
Jenny Sarah Slate is a hilarious stand-up comic and actress, best known for her role as Mona-Lisa Saperstein on “Parks and Recreation.” She was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” and appeared on some of our favorite shows like “House of Lies,” Bored to Death,” and “Girls.” *Though not a TV series, we feel compelled to recommend you see Jenny in all her glory starring in the film, “Obvious Child.” Yeah, it’s obvious, we’re Jenny Slate-obsessed.

42. Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone
The wild teen you first fell for In those Aerosmith videos only to become obsessed with in “Clueless” is all grown up, back on the small screen on “American Woman,” based on the life of Kathy Hilton. We loved seeing Alicia again but knew better than to get attached, as Paramount passed on a second season renewal. Bye Alicia.

41. Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler
Handler puts it ALL out there and makes no apologies, refusing to be silenced or body-shamed, as her hilarity depends on her willingness to make as much fun of herself as she does of others. We adore Chelsea’s ‘ain’t no shame in it’ style and will not apologize for it!

40. Alona Tal

Alona Tal
We loved the Israeli actress on “Veronica Mars,” as cheerleader, Meg Manning and on “Supernatural.” as Jo Harvelle.” We gotta say it — in front of the camera, Tai’s a (super) natural.

39. Bar Paly

Bar Paly
Paly appeared on “How I Met Your Mother,” and “The Starter Wife,” before playing Anna Kolcheck on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” Not to mention she was one Insanely hot Israeli host on “Saturday Night Live.”

38. Winona Ryder

Winona Ryder
Winona Laura Horowitz — turned Winona Ryder — originally stole our hearts in classic 90s flicks like “Lucas,” and “Reality Bites.” After a respectable run as a bonafide movie star, Winona’s since found her seemingly perfect place entertaining us on the small screen as Joyce Byers on the Netflix science fiction-horror TV series, “Stranger Things.”

37. Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg
We first took notice of Michelle as Dawn Summers on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” then LOST OUR minds over how much we loved-to-hate her as trouble-maker, Georgina Sparks on “Gossip Girl.” XOXO Michelle Trachtenberg!

36. Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer
One of our favorite, more-than-a-little-bit dirty female comics, Schumer slays us in her standup specials and is the gift that keeps on giving whenever she takes us “Inside Amy Schumer.”

35. Miriam Shor

Miriam Shor
The 50% Jewish Miriam Shor is 100% amazing on TV Land’s “Younger,” as Diana Trout, the ball-buster book publisher whose assistant, Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) is 20 years older than Diana believes. At age 47, Miriam’s not the youngest babe on this list, yet Shor’s never been more beautiful or badass.

34. Natosha Lyonne

Natosha Lyonne
You’ve seen Lyonne — who was raised as an Orthodox Jew — in guest roles on tons of shows like “New Girl,” “Will Grace,” and “Weeds,” but she’s finally getting the screen time she deserves on “Orange Is The New Black.” as Nicky. And now that Lyonne’s gone Black … we’ll never give Natosha back.

33. Alison Brie

Alison Brie
One of the Gorgeous Girls Of Wrestling, the more her confidence rises, the more Alison Brie shines on “Glow.”

32. Maya Rudolph

Maya Rudolph
Maya Rudolph was a “Saturday Night Live” cast member before becoming a major movie star in blockbuster comedies like our all-time fave, “Bridesmaids.” She’s since returned to the small screen as Eva Alexander on “Up All Night.’ and recently nabbed an Emmy nom as a guest star on “The Good Place.”

31. Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom
We know you love Bloom as the star of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but the small screen starlet also co-created the series, for which she’s won a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and TCA Award. Making it official — Bloom’s a bonafide badass.

30. Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie Lynn killed on HBO’s “Entourage” as Turtle’s (Jerry Ferrara) girlfriend. So much so, the pair became a real-life couple. They later split, allowing super-fans to happily return to thinking of Jamie-Lynn strictly as Meadow Soprano. Badaboom!

29. Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah
The Portuguese-American beauty stars as NCIS Special Agent, Kensi Blye, on “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and had a crossover guest appearance on “Hawaii Five-O.” Oh, how we adore Daniella!

28. Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon
Known for voicing Bobby Hill on the animated “King of The Hill,” Adlon first made fanatics out of US in her hilarious role as Charlie Runkle’s wife on “Californication.” These days Pam’s easily our favorite TV mom as Sam Fox on “Better Things,” originally co-produced by Louis CK. When news broke of Louis’ ousting from Hollywood, but Adlon was found not guilty by association, she was greenlit to run season 3 of “Better Things” without him– and there was simply no Better news.

27. Yael Grobglas

Yael Grobglas
Just how talented is Israeli actress, Yael Grobglas? So talented that she doesn’t just play one character on the CW series “Jane the Virgin,” she plays two — Petra Solano and her twin sister Anežka.

26. Genvieve Buechner

Genvieve Buechner
Buechner is known for her role s Fox on “The 100.” We also ADORE her as Madison on “UnREAL” for blossoming out her pigtails and into competition with Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) right in front of our eyes.

25. Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot
Ok, OK, we admit it … Gal Gadot is more of a mega-movie star than a TV actress, but we couldn’t stand to leave the Israeli beauty off this list. Besides, Gadot made one serious superhero of a Host on “Saturday Night Live.”

24. Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman
A quarter-century ago, Sarah Silverman was a writer and occasional performer on “Saturday Night Live,” for only one season before being FIRED when none of her sketches made it to air. The politically, sexually, and socially controversial Silverman has more than since recovered from her early rejection, starring on “The Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central and hosting’s Hulu late-night talk show, “I LoveYou, America with Sarah Silverman.”

23. Tiffany Haddish

Tiffany Haddish
As a troubled teenager forced to choose between psychiatric treatment or Comedy Camp, Haddish chose the Laugh Factory Camp. She credits using comedy as an outlet for her pain — with mentoring from legends like Richard Pryor and The Wayans Brothers — for saving her life. Though she was homeless and living in her car while coming up as a comedian, these days our girl Tiff is all set. Since killing it on her Showtime comedy special, “Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood,” Haddish has been on fire. She’s the first black female stand-up comedian to host “Saturday Night Live,” and one of Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People in The World.’ Is it just me or is this the stuff dreams are made of, my fellow Fanatics?

22. Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow
We love Lisa for the unique sense of humor she brings to all of her TV roles — as Ursula on “Mad About You,” Valerie Cherish on “The Comeback,” and Fiona Wallace on “Web Therapy.” But it’s her famous role as Pheobe Buffay on “Friends,” that earned her serious small screen celeb status AND one of the biggest per episode paychecks in TV history. Alongside her co-stars, Courtney Cox, and Jennifer Anniston, Kudrow banked a million bucks an ep throughout seasons 9 and 10. And that is nothing to laugh at my Friends.

21. Jordana Spiro

Jordana Spiro
Jordana was adorable as PJ Clark on “My Boys,” but was a bit more intense — and pretty damn amazing as Rachel Garrison on the Netflix hit, “Ozark.”

20. Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson played Alyssa Green on “Nashville,” and Dr. Zoe Hart on “Heart of Dixie. Though we’ll always worship Bilson as Summer Roberts on “The OC,” the object of Seth Cohen’s (Adam Brody) affection/obsession. To be fair though, who among us hasn’t been obsessed with Rachel Bilson?

19. Katerina “Kat” Graham

Katerina "Kat" Graham
Kat Graham — who attended Hebrew School and has a half-brother born in Israel — is best known for her role as Bonnie Barnett on The CW Supernatural drama, “The Vampire Diaries.” Yeah, we bet you want to suck more than just her blood.

18. Kat Dennings

Kat Dennings
Kat capitalized on her Jewish heritage for her first TV role on “Sex and the City,” as an entitled teenager whose Bat Mitzvah Samantha Jones publicized. Fast forward to Dennings taking center screen opposite Beth Behrs as Max Black on “Two Broke Girls,” and we’re laughing just thinking about all the dirty jokes Denning delivers.

17. Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
The daughter of musician Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, Smartypants, Rashida Jones cracked us up as Karen Filippelli on “The Office,” and as nurse Ann Perkins on “Parks and Recreation.” The smartypants — whose father often found her reading under the covers with a flashlight after bedtime, is a Harvard Graduate now starring on only and also producing “Angie Tribeca.” Star power may have always run through Rashida’s veins, but this Jewess has achieved TV fame based on her brilliance and talent alone — no matter who’s her daddy.

16. Shiri Appleby

Shiri Appleby
We first fell for Appleby as Liz Parker on “Roswell,” but as Rachel Goldberg on “UnREAL,” Shiri’s simply sensational. Watching Appleby manipulate cast, crew, and any man who dares get in her way makes her an official (Jewish) badass — and a beautiful one at that.

15. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman
Jerusalem-born actress, Natalie Portman is no dummy. Prior to graduating from Harvard, she said, “I don’t care if college ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” Luckily, Portman didn’t have to choose. The mega-movie star known for personal faves like “Beautiful Girls” and “Garden State,” crushed box office records and amassed critical acclaim since she appeared on the scene. Technically, Nat scores a spot on this TV list for her unforgettable performance hosting “Saturday Night Live,” but really it’s because she’s a model member of the tribe — insanely talented, crazy smart, and ALMOST too hot to handle.

14. Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis
Mila’s parents raised her Jewish despite antisemitism in the former Soviet Union, immigrating to The United States at the age of 7 with only $250 in her family’s pocket. Though she did not speak a word of English when she arrived, Kunis quickly got up to speed, picking up the language, the acting bug, and landing her first major TV role at the age 14. As the entitled, super-self assured, Jackie Burkhart on “That ’70s Show, Mila taught us many hilariously important lessons, including one of our fall time faves — “It’s better to have loved and lost than to be butt ugly.”

13. Gwenyth Paltrow

Gwenyth Paltrow
Gwenyth is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer Bruce Paltrow AND is Steven Speilberg’s goddaughter Other than that, she’s not a product of any particularly spectacular stock. On the small screen, the movie star with a sick singing voice recently won a Primetime Emmy Award for her role as Holly Holliday on “Glee.”

12. Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer
On “UnREAL,” Zimmer plays boundary-busting executive producer and lady boss, Quinn King, who maximizes ratings at all costs. Yet Zimmer’s passion plays well beyond her on-screen persona. From the getgo, Constance rallied the writers to stop Quinn from saying words like ‘hoo-ha,’ for the far more believably brazen,’pussy.’ … Officially making Zimmer our kind of woman.

11. Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet
Before becoming a major movie star, Peet had her first major role in the late 90s as Jacqueline Barrett on the romantic dramedy, “Jack & Jill.” She also appeared in the eighth-season finale of Seinfeld as a waitress who becomes Jerry’s girlfriend but is so high maintenance that Seinfeld hires George as his ‘relationship intern’ to manage all of Amanda’s needs. Classic!

10. Ilana Glaser & Abbi Jacobsen

Ilana Glaser & Abbi Jacobsen
These two Jewish comedians are quite possibly THE funniest broads on TV. Together, they star on Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” taking the island of Manhattan — and the rest of the world — by side-splitting storm.

9. Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker
It’s been a while since Sarah Jessica Parker made our lives worth living as the star of “Sex and The City.” She’s since teased us by appearing on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” but we’re jonesing for the fashion queen/ actress/director/executive producer/trendsetter to return to her throne as the queen of TV. And we’ll happily agree to bow down –all hail SJP!

8. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
Ashkenazi Jew, Scarlett Johansson is not only the world’s highest-paid actress, she recently hosted “Saturday Night Live,” for the fifth time — making her only the fourth woman to enter SNL’s prestigious Five-Timer’s Club — alongside Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, and Drew Barrymore. ROAR!

7. Lizzy Caplan

Lizzy Caplan
Lizzie played a sexual superhero on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” as Virginia Johnson — the hotter half of the sexual pioneer research team, Masters and Johnson.

6. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Since receiving a Golden Globe Award for her leading role on the BBC TV miniseries, “The Honorable Woman, ” Maggie’s now producing and starring on the HBO series, “The Deuce.” As Candy, Gyllenhaal slays it as a hooker with big dreams who aspires to leave the streets behind for an unconventional role of her own design — scripting and directing her very own pornos. We LOVE watching Maggie as an unstoppable force getting exactly what she goes after, no matter who she has to blow along the way.

5. Juliana Margulies

Juliana Margulies
Juliana Margulies is one of our absolute favorite TV actresses, based on both her talent and insane chemistry with the opposite sex. On “ER,” it was George Clooney. On “The Good Wife,” it began with Chris Noth until Josh Charles came into the picture and the pair’s palpable desire made us happy in all the right places. On “Dietland,” Margulies came back to torture the same sex for a change — her plus-size co-star, Joy Nash — but the AMC series failed to generate the ratings heat to which we’d all become accustomed.

4. Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon
You mean to tell me Donna Pinciotti on “That 70’s Show” was Jewish? OK, so maybe Donna wasn’t a member of the tribe, but Laura Prepon sure is! Now shining brightly as Alex Vause on “Orange Is The New Black,” Prepon is one Jewess we’re proud to have represent us — even from behind bars.

3. Zoë Kravitz

Zoë Kravitz
Zoë Kravitz — daughter of the musician, Lenny Kravitz, and actress, Lisa Bonet, co-stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon on the HBO drama series, “Big Little Lies.” And you know what? She totally killed it.

2. Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum
How much do we love Emmy Rossum? Let us count the ways! Rossum recently shocked superfans by announcing her imminent departure from Showtime’s Award-winning series, “Shameless.” It’s a damn shame to see our most beloved Gallagher go … but we’ll love to watch Emmy leave.

1. Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva

Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva
Russian-American beauty Margarita Vladimirovna Levieva was first known for her roles as the faux Amanda Clarke/real Emily Thorne on “Revenge,” and later as Gina Zanetakos on “The Blacklist.” Nowadays, we are more obsessed with her than ever before as Abby Parker on HBO’s megahit, “The Deuce.” No, it’s not just because of the show’s racy subject matter — prostitution and porn — or even that Margarita stars opposite a double shot of James Franco — but it certainly doesn’t hurt.


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