Picks and Pans Review: Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal: My Favorite TV Tough Ladies

updated 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Playing the hard-nosed motorcycle gang matriarch on the FX drama (season 3 kicks off Sept. 7), Sagal, 56, recognizes her own kind when she sees it.

EDIE FALCO (JACKIE PEYTON, NURSE JACKIE)

Jackie's tough the way true drug addicts can be. Even though she's totally strung out, you root for her because she takes care of people in a kick-ass way.

LORETTA SWIT (MARGARET HOULIHAN, M*A*S*H)

Hot Lips Houlihan! She's a woman in a man's world but goes toe to toe with the guys, throwing all that sexual innuendo back in their faces.

GILLIAN ANDERSON (DANA SCULLY, THE X-FILES)

Her wardrobe was fabulous, she looked great, and she was very strong. She could do everything Mulder could and look good doing it.

GLENN CLOSE (PATTY HEWES, DAMAGES)

She could rip you to shreds with her words. Like my character, that ruthlessness comes from having a purpose: She has a higher calling.

JOAN COLLINS (ALEXIS CARRINGTON, DYNASTY)

She was a shrew! It would be scary to have somebody come at me in a fur coat and diamonds and be so vicious! She stood out as pretty kick-ass.

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