07/02/2012 09:47 am ET | Updated Aug 15, 2012

We Declare: TV's Sassiest Southern Belles (SLIDESHOW)

The Civil War may be history, but there are more than a few southern belles around to remind us the South is alive and well on television today, particularly one Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

Before TNT’s most charming detective bids her final “Thank You; Thank You So Much,” in the final season of The Closer — which premieres Monday, July 9, at 9/8c — we rekindled our love for all the Dixie debutantes of the small screen, whose hospitality, charms, and smart-mouthed sass accented contemporary television in more ways than one.

Feel free to share with us the southern belles you’re most sweet on in the comments section, and be sure to vote for your favorites in our slideshow below.

We Declare: The Sassiest Southern Belles of Modern TV (SLIDESHOW)