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The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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The funniest TV shows of 2012 allowed us to unwind after a long day with witty writing and belly busting laughs. These comedy and variety TV shows might not all by up for Emmy Awards but each brings a unique type of humor and a little something for everyone. Quite simply, when we needed a laugh, we turned to these funny TV shows first.

Bringing home dozens of awards in recent years, a handful of sitcoms have dominated the airwaves lately, including in 2012. "Modern Family," "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation" have all been leaders in laughs with their stellar casts, solid writing and loyal followings. But there are many more looking for a piece of the action including newer shows like "Community," "Eastbound & Down," "Girls" and "Louie."

Comedy is not simply limited to just sitcoms however with a number of variety shows and even animated programs among the funniest on the tube in 2012. Current events go from being news to joke fodder on shows like "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show," not to mention late-night dailies like "Conan" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," while mainstays on Sunday nights like "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy" continue to draw fans young and old.

So whether you're into the newer shows like "2 Broke Girls" or "Veep," or just a die-hard fan of "South Park," surely with this wide variety of 2012 funny TV shows there is something to keep you smiling. Serious television more your speed? Try the best dramatic TV shows if 2012 instead.
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    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

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    The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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    South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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    The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver

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    Community is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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    Archer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

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    Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green

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    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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    It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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    Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney

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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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    How l Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

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    The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart

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    Louie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Louis C.K., Hadley Delany, Ursula Parker

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    The League is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll

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    New Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield

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    Tosh.0 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Daniel Tosh, Nick Malis, Sam Jarvis

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    Workaholics is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm

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    The Office is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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    Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

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    Conan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andy Richter

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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman

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    2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

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    Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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    Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

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    Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III, Dicky Barrett

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    Raising Hope is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt

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    Happy Endings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton

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    Portlandia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan

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    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins

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    The Late Late Show with Craig ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson

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    Veep is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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    Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Alan Kalter

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    Girls is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke

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    Life's Too Short is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

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    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012


    Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Edd Hall

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