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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
Modern Family Ed O'Neill, SofĂ­a 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
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons Kaley Cuoco

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
South Park 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
The Daily Show 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
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi Donald Glover

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Family Guy Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein Seth Green

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright Julie Kavner

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer Amber Nash

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Parks and Recreation 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
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 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
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin Tracy Morgan

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
How l Met Your Mother 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
The Colbert Report 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
Louie 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
The League 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
New Girl 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
Tosh.0 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
Workaholics 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
The Office 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
Eastbound & Down 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 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
Saturday Night Live 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
Bob's Burgers 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
2 Broke Girls 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
Wilfred 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 Live! 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
Raising Hope 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
Happy Endings 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
Portlandia 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
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 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
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 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
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky Tony Hale

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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012

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Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Late Show with David Letterman 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
Girls 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
Life's Too Short 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
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks Edd Hall