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These are the funniest television characters ever created, as determined by the votes and selections of Ranker users. Lots of things make up truly iconic, timelessly funny characters... the actor, the writing, the supporting cast... but in the end, it's just the character that makes you laugh yourself weak.

What are the funniest characters on TV? These are the characters that still make you roll on the floor no matter if you are watching new episodes or reruns from 20 years ago. A lot of the funniest TV characters of all time, like Homer Simpson and Stewie Griffin, tend to be cartoons but there are lots of funny characters that are real-life people too. Vote for your funniest picks and add any characters you see missing. If you want to really impact this list's order, make your own ranking and add it!

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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Stewie Griffin Family Guy

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Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Eric Cartman South Park

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+ - 5,048 3,169
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Peter Griffin Family Guy

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+ - 4,092 2,786
Bugs Bunny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bugs Bunny Baby Looney Tunes

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+ - 4,318 3,210
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

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+ - 3,388 2,844
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

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+ - 4,089 2,612
Bender is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bender Futurama

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+ - 2,021 1,517
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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+ - 3,523 2,365
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Michael Scott The Office

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+ - 3,870 2,376
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

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+ - 3,105 2,695
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

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+ - 3,418 2,110
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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Brian Griffin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Brian Griffin Family Guy

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+ - 3,002 2,340
Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Dwight Schrute The Office

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+ - 2,528 1,349
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Red Forman That '70s Show

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+ - 2,903 2,018
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

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+ - 2,696 2,716
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
George Costanza Seinfeld

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+ - 2,752 1,745
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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+ - 2,451 1,548
Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Wile E. Coyote Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner

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+ - 2,558 2,045
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Mr. Bean Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean

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Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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+ - 1,482 1,572
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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+ - 2,088 2,237
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

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Butters Stotch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Butters Stotch South Park

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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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+ - 1,889 1,755
Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Frank Drebin Police Squad!

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+ - 2,327 1,648
Fry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Fry Futurama

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+ - 2,336 1,779
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

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+ - 1,382 1,290
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
J.D. Scrubs

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Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Barney Fife The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

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+ - 1,157 1,414
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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+ - 1,876 1,806
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

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Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Kitty Forman That '70s Show

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+ - 1,235 819
Daffy Duck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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+ - 2,170 1,690
Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Randy Marsh South Park

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+ - 1,657 2,329
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

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+ - 975 1,294
Norm Peterson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Norm Peterson Cheers

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+ - 1,773 1,966
Ralph Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Ralph Wiggum The Simpsons

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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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+ - 1,434 1,084
Roger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Roger American Dad!

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+ - 1,370 1,506
Mr. Burns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Mr. Burns The Simpsons

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+ - 950 855
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Eric Forman That '70s Show

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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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+ - 977 1,552
Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Basil Fawlty Fawlty Towers

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+ - 1,407 2,137
Gob Bluth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Gob Bluth Arrested Development