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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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+ - 5,469 4,770
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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2
+ - 6,605 4,050
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Stewie Griffin Family Guy

3
+ - 5,649 4,578
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Eric Cartman South Park

4
+ - 5,654 3,820
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Peter Griffin Family Guy

5
+ - 5,343 3,620
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

6
+ - 4,837 3,183
Bugs Bunny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bugs Bunny Baby Looney Tunes

7
+ - 3,091 2,143
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

8
+ - 3,870 3,428
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

9
+ - 3,646 3,929
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

10
+ - 2,620 2,008
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Al Bundy Married... with Children

11
+ - 4,513 3,135
Bender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bender Futurama

12
+ - 4,548 2,693
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

13
+ - 4,077 2,789
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Michael Scott The Office

14
+ - 3,473 3,215
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

15
+ - 4,097 2,437
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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16
+ - 3,621 2,293
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

17
+ - 3,470 1,956
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

18
+ - 3,084 1,672
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Red Forman That '70s Show

19
+ - 3,392 2,804
Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Dwight Schrute The Office

20
+ - 3,216 2,351
Brian Griffin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Brian Griffin Family Guy

21
+ - 2,915 3,276
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
George Costanza Seinfeld

22
+ - 1,933 1,083
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

23
+ - 2,527 1,614
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

24
+ - 1,867 2,183
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

25
+ - 2,888 1,859
Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Wile E. Coyote Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner

26
+ - 1,793 2,308
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

27
+ - 2,853 2,476
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Mr. Bean Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean

28
+ - 1,764 1,953
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

29
+ - 2,317 2,666
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

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30
+ - 1,720 1,615
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
J.D. Scrubs

31
+ - 2,111 2,138
Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Frank Drebin Police Squad!

32
+ - 3,074 2,566
Butters Stotch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Butters Stotch South Park

33
+ - 2,576 2,028
Fry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Fry Futurama

34
+ - 2,614 2,174
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

35
+ - 1,840 1,809
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

36
+ - 1,743 1,075
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Kitty Forman That '70s Show

37
+ - 1,362 1,822
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

38
+ - 1,461 929
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

39
+ - 1,632 1,049
Daffy Duck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

40
+ - 2,057 2,214
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

41
+ - 1,178 1,625
Norm Peterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Norm Peterson Cheers

42
+ - 1,618 1,107
Fez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Fez That '70s Show - That 70s Show

43
+ - 2,337 2,122
Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Randy Marsh South Park

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44
+ - 1,603 961
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy

45
+ - 1,754 2,771
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

46
+ - 1,109 685
Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory

47
+ - 1,564 1,111
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Dr. Gregory House

48
+ - 1,077 1,049
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

49
+ - 1,010 1,004
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory

50
+ - 1,272 1,090
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Eric Forman That '70s Show