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The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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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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    The Simpsons

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  2. 2
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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

  3. 3
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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

  4. 4
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    Family Guy

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  5. 5
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    Baby Looney Tunes

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  6. 6
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    Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

  7. 7
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    Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

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    Futurama

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    Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

  10. 10
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    Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

  11. 11
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    Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Al Bundy Married... with Children

  12. 12
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    Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Michael Scott The Office

  13. 13
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    Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

  14. 14
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    George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    George Costanza Seinfeld

  15. 15
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    Friends

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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

  17. 17
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    The Office

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    Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

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    Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean

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    Wile E. Coyote is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Wile E. Coyote Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner

  21. 21
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    Butters Stotch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Butters Stotch South Park

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    Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Red Forman That '70s Show

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    Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

  24. 24
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    Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Frank Drebin Police Squad!

  25. 25
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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    Fry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Fry Futurama

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    Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

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    Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

  29. 29
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    Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Phoebe Buffay Friends

  30. 30
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    Parks and Recreation

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    30 Rock

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    Archie Bunker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Archie Bunker Archie Bunker's Place, All in the Family

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    Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

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    Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Randy Marsh South Park

  35. 35
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    Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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    J.D. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    J.D. Scrubs

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    Ralph Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Ralph Wiggum The Simpsons

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    The Simpsons

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    Arrested Development

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    Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 40 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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    Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

  42. 42
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    Norm Peterson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Norm Peterson Cheers

  43. 43
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    Daffy Duck is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by moaz13
    Daffy Duck

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    Basil Fawlty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Basil Fawlty Fawlty Towers

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    Gob Bluth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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    Gob Bluth Arrested Development

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    Futurama

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    American Dad!

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    Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Kitty Forman That '70s Show

  49. 49
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    Sterling Archer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Sterling Archer Archer

  50. 50
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    Kenny McCormick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time


    Kenny McCormick South Park

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