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List Rules Funny women on television from any time period

The funniest female TV characters are those whom we've both laughed at and laughed with, sharing their hilarious moments and sometimes their most touching ones. These funny females are mothers, friends, wives and businesswomen -- comical television character versions of the roles women play in real life. Sometimes easy to relate to, sometimes not, funny female TV characters keep viewers returning to the TV for season after season.

While most truly funny women on TV can be found in sitcoms, a few of the best and funniest women in television can be found in dramas. Ally McBeal proved that a leading woman’s role could deal with dramatic situations, yet still allow the female lead to be humorous. A few of the funniest female TV characters have also come from books adapted into television shows, as in the case of Piper Chapman -- who also plays in a drama.

Some of the funniest women on TV are known for their antics; a classic example is Lucy Ricardo’s failure to pronounce “Vitameatavegamin” after becoming tipsy off the health tonic of the same name. Some of TV’s funniest women are known for their rants or musings. Remember when Elaine Benes had to decide whether men were ‘spongeworthy?' No matter why viewers find them funny, these quirky, witty female characters continue to stand the test of time and give both men and women hilarious females to enjoy on TV.

Whoever your favorite funny women on TV are, chances are they’ve become characters you can watch again and again. And that’s the real test: The funniest female TV characters aren’t just funny once, they’re enjoyable and humorous with repeated viewings. They’re human, they’re engaging and these funny television females give audiences not only a laugh, but a lift -- whether they earned one season, six seasons or more.
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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

The Funniest TV Shows of All Time The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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648 381
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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627 417
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Kitty Forman That '70s Show

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508 303
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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339 403
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Mary Richards The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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575 388
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jenna Maroney 30 Rock

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Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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416 371
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Dorothy Zbornak The Golden Girls

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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time 8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Patsy Stone Absolutely Fabulous

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucille Bluth Arrested Development

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Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elliot Reid Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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534 371
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Monica Geller Friends

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352 243
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Sally Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rachel Green Friends

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time The Best Qualities in a Woman

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Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Debra Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

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Penny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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Edina Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Edina Monsoon Absolutely Fabulous

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Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Joy Turner My Name Is Earl

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Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett Modern Family

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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Morticia Addams The Addams Family

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Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

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Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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Jessica
Jess Day New Girl

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Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Edith Bunker All in the Family

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Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Marie Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

The Funniest Characters Currently on TV The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

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Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Lilith Sternin Cheers

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Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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223 314
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

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Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Miss Piggy The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies

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Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Samantha Stephens Bewitched