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The Funniest TV Shows of 2012 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.7k votes 316 voters 13.4k views 39 items

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
Starring Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara & Julie Bowen (ABC)
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright & Julie Kavner (Fox)
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Community is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Joel McHale, Danny Pudi & Donald Glover (Comedy Central)
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone & Mary Kay Bergman (Comedy Central)
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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein & Seth Green (Fox)
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski & Jenna Fischer (Global Television Network)
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir & Nick Offerman (NBC)
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The Daily Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah & Hasan Minhaj (Comedy Central)
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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons & Kaley Cuoco (CBS)
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin & Tracy Morgan (NBC)
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It's Always Sunny in Phi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton & Rob McElhenney (FXX)
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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson & Max Greenfield (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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The Colbert Report is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir & Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
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Louie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Louis C.K., Hadley Delany & Ursula Parker (FX)
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
ChangesDownClub added Starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel & Cobie Smulders (CBS)
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Archer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer & Amber Nash (FXX)
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Tosh.0 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Daniel Tosh, Nick Malis & Sam Jarvis (Comedy Central)
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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson & Seth Meyers (NBC)
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The League is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie & Nick Kroll (FX)
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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Danny McBride, Steve Little & Katy Mixon (HBO)
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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz & Eugene Mirman (Fox Broadcasting Company)
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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Jimmy Kimmel, Cleto Escobedo III & Dicky Barrett (American Broadcasting Company)
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Conan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Conan O'Brien, Ginnifer Goodwin & Andy Richter (TBS)
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring James Roday, Dulé Hill & Timothy Omundson (USA Network)
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The Late Late Show with ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest TV Shows of 2012
Starring Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens & Josh Robert Thompson (British Broadcasting Corporation)