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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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1
6,333 6,125
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

2
7,652 5,246
Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Stewie Griffin Family Guy

3
6,705 5,755
Eric Cartman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Eric Cartman South Park

4
6,719 4,790
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Peter Griffin Family Guy

5
5,709 3,956
Bugs Bunny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bugs Bunny Baby Looney Tunes

6
6,414 4,778
Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory

7
3,794 2,871
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
4,585 4,234
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
5,455 3,254
Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Michael Scott The Office

10
4,356 4,692
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

11
3,273 2,671
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Al Bundy Married... with Children

12
5,394 2,892
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
tahirtalha98 added Chandler Muriel Bing Friends

13
5,212 3,725
Bender is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Bender Futurama

14
5,474 3,225
Barney Stinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Barney Stinson How I Met Your Mother

Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

15
4,680 2,740
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

16
4,323 2,315
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

17
4,358 3,226
Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Dwight Schrute The Office

18
4,002 3,812
Glenn Quagmire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Glenn Quagmire Family Guy

19
3,768 2,091
Red Forman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Red Forman That '70s Show

20
3,418 3,770
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
George Costanza Seinfeld

21
3,225 2,050
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Phoebe Buffay Friends

The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

22
3,698 2,897
Brian Griffin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Brian Griffin Family Guy

23
2,507 1,401
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

24
2,200 2,604
Hawkeye Pierce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Hawkeye Pierce M*A*S*H

25
3,318 2,197
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
2,071 2,689
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
3,345 2,906
Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Demon_Boy added Mr. Bean Mr. Bean, Mr. Bean

28
2,717 3,062
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

The Funniest Female TV Characters

29
2,087 2,361
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

30
3,240 2,483
Ron Swanson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Ron Swanson Parks and Recreation

31
2,075 1,978
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
J.D. Scrubs

32
2,347 2,489
Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Frank Drebin Police Squad!

33
2,144 2,108
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
3,480 2,965
Butters Stotch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Butters Stotch South Park

35
2,935 2,376
Fry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Fry Futurama

The Most Successful Saturday Night Live Alumni

36
1,653 2,173
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

37
2,131 1,356
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Kitty Forman That '70s Show

38
1,806 1,181
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

39
1,976 1,299
Daffy Duck is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
moaz13 added Daffy Duck

40
1,394 1,927
Norm Peterson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Norm Peterson Cheers

41
2,313 2,572
Moe Szyslak is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Moe Szyslak The Simpsons

42
1,994 3,106
Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Tobias Fünke Arrested Development

What TV Shows Best Represent American Life Today?

43
1,957 1,371
Fez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
steinergoldfarb added Fez That '70s Show - That 70s Show

44
2,669 2,453
Randy Marsh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Randy Marsh South Park

45
1,947 1,169
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy

46
1,900 1,364
Dr. Gregory House is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Dr. Gregory House

47
1,325 1,517
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

48
1,341 1,318
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

49
1,512 1,370
Eric Forman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Eric Forman That '70s Show

50
1,270 1,289
Howard Wolowitz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest TV Characters of All Time
Howard Wolowitz The Big Bang Theory