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The Funniest Female TV Characters 

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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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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucille Ball
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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Amy Poehler
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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Estelle Getty
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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Tina Fey
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Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Megan Mullally
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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Betty White
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Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Katey Sagal
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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Mayim Bialik
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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett
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Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Kitty Forman Debra Jo Rupp
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Penny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Kaley Cuoco
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Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Beatrice Arthur
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April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Aubrey Plaza
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Jessica "Jess"... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Zooey Deschanel
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Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jessica Walter
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Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Barr
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Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rhea Perlman
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Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Jane Kaczmarek
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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lisa Kudrow
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Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Jean Stapleton
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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Carolyn Jones
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Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Mary Tyler Moore
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Bernadette Rostenkowski ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Melissa Rauch
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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Sarah Michelle Gellar