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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

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973 487
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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901 610
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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743 436
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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957 509
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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1,236 569
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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724 481
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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626 365
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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372 459
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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649 436
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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414 512
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jenna Maroney 30 Rock

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508 540
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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480 426
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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370 389
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

The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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289 431
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Patsy Stone Absolutely Fabulous

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453 458
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucille Bluth Arrested Development

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615 417
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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480 348
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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791 536
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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444 476
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elliot Reid Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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404 423
Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle

The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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642 457
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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653 451
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Monica Geller Friends

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410 215
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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613 373
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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623 476
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rachel Green Friends

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415 285
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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314 510
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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289 383
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Sally Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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336 448
Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Debra Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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470 303
Penny is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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237 324
Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

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242 316
Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Joy Turner My Name Is Earl

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219 337
Edina Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Edina Monsoon Absolutely Fabulous

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416 342
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

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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432 316
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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280 145
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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256 378
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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286 180
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Morticia Addams The Addams Family

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489 374
Jessica
Jess Day New Girl

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268 241
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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351 306
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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244 199
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Edith Bunker All in the Family

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283 214
Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Marie Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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190 160
Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Lilith Sternin Cheers

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436 328
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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235 347
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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352 304
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Fran Fine The Nanny

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242 198
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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244 178
Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Miss Piggy The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies