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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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Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Mila Kunis
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Gloria Delgado-Pritchett... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Sofía Vergara
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Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Frank Oz
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Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Christina Applegate
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Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rhea Perlman
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Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Doris Roberts
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Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Jane Kaczmarek
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Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Barr
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Samantha Stephens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Elizabeth Montgomery
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Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jamie Renée Smith, Fran Drescher
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Grace Adler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Grace Adler Debra Messing
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Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Bebe Neuwirth
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Pam Halpert is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jenna Fischer
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Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Alyson Hannigan
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Louise Belcher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Louise Belcher Kristen Schaal
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Carrie Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Leah Remini
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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Yeardley Smith
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Molly Flynn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Melissa McCarthy
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Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Barbara Eden
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Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Mary Tyler Moore
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Ethel Mertz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
megan-h added Vivian Vance
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Lorelai Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lauren Graham
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Robin Scherbatsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
mattlieves added Cobie Smulders
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Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jane Lynch
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Daphne Moon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Jane Leeves