fictional characters 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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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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1,017 510
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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930 642
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

4
779 455
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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998 531
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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1,298 591
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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760 500
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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657 389
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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387 476
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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682 448
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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425 537
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jenna Maroney 30 Rock

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530 569
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

13
507 440
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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398 406
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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639 431
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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299 453
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Patsy Stone Absolutely Fabulous

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468 476
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucille Bluth Arrested Development

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420 439
Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle

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460 498
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elliot Reid Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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503 375
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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814 558
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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684 468
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Monica Geller Friends

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659 471
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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428 226
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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439 297
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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650 493
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rachel Green Friends

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298 398
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Sally Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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319 528
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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622 390
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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345 466
Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Debra Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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498 324
Penny is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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244 335
Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

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441 349
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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225 348
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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247 329
Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Joy Turner My Name Is Earl

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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446 326
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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264 385
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rhoda Morgenstern The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

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299 155
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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296 186
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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502 387
Jessica
Jess Day New Girl

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365 311
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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273 248
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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253 207
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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296 223
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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454 334
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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366 310
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Fran Fine The Nanny

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242 358
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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197 171
Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Lilith Sternin Cheers

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254 204
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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223 150
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children