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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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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
30 Rock
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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Seinfeld
3
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation
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Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour
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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends
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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation
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Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Will & Grace
9
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added That '70s Show
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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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Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Golden Girls
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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory
13
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
30 Rock
14
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Friends
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Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne
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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends
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Penny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory
18
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
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Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Married... with Children
20
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Arrested Development
21
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory
22
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Modern Family
24
Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle
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Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Addams Family