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
30 Rock

2
1,036 523
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

3
960 656
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Seinfeld

4
796 463
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

5
1,034 539
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation

6
1,342 601
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends

7
781 510
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added That '70s Show

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687 396
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation

9
393 486
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

10
697 452
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Golden Girls

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436 549
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
30 Rock

12
519 446
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Girls

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538 585
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne

14
408 423
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

15
310 462
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Absolutely Fabulous

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657 438
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Will & Grace

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482 484
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Arrested Development

18
430 451
Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle

19
468 509
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

20
711 479
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Friends

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832 572
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

22
514 390
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

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668 481
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Married... with Children

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677 499
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends

25
439 232
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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305 408
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
3rd Rock from the Sun

27
453 308
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Modern Family

28
323 540
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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349 474
Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Everybody Loves Raymond

30
250 340
Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

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629 400
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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232 355
Edina Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Absolutely Fabulous

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453 351
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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509 340
Penny is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

35
249 339
Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
My Name Is Earl

36
268 392
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

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453 336
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Modern Family

38
310 163
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added That '70s Show

39
517 396
Jessica
New Girl

40
297 194
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Addams Family

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276 254
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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370 320
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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306 225
Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Everybody Loves Raymond

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258 212
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added All in the Family

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380 312
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Nanny

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469 340
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
How I Met Your Mother

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243 364
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown

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200 178
Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Cheers

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260 214
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Simpsons

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262 193
Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies