Comedy 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
1,087 540
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

3
1,019 676
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Seinfeld

4
821 476
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

5
1,084 562
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation

6
1,410 628
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends

7
825 529
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added That '70s Show

8
740 420
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation

9
405 502
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

10
719 461
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Golden Girls

11
450 572
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
30 Rock

12
543 454
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Girls

13
331 478
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Absolutely Fabulous

14
551 618
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne

15
700 454
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Will & Grace

16
423 453
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

17
500 497
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Arrested Development

18
443 468
Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle

19
480 527
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

20
751 505
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Friends

21
469 237
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

22
860 592
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

23
469 324
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Modern Family

24
536 410
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

25
320 419
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
3rd Rock from the Sun