popular opinion 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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951 469
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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880 584
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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717 421
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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914 495
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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1,167 553
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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698 460
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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591 351
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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362 439
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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630 421
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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402 488
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jenna Maroney 30 Rock

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488 524
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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467 408
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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279 411
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Patsy Stone Absolutely Fabulous

15 Famous People Who Went to Med School

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359 368
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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454 325
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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442 436
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucille Bluth Arrested Development

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393 405
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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764 513
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

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430 461
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elliot Reid Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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625 445
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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396 203
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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592 401
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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621 436
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Monica Geller Friends

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597 354
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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281 373
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Sally Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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304 500
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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593 461
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rachel Green Friends

The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever

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393 275
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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327 438
Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Debra Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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235 311
Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

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445 289
Penny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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237 306
Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Joy Turner My Name Is Earl

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211 325
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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403 332
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

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414 309
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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249 368
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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281 169
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Morticia Addams The Addams Family

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258 139
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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469 362
Jessica
Jess Day New Girl

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262 232
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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238 190
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Edith Bunker All in the Family

The Best Current Freeform Shows

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275 205
Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Marie Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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343 299
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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185 150
Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Lilith Sternin Cheers

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231 341
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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234 190
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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418 321
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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237 169
Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Miss Piggy The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies

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207 135
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children