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
1,048 531
Lucy Ricardo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

3
983 664
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Seinfeld

4
803 469
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

5
1,053 545
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation

6
1,369 608
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends

7
793 518
Kitty Forman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added That '70s Show

8
707 405
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Parks and Recreation

9
396 493
Mary Richards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Mary Tyler Moore Show

10
703 457
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Golden Girls

11
443 556
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
30 Rock

12
528 450
Dorothy Zbornak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Girls

13
543 598
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne

14
320 469
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Absolutely Fabulous

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675 443
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Will & Grace

16
411 431
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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489 489
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Arrested Development

18
437 456
Lois Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Lois Wilkerson Malcolm in The Middle

19
475 515
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

20
724 488
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Friends

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839 581
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

22
677 485
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Married... with Children

23
519 399
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

24
448 234
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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688 507
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Friends

26
311 412
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
3rd Rock from the Sun

27
325 545
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

28
454 316
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Modern Family

29
356 482
Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Everybody Loves Raymond

30
638 404
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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252 345
Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

32
459 354
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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234 359
Edina Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Absolutely Fabulous

34
516 350
Penny is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Big Bang Theory

35
254 344
Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
My Name Is Earl

36
271 395
Rhoda Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

37
458 342
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Modern Family

38
315 167
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added That '70s Show

39
524 401
Jessica
New Girl

40
304 197
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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278 257
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

42
311 230
Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Everybody Loves Raymond

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370 324
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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262 215
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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385 314
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
The Nanny

46
474 344
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
How I Met Your Mother

47
245 367
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown

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201 181
Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Cheers

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262 217
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Simpsons

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264 195
Miss Piggy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added The Muppet Show, Muppet Babies