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
Liz Lemon 30 Rock

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1,000 507
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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923 633
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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772 452
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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989 525
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation

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1,285 586
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Phoebe Buffay Friends

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752 496
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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655 382
April Ludgate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
April Ludgate Parks and Recreation

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384 472
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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675 445
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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421 531
Jenna Maroney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Jenna Maroney 30 Rock

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527 562
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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504 437
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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391 404
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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298 448
Patsy Stone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
clandra28 added Patsy Stone Absolutely Fabulous

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465 473
Lucille Bluth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lucille Bluth Arrested Development

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635 427
Karen Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Karen Walker Will & Grace

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416 436
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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456 494
Elliot Reid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Elliot Reid Scrubs, Scrubs: Interns

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499 372
Bernadette Rostenkowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Bernadette Rostenkowski The Big Bang Theory

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810 554
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory

The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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656 469
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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673 466
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
KarynLake added Monica Geller Friends

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424 226
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Carol Burnett

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433 297
Claire Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Claire Dunphy Modern Family

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643 491
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Rachel Green Friends

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297 397
Sally Solomon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Sally Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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317 527
Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

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620 388
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
kalobwolfe added Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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343 465
Debra Barone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Debra Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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244 333
Granny Clampett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Granny Clampett

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492 324
Penny is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Penny The Big Bang Theory

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438 348
Blanche Devereaux is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
liriodendron added Blanche Devereaux The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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224 347
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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245 328
Joy Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Joy Turner My Name Is Earl

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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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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262 384
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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295 154
Jackie Burkhart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Jackie Burkhart That '70s Show

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295 184
Morticia Addams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Morticia Addams The Addams Family

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500 386
Jessica
Jess Day New Girl

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273 246
Carla Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

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363 310
Sue Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters

The Greatest TV Characters of All Time

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250 206
Edith Bunker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Edith Bunker All in the Family

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293 221
Marie Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
ScottLandon added Marie Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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451 334
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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242 356
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Murphy Brown Murphy Brown

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365 309
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Fran Fine The Nanny

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196 170
Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
looksharp added Lilith Sternin Cheers

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253 203
Marge Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
Charley Feldman added Marge Simpson The Simpsons

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222 149
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Funniest Female TV Characters
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children