Some Of The Funniest Goofball TV Characters

A look back at classic CBS sitcoms and many of the funny TV characters who still keep us laughing today.

These classic television comics know how to make us laugh.

These classic television comics know how to make us laugh.

What better way to observe April Fool's Day than with this lovable loon played by Don Knotts?

He may have not been the sharpest tool in the shed, but Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife—with his huge heart and ego to match—always left us laughing. The Andy Griffith Show ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968.

Scroll through to see more of our favorite comedic CBS characters that still tickle our funny bone.

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Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy

Lucy Ricardo, I Love Lucy

The ultimate schemer, Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) is a star-struck New York housewife with aspirations to make it big in show business on CBS' classic sitcom I Love Lucy.

No matter what the situation is—getting buzzed on Vitameatavegamin, working in Kramer's Kandy Kitchen on the assembly line ("Speed it up!), or brawling in a wine vat in Italy, to name a few—Lucy is the character we could all relate to. And, like a comfortable old shoe, she was—and still is—the perfect fit.

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Arthur Spooner, The King of Queens

Arthur Spooner, The King of Queens

Mentally unstable with a dash of eccentricity, no doubt, Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller) of The King of Queens finds himself residing in his daughter Carrie (Leah Remini) and son-in-law Doug's (Kevin James) basement after his third wife dies and he accidentally burns his house down.

Loud and obnoxious, yet often fatherly and loving, Arthur is never short of outrageous claims and illogical moneymaking schemes.

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J.J. Evans, Good Times

J.J. Evans, Good Times

The oldest of the three Evans children on the Maude spin-off Good Times, J.J. Evans (Jimmie Walker) is...well...Dy-no-mite!

While his demeanor is childlike, complete in appearance with flashy clothes and a big toothy smile, J.J. also steps in after his father James (John Amos) dies expectantly. And he is there to walk his sister Thelma (Bernnadette Stanis) down the aisle in the sixth season-opener of the popular CBS sitcom.

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Gilligan, Gilligan's Island

Gilligan, Gilligan's Island

First Mate Gilligan (Bob Denver), is inept and accident prone, often foiling the Professor's (Russell Johnson) attempts to rescue the castaways on the 1964-67 CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island.

But, like his fellow six stranded castaways, Gilligan is also happy and carefree, never seeming to mind all that much that this three-hour cruise could have been an eternity. And, to Alan Hale as the Skipper, Gilligan will always be remembered as everyone's favorite "Little Buddy."

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Vera Louise Gorman, Alice

Vera Louise Gorman, Alice

Lovably childlike, Vera Louise Gorman (Beth Howland) is clumsy in nature (notice the opening credits of the 1976-85 CBS sitcom Alice as she attempts to open a box of straws) and a positive presence at Phoenix greasy spoon Mel's Diner.

Nicknamed "Dinghy" by owner Mel Sharples (Vic Tayback), Vera is also an ardent animal lover and the friend to her fellow waitresses. But she is no patsy either, and when gruff father figure Mel goes too far, her typical response is..."In a rat's hat, dumbo!"

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Gomer Pyle, Gomer Pyle, USMC

Gomer Pyle, Gomer Pyle, USMC

Gentle, good-natured, slow-witted and naïve, we first meet Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) in the sleepy town of fictional Mayberry, North Carolina on The Andy Griffith Show.

When he decides to join the marines, Gomer, in the successful spin-off series Gomer Pyle, USMC, is now the comic foil to hard-nosed (and particularly loud) Sergeant Vince Carter (Frank Sutton) as he ultimately beats the odds and becomes a Marine. Along the way there are those classic Gomer Pyle catchphrases that we all came to love: "Shazam!", "Gawwww-leeeee" and "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

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Ted Baxter, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Ted Baxter, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Dim-witted and vain, penny-pinching anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) is oblivious that people perceive him as a buffoon. Yet, Ted is the only staff member at the WJM newsroom not fired by the new station owner in the series finale of beloved The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

And, paired with Georgia Engel as ditzy but sweet Georgette in the later seasons, he accomplishes what initially seemed impossible: finding a wife and starting a family.

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Sergeant Schultz, Hogan's Heroes

Sergeant Schultz, Hogan's Heroes

Let's face it...life inside a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II does not necessarily sound all that funny.

But when one of the characters is the clumsy and inept Sergeant Hans Schultz (John Banner), who is known to give out information to the prisoners for bribes ("I hear nothing, I see nothing, I know nothing!), you just know that the POW's will, happily, always come out ahead on Hogan's Heroes.

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