->"[[OnceAnEpisode Dearest Mother:]] We're thinking of [[SliceOfLife portraying various dramas from everyday life]] from now on."
->{{Beat}}
->"Just kidding. [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys This]] [[RuleOfDrama episode]] was a one time thing."
--> '''Kamiyama''' ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''

A comedic show specifically concentrating on [[SurrealHumor being humorous before any concern of plot, drama, or even comprehensibility.]] Noted for a complete lack of tact or pomposity on the part of the writers, and frequent [[PostModernism postmodern]] commentary. Can have occasional {{Fanservice}} which the series will openly acknowledge. The RuleOfFunny will be observed.

Because they don't take themselves seriously, gag series tend to experiment across the board with parody, lewd humor, [[CutawayGag random cutaways]], and short-lived drama. In a win-win situation, these can be very successful experiments when they succeed, or mocked by the series itself when they fail as a protective tactic. Ironically, they can be praised for presenting such topics without being {{Anvilicious}}. However, doing this at the ''end'' of a series can cause accusations of being pretentious.

{{Anime}} gag series often use a PuniPlush design. Many are also WidgetSeries. Shows that depend a lot on puns and parody are typically considered too difficult for commercial releases, and are [[FanSub fansubbed]] only erratically. A few even get a GagDub.

Anime and Manga are particularly notorious in this genre. Series will regularly go over the top in their nonsense and hilarity even within the context of the show itself. Characters will time-travel, change species or gender, die, destroy buildings, cities, or planets, anything that will push the ridiculousness even higher; also note that these effects are rarely, if ever, permanent. There are times when "normality" is broken and restored in the space of a few minutes.

Occasionally the GagSeries is an adaptation of some 'canonical' source, except now the writers pretty much do whatever they like.

See also BigLippedAlligatorMoment, for cases where an otherwise coherent story has occasional GagSeries interludes.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga'': A mockery of everyday Japanese life seen through the lives of two supervillain henchgirl temp workers and four municipal {{Sentai}} employees. Then Creator/ShinichiWatanabe turned it into [[Anime/ExcelSaga an anime]] and made fun of every anime genre in existence.
* ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'': A parody Anime with bits of Romance added in ..
* ''Manga/SketDance'': From the former apprentice of the guy who unleashed ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' onto the world, we have three high school students who will assist anyone with anything, usually with disastrously [[HilarityEnsues hilarious]] results.
* ''Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu'': With a mix of serious and nonserious subplots.
* ''Manga/HeIsMyMaster'': More so in the manga, where the author inserts romantic comedy cliches, then chides the reader for expecting serious resolutions.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': Plots constructed entirely out of bad puns, sight gags, and pop-culture flotsam.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'': Although there is a plot, you would be hard-pressed to find someone that could identify which parts are gags and which are not in the first viewing. Additionally, this show [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs has been described as]] ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' '''''[[UpToEleven on Excel Saga]]'''''. The creators themselves admitted that about half of what they put into this show were completely a result of nonsense, and what they found funny at the time.
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'': The animated equivalent of DadaComics -- ''nothing'' is sacred, and the writers are by-and-large allowed to run with whatever they like. Including scissors.
* The ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'' reboot is this, with most of the humorous banter between characters more characteristic of the ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'' writers than Akamatsu's usual fare. The original manga was like this for about 2 volumes before [[GenreShift going in a different direction]].
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''
* ''Anime/DiGiCharat''
* ''Anime/SuperMilkChan'': An experimental anime, in the sense that taking a tab of Ecstasy and then boarding a tilt-a-whirl is experimental.
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': To a lesser degree, since the series does have continuity and plot, but each episode is definitely a Gag Episode.
* ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': The first season of the anime, anyway - the second season and manga have continuity, and the latter has a few bouts of [[CerebusSyndrome seriousness]].
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': Though with a healthy pinch of action and good ol' {{shonen}} standbys, like the power of friendship.
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''
* ''Anime/TokyoPig''
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': The series follows the norm and is quite realistic for the most part but has it's ''slight'' share of wackiness, especially in the anime.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'': Can't seem to take itself seriously even when trying to be shounen.
* ''Manga/HaruhiChan''
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''
* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''
* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume''
* ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo''
* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge''
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'': Nagasumi and Sun's blossoming relationship is played semi-seriously. Pretty much everything else is comedy fodder.
* ''Manga/BananaNoNana''
* ''Anime/MajokkoTsukuneChan'' is a CuteWitch GagSeries.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump''
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''
* ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' being an AffectionateParody of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, has gotten quite hilarious EVERYTIME AND EVERYWHERE!
* ''Anime/{{Colorful}}''. A couple of braindead losers and surprisingly innocent ecchi. The show makes fun of itself and perverts.
* ''Anime/GoldfishWarning''. The show has a paper-thin plot, little to no continuity, 7 is just the random insane adventures of a a particular class in a farm school.
* ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'', where anything, even reality, is subject to change at a moment's notice.
* ''Manga/KillMeBaby'', 99.9% of which is played for a purely comedic scenario where all seriousness and compassion are thrown out the window.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Most of the [[{{Filler}} Filler episodes]] as well as the Pikachu shorts at the beginning of the movies.
* ''Anime/DDFistOfTheNorthStar'' is a SuperDeformed parody series of the much more serious ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. There are [[NamesTheSame two series sharing this name]], both presuming that the end in the original's AfterTheEnd setting never happened. Both shows are heavily referential towards iconic moments and memes of the original.
** The first is a web based Flash show, and is mostly slice-of-life with its humor.
** The second is ''considerably'' more comedy based, with Raoh, Toki, and Kenshiro described repeatedly as 'the three idiot brothers' attempting to find work with a convenience store, where everyone has been given an IdiotBall of their own and ''[[BrattyHalfPint Bat]]'' of all people is now a DeadpanSnarker StraightMan and possibly the OnlySaneMan of the show.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', a hyperactive, ReferenceOverdosed parody of the HaremGenre in which a majority of the cast are the human forms of CthulhuMythos creatures (that Nyarko in the title? Short for Nyarlathotep). It tends to split its time between zany comedy and more serious moments, either gory battles with {{Cosmic Horror}}s or the emerging romance between the human Mahiro Yasaka and Nyarko.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} Sunshine'', the only season of ''Jewelpet'' to put emphasis on comedy instead of plot.
* ''Manga/StrangePlus''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AmbushBug'' in both its '80s and '00s incarnations. Every issue skips from place to place in TheDCU making fun of everything from Comicbook/{{Superman}} to ComicBook/TheSandman.
* ''AoiHouse'' is part anime/manga parody, part American media parody (multiple references to ''GreysAnatomy'', and at one point a character is found to be singing the theme song to ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]''), and entirely hilarious.
* ''ComicBook/SonicX''
* TheSmurfs (original books; the AnimatedAdaptation not so much)
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* TheDysFUNctionalPirates
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' frequently berated itself for being too silly. Many of the sketches head deep into {{Cloudcuckoolander}} territory (one had a caption saying "SOMETHING SILLY'S GOING TO HAPPEN"), and the animations in between them are even weirder. The Sergeant with [[TheUnFunny no sense of humor]] would generally serve as a means to tell them to stop being so silly.
** Really, any SketchShow will be one of these, and the same goes for {{Variety Show}}s.
* ''RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' deserves a special mention because this particular variety/sketch show is seriously MADE of this trope!
* ''GreenWing'' (a Gag Hospital Soap)
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_The_Blood_Run_Free Let The Blood Run Free]]'', an unrepentant parody of Australian soaps... from Australia. It makes ''{{Scrubs}}'' look like ''Series/{{House}}''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coM_vVkNGQY Observe]].
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_coeur_a_ses_raisons Le cur a ses raisons]]'' (aka ''[[MarketBasedTitle Sins of Love]]'') is yet another shameless parody of soaps, this one being of French-Canadian origin.
* ''WebVideo/FourBlokesWithoutTelly'', one of the non in-universe camera Youtube series, and a great example of GagSeries
* ''TheMightyBoosh''
* The ''Bitcom'' segments on ''Series/{{Studio 3}}''.
* ''Series/RaumschiffGamestar''.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' was a series based almost entirely on quick jokes, with quite a bit of subtle strangeness and cartoon logic holding it together.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''GodHand'': There actually ''is'' a plot, but even the characters make fun of it. Also, there are midget SuperSentai and a gorilla in a luchador mask.
* ''KatamariDamacy'': Any attempt at a sane description of the plot is an exercise in futility.
* ''SaintsRow'' has slowly drifted into this. The first game was a dead-serious ''GrandTheftAuto'' clone; the second game decided to swing for the fences, and it's gotten increasingly bizarre ever since. Also, it's in the same universe as ''RedFaction''.
* ''{{Warioware}}'''s gameplay consists of a series of bizarre and humorous microgames that last less that 5 seconds most of the time and are completely unrelated to each other.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/DraKoi'' shifts between being a gag series and some weird sort of romantic meta fiction without a moment's notice. It's hard to know what to take seriously.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
* ''TheDementedCartoonMovie'' features barely any plot, no continuity between scenes, and features more than half of the 30-minute running time consisting of explosions. Suffice to say, the title is accurate.
* Creator/DonHertzfeldt's ''WesternAnimation/{{Rejected}}''. Not a series, but it fits. Seriously, try to create a plot from it. Your brain WILL explode.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Siblings}}''
* The ''WebAnimation/{{asdfmovie}}s''
* ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* See GagPerDayWebcomics for a list. A complete list would probably make the internet asplode.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''InvaderZim'' is a very dark variant of this.
* ''TheSuperHeroSquadShow''. a wacky, lighthearted spoof of the MarvelUniverse.
* ''TheFairlyOddParents'' (especially [[DenserAndWackier later episodes]]).
* ''SpongeBobSquarePants''.
* Earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
* ''{{Freakazoid}}''
* 80% of AdultSwim programming
* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' features Sheep, who is hiding from a secret military organization. Why? General Specific has a [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum sheep-powered]] ray gun. Gags happen as the military tries and fails to grab one Sheep. Apart from the plot, there are also {{Parody Commercial}}s, and a segment with the Ranting Swede.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''. Very much.
* ''{{Chowder}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretMountainFortAwesome'' and its' spin-off ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' take this UpToEleven.
* ''[[TeenTitansGo Teen Titans Go]]'' is an [[AffectionateParody AffectionateParody]] of the original [[TeenTitans show]] as well as some other DC elements.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' and from the same network, ''WesternAnimation/BeingIan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''
* ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak'', it's another one of those shows that make you wanna ask WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''
* ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel''. It relies on the same random humor as Yakkity Yak.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* ''TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', which is a mix of dark humor and gross-out humour.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''
* ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel''
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
* Almost all classic cartoon shorts, particularly ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', and the oeuvre of Creator/TexAvery.
** And the later WB cartoons inspired by them, like ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''.
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