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->"Dearest Mother: We're thinking of portraying various dramas from everyday life from now on."
->"Just kidding. This 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 [[LampshadeHanging 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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AoiHouse'' is part anime/manga parody, part American media parody (multiple references to ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', and at one point a character is found to be singing the theme song to ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]''), and entirely hilarious.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a parody of World History. While some strips does depict real world events, some is actually just the countries bickering with each other silly.
%%* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': To a lesser degree, since the series does have continuity and plot, but each episode is definitely a Gag Episode.
%%* ''Manga/BananaNoNana''
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'': Can't seem to take itself seriously even when trying to be shounen.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': Plots constructed entirely out of bad puns, sight gags, and pop-culture flotsam.
* ''Anime/CarnivalPhantasm'' being an AffectionateParody of the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}, has gotten quite hilarious EVERYTIME AND EVERYWHERE!
* ''Manga/{{Colorful}}''. A couple of braindead losers and surprisingly innocent ecchi. The show makes fun of itself and perverts.
%%* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''
%%* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge''
* ''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.
%%* ''Anime/DiGiCharat''
%%* ''Manga/DoctorSlump''
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' started off as this for its first several arcs, and is repeatedly called a gag series in the manga during these arcs. Once [[KnightOfCerebus King Piccolo]] showed up, however, the story began taking itself much more seriously. Since the darker tone is present for a greater portion of the manga's storyline, the fact that it began as a vulgar comedy is often overlooked.
** That said, it's roots as a gag series still shine through from time to time, with villains that do elaborate poses in the style of Super Sentai characters, or moments like Goku having to catch his teacher's pet monkey as part of his training. The Majin Buu arc especially reads like a marriage between the silly and serious sides of the manga; Majin Buu is a fat, pink demon that goes around turning people into candy, but he's also a serious threat and slaughters entire cities. Goku and Vegeta do a silly-looking fusion dance that makes them even more powerful, and at one point they kick Buu's ass ''after being turned into a coffee-flavored jawbreaker.''
* ''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.
%%* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''
* ''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.
* ''Anime/HareGuu'': With a mix of serious and nonserious subplots.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'': The series is one big walking fourth-wall-breaking, parodying and absolutely nonsensical anime/manga. Though with a healthy pinch of action and good ol' {{shonen}} standbys, like the power of friendship.
* ''Manga/GoldfishWarning''. The show has a paper-thin plot, little to no continuity, 7 is just the random insane adventures of a particular class in a farm school.
* ''[[Anime/NyanpireTheAnimation The Gothic World Of Nyanpire]]'': The anime and manga, at first might sound strange to you. But just watching an episode of the anime can be very amusing depending on the episode. Since Nyanpire is completely different compared to classic vampires and Dracula.
%%* ''Manga/HaruhiChan''
* ''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/HeIsMyMaster'': More so in the manga, where the author inserts romantic comedy cliches, then chides the reader for expecting serious resolutions.
%%* ''Manga/{{Hinamatsuri}}''
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', a hyperactive, ReferenceOverdosed parody of the HaremGenre in which a majority of the cast are the human forms of Franchise/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}}'':
** ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'', set in a school attended by humans, Jewelpets, talking animals, normal animals and the odd robot. And the teacher is a HotBlooded pink dolphin. HilarityEnsues, though there is an underlying serious sub-plot.
** ''Anime/JewelpetKiraDeco'' is a parody of {{Sentai}} shows, with its members being exaggerations of FiveManBand members, and there's [=NEETs=] for villains.
** ''Anime/JewelpetHappiness'' is much like ''Sunshine'', but with a less colorful cast.
* ''Manga/KillMeBaby'', 99.9% of which is played for a purely comedic scenario where all seriousness and compassion are thrown out the window.
* ''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.
* 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]].
%%* ''Anime/MagicalPokaan''
%%* ''Anime/MajokkoTsukuneChan''
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'': Since the series is an AffectionateParody of [[ShoujoDemographic shoujo manga]] and its making, most romantic or heartwarming moments will end up being [[MomentKiller ruined]] by one of the characters for the sake of a joke.
%%* ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume''
* ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'': Nagasumi and Sun's blossoming relationship is played semi-seriously. Pretty much everything else is comedy fodder.
* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' starts as a romance between a rather ordinary guy and a vampire girl… then all sorts of supernatural beings start to appear, whose degree of sanity ranges from silly to batshit insane. Most chapters feature an initially mundane situation that goes to hell thanks to that. The artist is notably prone to [[IdenticalPanelGag repeat panel layout between pages]] or [[MoodDissonance using dramatic graphical effects in comical situations.]] The series becomes a little more plot-heavy in the post-92 chapters, but without letting go of the over-the-top absurdity.
%%* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''
%%* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''
%%* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''
%%* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Most of the [[{{Filler}} Filler episodes]] as well as the Pikachu shorts at the beginning of the movies.
%%* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is a wacky series about the shenanigans caused by the increasingly ridiculous forms of MartialArtsAndCraft, BalefulPolymorph curses, and tangled LoveDodecahedron.
%%* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''
%%* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''
* ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon'': A parody Anime with bits of Romance added in ..
%%* ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo''
%%* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': [[SarcasmMode ...tell me it isn't.]]
* ''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.
* ''Manga/StrangePlus'': the sordid tale of a 20-something year old who looks 12, likes to crossdress and get naked in public, and is in general a tremendous jerkass, his younger, saner brother, and their two co-workers - a violent woman and a possibly gay, dreadlocked, muscled guy. TheyFightCrime.
%%* ''Anime/SuperMilkChan'': An experimental anime, in the sense that taking a tab of Ecstasy and then boarding a tilt-a-whirl is experimental.
* ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'', where anything, even reality, is subject to change at a moment's notice.
* ''Anime/{{Teekyuu}}'' demolishes everything within its two-minute limit-sanity, its own bizarre rules and order, any [[NoFourthWall semblance of a fourth wall,]] the limits of [[{{Squick}} personal taste]], how fast a normal human can logically speak (and how fast a viewer can read subtitles) to tell a joke.
%%* ''Anime/TokyoPig''
%%* ''Manga/UchihaSasukesSharinganChronicles'': A gag manga spinoff of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' with Uchiha Sasuke as the main character.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AmbushBug'' in both its '80s and '00s incarnations. Every issue skips from place to place in Franchise/TheDCU making fun of everything from Comicbook/{{Superman}} to ComicBook/TheSandman.
%%* ''ComicBook/SonicX''
%%* ComicBook/TheSmurfs (original books; the AnimatedAdaptation not so much)
%%* Any series about ''ComicBook/DeadPool''.
* ''ComicBook/RedEars'' is a popular series of SexComedy jokes.
* ''ComicBook/IdeesNoires'', ''ComicBook/LesFemmesEnBlanc'' and ''ComicBook/PierreTombal'' are BlackComedy gags.
* Nearly everything under the ''Bamboo Édition'' imprint that isn't in "Pouss' de Bamboo" or "Bamboo 2/Au Carré".

%%* ''Fanfic/TheDysFUNctionalPirates''

* ''Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse'', a parody depicting the usual ZombieApocalypse scenario is essentially this, often taken UpToEleven.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BigTimeRush'' is basically a live-action series with cartoon plots (and sound effects to boot).
* ''Series/GreenWing'' (a Gag Hospital Soap)
* The {{Creator/Studio100}} series Series/KabouterPlop while can be serious at times. Is mostly themed after slapstick humor.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_coeur_a_ses_raisons Le cœur a ses raisons]]'' (aka ''[[MarketBasedTitle Sins of Love]]'') is yet another shameless parody of soaps, this one being of French-Canadian origin.
* ''[[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 ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' look like ''Series/{{House}}''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coM_vVkNGQY Observe]].
%%* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh''
* ''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.
%%* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
%%* ''Series/RaumschiffGamestar''.
%%* ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' deserves a special mention because this particular variety/sketch show is seriously MADE of this trope!
%%* The ''Bitcom'' segments on ''Series/{{Studio 3}}''.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Many NewspaperComics or comics published in magazines tend to be gag series, because readers can laugh at the "joke of the day/week/month" even if they happened to miss an issue. Gag comics also tend to be popular with slow readers, because the stories are simple and have a direct pay-off once you've gotten past the page.
** ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' typically featured a DreamSequence which allowed all kinds of surreal storylines, only to end at the bottom of the page with Nemo falling out of his bed because it was AllADream.
** ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'': All gags will end with Krazy Kat being zapped by one of Ignatz' bricks in one way or another.
** ''Literature/MaxAndMoritz'', ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids'', ''Sjors en Sjimmie'', ''Perry and the Rinkydinks'', ''ComicStrip/QuickAndFlupke'', ''ComicStrip/BillyBunter'', ''De Vrolijke Bengels'', ''De Lustige Kapoentjes'', ''ComicStrip/TheBashStreetKids'',... are all gag comics about the antics of misbehaving children versus their teachers, parents or a MeddlesomePatrolman.
** ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'', ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', ''ComicStrip/{{BC}}'', ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'', ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', ''Piet Fluwijn en Bolleke'', ''Robin Dubois'', ''ComicBook/LeonardLeGenie'', ''ComicBook/{{Cubitus}}'', ''ComicBook/KidPaddle'', ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'', ''ComicBook/IdeesNoires'', ''ComicBook/JanJansEnDeKinderen'', ''ComicBook/DeGeneraal'', ''ComicBook/HaagseHarry'', ''Le Chat'', ''Kabout Wesley'', ''L' Agent 212'', ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon'', ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'', ''ComicBook/{{Titeuf}}'', ... are all typical newspaper or magazine comics which work towards one punchline.
** Comic strips like ''ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead'' and ''Cowboy Henk'' have more surreal storylines with set-ups and jokes that change in every episode.

* ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' was a series based almost entirely on quick jokes, with quite a bit of subtle strangeness and cartoon logic holding it together.
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' was one of the premiere British surreal comedy shows, influencing everyone from Creator/MontyPython to Music/TheBeatles.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/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.
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'': Any attempt at a sane description of the plot is an exercise in futility.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' has slowly drifted into this. The first game was a dead-serious ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/RedFaction''.
* ''VideoGame/{{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.

[[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.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
%%* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''
* ''WebAnimation/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/RWBYChibi'' is a Gag Series spinoff of the original ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', meant to provide fans with some comic relief following the dark and dramatic turn of the third season of the original show and to get the animators acquainted with the new tools they'll need for Season 4.
%%* ''WebAnimation/{{Siblings}}''
%%* The ''WebAnimation/{{asdfmovie}}s''
%%* ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* See GagPerDayWebcomics for a list. A complete list would probably make the internet asplode.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' is an example of a non gag-per-day strip that still qualifies. It follows a single, continuous story, but it's a completely surreal one that runs on RuleOfFunny and AntiClimax.
* The official ''Grand Blues'' web manga / comic of ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'' which is accessible in-game counts as this, complete with many examples of CharacterExaggeration, AffectionateParody, and LampshadeHanging. Notably, this series served as the basis for the 2017 AprilFools event "Big Bad Shadow" - Grand Blues was stated to be an AlternateUniverse from the main game, with the manga version of Vyrn featured as the raid boss.

%%[[folder:Web Video]]
%%* ''WebVideo/FourBlokesWithoutTelly'', one of the non in-universe camera Youtube series, and a great example of this trope.
%%* ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is (in)famous for this. Later episodes are often criticized for having {{Cutaway Gag}}s and {{Overly Long Gag}}s as pointless filler.
* 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}}'', since they were intended to be {{Spiritual Successor}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' both follow this in a RapidFireComedy manner most of the time, particularly in earlier episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is a very dark variant of this.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'': a wacky, lighthearted spoof of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' (especially [[DenserAndWackier later episodes]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' was always one, but later episodes take it UpToEleven.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', though like ''Adventure Time'' below, it would stop doing this as frequently as time went on.
* Earlier episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' tended to be this. Then CerebusSyndrome kicked in.
%%* 80% of Creator/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' is filled to the brim with wacky, SurrealHumour with little to no breaks in between.
** Likewise, CH Greenblatt's other cartoon ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', though it's much more relaxed and less surreal than most.
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretMountainFortAwesome'' and its' spin-off ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' take this UpToEleven.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' is an AffectionateParody of the original [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans show]] as well as some other DC elements.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' and from the same network, ''WesternAnimation/BeingIan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', pre ''[[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut Bigger, Longer, and Uncut]]'' was based on this. The creators began to aim for more satire as they eventually realized the show would not be able to keep up the formula forever. [[BrokenBase Whether this was a good or bad move]] entirely depends on who you are.
%%* ''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'''s writing can be most simply described as a slew of gags with a loose story tying them together for coherency.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', which is a mix of dark humor and gross-out humour.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'''s episode plots are often about cramming as many jokes as possible into ten minutes with a story built to link them up.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters The Ghost Busters]]'' was, like the "Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters" movies, a beginning, an ending, and a rapid-fire succession of jokes in between. The writers and artists who worked on the [[AnimatedAdaptation animated sequel]] regarded it as a gag series compared to the more serious ''HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has [[HalfwayPlotSwitch plots that switch halfway through the episode]], [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment one-off gags that have nothing to do with the rest of the plot of the episode]], and [[NegativeContinuity barely any continuity between episodes]]. Sometimes, there isn't even continuity ''between scenes of the same episode''. The main focus is humor.