"Dramedy" is a neologism
formed from a combination of the words Drama
to describe a genre of film and television, such as M*A*S*H
, blurring genre lines to combine comedy and drama elements in a consistent fashion. Though this has become popular in recent times, one of the first times the two genres were ever combined was in the Charlie Chaplin
film The Kid
, making this Older Than They Think
Dramedies sometimes make use of Magic Realism
. Due to its nature, the genre is especially vulnerable to Mood Whiplash
. Despite Dramedies often having serious plotlines, expect to see them get lumped in with the sitcoms come award season.
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Anime and Manga
Live Action TV
- Twelve Ounce Mouse
- Adventure Time (at least from the second season's finale onwards)
- An American Tail - Specifically, the original movie. While it had downright heart-wrenching moments, there were some funny moments in between.
- As Told by Ginger
- Avatar: The Last Airbender and it's sequel series The Legend of Korra
- Ben 10 and all of the spin-off series, including Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Ben 10: Omniverse.
- Futurama - several episodes and sideplots can qualify; especially, ironically enough, the Comedy Central episodes.
- Generator Rex
- Gravity Falls
- Hey Arnold!- Episodes like "Pigeon Man", "Arnold's Christmas", and The Journal" are very present within the show and definitely qualify
- King of the Hill
- Kung Fu Panda - There is plenty of powerful drama in this franchise, contrary to what the trailers would have you believe.
- Moral Orel - This show starts out as a dark comedy, but towards the end of the second season, the majority of the episodes became more dark and dramatic as the show went on, having little to no elements of comedy in most of the episodes, turning the show into a Dramedy.
- Mission Hill
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Despite the initial kid-friendly nature, this series garnered huge attention with deep story-lines and hilarious moments.
- Out There Is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that focuses on two best friends and the conflicts they face as newcomers in High School. Several dramatic elements are presented in the plot for most episodes, as well as comedic relief and humor mixed in between.
- Regular Show - In similar vein to Adventure Time, this show has become a bit more dramatic since the end of season two, which had more than several episodes being given near-total seriousness, focusing more on the development of character relationships instead of using humor.
- Rick and Morty
- The Simpsons - Yes, believe it or not, several episodes focused on Homer's mother are quite serious.
- Earlier seasons in particular were a lot more story-driven and realistic (or at least as realistic as the Simpsons can be), and the show has always treated the relationships and experiences of the characters seriously just as many times as they treat them humorously.
- South Park (since season 5, some episodes, especially the multi-part ones, tend to be more serious while not dropping the overall comedic tone)
- Steven Universe makes outstanding use of Mood Whiplash in many of its' episodes, especially in "Cat Fingers" and "So Many Birthdays".
- Total Drama - It's right in the name.
- The Venture Bros. after it's third season became a more complex series that focused on a more serious development and study of the main characters and the shows plotline, with various plot twists and dramatic moments, while still managing to be a dark comedy series as well.