"Dramedy" is a neologism formed from a combination of the words Drama and Comedy 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 (1921), 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.

Note that a dramedy is not just "drama with some comedic elements". Elements of comic relief (bumbling sidekicks, absurd complications, snappy dialogue or pithy one-liners) can appear in all but the very darkest dramas. Even classic tragedies like Hamlet have it. A dramedy must still be comedic in nature, even if it has a serious plotline. Because of this, expect to see them get lumped in with the sitcoms come award season (this can actually serve as a litmus test for if a show is dramedy or straight drama — can you imagine it being nominated in the same award category as a sitcom?)


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  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • William Shakespeare made much of his plays to be this. His tragedies often had several light moments, and his comedies often had several dark and sad moments.
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Possibly the oldest, well-known example.
    • Romeo and Juliet - Many people back then interpreted the play as a Black Comedy, and light moments are interspersed throughout the tragedy.
      • Many of the characters are straight out of Commedia dell'Arte: Romeo and Juliet are the Innamorati, Friar Lorenzo the Tartaglia, Mercutio the Arlecchino, Benvolio the Pierrot and Tybalt the Capitano.
  • Wicked

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Alternative Title(s): Comedy Drama