"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
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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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.
- Family Guy - although a comedy at its core like The Simpsons, there were some serious episodes such as "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows", "And Then There Were Fewer", etc.
- 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.
- Steven Universe makes outstanding use of Mood Whiplash in many of its' episodes, especially in "Cat Fingers" and "So Many Birthdays".
- Teen Titans - has the drama of a DC series, balanced out with Animesque humor for good measure.
- Total Drama - It's right in the name.