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whose premise includes at least one fantasy or Science Fiction
element, often an Amusing Alien
. These were especially popular in The Sixties
, as writers and networks cast about for novel alternatives to the more conventional Dom Coms
of the preceding years.
See also: Magic Realism
, Mundane Fantastic
, Urban Fantasy
, and Monster Roommate
. Not to be confused with a comedy that just happens to be very good. See Supernatural Soap Opera
for a serious action and drama filled version that focuses more on the supernatural world instead of trivial everyday things.
- The Addams Family (Fester lights lightbulbs with his mouth, the bearskin rug growls, carnivorous plants behave like animals)
- Bewitched (Wife is a witch)
- The Calvinverse (World of Weirdness antics abound in these very Medium Aware Script Fics)
- Big Wolf on Campus (A teenage werewolf, his Genre Savvy best-friend and an Action Girl deal with the Monster of the Week, making movie references all the way)
- Cavemen (Based on the "Cavemen" Geico campaign, Present day with Cavemen still existing and being integrated into Homo Sapien as a seperate sub-group)
- The Charmings (Snow White, Prince Charming, kids and wicked witch mother-in-law all in modern suburbia).
- Dave the Barbarian (An Affectionate Parody of Heroic Fantasy in general and Conan the Barbarian in particular; fantasy kingdom series with a Wizard in the secondary cast)
- Dead Gorgeous (The main protagonists are 150 year old ghosts suddenly dropped into a modern school)
- Dog With A Blog (A dog with a blog who can talk)
- Eerie Indiana (Think The X-Files turned into a comedy for kids)
- Far Out Space Nuts (Think Laurel and Hardy as bumbling NASA maintenence workers who always land on different planets populated by People in Rubber Suits)
- Fat Guy Stuck in Internet (Exactly What It Says on the Tin)
- The Flying Nun (About a nun who, well, flies)
- Free Spirit (Blithe Spirit with magical powers becomes a Magical Nanny to a divorced lawyer's kids)
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Family lives in a cottage haunted by an old sea captain's ghost)
- Gilligan's Island
- God, the Devil and Bob
- Gravity Falls (Pretty much an animated version of Eerie Indiana)
- Hero Corp
- I Dream of Jeannie (Persian genie in bottle)
- Jimmy Two-Shoes (Hell as the setting, with Satan and the Anti Anti Christ as main characters.)
- Kaamelott deals with the Arthurian legends (including wizard, magic sword and all) from a comedic point of view.
- The Librarian
- The Lost Saucer (Gomer Pyle and Ruth Buzzi as androids)
- Mister Ed (talking horse)
- My Phone Genie (Genie in a phone)
- The Munsters (Frankenstein monster, vampires, and a werewolf - all in one family!)
- The Muppet Show (Human guest stars appear on a vaudevillian variety show entirely composed of talking animals and stranger beings. Magical and/or science fiction sub-plots are common.)
- My Mother The Car (David Crabtree drives an antique car that is the reincarnation of his mother.)
- Nanny And The Professor (Nanny is Psychic)
- Pelswick (Protagonist has a guardian angel)
- Pushing Daisies (Man can bring back the dead)
- Rentaghost (A company of ghosts for hire)
- Round the Twist - (Three siblings move into a lighthouse with their dad, in an isolated community where they become Weirdness Magnets for the supernatural)
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Schoolgirl from a Witch family)
- Sigmund And The Sea Monsters
- Steve D'Monster
- Teen Angel (One of the main characters is a Guardian Angel)
- Thats So Raven
- Topper (One of the earliest examples of the trope - The ghosts of a young couple killed in an avalanche [as well as the ghost of the St Bernard that tried to rescue them] try to help an uptight Banker loosen up and enjoy life)
- Transylvania Television (Vampire, Yeti, Bat, Skull, Frankenstein Monster and a large workforce of zombies run a television station.)
- Ugly Americans: Every supernatural or mythological being is real, and have the same problems as any other minority groups.
- Wizards of Waverly Place (A trio of young Wizards in New York City)
- Woof (A kid finds himself constantly turning in a dog for unexplained reasons. Hilarity Ensues)
- 100 Deeds For Eddie McDowd: The neighbourhood bully is transformed into a talking dog, and has to complete 100 good deeds before he can be turned back into a human being.
- The Devil is a Part-Timer! (Satan, his demon general, and The Hero meant to slay him wind up in Tokyo, get themselves day jobs, and go completely native.)
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, which parodies many well-known tropes from a variety of genres and which, early on, parodied specific stories.
- ALF (Alien crash lands in suburbia)
- American Dad!, which is a bit more sci-fi than it's predecessor. note
- Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog (Mad Scientist records evil plans on an online video-diary)
- Eureka (Fish out of Water sherif in a small town run by geniuses who's motto is For Science!)
- Far Out Space Nuts (NASA janitors try to return to Earth after accidental launch)
- Futurama (Unlucky Everydude from 1999 AD trapped in stasis for 1000 years, winds up living in the 31st century)
- The Greatest American Hero (Aliens give supersuit to teacher, who loses the manual and must learn how to use it.)
- Haruhi Suzumiya contains many elements of classic sitcom rather than the typical "anime comedy".
- Heat Vision and Jack
- Herman's Head
- All incarnations of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy except some parts of the later books.
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Adaptation of the film series)
- I Am Not An Animal (Collage animation satire about self-obsesed talking animals created in a lab)
- Its About Time was based on the Fish out of Temporal Water trope. It started with two astronauts accidentally Time Traveling back to the prehistoric era and making friends with a family of cave dwellers. When the show got disappointing ratings, a mid-season retool resulted in the astronauts returning to their own time—with the cave family in tow.
- The Jetsons (Family in the future)
- Lab Rats (A trio of bionic superhuman teens)
- Marvin Marvin (An Alien Among Us Kid Com)
- The animated adaption of Men In Black walks the line between this and Mundane Fantastic, with the more jaded MIB members treating Starfish Aliens and fantastic technology as commonplace.
- Mork and Mindy (Alien moves in with suburbanite woman, learns about Humans)
- My Favorite Martian (Ray Walston plays an alien visitor passed off as Bill Bixby's uncle)
- My Hero (Superman-like hero married to normal woman)
- My Living Doll (Air Force psychologist lives with beautiful woman-shaped robot)
- My Parents Are Aliens (well, foster parents, at any rate)
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 (A human and his Robot Buddies are imprisoned on a Space Station by a Mad Scientist and his/her henchmen, who force them to watch bad movies)
- The Neighbors. AmusingAliens in suburbia who take on the appearance of a multiethnic (white husband, black wife, Asian son, white daughter) with the names of famous American athletes.
- Outer Space Astronauts
- Out of This World (Girl given time-stopping ability by her father, an alien)
- Phil of the Future (Family from the future trapped in modern times)
- Quark (Down on his luck captain IN SPACE)
- Red Dwarf (Slob put in stasis for 18 months, accidentally stays in for millions of years)
- The Second Hundred Years (1900 prospector buried in avalanche is revived 67 years later, lives with his much older son and same-age grandson)
- Small Wonder (Suburban family with android daughter)
- The Thundermans (A Family of superheroes trying to settle down so three kids can have a normal childhood)
- The Time... Guys (Time-travelling scientist, his plucky young ward, and his Neanderthal intern)
- 3rd Rock from the Sun (Alien explorers masquerade as a human family)
- Transolar Galactica (Star Trek/Battlestar Galactica/military sci-fi parody)
- Tsuritama: An anime series which focuses on the friendship between Yuki, an Ordinary High-School Student with social difficulties, and Haru, an odd and hyperactive alien. They save the world, by fishing.
- Le Visiteur du Futur (Centered on Time Travel)
- Weird Science (Two boys and their computer-generated magic genie)
- Matt N Dusty (Includes robots, dragons, sentient game consoles, and dolphins wishing to take over the planet.)
Unclear or Debatable Examples
Examples which are not generally in this genre but dipped into it
- Doctor Who:
- The Bottle Episode "The Lodger" is a pastiche of one of these shows, with the Doctor acting as a wacky alien housemate.
- Chunks of "Pond Life" pastiche the formula too, particularly the storyline where the Doctor unexpectedly drops an Ood off at their house, who proceeds to act like a maid for the Ponds.
- Pastiched in the b-plot of the Ninth Doctor novel Only Human - time-traveller Jack Harkness and a forcibly (and permanently) time-travelled Neanderthal have to live together in a flat in 2005, learning about the world through television.