whose premise includes at least one fantasy or Science Fiction
element, often an Amusing Alien
. These were especially popular in The '60s
, 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)
- Black Jesus (Exactly What It Says on the Tin)
- 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)
- Captain Nice (A mild-mannered mama's boy who discovers a secret formula that, when taken, transformed him in an explosive burst of smoke into superhero Captain Nice.)
- 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
- The Girl With Something Extra (The "something extra" being Psychic Powers)
- 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)
- Marley's Ghosts
- Me And My Monsters (a family moves to a new house only to find that there are monsters living in their basement)
- 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 Living Doll (Psychiatrist is entrusted with the care of a lifelike female android)
- My Mother The Car (David Crabtree drives an antique car that is the reincarnation of his mother.)
- Nanny And The Professor (Nanny is Psychic)
- Old Harry's Game (Hell as the setting, with Satan and demons as main characters
- 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
- The Smothers Brothers Show (A bungling apprentice angel lives with his mortal brother)
- Steve D'Monster
- Teen Angel (One of the main characters is a Guardian Angel)
- That's So Raven (Main character is a psychic)
- 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)
- Young Dracula (Some of the main characters are vampires.
- One Hundred 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 its predecessor. note
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Mad Scientist records evil plans on an online video-diary)
- Doraemon (Robot cat travels 100 years in the past to give guidance to a hapless 10 year old boy)
- 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 Hitchhiker's 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)
- It's 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.
- Other Space (rookie space explorers sent on mission, stumble into alternate universe by accident)
- 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 becomes a Human Popsicle and is revived 67 years later, lives with his much older son and same-age grandson)
- Small Wonder (Suburban family with android daughter)
- Space Janitors (Janitors in space)
- 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)
- Yo Soy Franky (Teenage girl robot attending middle school)
- Adventure Time (wizards, monsters, sentient robots/cyborgs, Everything Talks)
- Matt N Dusty (Includes robots, dragons, sentient game consoles, and dolphins wishing to take over the planet.)
- Uncle Grandpa (main character is a Reality Warper, other main characters include a sentient dinosaur, fanny pack, pizza, tiger, and robot)
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.