Gag Series

"Dearest Mother: We're thinking of portraying various dramas from everyday life from now on."
"Just kidding. This episode was a one time thing."

A comedic show specifically concentrating on being humorous before any concern of plot, drama, or even comprehensibility. Noted for a complete lack of tact or pomposity on the part of the writers, and frequent postmodern commentary. Can have occasional Fanservice which the series will openly acknowledge. The Rule of Funny will be observed.

Because they don't take themselves seriously, gag series tend to experiment across the board with parody, lewd humor, random cutaways, and short-lived drama. In a win-win situation, these can be very successful experiments when they succeed, or mocked by the series itself when they fail as a protective tactic. Ironically, they can be praised for presenting such topics without being Anvilicious. However, doing this at the end of a series can cause accusations of being pretentious.

Anime gag series often use a Puni Plush design. Many are also Widget Series. Shows that depend a lot on puns and parody are typically considered too difficult for commercial releases, and are fansubbed only erratically. A few even get a Gag Dub.

Anime and Manga are particularly notorious in this genre. Series will regularly go over the top in their nonsense and hilarity even within the context of the show itself. Characters will time-travel, change species or gender, die, destroy buildings, cities, or planets, anything that will push the ridiculousness even higher; also note that these effects are rarely, if ever, permanent. There are times when "normality" is broken and restored in the space of a few minutes.

Occasionally the Gag Series is an adaptation of some 'canonical' source, except now the writers pretty much do whatever they like.

See also Big Lipped Alligator Moment, for cases where an otherwise coherent story has occasional Gag Series interludes.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 



    Live Action TV 

  • Hello Cheeky was a series based almost entirely on quick jokes, with quite a bit of subtle strangeness and cartoon logic holding it together.
  • The Goon Show was one of the premiere British surreal comedy shows, influencing everyone from Monty Python to The Beatles.

    Video Games 
  • God Hand: There actually is a plot, but even the characters make fun of it. Also, there are midget Super Sentai and a gorilla in a luchador mask.
  • Katamari Damacy: Any attempt at a sane description of the plot is an exercise in futility.
  • Saints Row has slowly drifted into this. The first game was a dead-serious Grand Theft Auto clone; the second game decided to swing for the fences, and it's gotten increasingly bizarre ever since. Also, it's in the same universe as Red Faction.
  • Warioware's gameplay consists of a series of bizarre and humorous microgames that last less that 5 seconds most of the time and are completely unrelated to each other.

    Visual Novels 
  • Dra Koi shifts between being a gag series and some weird sort of romantic meta fiction without a moment's notice. It's hard to know what to take seriously.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner
  • The Demented Cartoon Movie features barely any plot, no continuity between scenes, and features more than half of the 30-minute running time consisting of explosions. Suffice to say, the title is accurate.
  • Don Hertzfeldt's Rejected. Not a series, but it fits. Seriously, try to create a plot from it. Your brain WILL explode.
  • RWBY Chibi is a Gag Series spinoff of the original RWBY, meant to provide fans with some comic relief following the dark and dramatic turn of the third season of the original show and to get the animators acquainted with the new tools they'll need for Season 4.
  • Siblings
  • The asdfmovies
  • The Lazer Collection

    Web Comics 

    Web Video 

    Western Animation