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* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' runs on this trope. Most of the humour in this show is based on Charlie's chronic alcoholism and misogynistic sexual activities with women. If not that, then it's usually about Alan being a punching bag, being mistreated by his family, his ex-wife, losing everything, or being humiliated, until he eventually becomes a {{Jerkass}} in later seasons, in no small part due to his constant misfortunes. Even Charlie's death is PlayedForLaughs, with all of the women spitting in his coffin and his funeral being a big insult and joke being an attempt of the episode to be funny. Sometimes, with the right delivery, it can be funny, but other times it can be distasteful.

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* ''Series/PeepShow'' is an example of this, as every character on the show is a terrible person that often commit [[TurnedUpToEleven unspeakable and downright depraved acts such as eating a dog]].


** Creator/JohnSimm's portrayal of the Master is made of this, as is Creator/MichelleGomez's.

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** Creator/JohnSimm's portrayal of the Master is made of this, as is Creator/MichelleGomez's.this. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E12TheSoundOfDrums "The Sound of Drums"]], for instance, there's the scene where he [[BoardToDeath gasses the Cabinet]]… after insulting them all, and the scene where he eavesdrops on Vivien Rook's SoundOnlyDeath by opening and closing the door a couple times to wince at her screams.



** Missy, Creator/MichelleGomez's version of the Master, delights in ordering people she's about to kill to "Say something nice" first.




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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** "Brunch" revolves around Ted’s parents hiding the fact that they’ve been divorced for several years from him. This is apparently something they do a lot, and the episode ends with them promising to be more honest from now on. Ted then asks how grandma is doing and why she hasn’t returned his calls, while Ted’s parents share a concerned look.
** “Knight Vision” has what is probably the most mean-spirited jokes in the series. Ted attempts to hook up with a woman named Cassie, who then suffers a massive TraumaCongaLine. She is fired, her car is stolen, she gets ditched by her parents and she catches the flue, all while Ted awkwardly spends the evening trying to get rid of her while showing NoSympathy. Meanwhile, Barney and Robin run into trouble when their minister grills them about how they met, and when they tell him the truth of their promiscuous pasts he actually ''dies'' from shock. Finally, Ted gives a toast to said priest and everything seems fine...until Cassie walks into the room.
---> '''Cassie''': Uncle Robert died?


* ''Series/BreakingBad'' to the bone. The infamous "bathtub drop" is listed on the series' NightmareFuel and CrowningMomentOfFunny pages. However, as the series went on and the stakes got higher and higher, the comedy was gradually shed.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' to the bone. The infamous "bathtub drop" is listed on the series' NightmareFuel and CrowningMomentOfFunny SugarWiki/FunnyMoments pages. However, as the series went on and the stakes got higher and higher, the comedy was gradually shed.


* ''1000 Ways To Die'', especially in its later episodes. As one tagline put it: "We glorify stupidity and put a smiley face on Death".

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* ''1000 Ways To Die'', ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'', especially in its later episodes. As one tagline put it: "We glorify stupidity and put a smiley face on Death".



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen"]]: Mr. Crane's [[SoundtrackDissonance choice of music]] to be played at the Cybus Industries factory ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight") doesn't ''quite'' cover up the screams of the people being Cyber-converted inside it.



** There is also an example of this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]". One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic … but not when it's Strax doing it.

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** There is also an example of this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]". Horror]]": One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic … but not when it's Strax doing it.


* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'': [[Franchise/AmericanHorrorStory The entire show]] runs on black comedy when the audience isn't straight-up horrified, this season in particular is rife with it. Examples include Myrtle stealing all of Fiona's jewellery on the way out after comforting her as she swallows a bottle of pills, Marie pulling out her phone to take pictures as a man is killed in front of her, and Nan's eulogy:

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'': [[Franchise/AmericanHorrorStory [[Series/AmericanHorrorStory The entire show]] runs on black comedy when the audience isn't straight-up horrified, this season in particular is rife with it. Examples include Myrtle stealing all of Fiona's jewellery on the way out after comforting her as she swallows a bottle of pills, Marie pulling out her phone to take pictures as a man is killed in front of her, and Nan's eulogy:


** Another episode features Basil ''locking one of his employees in a burning kitchen'' because he's too stubborn and obtuse to realize that there is a fire and it's not just a drill.

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** Another episode features Basil ''locking one of his employees in a burning kitchen'' because he's too [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist stubborn and obtuse obtuse]] to realize that there is a fire and it's not just a drill.

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*''Series/FawltyTowers'': Fawlty Towers tended to focus more on the [[FawltyTowersPlot specific kind of story]] that it perfected, but there were a number of premises and moments that were extremely dark.
** "The Kipper and the Corpse" features a scene where Basil is overjoyed that a guest's death wasn't because of his own negligence.
** Another episode features Basil ''locking one of his employees in a burning kitchen'' because he's too stubborn and obtuse to realize that there is a fire and it's not just a drill.


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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has a continuing story arc where Jack's wife Avery is kidnapped in North Korea and forced to marry Kim Jong Il's son. It is suggested that she is being brainwashed and raped while in captivity.
** Also, she's forced to anchor a North Korean news program, where we see her say, "And in food news... you've had enough to eat today."
* ''1000 Ways To Die'', especially in its later episodes. As one tagline put it: "We glorify stupidity and put a smiley face on Death".
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'': If the story in a given episode wasn't an example of this, Hitch's intros and outros sure were (with a [[VerySpecialEpisode few exceptions]]).
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': Right after Anansi tells a chained slave that his mother was thrown off the boat for refusing to sleep with a slaveholder and (obviously) drowned, he turns to the other slaves: "You all need to work on that. Take swimming lessons! This is how we get stereotypes."
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'': [[Franchise/AmericanHorrorStory The entire show]] runs on black comedy when the audience isn't straight-up horrified, this season in particular is rife with it. Examples include Myrtle stealing all of Fiona's jewellery on the way out after comforting her as she swallows a bottle of pills, Marie pulling out her phone to take pictures as a man is killed in front of her, and Nan's eulogy:
-->'''Fiona:''' And so it is with great sadness we must say goodbye to Nan - ({{Beat}}) - who fell in the tub.\\
'''Marie:''' Amen.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Although the series is very bleak in tone overall, it does not take itself seriously enough for there to be no laughs. Especially when much of the humour stems from making light of all the horrible things that happen.
** [[SoftSpokenSadist Roose Bolton]] is often doing this.
** And [[AxCrazy Ramsay]] takes after his dad in this regard.You may never look at a sausage the same way again...
** Brynden Tully, an old man who is going off to attack thousands of invaders literally by himself, knows he's going to his death. He draws his sword and cheekily remarks to Brienne that he hasn't fought in years, and is probably going to look foolish doing so.
* ''Series/ICarly'' uses this on occasion:
** "iQuit iCarly": T-Bo talks about his best friend Eddie Robinson who was hit by a bus and now became "Dead-die Robinson".
** "iMove Out": Spencer jokes that their aunt died falling out of a "winder". He quickly amends that the cause of death is a heart attack.
** "iPsycho": The old clown in Nora's birthday party suffered an aneurysm and was transported via a gurney, implied he can't make it through.
** "iBeat the Heat": "When the temperature gets too high, the elderly will start to DIE!"
* A significant portion of the comedy in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', especially in the episode "Mystery Spot" which has a hilarious DeathMontage. See GroundhogDayLoop for more.
** Any time the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Trickster]] shows up. Even after [[spoiler: his death]], he's still the funniest guy on the show.
* ''Anything'' by Creator/ChrisMorris.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. A grimly accurate portrayal of the self-serving political system and incredibly, impossibly funny. Even the suicide jokes.
** The series is notorious for its one liners, often chock-a-block with words unrepeatable pre-watershed. Its film adaptation/spiritual successor/sister show took it UpToEleven, playing an unjust war and the deaths of millions of Iraqi for laughs.
-->'''Malcolm:''' I'd love to stay and chat with you, but I'd rather have Type 2 diabetes.
-->''(To Phil Smith)''
--> '''Malcolm:''' I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling [[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]. Right?
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' was about domestic violence, child abuse, alcoholism and mental illness, and was one of the funniest things on TV during its run.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Although the series is very bleak in tone overall, it does not take itself seriously enough for there to be no laughs. Especially when much of the humour stems from making light of all the horrible things that happen.
** [[SoftSpokenSadist Roose Bolton]] is often doing this.
** And [[AxCrazy Ramsay]] takes after his dad in this regard.You may never look at a sausage the same way again...
** Brynden Tully, an old man who is going off to attack thousands of invaders literally by himself, knows he's going to his death. He draws his sword and cheekily remarks to Brienne that he hasn't fought in years, and is probably going to look foolish doing so.
* ''Series/ICarly''
''Series/BetterCallSaul'' also uses this on occasion:
it to great effect:
** "iQuit iCarly": T-Bo talks about his best friend Eddie Robinson who was hit by a bus and now became "Dead-die Robinson".
** "iMove Out": Spencer jokes that their aunt died falling out of a "winder". He quickly amends that the cause of death is a heart attack.
** "iPsycho":
The old clown in Nora's birthday party suffered an aneurysm and was transported via a gurney, implied he can't make it through.
** "iBeat the Heat": "When the temperature gets too high, the elderly will start to DIE!"
* A significant portion of the comedy in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', especially in the
first episode "Mystery Spot" which has opens with Jimmy defending three teens who broke into a hilarious DeathMontage. See GroundhogDayLoop morgue and had sex with a severed head
** Jimmy doing back and forth with Tuco Salamanca on deciding a punishment
for more.
** Any time
the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Trickster]] shows up. Even after [[spoiler: skateboarders who insulted his death]], he's still the funniest guy on the show.
grandma.
** Daniel Warmold, a client under investigation for suspected drug dealing, being shooed out of his own police interrogation so that his lawyer can spin a lie about him stashing videos of himself sitting in pie while crying.
* ''Anything'' by Creator/ChrisMorris.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. A grimly accurate portrayal
''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
-->"One
of the self-serving political system test monkeys slipped on a banana peel and incredibly, impossibly funny. Even the suicide jokes.
broke his neck. It was both tragic and hysterical."
** The series is notorious for its In one liners, often chock-a-block with words unrepeatable pre-watershed. Its film adaptation/spiritual successor/sister show took it UpToEleven, playing an unjust war episode, Bernadette lets slip that she accidentally released a combination of ebola and the deaths of millions of Iraqi for laughs.
-->'''Malcolm:''' I'd love to stay
common cold. Leonard asks "Why would you do that?" and chat she replies, with you, but I'd rather have Type 2 diabetes.
-->''(To Phil Smith)''
--> '''Malcolm:''' I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down
a big smile on her leg whilst whistling [[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]. Right?
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' was about domestic violence, child abuse, alcoholism and mental illness, and was one of the funniest things on TV during its run.
face, "[[BlatantLies We didn't. That would be a terrible, terrible thing.]]"



-->''(characters are sneaking through a minefield)''
-->'''George:''' Sir, what ''should'' we do if we happen to trod on a mine?
-->'''Blackadder:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' Well Lieutenant, standard procedure is to leap 200 feet into the air, and scatter yourself over a wide area.
-->'''George:''' [[ComicallyMissingthePoint Right on, then.]]
* ''Series/WaitingForGod''. Considering its name is (presumably) an allusion to the famous [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot play]] by Creator/SamuelBeckett, and that it's set in an old people's home...
* ''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'' will usually start with this premise.

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-->'''George:'''
minefield]''\\
'''George:'''
Sir, what ''should'' we do if we happen to trod on a mine?
-->'''Blackadder:'''
mine?\\
'''Blackadder:'''
''[{{beat}}]'' Well Lieutenant, standard procedure is to leap 200 feet into the air, and scatter yourself over a wide area.
-->'''George:'''
area.\\
'''George:'''
[[ComicallyMissingthePoint Right on, then.]]
* ''Series/WaitingForGod''. Considering its name is (presumably) an allusion to the famous [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot play]] by Creator/SamuelBeckett, and that it's set in an old people's home...
* ''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'' will usually start
''Series/BlackMirror'' aims at being a drama with this premise.heapings of black comedy as it looks at the way technology alters humanity into something worse. Some episodes, however, seem to drop the "comedy" part of the equation.



* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' also uses it to great effect:
** The first episode opens with Jimmy defending three teens who broke into a morgue and had sex with a severed head
** Jimmy doing back and forth with Tuco Salamanca on deciding a punishment for the skateboarders who insulted his grandma.
** Daniel Warmold, a client under investigation for suspected drug dealing, being shooed out of his own police interrogation so that his lawyer can spin a lie about him stashing videos of himself sitting in pie while crying



* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' fills its episodes with taboo comedy, riffing on such topics as dumpster babies, statutory rape, crack addiction, and cannibalism.
** Arguably spends just as much time succumbing to VulgarHumor as this trope, if not more.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' seemed like the writers were competing to make the most gruesome death imaginable while still counting as slapstick.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has a continuing story arc where Jack's wife Avery is kidnapped in North Korea and forced to marry Kim Jong Il's son. It is suggested that she is being brainwashed and raped while in captivity.
** Also, she's forced to anchor a North Korean news program, where we see her say, "And in food news... you've had enough to eat today."

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* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' fills its episodes ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz's band is called Dingoes Ate My Baby, a reference to the real life tragedy made famous by the movie ''A Cry In The Dark''.
** Justified after the eponymous character sacrifices her life to save [[TheNotLoveInterest Dawn]] (and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl the world]]), only for her friends to rip her from heaven. Buffy reacts to this noble yet traumatizing act by, among other things, using BlackComedy as a coping mechanism. [[DudeNotFunny Buffy's friends catch on]], making this PlayedForDrama.
* Australian comedy team The Chaser had their show ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' suspended for two weeks because of a skit parodying the charity Make a Wish Foundation, showing terminally ill children in a hospital and suggesting that they be given pencil cases instead of trips to Disneyland because "they're only going to die anyway." There was an overwhelming negative reaction to the sketch, including from Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
** Some commentators pointed out that another comedy show, ''The Mansion'' had used exactly the same joke a year before and received no complaints, to which others responded that at least that one hadn't shown dying children (real or otherwise) in their version of the sketch, which showed a receptionist denying the kids' last requests by phone. (Although the fact that ''The Mansion'' practically had no viewership by comparison may have contributed too.)
** The Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph also made note of a story on Website/TheOnion's News Network about a child exploiting the loophole of wishing for unlimited wishes and consequently bankrupting the Make A Wish Foundation
with taboo comedy, riffing on such topics his ludicrously long list of demands. Interestingly, the story not only features the child in question but also not-so-subtly casts him as dumpster babies, statutory rape, crack addiction, the villain due to his insatiable demands (to the extent of him wishing away the pro-bono legal team the Foundation was hoping to use in its defense) and cannibalism.
** Arguably spends just as much time succumbing to VulgarHumor as
features the hosts hoping for his imminent demise so that the Foundation can stop granting his wishes. Presumably Prime Minister Rudd was not told about this trope, if not more.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' seemed like
sketch either so that he could also comment on it sight unseen.
** The Chaser also did a similar story in ''The Chaser'', their early newspaper. In it, a child's wish was to receive a blow job from Cameron Diaz.
** The previous series of
the writers were competing to make show had featured ''The Eulogy Song'', which mentioned a number of dead celebrities (including the most gruesome death imaginable then recently deceased Steve Irwin) and stated that no matter how awful someone is while they're alive, (s)he will be lauded as a "top bloke" after death. It received a huge number of complaints and The Chaser responded that it was a tamer version of an even more offensive song featured in Chris Taylor's stage show ''Dead Caesar.'' The following week they made fun of the controversy in a parody of the "turning off the TV" national election campaign ads then running, with Chas stepping in to switch off the broadcast when ''The Eulogy Song'' came on.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has an instance of dead ''puppy'' humor. They claim the oldest dog in the world is 23 - well, now they've found a ''24'' year-old dog! ...Never mind. (The dog shows up alive later on.)
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' is a musical comedy show about Rebecca Bunch, a young lawyer in New York who moves across the country to West Covina, California, to be near her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan. Except sometimes her stalker behavior doesn't seem so cute, like when she becomes obsessed with Valencia, Josh's girlfriend, and sings about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNIUkO2o_p4 wanting to wear her skin]]. Not cute, but
still counting as slapstick.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has a continuing story arc where Jack's wife Avery is kidnapped
''hilarious'':
-->''I wanna lock you
in North Korea and forced to marry Kim Jong Il's son. It is suggested a basement,''\\
''But in
that she is being brainwashed and raped while basement, you would also be my personal trainer''\\
''(I want your abs!)''\\
''Break into your mom’s house, collect your baby teeth,''\\
''And turn them
in captivity.
** Also, she's forced
to anchor a North Korean news program, where we see her say, "And in food news... you've had enough to eat today."my new retainer''\\
''(I want your smile!)''



* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" is surprisingly funny considering its all about the terrible horror that results from being able to see the future accurately and the inevitability of death. Very, very grim. But also very, very funny. Mr. Brockman's wisecracks and his deadpan shows-off with Mulder and Scully are especially memorable.
** "Je Souhaite" was a light-hearted episode with [[TooDumbToLive two stupid brothers]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing a few unfortunate things]] who died in an explosion.
* The Quiz Broadcast sketches in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', focusing on a GameShow taking place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world. The host is desperate to treat everything with the joviality of a typical quiz show, even though humanity is obviously doomed.
--> '''Host''': Pre-[[ApocalypseHow Event]] sources talk of hope. What ''was'' "hope"?
** The "Elderly Sherlock Holmes" sketch is initially played for Black Comedy laughs as Dr. Watson desperately tries to pretend that Holmes, who has succumbed to dementia, is still the razor-sharp mind he always was. It's then [[MoodWhiplash immediately subverted]] when Holmes, in a moment of clarity, reveals to John that he knows what's happening to him.
*** It is implied that this scene was a homage to Series/{{Blackadder}}, which ended on a similarly serious note. In a previous skit Mitchell and Webb, [[AsHimself as themselves,]] discuss the ending of Blackadder and agree to end on a serious, dramatic sketch. The following scene takes a serious subject matter, the death of a colleague - but the hamminess is turned UpToEleven for laughs.
* ''Series/TheSopranos''.
* Due to the subject matter (historical {{edutainment}}), ''Series/HorribleHistories'' indulges in this at almost all times. Frequent topics include dead/abused children, murder, torture, dismemberment, people getting beaten to death, suicide, war crimes, decapitation and incest. ''In a show at least nominally aimed at eight-year-olds''. There's even a recurring feature called "Stupid Deaths" in which a kooky {{Death}} character laughs at historical figures for dying in ways that usually involve [[ToiletHumour toilets]]. It's possible the real nastiness of it flies over the heads of its target audience, while doing lots to attract a PeripheryDemographic.
* ''Laid'', a 2011 Australian series about a woman who discovers that her former lovers have started dying in various strange and unexpected circumstances.
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' would often have its host the Crypt Keeper make macabre puns about the nasty fates suffered by the people in his stories.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" is surprisingly funny considering
''Series/DoctorWho'' dips into this occasionally as part of its GenreRoulette and MonsterOfTheWeek nature.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", as one can imagine by doing a comedy story set in Emperor Nero's palace. Barbara is made a slave with no rights or ability to get home to her own time, and Nero attempts to rape her multiple times (even chasing her down the corridors while she screams), and it's
all treated as the horrible fate it is, and yet all PlayedForLaughs.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons]]", an AttackOfTheKillerWhatever story
about the terrible horror that results from being able Master killing people in [[LightmareFuel hilariously silly ways]]. One side character gets [[StuffedIntoTheFridge crushed to see death and left by the future accurately and Master for the inevitability of death. Very, very grim. But also very, very funny. Mr. Brockman's wisecracks and Doctor to find]], in his deadpan shows-off with Mulder and Scully are especially memorable.
** "Je Souhaite" was
own lunchbox. Another side character is eaten by a light-hearted episode with [[TooDumbToLive two stupid brothers]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing a few unfortunate things]] who died in an explosion.
*
suspiciously warm inflatable chair. The Quiz Broadcast sketches in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', focusing on Master has a GameShow taking place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world. The host is desperate to treat everything friendly phone conversation with the joviality of a typical quiz show, even though humanity is obviously doomed.
--> '''Host''': Pre-[[ApocalypseHow Event]] sources talk of hope. What ''was'' "hope"?
** The "Elderly Sherlock Holmes" sketch is initially played for Black Comedy laughs as Dr. Watson desperately
Doctor and then tries to pretend murder him by sending a signal down the telephone that Holmes, who has succumbed to dementia, is still makes its cord wrap around the razor-sharp mind he always was. Doctor and start crushing him. 40,000 people are suffocated by daffodils. The Master's ComplexityAddiction is played completely for laughs. It's then [[MoodWhiplash immediately subverted]] when Holmes, in a moment one of clarity, reveals to John the funniest episodes of the original series ever, and was also so nasty that he knows what's happening the producer had to him.
*** It is implied
publicly apologise and promise the MoralGuardians that this scene was a homage he'd never make anything like that again.
** The Fourth Doctor's [[CreepyCute cute]], NightmareFetishist personality is used many times
to Series/{{Blackadder}}, which ended on a similarly serious note. In a previous skit Mitchell milk amusement out of some really dark topics such as [[TooKinkyToTorture torture]] and Webb, [[AsHimself murder, such as themselves,]] discuss through BadNewsInAGoodWay or by just providing the ending of Blackadder and agree {{Bathos}} needed to end on a serious, dramatic sketch. The following scene takes a serious subject matter, the death of a colleague - but the hamminess is turned UpToEleven start playing it for laughs.
* ''Series/TheSopranos''.
* Due
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]]: The Doctor, not knowing he's arrived during the Blitz, walks up to the subject matter (historical {{edutainment}}), ''Series/HorribleHistories'' indulges in mic at a bar and asks, completely seriously, if anything's fallen from the sky lately. The audience's laughter suggests they think he's invoking this at almost all times. Frequent topics include dead/abused children, murder, torture, dismemberment, people getting beaten to death, suicide, war crimes, decapitation and incest. ''In a show at least nominally aimed at eight-year-olds''. There's even a recurring feature called "Stupid Deaths" trope.
** Creator/JohnSimm's portrayal of the Master is made of this, as is Creator/MichelleGomez's.
** There is also an example of this
in which a kooky {{Death}} character laughs at historical figures for dying in ways "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]". One would think that usually involve [[ToiletHumour toilets]]. It's possible the real nastiness of it flies over the heads of its target audience, while an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic … but not when it's Strax doing lots it.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' occasionally, sometimes in-universe, as a means for the doctors and nurses
to attract cope with the tragedies they've witnessed. After Dr Romano was crushed by a PeripheryDemographic.
* ''Laid'',
falling helicopter after having already lost his arm to a 2011 Australian series about a woman who discovers that her former lovers helicopter rotor, Dr Pratt commented "That guy must have started dying really pissed off a helicopter in various strange a past life"
** Med student Lucy Knight once misplaced a corpse
and unexpected circumstances.
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' would often have its host
was rather freaked out when the Crypt Keeper make macabre puns about corpse's twin brother arrived to collect the nasty fates suffered by body.
** When Dr Greene was told two men were in
the people in ER for fist fighting his stories.response was "How quaint."
** When a burn victim comes in, they tend to call them "crispy critters".



* ''Series/TheNightShift2007'' doesn't deal specifically with death, but it's like ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs off its meds]] and stars a DysfunctionJunction. The viewpoint character is clinically depressed, TheDitz is too incompetent to ever live a normal life and tragically waiting for a dream that can never come true, and the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist JadedWashout is a "psycho" whose issues with his AbusiveParents are [[CerebusSyndrome examined seriously]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in TheMovie.
* In Britain, Creator/ChrisMorris's show ''Series/{{Jam}}'' depended almost entirely on this, even featuring a dead baby. Another of his shows, ''Series/BrassEye'', infamously went too far with its "Paedophilia special" and received numerous complaints. Many of these, strangely enough, happened to be from the kind of people and newspapers who the show was satirising in the first place - the News of the World and the Daily Mail acted far more bent out of shape than the Times and the Guardian. Getting celebrities to discuss the implications of a "roboplegic wrongcock" (a paralysed paedophile with cybernetic implants that let him chase children) on television is inherently funny, though.
** ''The Adam and Joe Show'' featured a ''Jam'' parody with a send-up of the dead baby sketch. Joe played a TV repairman who finds a dead baby behind the set and says he will have to rape the corpse in order to repair the television. [[DudeNotFunny A horrified Adam]] refuses to film any more, and storms off the set while Joe complains that "you don't understand my genius"

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* ''Series/TheNightShift2007'' doesn't deal specifically ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Although the series is very bleak in tone overall, it does not take itself seriously enough for there to be no laughs. Especially when much of the humour stems from making light of all the horrible things that happen.
** [[SoftSpokenSadist Roose Bolton]] is often doing this.
** And [[AxeCrazy Ramsay]] takes after his dad in this regard.You may never look at a sausage the same way again...
** Brynden Tully, an old man who is going off to attack thousands of invaders literally by himself, knows he's going to his death. He draws his sword and cheekily remarks to Brienne that he hasn't fought in years, and is probably going to look foolish doing so.
* Often used in ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' as a way to tackle controversial subjects. Examples include:
** A mock advertisement for the fire-proof "Asbestos Sari", designed to prevent the wearer from meeting an untimely death in a "kitchen accident" (a common euphemism for women being murdered due to HonorRelatedAbuse.)
** An Indian woman runs into a women's shelter screaming that her husband attacked her
with a knife. The white woman running the shelter refuses to help until she's certain that it was a kitchen knife and not a ceremonial knife, in which case it would be [[CultureJustifiesAnything a cultural matter]] and the shelter will not be able to intervene. This goes on for so long that the knife-wielding husband breaks in and the white woman does nothing.
** A recurring sketch in the second series involved an elderly Indian woman being interviewed about her life during the time of the British Raj. She would begin with an innocuous memory which would turn into something horrific (such as being raped by British soldiers or having her entire village massacred) but then end on a "happier" note about the soldiers' beautifully polished boots or the army commander having previously given the village children sweets, always ending in her catchphrase: "''Wonderful'' days!"
** A parody of ''Series/TheSootyShow'' where Soo is Sooty's widow and due to be burned on his funeral pyre (''sati'') due to cultural tradition. She explains that she thinks this is barbaric - and ends up being stoned for adultery instead.
** A ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' parody where each of the Teletubbies represents one of the religious/ethnic groups fighting for control of Kashmir. Po's {{Expy}} is eventually beaten to death by the others for trying to suggest that they reach a peaceful solution.
** Any of the sketches about racism, caste differences or sectarian violence.
** When the cast returned twenty years after the original radio series for a one-off TV special, they returned to form with a ''Mary Poppins'' parody critical of corporal punishment in Indian families.
* On ''Grandmas House'', Simon Amstell's general brand of comedy is quite depressing and dark. The whole show remains funny while dealing with at least mildly racist characters,abuse, and disconnect from humanity
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': Showrunner Bryan Fuller sprinkles cannibal double entendres throughout the show, and comedic actors like Eddie Izzard and Scott Thompson help feed into the bleak, funny vibe.
-->'''Lecter:''' Before we begin eating, you must all be warned: Nothing here... is vegetarian. Bon appétit.
* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', while generally hovering somewhere above this level of offensiveness, did feature this joke about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward_case Louise Woodward case]]:
-->"Louise, currently between school and university, will have to remain in America for the duration of the appeal, although she's desperate to come home, as she has to finish an essay entitled 'What I Did in My Year Off.'"
* Due to the subject matter (historical {{edutainment}}), ''Series/HorribleHistories'' indulges in this at almost all times. Frequent topics include dead/abused children, murder, torture, dismemberment, people getting beaten to
death, but it's like ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs off its meds]] suicide, war crimes, decapitation and stars incest. ''In a DysfunctionJunction. The viewpoint show at least nominally aimed at eight-year-olds''. There's even a recurring feature called "Stupid Deaths" in which a kooky {{Death}} character is clinically depressed, TheDitz is too incompetent to ever live a normal life and tragically waiting laughs at historical figures for a dream dying in ways that can usually involve [[ToiletHumour toilets]]. It's possible the real nastiness of it flies over the heads of its target audience, while doing lots to attract a PeripheryDemographic.
* ''Series/ICarly'' uses this on occasion:
** "iQuit iCarly": T-Bo talks about his best friend Eddie Robinson who was hit by a bus and now became "Dead-die Robinson".
** "iMove Out": Spencer jokes that their aunt died falling out of a "winder". He quickly amends that the cause of death is a heart attack.
** "iPsycho": The old clown in Nora's birthday party suffered an aneurysm and was transported via a gurney, implied he can't make it through.
** "iBeat the Heat": "When the temperature gets too high, the elderly will start to DIE!"
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' fills its episodes with taboo comedy, riffing on such topics as dumpster babies, statutory rape, crack addiction, and cannibalism.
** Arguably spends just as much time succumbing to VulgarHumor as this trope, if not more.
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. One example would be Bruce's monologue apologizing for causing cancer:
--> "I'm sorry I caused all that throat cancer and all that bowel cancer. I was just on a roll..."
* ''Laid'', a 2011 Australian series about a woman who discovers that her former lovers have started dying in various strange and unexpected circumstances.
* ''Series/LittleBritain'' was criticized for its increasing attempts to shock, with characters such as an incontinent old lady and an adult man who breastfeeds from his mother. "Puking Pure-blood Lady" projectile vomits whenever she is told that someone of a different ethnic origin prepared the food she is being served.
* In "Guy walks into an Advertising Agency" of ''Series/MadMen'', a newly appointed executive's foot gets run over by a lawn mower in the office. The poor fellow lost his foot and his job because "he'll
never come true, golf again". Despite the gruesome outcome, that scene was really funny. And some comments on the event were pure gold.
-->'''Roger Sterling:''' Any news?\\
'''Paul Kinsey:''' He might lose his foot.\\
'''Roger Sterling:''' Right when he got it in the door.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Child abuse, terrorism, sociopathy... nothing is sacred.
%%* Creator/RikMayall's numerous series for the BBC - ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', ''Series/TheNewStatesman'',
and ''Series/{{Bottom}}''.
* The infamous "Undertaker's Sketch" from episode 26 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' suggested cannibalism as an alternative to interment or cremation. The punchline was so disgusting that ExecutiveMeddling demanded that
the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist JadedWashout is a "psycho" whose issues with his AbusiveParents are [[CerebusSyndrome examined seriously]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] studio audience end the episode by storming the set in TheMovie.
protest.
* In Britain, Creator/ChrisMorris's Creator/ChrisMorris' show ''Series/{{Jam}}'' depended almost entirely on this, even featuring a dead baby. Another of his shows, ''Series/BrassEye'', infamously went too far with its "Paedophilia special" and received numerous complaints. Many of these, strangely enough, happened to be from the kind of people and newspapers who the show was satirising in the first place - the News of the World and the Daily Mail acted far more bent out of shape than the Times and the Guardian. Getting celebrities to discuss the implications of a "roboplegic wrongcock" (a paralysed paedophile with cybernetic implants that let him chase children) on television is inherently funny, though.
** ''The Adam and Joe Show'' featured a ''Jam'' parody with a send-up of the dead baby sketch. Joe played a TV repairman who finds a dead baby behind the set and says he will have to rape the corpse in order to repair the television. [[DudeNotFunny A horrified Adam]] refuses to film any more, and storms off the set while Joe complains that "you don't understand my genius"genius".



* Creator/RikMayall's numerous series for the BBC - ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', ''Series/TheNewStatesman'', and ''Series/{{Bottom}}''.

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* Creator/RikMayall's numerous series ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Several characters employ dark humour to deal with the frequent deaths they encounter, including:
** Dr. Ogden makes jokes on occasion, including holding up a skull she's been boiling and quoting [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]] ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio!"
** Dr. Grace is also very prone to this. On being presented with a headless corpse in "Murdoch in Toyland", she quips about it being a former resident of Sleepy Hollow, "Ichabod Crane, perhaps." When she and Murdoch are investigating a vibrating electrical chair in which a man died, she sits in it as Murdoch is trying the controls; her reaction [[StraightMan (and his)]] are very much PlayedForLaughs.
** Constable Crabtree, speaking of a new grave a convent of nuns planned to use
for one of their members, jokes about the BBC - ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', ''Series/TheNewStatesman'', fact that her place had been already taken by [[VictimOfTheWeek the murder victim of the week]].
** Murdoch flirts with this once in "Stroll on the Wild Side" when Constable Higgins describes how the tram car murder victim was seen conversing with another man who exited the car before it left the station. Higgins says the second man may have been "just seeing him on his way",
and ''Series/{{Bottom}}''.Murdoch remarks on the turn of phrase. [[StraightMan Higgins stares at Murdoch blankly.]]
* On ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'', Simon Amstell made a joke about Courtney Love. Team captain Noel Fielding tells him that Courtney is pretty tough, and he should watch out or she could beat him up. Simon's reply: "Yes ... or she could kill me and make it look like suicide!"
** A graphic immediately appears at the bottom of the screen that reads "Disclaimer: Simon Amstell is definitely wrong".
* ''Series/TheNightShift2007'' doesn't deal specifically with death, but it's like ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs off its meds]] and stars a DysfunctionJunction. The viewpoint character is clinically depressed, TheDitz is too incompetent to ever live a normal life and tragically waiting for a dream that can never come true, and the UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist JadedWashout is a "psycho" whose issues with his AbusiveParents are [[CerebusSyndrome examined seriously]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in TheMovie.
* As the title might suggest, ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' was a BritCom about ReluctantRetiree Victor Meldrew looking for ways to occupy his time and featured an uncommonly large amount of material, [[MoodWhiplash humour and otherwise]], touching on old age, death, loneliness and having to [[HumansAreFlawed put up with everyone else]].
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' seemed like the writers were competing to make the most gruesome death imaginable while still counting as slapstick.
* ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'' often goes into some fairly dark issues such as war and human rights abuse. Most of the humour derives from Heydon and Jolyon's characters seeking to exploit them for whatever reason. Examples include the CampGay host of "Double Fist TV" wanting to go to MI6's torture chambers because he finds that stuff kinky, or Dale Mailey's incredibly politically incorrect views being used to mock the far-right.
%%* ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''. Creator/SarahSilverman's stand-up, as well.
* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit that was seriously reviled was "First He Cries", riffing on the book/tv movie "First You Cry" dealing with breast cancer - this one focuses on the stricken woman's dickish, self-centered husband (played by Creator/BillMurray). It gets HarsherInHindsight as the woman, who faces her situation with good cheer and resolve, is played by Gilda Radner.
%%* Creator/{{SBS}} makes a lot of Australian TV that relies on this, including ''{{Series/Housos}}'', ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' and ''Series/{{Pizza}}''.



** Scrubs is extremely dark when you look close. Dr. Cox, Kelso, Jordan, Ted, Denise/Jo ...

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** Scrubs ''Scrubs'' is extremely dark when you look close. Dr. Cox, Kelso, Jordan, Ted, Denise/Jo ...



* ''Series/LittleBritain'' was criticized for its increasing attempts to shock, with characters such as an incontinent old lady and an adult man who breastfeeds from his mother. "Puking Pure-blood Lady" projectile vomits whenever she is told that someone of a different ethnic origin prepared the food she is being served.
* ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''. Creator/SarahSilverman's stand-up, as well.
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. One example would be Bruce's monologue apologizing for causing cancer:
--> "I'm sorry I caused all that throat cancer and all that bowel cancer. I was just on a roll..."
* ''TV Funhouse'' was a ''very'' loose SpinOff of the animated segments of the same name from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', taking the form of a SubvertedKidsShow. Choice bits include the [[UncannyValley ghoulishly lifelike]] "Ani-Pals" puppets draining the host's spinal fluid in search of "Christmas cheer", a restaurant where various animals eat the meat of their species, and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] "Fetal Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit that was seriously reviled was "First He Cries", riffing on the book/tv movie "First You Cry" dealing with breast cancer - this one focuses on the stricken woman's dickish, self-centered husband (played by Creator/BillMurray). It gets HarsherInHindsight as the woman, who faces her situation with good cheer and resolve, is played by Gilda Radner.

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* ''Series/LittleBritain'' was criticized for its increasing attempts to shock, ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
** Season 7 ended
with characters such as an incontinent old lady and an adult man who breastfeeds the unexpected death of George's fiancée, Susan (from licking toxic glue from cheap wedding invitations he picked out). His reaction? A moment of silence, followed by going out with his mother. "Puking Pure-blood Lady" projectile vomits whenever she friends for coffee. ''It Gets Worse''. During the post-credits scene, he calls another woman, tells her his fiancée recently died, and asks if she's free this weekend.
*** Jason Alexander (who played George) himself has said he feels that Seinfeld
is "a very dark show about very dark people".
---->''Did a dingo eat your baby?''
%%* ''Series/TheSopranos''.
* ''Series/SpittingImage'': Numerous jokes about violence, death, religion, drugs, war, nuclear accidents and often including real-life celebrities in the comedy. Their lawyers often
told them that someone of a different ethnic origin prepared the food she is being served.
* ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram''. Creator/SarahSilverman's stand-up, as well.
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. One example would be Bruce's monologue apologizing for causing cancer:
--> "I'm sorry I caused
only reason they could get away with all that throat cancer and all that bowel cancer. I this was just on a roll..."
* ''TV Funhouse''
because it was a ''very'' loose SpinOff puppet show.
%%* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''.
* A significant portion
of the animated segments of comedy in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', especially in the same name from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', taking the form of episode "Mystery Spot" which has a SubvertedKidsShow. Choice bits include the [[UncannyValley ghoulishly lifelike]] "Ani-Pals" puppets draining the host's spinal fluid in search of "Christmas cheer", a restaurant where various animals eat the meat of their species, and hilarious DeathMontage. See GroundhogDayLoop for more.
** Any time
the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] "Fetal Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
* One ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit that was seriously reviled was "First He Cries", riffing
Trickster]] shows up. Even after [[spoiler: his death]], he's still the funniest guy on the book/tv movie "First You Cry" dealing with breast cancer - this one focuses on show.
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' would often have its host
the stricken woman's dickish, self-centered husband (played by Creator/BillMurray). It gets HarsherInHindsight as Crypt Keeper make macabre puns about the woman, who faces her situation with good cheer and resolve, is played nasty fates suffered by Gilda Radner.the people in his stories.



--->'''Louie:''' Who was the one that said "I'll be back"?
--->'''Alex:''' I think it was "Curly" Melnick.

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--->'''Louie:''' -->'''Louie:''' Who was the one that said "I'll be back"?
--->'''Alex:'''
back"?\\
'''Alex:'''
I think it was "Curly" Melnick.Melnick.
%%* ''Series/ThankGodYoureHere'' will usually start with this premise.
* The Quiz Broadcast sketches in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', focusing on a GameShow taking place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world. The host is desperate to treat everything with the joviality of a typical quiz show, even though humanity is obviously doomed.
-->'''Host''': Pre-[[ApocalypseHow Event]] sources talk of hope. What ''was'' "hope"?
** The "Elderly Sherlock Holmes" sketch is initially played for Black Comedy laughs as Dr. Watson desperately tries to pretend that Holmes, who has succumbed to dementia, is still the razor-sharp mind he always was. It's then [[MoodWhiplash immediately subverted]] when Holmes, in a moment of clarity, reveals to John that he knows what's happening to him.
*** It is implied that this scene was a homage to Series/{{Blackadder}}, which ended on a similarly serious note. In a previous skit Mitchell and Webb, [[AsHimself as themselves,]] discuss the ending of Blackadder and agree to end on a serious, dramatic sketch. The following scene takes a serious subject matter, the death of a colleague - but the hamminess is turned UpToEleven for laughs.
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. A grimly accurate portrayal of the self-serving political system and incredibly, impossibly funny. Even the suicide jokes.
** The series is notorious for its one liners, often chock-a-block with words unrepeatable pre-watershed. Its film adaptation/spiritual successor/sister show took it UpToEleven, playing an unjust war and the deaths of millions of Iraqis for laughs.
--->'''Malcolm:''' I'd love to stay and chat with you, but I'd rather have Type 2 diabetes.\\
''(To Phil Smith)''\\
'''Malcolm:''' I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling [[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]. Right?
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' was about domestic violence, child abuse, alcoholism and mental illness, and was one of the funniest things on TV during its run.
* ''TV Funhouse'' was a ''very'' loose SpinOff of the animated segments of the same name from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', taking the form of a SubvertedKidsShow. Choice bits include the [[UncannyValley ghoulishly lifelike]] "Ani-Pals" puppets draining the host's spinal fluid in search of "Christmas cheer", a restaurant where various animals eat the meat of their species, and the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin self-explanatory]] "Fetal Franchise/ScoobyDoo".
* ''Series/WaitingForGod''. Considering its name is (presumably) an allusion to the famous [[Theatre/WaitingForGodot play]] by Creator/SamuelBeckett, and that it's set in an old people's home...



--> '''Max:''' "Hey look! The monster hunters left behind their equipment to help us. Wait, what are we supposed to do with this pile of charred bones?"
* ''Series/WonderShowzen''.
* Australian comedy team The Chaser had their show ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' suspended for two weeks because of a skit parodying the charity Make a Wish Foundation, showing terminally ill children in a hospital and suggesting that they be given pencil cases instead of trips to Disneyland because "they're only going to die anyway." There was an overwhelming negative reaction to the sketch, including from Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
** Some commentators pointed out that another comedy show, ''The Mansion'' had used exactly the same joke a year before and received no complaints, to which others responded that at least that one hadn't shown dying children (real or otherwise) in their version of the sketch, which showed a receptionist denying the kids' last requests by phone. (Although the fact that ''The Mansion'' practically had no viewership by comparison may have contributed too.)
** The Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph also made note of a story on Website/TheOnion's News Network about a child exploiting the loophole of wishing for unlimited wishes and consequently bankrupting the Make A Wish Foundation with his ludicrously long list of demands. Interestingly, the story not only features the child in question but also not-so-subtly casts him as the villain due to his insatiable demands (to the extent of him wishing away the pro-bono legal team the Foundation was hoping to use in its defense) and features the hosts hoping for his imminent demise so that the Foundation can stop granting his wishes. Presumably Prime Minister Rudd was not told about this sketch either so that he could also comment on it sight unseen.
** The Chaser also did a similar story in ''The Chaser'', their early newspaper. In it, a child's wish was to receive a blow job from Cameron Diaz.
** The previous series of the show had featured ''The Eulogy Song'', which mentioned a number of dead celebrities (including the then recently deceased Steve Irwin) and stated that no matter how awful someone is while they're alive, (s)he will be lauded as a "top bloke" after death. It received a huge number of complaints and The Chaser responded that it was a tamer version of an even more offensive song featured in Chris Taylor's stage show ''Dead Caesar.'' The following week they made fun of the controversy in a parody of the "turning off the TV" national election campaign ads then running, with Chas stepping in to switch off the broadcast when ''The Eulogy Song'' came on.
* The infamous "Undertaker's Sketch" from episode 26 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' suggested cannibalism as an alternative to interment or cremation. The punchline was so disgusting that ExecutiveMeddling demanded that the studio audience end the episode by storming the set in protest.
* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', while generally hovering somewhere above this level of offensiveness, did feature this joke about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward_case Louise Woodward case]]:
--> "Louise, currently between school and university, will have to remain in America for the duration of the appeal, although she's desperate to come home, as she has to finish an essay entitled 'What I Did in My Year Off.'"
* On ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'', Simon Amstell made a joke about Courtney Love. Team captain Noel Fielding tells him that Courtney is pretty tough, and he should watch out or she could beat him up. Simon's reply: "Yes ... or she could kill me and make it look like suicide!"
** A graphic immediately appears at the bottom of the screen that reads "Disclaimer: Simon Amstell is definitely wrong".
* On ''Grandmas House'', Simon Amstell's general brand of comedy is quite depressing and dark. The whole show remains funny while dealing with at least mildly racist characters,abuse, and disconnect from humanity
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
** Season 7 ended with the unexpected death of George's fiance, Susan (from licking toxic glue from cheap wedding invitations he picked out). His reaction? A moment of silence, followed by going out with his friends for coffee. ''It Gets Worse''. During the post-credits scene, he calls another woman, tells her his fiance recently died, and asks if she's free this weekend.
*** Jason Alexander (who played George) himself has said he feels that Seinfeld is "a very dark show about very dark people".
-->''Did a dingo eat your baby?''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz's band is called Dingoes Ate My Baby, a reference to the real life tragedy made famous by the movie ''A Cry In The Dark''.
** Justified after the eponymous character sacrifices her life to save [[TheNotLoveInterest Dawn]] (and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl the world]]), only for her friends to rip her from heaven. Buffy reacts to this noble yet traumatizing act by, among other things, using BlackComedy as a coping mechanism. [[DudeNotFunny Buffy's friends catch on]], making this PlayedForDrama.
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has an instance of dead ''puppy'' humor. They claim the oldest dog in the world is 23 - well, now they've found a ''24'' year-old dog! ...Never mind. (The dog shows up alive later on.)
* ''1000 Ways To Die'', especially in its later episodes. As one tagline put it: "We glorify stupidity and put a smiley face on Death".
* As the title might suggest, ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' was a BritCom about ReluctantRetiree Victor Meldrew looking for ways to occupy his time and featured an uncommonly large amount of material, [[MoodWhiplash humour and otherwise]], touching on old age, death, loneliness and having to [[HumansAreFlawed put up with everyone else]].
* In "Guy walks into an Advertising Agency" of ''Series/MadMen'', a newly appointed executive's foot gets run over by a lawn mower in the office. The poor fellow lost his foot and his job because "he'll never golf again". Despite the gruesome outcome, that scene was really funny. And some comments on the event were pure gold.
-->'''Roger Sterling:''' Any news?
-->'''Paul Kinsey:''' He might lose his foot.
-->'''Roger Sterling:''' Right when he got it in the door.
* Often used in ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' as a way to tackle controversial subjects. Examples include:
** A mock advertisement for the fire-proof "Asbestos Sari", designed to prevent the wearer from meeting an untimely death in a "kitchen accident" (a common euphemism for women being murdered due to HonorRelatedAbuse.)
** An Indian woman runs into a women's shelter screaming that her husband attacked her with a knife. The white woman running the shelter refuses to help until she's certain that it was a kitchen knife and not a ceremonial knife, in which case it would be [[CultureJustifiesAnything a cultural matter]] and the shelter will not be able to intervene. This goes on for so long that the knife-wielding husband breaks in and the white woman does nothing.
** A recurring sketch in the second series involved an elderly Indian woman being interviewed about her life during the time of the British Raj. She would begin with an innocuous memory which would turn into something horrific (such as being raped by British soldiers or having her entire village massacred) but then end on a "happier" note about the soldiers' beautifully polished boots or the army commander having previously given the village children sweets, always ending in her catchphrase: "''Wonderful'' days!"
** A parody of ''Series/TheSootyShow'' where Soo is Sooty's widow and due to be burned on his funeral pyre (''sati'') due to cultural tradition. She explains that she thinks this is barbaric - and ends up being stoned for adultery instead.
** A ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' parody where each of the Teletubbies represents one of the religious/ethnic groups fighting for control of Kashmir. Po's {{Expy}} is eventually beaten to death by the others for trying to suggest that they reach a peaceful solution.
** Any of the sketches about racism, caste differences or sectarian violence.
** When the cast returned twenty years after the original radio series for a one-off TV special, they returned to form with a ''Mary Poppins'' parody critical of corporal punishment in Indian families.
* ''Series/BlackMirror'' aims at being a drama with heapings of black comedy as it looks at the way technology alters humanity into something worse. Some episodes, however, seem to drop the "comedy" part of the equation.
* Creator/{{SBS}} makes a lot of Australian TV that relies on this, including ''{{Series/Housos}}'', ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' and ''Series/{{Pizza}}''.
* ''Series/{{Malcolm In The Middle}}''. Child abuse, terrorism, sociopathy... nothing is sacred.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' occasionally, sometimes in-universe, as a means for the doctors and nurses to cope with the tragedies they've witnessed. After Dr Romano was crushed by a falling helicopter after having already lost his arm to a helicopter rotor, Dr Pratt commented "That guy must have really pissed off a helicopter in a past life"
** Med student Lucy Knight once misplaced a corpse and was rather freaked out when the corpse's twin brother arrived to collect the body.
** When Dr Greene was told two men were in the ER for fist fighting his response was "How quaint."
** When a burn victim comes in, they tend to call them "crispy critters".
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
-->"One of the test monkeys slipped on a banana peel and broke his neck. It was both tragic and hysterical."
** In one episode, Bernadette lets slip that she accidentally released a combination of ebola and the common cold. Leonard asks "Why would you do that?" and she replies, with a big smile on her face, "[[BlatantLies We didn't. That would be a terrible, terrible thing.]]"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' dips into this occasionally as part of its GenreRoulette and MonsterOfTheWeek nature.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", as one can imagine by doing a comedy story set in Emperor Nero's palace. Barbara is made a slave with no rights or ability to get home to her own time, and Nero attempts to rape her multiple times (even chasing her down the corridors while she screams), and it's all treated as the horrible fate it is, and yet all PlayedForLaughs.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons]]", an AttackOfTheKillerWhatever story about the Master killing people in [[LightmareFuel hilariously silly ways]]. One side character gets [[StuffedIntoTheFridge crushed to death and left by the Master for the Doctor to find]], in his own lunchbox. Another side character is eaten by a suspiciously warm inflatable chair. The Master has a friendly phone conversation with the Doctor and then tries to murder him by sending a signal down the telephone that makes its cord wrap around the Doctor and start crushing him. 40,000 people are suffocated by daffodils. The Master's ComplexityAddiction is played completely for laughs. It's one of the funniest episodes of the original series ever, and was also so nasty that the producer had to publicly apologise and promise the MoralGuardians that he'd never make anything like that again.
** The Fourth Doctor's [[CreepyCute cute]], NightmareFetishist personality is used many times to milk amusement out of some really dark topics such as [[TooKinkyToTorture torture]] and murder, such as through BadNewsInAGoodWay or by just providing the {{Bathos}} needed to start playing it for laughs.
** Creator/JohnSimm's portrayal of The Master is made of this, as is Creator/MichelleGomez's.
** There is also an example of this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]". One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic......but not when it's Strax doing it.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Several characters employ dark humour to deal with the frequent deaths they encounter, including:
** Dr. Ogden makes jokes on occasion, including holding up a skull she's been boiling and quoting [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's Hamlet]]: "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio!"
** Dr. Grace is also very prone to this. On being presented with a headless corpse in "Murdoch in Toyland", she quips about it being a former resident of Sleepy Hollow, "Ichabod Crane, perhaps." When she and Murdoch are investigating a vibrating electrical chair in which a man died, she sits in it as Murdoch is trying the controls; her reaction [[StraightMan (and his)]] are very much PlayedForLaughs.
** Constable Crabtree, speaking of a new grave a convent of nuns planned to use for one of their members, jokes about the fact that her place had been already taken by [[VictimOfTheWeek the murder victim of the week]].
** Murdoch flirts with this once in "Stroll on the Wild Side" when Constable Higgins describes how the tram car murder victim was seen conversing with another man who exited the car before it left the station. Higgins says the second man may have been "just seeing him on his way," and Murdoch remarks on the turn of phrase. [[StraightMan Higgins stares at Murdoch blankly.]]
* ''Series/SpittingImage'': Numerous jokes about violence, death, religion, drugs, war, nuclear accidents and often including real-life celebrities in the comedy. Their lawyers often told them that the only reason they could get away with all this was because it was a puppet show.
* ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'' often goes into some fairly dark issues such as war and human rights abuse. Most of the humour derives from Heydon and Jolyon's characters seeking to exploit them for whatever reason. Examples include the CampGay host of "Double Fist TV" wanting to go to MI6's torture chambers because he finds that stuff kinky, or Dale Mailey's incredibly politically incorrect views being used to mock the far-right.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'': [[Franchise/AmericanHorrorStory The entire show]] runs on black comedy when the audience isn't straight-up horrified, this season in particular is rife with it. Examples include Myrtle stealing all of Fiona's jewellery on the way out after comforting her as she swallows a bottle of pills, Marie pulling out her phone to take pictures as a man is killed in front of her, and Nan's eulogy:
--> '''Fiona:''' And so it is with great sadness we must say goodbye to Nan - ({{Beat}}) - who fell in the tub.
--> '''Marie:''' Amen.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': Showrunner Bryan Fuller sprinkles cannibal double entendres throughout the show, and comedic actors like Eddie Izzard and Scott Thompson help feed into the bleak, funny vibe.
--> '''Lecter:''' Before we begin eating, you must all be warned: Nothing here... is vegetarian. Bon appétit.''
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'': If the story in a given episode wasn't an example of this, Hitch's intros and outros sure were (with a [[VerySpecialEpisode few exceptions]]).
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' is a musical comedy show about Rebecca Bunch, a young lawyer in New York who moves across the country to West Covina, California, to be near her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan. Except sometimes her stalker behavior doesn't seem so cute, like when she becomes obsessed with Valencia, Josh's girlfriend, and sings about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNIUkO2o_p4 wanting to wear her skin]]. Not cute, but still ''hilarious'':
-->''I wanna lock you in a basement,''\\
''But in that basement, you would also be my personal trainer''\\
''(I want your abs!)''\\
''Break into your mom’s house, collect your baby teeth,''\\
''And turn them in to my new retainer''\\
''(I want your smile!)''
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': Right after Anansi tells a chained slave that his mother was thrown off the boat for refusing to sleep with a slaveholder and (obviously) drowned, he turns to the other slaves: "You all need to work on that. Take swimming lessons! This is how we get stereotypes."

to:

--> '''Max:''' "Hey -->'''Max:''' Hey look! The monster hunters left behind their equipment to help us. Wait, what are we supposed to do with this pile of charred bones?"
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bones?
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''Series/WonderShowzen''.
* Australian comedy team The Chaser had their show ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' suspended for two weeks because of a skit parodying the charity Make a Wish Foundation, showing terminally ill children in a hospital and suggesting that they be given pencil cases instead of trips to Disneyland because "they're only going to die anyway." There was an overwhelming negative reaction to the sketch, including from Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Some commentators pointed out that another comedy show, ''The Mansion'' had used exactly the same joke a year before and received no complaints, to which others responded that at least that one hadn't shown dying children (real or otherwise) in their version of the sketch, which showed a receptionist denying the kids' last requests by phone. (Although the fact that ''The Mansion'' practically had no viewership by comparison may have contributed too.)
** The Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph also made note of a story on Website/TheOnion's News Network about a child exploiting the loophole of wishing for unlimited wishes and consequently bankrupting the Make A Wish Foundation with his ludicrously long list of demands. Interestingly, the story not only features the child in question but also not-so-subtly casts him as the villain due to his insatiable demands (to the extent of him wishing away the pro-bono legal team the Foundation was hoping to use in its defense) and features the hosts hoping for his imminent demise so that the Foundation can stop granting his wishes. Presumably Prime Minister Rudd was not told about this sketch either so that he could also comment on it sight unseen.
** The Chaser also did a similar story in ''The Chaser'', their early newspaper. In it, a child's wish was to receive a blow job from Cameron Diaz.
** The previous series of the show had featured ''The Eulogy Song'', which mentioned a number of dead celebrities (including the then recently deceased Steve Irwin) and stated that no matter how awful someone
"Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" is while they're alive, (s)he will be lauded as a "top bloke" after death. It received a huge number of complaints and The Chaser responded that it was a tamer version of an even more offensive song featured in Chris Taylor's stage show ''Dead Caesar.'' The following week they made fun of the controversy in a parody of the "turning off the TV" national election campaign ads then running, with Chas stepping in to switch off the broadcast when ''The Eulogy Song'' came on.
* The infamous "Undertaker's Sketch" from episode 26 of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' suggested cannibalism as an alternative to interment or cremation. The punchline was so disgusting that ExecutiveMeddling demanded that the studio audience end the episode by storming the set in protest.
* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'', while generally hovering somewhere above this level of offensiveness, did feature this joke about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward_case Louise Woodward case]]:
--> "Louise, currently between school and university, will have to remain in America for the duration of the appeal, although she's desperate to come home, as she has to finish an essay entitled 'What I Did in My Year Off.'"
* On ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'', Simon Amstell made a joke about Courtney Love. Team captain Noel Fielding tells him that Courtney is pretty tough, and he should watch out or she could beat him up. Simon's reply: "Yes ... or she could kill me and make it look like suicide!"
** A graphic immediately appears at the bottom of the screen that reads "Disclaimer: Simon Amstell is definitely wrong".
* On ''Grandmas House'', Simon Amstell's general brand of comedy is quite depressing and dark. The whole show remains
surprisingly funny while dealing with at least mildly racist characters,abuse, and disconnect from humanity
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.
** Season 7 ended with the unexpected death of George's fiance, Susan (from licking toxic glue from cheap wedding invitations he picked out). His reaction? A moment of silence, followed by going out with his friends for coffee. ''It Gets Worse''. During the post-credits scene, he calls another woman, tells her his fiance recently died, and asks if she's free this weekend.
*** Jason Alexander (who played George) himself has said he feels that Seinfeld is "a very dark show about very dark people".
-->''Did a dingo eat your baby?''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz's band is called Dingoes Ate My Baby, a reference to the real life tragedy made famous by the movie ''A Cry In The Dark''.
** Justified after the eponymous character sacrifices her life to save [[TheNotLoveInterest Dawn]] (and [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl the world]]), only for her friends to rip her from heaven. Buffy reacts to this noble yet traumatizing act by, among other things, using BlackComedy as a coping mechanism. [[DudeNotFunny Buffy's friends catch on]], making this PlayedForDrama.
* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has an instance of dead ''puppy'' humor. They claim the oldest dog in the world is 23 - well, now they've found a ''24'' year-old dog! ...Never mind. (The dog shows up alive later on.)
* ''1000 Ways To Die'', especially in its later episodes. As one tagline put it: "We glorify stupidity and put a smiley face on Death".
* As the title might suggest, ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'' was a BritCom about ReluctantRetiree Victor Meldrew looking for ways to occupy his time and featured an uncommonly large amount of material, [[MoodWhiplash humour and otherwise]], touching on old age, death, loneliness and having to [[HumansAreFlawed put up with everyone else]].
* In "Guy walks into an Advertising Agency" of ''Series/MadMen'', a newly appointed executive's foot gets run over by a lawn mower in the office. The poor fellow lost his foot and his job because "he'll never golf again". Despite the gruesome outcome, that scene was really funny. And some comments on the event were pure gold.
-->'''Roger Sterling:''' Any news?
-->'''Paul Kinsey:''' He might lose his foot.
-->'''Roger Sterling:''' Right when he got it in the door.
* Often used in ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' as a way to tackle controversial subjects. Examples include:
** A mock advertisement for the fire-proof "Asbestos Sari", designed to prevent the wearer from meeting an untimely death in a "kitchen accident" (a common euphemism for women being murdered due to HonorRelatedAbuse.)
** An Indian woman runs into a women's shelter screaming that her husband attacked her with a knife. The white woman running the shelter refuses to help until she's certain that it was a kitchen knife and not a ceremonial knife, in which case it would be [[CultureJustifiesAnything a cultural matter]] and the shelter will not be able to intervene. This goes on for so long that the knife-wielding husband breaks in and the white woman does nothing.
** A recurring sketch in the second series involved an elderly Indian woman being interviewed about her life during the time of the British Raj. She would begin with an innocuous memory which would turn into something horrific (such as being raped by British soldiers or having her entire village massacred) but then end on a "happier" note about the soldiers' beautifully polished boots or the army commander having previously given the village children sweets, always ending in her catchphrase: "''Wonderful'' days!"
** A parody of ''Series/TheSootyShow'' where Soo is Sooty's widow and due to be burned on his funeral pyre (''sati'') due to cultural tradition. She explains that she thinks this is barbaric - and ends up being stoned for adultery instead.
** A ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' parody where each of the Teletubbies represents one of the religious/ethnic groups fighting for control of Kashmir. Po's {{Expy}} is eventually beaten to death by the others for trying to suggest that they reach a peaceful solution.
** Any of the sketches about racism, caste differences or sectarian violence.
** When the cast returned twenty years after the original radio series for a one-off TV special, they returned to form with a ''Mary Poppins'' parody critical of corporal punishment in Indian families.
* ''Series/BlackMirror'' aims at being a drama with heapings of black comedy as it looks at the way technology alters humanity into something worse. Some episodes, however, seem to drop the "comedy" part of the equation.
* Creator/{{SBS}} makes a lot of Australian TV that relies on this, including ''{{Series/Housos}}'', ''Series/{{Danger 5}}'', ''Series/{{Wilfred}}'' and ''Series/{{Pizza}}''.
* ''Series/{{Malcolm In The Middle}}''. Child abuse, terrorism, sociopathy... nothing is sacred.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' occasionally, sometimes in-universe, as a means for the doctors and nurses to cope with the tragedies they've witnessed. After Dr Romano was crushed by a falling helicopter after having already lost his arm to a helicopter rotor, Dr Pratt commented "That guy must have really pissed off a helicopter in a past life"
** Med student Lucy Knight once misplaced a corpse and was rather freaked out when the corpse's twin brother arrived to collect the body.
** When Dr Greene was told two men were in the ER for fist fighting his response was "How quaint."
** When a burn victim comes in, they tend to call them "crispy critters".
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
-->"One of the test monkeys slipped on a banana peel and broke his neck. It was both tragic and hysterical."
** In one episode, Bernadette lets slip that she accidentally released a combination of ebola and the common cold. Leonard asks "Why would you do that?" and she replies, with a big smile on her face, "[[BlatantLies We didn't. That would be a terrible, terrible thing.]]"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' dips into this occasionally as part of its GenreRoulette and MonsterOfTheWeek nature.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", as one can imagine by doing a comedy story set in Emperor Nero's palace. Barbara is made a slave with no rights or ability to get home to her own time, and Nero attempts to rape her multiple times (even chasing her down the corridors while she screams), and
considering it's all treated as the horrible fate it is, and yet all PlayedForLaughs.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons]]", an AttackOfTheKillerWhatever story
about the Master killing people in [[LightmareFuel hilariously silly ways]]. One side character gets [[StuffedIntoTheFridge crushed to death and left by the Master for the Doctor to find]], in his own lunchbox. Another side character is eaten by a suspiciously warm inflatable chair. The Master has a friendly phone conversation with the Doctor and then tries to murder him by sending a signal down the telephone terrible horror that makes its cord wrap around the Doctor and start crushing him. 40,000 people are suffocated by daffodils. The Master's ComplexityAddiction is played completely for laughs. It's one of the funniest episodes of the original series ever, and was also so nasty that the producer had to publicly apologise and promise the MoralGuardians that he'd never make anything like that again.
** The Fourth Doctor's [[CreepyCute cute]], NightmareFetishist personality is used many times to milk amusement out of some really dark topics such as [[TooKinkyToTorture torture]] and murder, such as through BadNewsInAGoodWay or by just providing the {{Bathos}} needed to start playing it for laughs.
** Creator/JohnSimm's portrayal of The Master is made of this, as is Creator/MichelleGomez's.
** There is also an example of this in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]". One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic......but not when it's Strax doing it.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Several characters employ dark humour to deal with the frequent deaths they encounter, including:
** Dr. Ogden makes jokes on occasion, including holding up a skull she's been boiling and quoting [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's Hamlet]]: "Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio!"
** Dr. Grace is also very prone to this. On
results from being presented able to see the future accurately and the inevitability of death. Very, very grim. But also very, very funny. Mr. Brockman's wisecracks and his deadpan shows-off with a headless corpse in "Murdoch in Toyland", she quips about it being a former resident of Sleepy Hollow, "Ichabod Crane, perhaps." When she Mulder and Murdoch Scully are investigating a vibrating electrical chair in which a man died, she sits in it as Murdoch is trying the controls; her reaction [[StraightMan (and his)]] are very much PlayedForLaughs.
especially memorable.
** Constable Crabtree, speaking of a new grave a convent of nuns planned to use for one of their members, jokes about the fact that her place had been already taken by [[VictimOfTheWeek the murder victim of the week]].
** Murdoch flirts with this once in "Stroll on the Wild Side" when Constable Higgins describes how the tram car murder victim was seen conversing with another man who exited the car before it left the station. Higgins says the second man may have been "just seeing him on his way," and Murdoch remarks on the turn of phrase. [[StraightMan Higgins stares at Murdoch blankly.]]
* ''Series/SpittingImage'': Numerous jokes about violence, death, religion, drugs, war, nuclear accidents and often including real-life celebrities in the comedy. Their lawyers often told them that the only reason they could get away with all this was because it
"Je Souhaite" was a puppet show.
* ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'' often goes into some fairly dark issues such as war and human rights abuse. Most of the humour derives from Heydon and Jolyon's characters seeking to exploit them for whatever reason. Examples include the CampGay host of "Double Fist TV" wanting to go to MI6's torture chambers because he finds that stuff kinky, or Dale Mailey's incredibly politically incorrect views being used to mock the far-right.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'': [[Franchise/AmericanHorrorStory The entire show]] runs on black comedy when the audience isn't straight-up horrified, this season in particular is rife with it. Examples include Myrtle stealing all of Fiona's jewellery on the way out after comforting her as she swallows a bottle of pills, Marie pulling out her phone to take pictures as a man is killed in front of her, and Nan's eulogy:
--> '''Fiona:''' And so it is with great sadness we must say goodbye to Nan - ({{Beat}}) - who fell in the tub.
--> '''Marie:''' Amen.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': Showrunner Bryan Fuller sprinkles cannibal double entendres throughout the show, and comedic actors like Eddie Izzard and Scott Thompson help feed into the bleak, funny vibe.
--> '''Lecter:''' Before we begin eating, you must all be warned: Nothing here... is vegetarian. Bon appétit.''
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'': If the story in a given
light-hearted episode wasn't an example of this, Hitch's intros and outros sure were (with a [[VerySpecialEpisode few exceptions]]).
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' is a musical comedy show about Rebecca Bunch, a young lawyer in New York who moves across the country to West Covina, California, to be near her ex-boyfriend Josh Chan. Except sometimes her stalker behavior doesn't seem so cute, like when she becomes obsessed
with Valencia, Josh's girlfriend, and sings about [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNIUkO2o_p4 wanting to wear her skin]]. Not cute, but still ''hilarious'':
-->''I wanna lock you
[[TooDumbToLive two stupid brothers]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishing a few unfortunate things]] who died in a basement,''\\
''But in that basement, you would also be my personal trainer''\\
''(I want your abs!)''\\
''Break into your mom’s house, collect your baby teeth,''\\
''And turn them in to my new retainer''\\
''(I want your smile!)''
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': Right after Anansi tells a chained slave that his mother was thrown off the boat for refusing to sleep with a slaveholder and (obviously) drowned, he turns to the other slaves: "You all need to work on that. Take swimming lessons! This is how we get stereotypes."
an explosion.

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* ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave''. Sometimes there's also straight tragic moments.



* ''Series/BlackMirror'' aims at being a drama with heapings of black comedy as it looks at the way technology alters humanity into something worse. Some episodes however seem to drop the "comedy" part of the equation however.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' aims at being a drama with heapings of black comedy as it looks at the way technology alters humanity into something worse. Some episodes however episodes, however, seem to drop the "comedy" part of the equation however.equation.


** "The Romans", as one can imagine by doing a comedy story set in Emperor Nero's palace. Barbara is made a slave with no rights or ability to get home to her own time, and Nero attempts to rape her multiple times (even chasing her down the corridors while she screams), and it's all treated as the horrible fate it is, and yet all PlayedForLaughs.
** "Terror of the Autons", an AttackOfTheKillerWhatever story about the Master killing people in [[LightmareFuel hilariously silly ways]]. One side character gets [[StuffedIntoTheFridge crushed to death and left by the Master for the Doctor to find]], in his own lunchbox. Another side character is eaten by a suspiciously warm inflatable chair. The Master has a friendly phone conversation with the Doctor and then tries to murder him by sending a signal down the telephone that makes its cord wrap around the Doctor and start crushing him. 40,000 people are suffocated by daffodils. The Master's ComplexityAddiction is played completely for laughs. It's one of the funniest episodes of the original series ever, and was also so nasty that the producer had to publicly apologise and promise the MoralGuardians that he'd never make anything like that again.

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** "The Romans", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E4TheRomans The Romans]]", as one can imagine by doing a comedy story set in Emperor Nero's palace. Barbara is made a slave with no rights or ability to get home to her own time, and Nero attempts to rape her multiple times (even chasing her down the corridors while she screams), and it's all treated as the horrible fate it is, and yet all PlayedForLaughs.
** "Terror "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E1TerrorOfTheAutons Terror of the Autons", Autons]]", an AttackOfTheKillerWhatever story about the Master killing people in [[LightmareFuel hilariously silly ways]]. One side character gets [[StuffedIntoTheFridge crushed to death and left by the Master for the Doctor to find]], in his own lunchbox. Another side character is eaten by a suspiciously warm inflatable chair. The Master has a friendly phone conversation with the Doctor and then tries to murder him by sending a signal down the telephone that makes its cord wrap around the Doctor and start crushing him. 40,000 people are suffocated by daffodils. The Master's ComplexityAddiction is played completely for laughs. It's one of the funniest episodes of the original series ever, and was also so nasty that the producer had to publicly apologise and promise the MoralGuardians that he'd never make anything like that again.



** John Simm's portrayal of The Master is made of this, as is Michelle Gomez's.
** There is also an example of this in "The Crimson Horror". One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic......but not when it's Strax doing it.

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** John Simm's Creator/JohnSimm's portrayal of The Master is made of this, as is Michelle Gomez's.
Creator/MichelleGomez's.
** There is also an example of this in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror".Horror]]". One would think that an innocent horse about to be (almost) executed would be tragic......but not when it's Strax doing it.


* On ''Series/Grandmas House'', Simon Amstell's general brand of comedy is quite depressing and dark. The whole show remains funny while dealing with at least mildly rasist characters,abuse, and disconnect from humanity

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* On ''Series/Grandmas ''Grandmas House'', Simon Amstell's general brand of comedy is quite depressing and dark. The whole show remains funny while dealing with at least mildly rasist racist characters,abuse, and disconnect from humanity

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* On ''Series/Grandmas House'', Simon Amstell's general brand of comedy is quite depressing and dark. The whole show remains funny while dealing with at least mildly rasist characters,abuse, and disconnect from humanity


** Any time the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Trickster]] shows up. Even after his death, he's still the funniest guy on the show.

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** Any time the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Trickster]] shows up. Even after [[spoiler: his death, death]], he's still the funniest guy on the show.

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