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"That's a comedy without the laughs."
Valerie Cherish, The Comeback

"Dramedy" is a neologism formed from a combination of the words Drama and Comedy to describe a genre of film and television, such as M*A*S*H, blurring genre lines to combine comedy and drama elements in a consistent fashion. Though this has become popular in recent times, one of the first times the two genres were ever combined was in the Charlie Chaplin film The Kid (1921), making this Older Than They Think.

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Dramedies sometimes make use of Magic Realism. Due to its nature, the genre is especially vulnerable to Mood Whiplash.

Note that a dramedy is not just "drama with some comedic elements" or "a comedy with some serious moments". It must contain about equal parts drama and comedy. Elements of comic relief can appear in all but the very darkest dramas, and most stories have at least some serious elements. Because of this, expect to see them get lumped in with the sitcoms come award season (this can actually serve as a litmus test for if a show is dramedy or straight drama—can you imagine it being nominated in the same award category as a sitcom?)

While many stories contain both comedy and drama, a true Dramedy must belong to the genre of Drama- defined by stories focusing on character development, intense emotions and inner conflict as the primary source of plot. Just because it’s dark, doesn’t mean it’s a drama. Sci-fi, action-adventure stories, superhero stories and Shōnen adventures rarely qualify as Drama. Even if the comedy and drama are equally balanced with each other, if both are clearly subservient to the adventure story, it’s not a dramedy.

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See also First Law of Tragicomedies.


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    Films — Animation 
  • Disney movies are oftentimes both dramatic and silly. Typically there's an overall dramatic and emotional plot line, but almost all movies feature wacky sidekick characters providing lots of comedic scenes in-between. However, they do tend to vary in the comedy and drama ratio.
    • Disney's subsidiary Pixar follows the parent studio's pattern in presenting dramatic stories mixed with comedic scenes.
  • The works of Don Bluth (which figures, considering he used to work at Disney):
    • All Dogs Go to Heaven - It is a surprisingly somber movie where dogs can gamble and one of the main characters is a little Heartwarming Orphan girl who can understand what animals say.
    • An American Tail - Specifically, the original movie. While it had downright heart-wrenching moments, there were some funny moments in between.
    • The Land Before Time - Known for a tear-jerking scene involving Littlefoot's mother, the movie still has sillier moments in between more serious ones.
  • Ice Age - Originally it was going to be solely a drama, as well as a 2D animated feature directed by Don Bluth, but when it was brought over to Blue Sky Studios, Fox would only accept the movie as a children's comedy, so the makers of the movie decided to mix both genres. The sequels past the second one are straight-up comedy, lacking the drama of the first two movies.
  • Mary and Max
  • it's such a beautiful day
  • Steven Universe: The Movie
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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  • ‘’The Dead Kennedys’’ make angry songs about very dark and serious political topics, but they take the piss out of it at the same time.
  • System of a Down, possibly the only group that can fit in songs about mass genocide and Kombucha Mushroom People on the same album.

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Alternative Title(s): Comedy Drama

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