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List Rules TV shows that combine elements of comedy and drama.

The best comedy-drama TV shows, also known as dramadies, provide not only laughs but also heartfelt storylines. They have been television staples for years, but that’s probably because people love the merging of those two genres. With so many comedy-drama shows, picking the best one of all time is a tough proposition. So determine which good comedy-drama shows are the best, fans like you have voted on their favorite funny dramas below.

What makes the combination of comedy and drama so successful? In large part, it’s because one minute you could be laughing out loud and the next on the verge of tears. Thankfully, most comedy drama TV shows prioritize laughs over sadness, so you’re never a puddle of tears for long. In the show Chuck for instance, the majority of the episodes maintain a level of brevity and only sometimes dip into emotional scenes.

Another great show that straddles the line between comedy and drama is Scrubs. In what may be the most emotional episode of the series, My Screw Up, we get a lighthearted episode until halfway through. From that point, the episode dips into downerville by revealing that one of the show’s most liked characters was actually dead the entire episode.

So what are the best comedy drama shows of all time? Vote for the ones you love the most below or add any that you fee are missing. In many ways, these top comedy-drama shows are also some of the best drama shows too.

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

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310 209
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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295 154
Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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157 122
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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377 159
Psych is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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254 127
White Collar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

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152 79
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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279 127
House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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163 111
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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164 114
Monk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

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76 67
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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160 123
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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88 94
Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

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58 58
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Countermoon added The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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165 76
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

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81 77
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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90 89
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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160 107
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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137 129
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

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148 84
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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33 35
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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119 87
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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85 73
Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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50 25
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Kelly Hawkins added Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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172 84
bones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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44 14
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Asijit Sarkar added Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

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58 33
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RileyJo81 added iZombie Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Malcolm Goodwin

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39 29
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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23 34
McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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29 37
Room 222 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Room 222 Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine

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134 90
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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34 46
Ed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Ed Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Josh Randall

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31 21
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Danny Marks added Rizzoli & Isles Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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106 71
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Burn Notice Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

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28 16
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Jeremiah Noordhoek added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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119 91
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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25 31
Maverick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Countermoon added Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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121 94
Californication is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

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20 37
Here Come the Brides is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Here Come the Brides Bruce Lee, Joan Blondell, David Soul

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38 51
Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Sports Night Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman

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17 14
Young & Hungry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
percyjacksonrickriordan added Young & Hungry Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero

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17 27
The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added The Courtship of Eddie's Father Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki

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16 13
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Mulumba D Shafic added Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner

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20 19
Baby Daddy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Robert Mutura added Baby Daddy Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, Jean-Luc Bilodeau

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74 60
Devious Maids is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Devious Maids Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes

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16 18
Highway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Danny Marks added Highway to Heaven Michael Landon, Victor French

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75 62
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Misfits Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

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44 54
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

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63 51
Eureka is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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13 13
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
LKraujalytė added Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston