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The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever

Updated October 15, 2020 16.8k votes 3.9k voters 184.3k views121 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows that best balance the drama and comedy, laughter and heart.

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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    House is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps

    Premiered2004

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    Chuck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski

    Premiered2007

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    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

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    Shameless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

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    Psych is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

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    White Collar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    Premiered2009

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    Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

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    Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Monk

    Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram

    Premiered2002

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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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  • 11
    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

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    Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Desperate Housewives

    Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman

    Premiered2004

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    Leverage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Leverage

    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman

    Premiered2008

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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    Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Boston Legal

    James Spader, William Shatner

    Premiered2004

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    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon

    Premiered2013

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    Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Freaks and Geeks

    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley

    Premiered1999

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    iZombie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    iZombie

    Rose McIver, Robert Buckley

    Premiered2015

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    Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Rizzoli & Isles

    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander

    Premiered2010

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    The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

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    Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Pushing Daisies

    Lee Pace, Anna Friel

    Premiered2007

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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis

    Premiered1985

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    Bones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Bones

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz

    Premiered2005

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