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.
- 1Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps
- 2Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski
- 3Zach Braff, Donald Faison
- 4Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram
- 5Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy
- 6James Roday, Dulé Hill
- 7Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay
- 8Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel
- 9Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic
- 10Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers
- 11Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres
- 12Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman
- 13Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman
- 14James Spader, William Shatner
- 15Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan
- 16Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon
- 17Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley
- 18Rose McIver, Robert Buckley
- 19Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander
- 20Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton
- 21Fred Savage, Dan Lauria
- 22Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz
- 23Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis
- 24Lee Pace, Anna Friel
- 25Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz