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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 Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
White Collar Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson White Collar is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine Monk is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman and starring Tony Shalhoub as the eponymous character, Adrian Monk. It originally ran from 2002 to ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Asijit Sarkar added Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. ...more

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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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 Pushing Daisies is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. The series stars Lee Pace as Ned, a ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Countermoon added The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Kelly Hawkins added Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane Leverage is an American television drama series, which aired on TNT from December 7, 2008, to December 25, 2012. The series was produced by Electric Entertainment, a production company of ...more

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bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin Bones is an American crime procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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RileyJo81 added iZombie Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Malcolm Goodwin iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Jeremiah Noordhoek added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Ed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Ed Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, Josh Randall Ed is an NBC television program co-produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants Incorporated, NBC Productions and Viacom Productions that aired from 2000 to 2004. The hour-long comedy-drama ...more

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Mulumba D Shafic added Black-ish Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more

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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 Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The one-hour drama is based on the ...more

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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 Burn Notice is an American television series created by Matt Nix which originally aired on the USA Network from June 28, 2007 to September 12, 2013. The show stars Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle ...more

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Baby Daddy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Robert Mutura added Baby Daddy Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, Jean-Luc Bilodeau Baby Daddy is an ABC Family original comedy television series that premiered on June 20, 2012. The series follows Ben, a man in his twenties, who gets the surprise of his life when a one-night ...more

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Young & Hungry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
percyjacksonrickriordan added Young & Hungry Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero Young & Hungry is an American sitcom created by David Holden, and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale. The multi-camera series stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym ...more

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McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the ...more

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Room 222 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Room 222 Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine Room 222 was an American comedy–drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox Television that aired on ABC for 112 episodes from September 17, 1969, until January 11, 1974. The show was ...more

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
LKraujalytė added Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston Malcolm in the Middle is an American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, ...more

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Bobtherat Bobtherat added Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler Californication is an American comedy-drama television series created by Tom Kapinos, which aired for seven seasons on Showtime from August 13, 2007 to June 29, 2014. The show follows New Yorker ...more

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely ...more

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Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Sports Night Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman Sports Night is an American television series about a fictional sports news show also called Sports Night. It focuses on the friendships, pitfalls, and ethical issues the creative talent of the ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Countermoon added Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret ...more

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Highway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Danny Marks added Highway to Heaven Michael Landon, Victor French Highway to Heaven is an American television drama series which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989. The series aired for five seasons, running a total of 111 episodes. It was shot entirely in ...more

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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra Eureka was an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006. The fifth and final season ended on July 16, 2012. The show was set in a fictional town in ...more

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more

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Here Come the Brides is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Here Come the Brides Bruce Lee, Joan Blondell, David Soul Here Come the Brides is an American comedy Western series from Screen Gems that aired on the ABC television network from September 25, 1968 to April 3, 1970. The series was loosely based upon ...more

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Misfits Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, on E4, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service program, where they obtain supernatural powers ...more

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The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added The Courtship of Eddie's Father Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki The Courtship of Eddie's Father is an American television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on the book written by Mark Toby. It tells the story of a widower, Tom ...more