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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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2
329 223
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

3
416 165
Psych is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

4
319 164
Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

5
166 132
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

6
280 135
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

7
298 134
House is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

8
181 121
Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Monk Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

9
174 118
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

10
161 93
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

11
189 83
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

12
79 75
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

13
172 129
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

14
94 97
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

15
63 61
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 15 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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88 79
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

17
174 112
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

18
159 88
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

19
93 96
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

20
143 137
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Weeds Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

21
63 19
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Asijit Sarkar added Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

22
124 90
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

23
57 30
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Kelly Hawkins added Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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184 90
bones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

25
91 78
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

26
34 40
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

27
68 39
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RileyJo81 added iZombie Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Malcolm Goodwin

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44 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

29
145 91
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

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42 47
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

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38 18
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Jeremiah Noordhoek added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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24 38
McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
sidapplebaum added McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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32 38
Room 222 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Room 222 Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine

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115 72
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

35
37 26
Rizzoli & Isles is listed (or ranked) 35 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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23 13
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
LKraujalytė added Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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29 33
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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28 19
Young & Hungry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
percyjacksonrickriordan added Young & Hungry Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero

39
125 98
Californication is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Californication David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

40
123 97
Entourage is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Entourage Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

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22 18
Highway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Danny Marks added Highway to Heaven Michael Landon, Victor French

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22 15
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 42 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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27 22
Baby Daddy is listed (or ranked) 43 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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21 40
Here Come the Brides is listed (or ranked) 44 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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40 53
Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Sports Night Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman

46
72 55
Eureka is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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20 30
The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added The Courtship of Eddie's Father Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki

48
81 66
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Misfits Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

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29 45
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added The Greatest American Hero William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp

50
77 64
Devious Maids is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Devious Maids Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Judy Reyes