watchworthy presents

The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever 

Reference
Originally by
Updated March 29, 2020 20k votes 3.5k voters 174.1k views 105 items

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.

Data-driven recommendations based on voting from over 40 million monthly visits to Ranker. Try the free app
list ordered by
1
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: NBC

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

More Chuck 

#93 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #21 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Best Seasons of Chuck

2
Psych is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: USA Network, ION Television

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

More Psych 

#103 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #59 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

3
House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 177

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

House (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a pain medication-dependent, unconventional, misanthropic ...more

More House 

#14 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #3 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years The Best New Tech House Songs of 2020

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

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 105

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Castle is an American 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

More Castle 

#75 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #124 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Best Seasons of Castle

5
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 181

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

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

More Scrubs 

#61 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #20 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years The Best Scrubs Characters of All Time

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

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

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

More White Collar 

#99 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #177 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years The Best Seasons of White Collar

7
Monk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 125

Network: USA Network

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

More Monk 

#70 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #205 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time The Best Seasons of Monk

8
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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

More Gilmore Girls 

#98 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #166 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time All of the Love Interests on Gilmore Girls, Ranked

9
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

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

More Shameless 

#35 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #92 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years Every Season of 'Shameless', Ranked Best to Worst

10
Bones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 166

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Bones is an American 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

More Bones 

#68 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #15 of 92 The Best Dramedy TV Series The Best Seasons of 'Bones'

11
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 251

Network: CBS

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

More M*A*S*H 

#78 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #2 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

12
Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

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

More Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

#54 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #42 of 52 Which Nerd Favorite Has The Most Annoying Fans? All Of The Behind-The-Scenes Drama From 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' And 'Angel'

13
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

More Firefly 

#33 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #1 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time 13 Crazy Yet Plausible Fan Theories About Firefly

14
Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 7

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

More Orange Is the New Black 

#56 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #158 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time The Best Characters on Orange Is the New Black, Ranked

15
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Asijit Sarkar added Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: NBC

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 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 ...more

More Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

#107 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #325 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time The Best Characters On 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

16
Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: American Broadcasting Company, Lifetime Television

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

More Desperate Housewives 

#275 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #188 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Best Seasons of Desperate Housewives

17
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 356

Network: ABC

Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

More Grey's Anatomy 

#35 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch The Best 'Grey's Anatomy' Seasonslisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

18
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: NBC

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

More Freaks and Geeks 

#41 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #259 of 449 The Best Duos of All Time The Cast of Freaks and Geeks: Then and Now

19
Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: USA Network

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

More Burn Notice 

#120 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #96 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years The Best Seasons of Burn Notice

20
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Kelly Hawkins added Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: TNT

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

More Leverage 

#242 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #43 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

21
Weeds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: Showtime

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

More Weeds 

#64 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #118 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years The Best Seasons of Weeds

22
Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 101

Network: ABC, American Broadcasting Company

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

More Boston Legal 

#243 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #107 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Best Seasons of Boston Legal

23
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

More The Wonder Years 

#71 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #12 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time

24
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

More Pushing Daisies 

#223 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #138 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years Creepy Scenes In 'Pushing Daisies' That Were Brushed Aside By The Show's Wholesome Atmosphere

25
Ranker Video
RileyJo81 added Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Malcolm Goodwin

Premiered: 2015

Network: The CW

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

More iZombie 

#128 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #45 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series The Best Seasons of 'iZombie'