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The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever 

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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
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

Premiered: 2007

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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House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

House, M.D. (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. An antisocial maverick doctor (Hugh Laurie) who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes ...more

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Monk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine

Premiered: 2002

Monk (USA, 2002) is an American comedy-drama detective mystery television series created by Andy Breckman. A brilliant detective with an extreme case of OCD (Tony Shalhoub) helps the San ...more

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Scrubs (NBC, 2001) is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence. In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) ...more

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Psych is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

Premiered: 2004

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Premiered: 2013

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James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Premiered: 2004

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Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

Premiered: 2005

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Premiered: 1999

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Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

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Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

Premiered: 1990

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Premiered: 1985

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