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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
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
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
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
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
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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Asijit Sarkar added 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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House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Monk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
buzzy added 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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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
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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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Leverage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Kelly Hawkins added 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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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
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
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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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 Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Countermoon added 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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
Jeremiah Noordhoek added 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 investigations ...more
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy-Drama TV Shows Ever
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