Comedy drama

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Comedy drama is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and drama. As such, it is also known by the portmanteau dramedy.[1][2][3][4] The modern, scripted-television examples tend to have more humorous bits than simple comic relief seen in a typical hour-long legal or medical drama, but exhibit far fewer jokes-per-minute as in a typical half-hour sitcom.

In the United States[edit]

Examples from United States television include: M*A*S*H, Moonlighting, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,[5] Northern Exposure, Ally McBeal, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives[6] and Scrubs. The term "dramedy" was coined to describe the late 1980s wave of shows, including,The Wonder Years, Hooperman,[7] Doogie Howser, M.D. and Frank's Place.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dramedy". Cambridge Dictionary. Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Dramedy". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Girls Gone Mild - Ian O'Doherty reviews Girls, Celebrity Big Brother, and Charlie". independent. Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  4. ^ "Rethinking the Dramedy: What Is It, Anyway?". pastemagazine.com. 2021-07-01. Retrieved 2022-04-11.
  5. ^ Brinkmoeller, Tom (September 3, 2010). "Classic "Molly Dodd" Series Remains Locked Up, Awaiting 'Bail'". TV Worth Watching. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  6. ^ Weiner, Allison Hope (December 20, 2004). "Is 'Desperate Housewives' a comedy?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Kelley, Bill (September 23, 1987). "The Best And The Brightest Abc's Hooperman – The Hands-down Winner Of The Best New Show Of The Year – Introduces A New Format, dramedy, While Slap Maxwell Reintroduces Dabney Coleman". Sun Sentinel. Archived from the original on September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Hill, Michael (August 6, 1989). "Bochco gives dramedy another go with 'Doogie Howser, M.D.'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2018.