Comedy-dramas...?

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chipolata

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 5:56pm
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We might have done this before, but I'd be interested to hear what shows people think of as comedy-dramas? Shows that succeed in both being dramatic and funny?

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zooo

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 6:03pm
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Love Soup maybe.

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Blenkinsop

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 6:06pm
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Two off the top of my head and there are many many more more, but for some reason I can't call them to mind right now, will get the wheels turning and see what I remember.

Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Private Schulz.

I think also things like Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes fall into this category although rather than Comedy Dramas they might be better described as Drama Comedies.

I love a comedy drama me and they are a bit thin on the ground these days. I was bemoaning that on some other thread recently. Commissioners these days seem to be obsessed with mean, moody, psycho-coppo-hospitalo, morgue-based misery fests.

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chipolata

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 6:12pm
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Nurse Jackie definitely strikes me as one. Along with shows like Hung, Weeds, Breaking Bad and Californication.

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Aaron

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 6:21pm
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Jonathan Creek, Jeeves & Wooster, Hotel Babylon.

All three are shows that have undoubtedly strong comedic elements, but also a very strong narrative of their own; stories that aren't comedic devices in the same way that the plots and intricacies of a sitcom episode are. That is, that they tell some kind of story NOT just by way of setting up and delivering humour.

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zooo

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 6:42pm
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HOWCANYOUNOTLIKEMISFITS?

Sorry, just had to let that burst forth!

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zooo

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 6:49pm
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Ah well, not for everyone I suppose.
I was just totally hooked from the first ep. It might have helped that I watched it not knowing anything about it whatsoever. ie, I saw no ads or trailers or heard a word about it. Didn't whether it was going to be a comedy/studio sitcom/drama about binmen/whatever.
(Think Aaron must have had a preview disc.)
Was great to have zero expectations for once.

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Chappers

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:07pm
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Well Minder was of course - plus The Riff-raff element and also Hustle.

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Badge

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:15pm
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Minder, Big Deal, Give us a Break, The One Show.

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chipolata

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:20pm
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The first series of Misfits is excellent but it loses its way in the second (yet remains watchable). Definitely comedy drama, though.

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sootyj

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:31pm [Edited]
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Misfits is so boring and so up its own arse and it's quite offensive.

Oh and it's neither dramatic nor funny.

Like X Men crossed with Byker Grove.

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Shandonbelle

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:44pm [Edited]
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Cold Feet felt like a drama but with a humourous tone

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Chappers

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:46pm
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Quote: Shandonbelle @ March 20 2011, 8:44 PM GMT

Auf Weidessen Pet

Cold Feet


And those two of course. Two of the best TV series ever which leads me to think it's a much harder thing to do than write a sitcom.

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Shandonbelle

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:53pm [Edited]
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There have been some one offs..Married, Single, Other which was on a few months ago was sort of comedy drama, though I didn't think that much of it

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zooo

  • Sunday 20th March 2011, 8:53pm [Edited]
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Quote: sootyj @ March 20 2011, 8:31 PM GMT

Misfits is so boring and so up its own arse and it's quite offensive.

Oh and it's neither dramatic nor funny.

Like X Men crossed with Byker Grove.


Yes, but you watch Glee.