TV's Best Dramedies

The term dramedy was coined when Desperate Housewives hit the scene back in 2004, but the addition of comedy into a traditional drama series (or vice-verse) has been around since the early days of shows such as Sex and the City and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

"Desperate Housewives"

"Desperate Housewives" cast

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From Lynette's pot smoking antics to Susan's many embarrasing incidents, the ladies on Wisteria Lane have kept us highly entertained for years. We love that each season brings us a brand new mystery that plays out over the entire season and keeps us coming back for more as the suspense builds to new heights each week.


Who knew that viewers would embrace a series that featured singing, dancing, corny one-liners and projectile slushies? If nothing else, just tune in to watch the amazing song and dance numbers performed by bonafide theater stars.​


When a brilliant underachiever unwittingly downloads all of the CIA's secrets into his brain and is forced to become a spy, it creates a recipe for an incredibly entertaining action/adventure/romantic/dramedy.

"Nurse Jackie"

Would you want to be treated by a pill-popping/snorting nurse who cheats on her husband with the hospital pharmacist? Don't be fooled by the narcotic addiction—Jackie knows more about medicine than many of the doctors she works with (especially those afflicted with sexual Tourettes).


One is a fake psychic and the other his sidekick, but what started out as a joke has turned into a full-time job for Shawn and Gus. These guys have a knack for getting themselves into sticky situations, but Shawn's keen intuition and powerful observation skills somehow get the bad guy in the end—and in the most entertaining way possible.