Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A film, television show, or theatrical work combining elements of drama and comedy.
  • noun The genre made up of such works.

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  • noun uncountable a genre of film or television that lies somewhere between drama and comedy
  • noun countable a film or television programme belonging to this genre

Etymologies

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Blend of drama and comedy

Examples

  • This dramedy is about an up-and-coming female singer dealing with the pressures of sudden fame.

    Jenny’s This Week on TV | the TV addict

  • Some writers use the word "dramedy," but to me, for some reason, "dramedy" just means a movie that isn't very good.

    The Seattle Times

  • And if you're not watching "Parenthood," I can only say you're missing out on what TV can be when it really tries to produce a smart, sexy and funny drama I refuse to use the word dramedy for adults.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • And if you're not watching "Parenthood," I can only say you're missing out on what TV can be when it really tries to produce a smart, sexy and funny drama I refuse to use the word dramedy for adults.

    I didn't think it was possible, but yes, there is a limit to what I consider "free speech"

  • FM (1978): Long on style and short on character development, this loose dramedy is a pleasant enough romp about disc jockeys at a freewheelin’, free-format Los Angeles radio station, one seemingly a million miles away from both the disco and punk revolutions.

    Up All Night With Too Many Movies « Screaming Blue Reviews

  • “Gio” (Freddy Rodriguez), the suave sandwich maker who battled Henry for Betty’s heart on the second Season Finale of the ABC dramedy, is not expected to come back for more than one episode.

    Christopher Gorham (Henry) Returns To “Ugly Betty”

  • The film will probably better classified as a dramedy than a full out comedy.

    Script Review: Judd Apatow’s Funny People Details Revealed | /Film

  • Wackiest Ship, however, was an hour-long show instead of a half-hour, and Arnold sort of made it a precusor to what would later be called dramedy, with a mix of McHale's-ish comedy and more serious war material than McHale's usually did.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Wackiest Ship, however, was an hour-long show instead of a half-hour, and Arnold sort of made it a precusor to what would later be called dramedy, with a mix of McHale's-ish comedy and more serious war material than McHale's usually did.

    Ship Shows

  • Although I Spy helped turn popular stand-up comic Bill Cosby into an internationally known superstar, the groundbreaking series - the first to combine humor and adventure in what eventually came to be known as dramedy and the first integrated series to star black and white actors with equal billing [and screen time] - it would never have worked without Robert Culp.

    EclipseMagazine

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  • E.g., Woody Allen films.

    August 8, 2009