My friends and I, who are Upper Intermediate English Learners, had a discussion about the type of a local TV series which is comedy and each episode lasts for almost an hour. IMDB suggests comedy as the genre although it's too general and it's not what I'm looking for.
I suggested sitcom since it's comedy and the show features same characters. However, as my friend said sitcoms are mostly half an hour long or less with laugh tracks included and they don't follow the same story all along, so he proposed a satire TV series since it criticizes doctors' bedside manner and the problems that patients have to deal with about unnecessary paperwork. I said in response sitcoms can include satire too and there are alot of scenes in the local series that is just included to make audience laugh without any satirical purpose like a slapstick scene.
Dramedy is another option that we came up with since some episodes not all there are some short scenes that the character are sad and the show tries to make a point about life although I argued Friends is also comedy and includes these scenes but it's still a sitcom.
I read all the links included here and some more but I couldn't get a definite answer to that. I wonder what's the right English word to describe this TV show which 1) is an hour long; 2) includes satire; 3) follows a story; 4) features same characters; 5) doesn't use laugh tracks.