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.

  • I wouldn't focus on the length of the program for any classification other than the time allowed to develop the story line. A series (same characters, settings and basic plot) are usually a drama or if comedic a sitcom. It would be a satire or slapstick only if that were the primary style of the program. Have never heard "dramedy" before. However I think this is more of an entertainment question, since you are asking about performance style and not the meaning of words.
    – user3169
    Oct 16, 2016 at 21:38
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    Honestly it sounds like you're already pretty familiar with the entertainment lingo, so there's not a lot a native speaker could add. Certainly sitcoms are usually satire, so it doesn't have to be one or the other. Friends is a sitcom, but the classic "dramedy" is M.A.S.H., in that most episodes included both comedic and dramatic elements. If your show is like M.A.S.H. then "dramedy" works. If it's more about humor, then it's a sitcom. Either way, you can have fun arguing about it. :)
    – Andrew
    Oct 16, 2016 at 23:30
  • I can't for the life of me understand how this question is a about learning the English language, but it seems to me that the American series House is a possible model for labelling this program. IMDB calls that "drama, mystery." When I watched it, it seemed a comedy at times. What do the Mullahs call it? Isn't that more important than how it might be described in English? Oct 17, 2016 at 1:01
  • Thank you all. The problem is I haven't watched M.A.S.H so I was unfamiliar with comedy-drama I just have seen a couple of American sitcoms like Friends, or How I Met your Mother. So it was tricky to understand the concept. Well I like searching and spent an hour reading about all these lingos but it wasn't easy to label :( . I needed some insight for the word choice or even a new word.
    – Yuri
    Oct 17, 2016 at 5:45
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    @Yuri Have faith, my friend, and don't give up the fight. Eventually the old farts die, and humans always find a way to be free. Oct 17, 2016 at 7:56

1 Answer 1


There's no limit on the length of an episodes of a sit-com, nor any requirement for a laugh track. A simple sequence of jokes would be hard to sustain for an hour, so longer sit-coms tend to have more elements of drama: For example Ally McBeal, Northern Exposure or Moonlighting are tv shows with a mixture of comedy, tragedy and romance. Forums: Snopes and Reddit have discussed this.

I'd go for a sit-com, or a "comedy drama", just because I dislike the look of dramedy.


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