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  • Matt Noble
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    #352273

    G’Day, with new Emmy rules and slew of more dramedies there seems to be more talk now then ever about what a comedy is. So I was thinking what competing for the Emmys this year is the least funny comedy? And does that matter at all if it’s a great show?

    Globe champ Transparent has to be in the mix, often playing as a family drama. Other new shows like Grace & Frankie and Happyish also arn’t packed with jokes (although the latter has the surreal fantasy sequences). You have stalwarts like Nurse Jackie and Girls. Then Jane the Virgin which had to apply to be allowed in the race being an hour long as did Shameless, which used to compete in Drama.

    So let’s hear what is the biggest drama in comedy clothing? 

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    Marcus Dixon
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    #352275

    The Big Bang Theory

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    Riley
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    Two and a Half Men > The Big Bang Theory: I admire the (quantity of) plotting in Two and a Half Men more.  The Big Bang Theory will often construct an entire episode around something like Sheldon getting a haircut.

    Jane the Virgin is more dramatic than it gets credit for.  I do not remember an episode without tears from Gina Rodriguez.

    Transparent, Shameless and Nurse Jackie are the dramedies that I feel are actually committing category fraud.

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    CanadianFan
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    I’ve sampled a few random episodes of ‘House of Lies’ and ‘Episodes’, and they do nothing for me.

    With regards to drama shows posing as comedies, ‘Shameless’ is the #1 offender. ‘Transparent’ could really go either way, so I’m not mad about it being classified as a comedy, especially because it has a similar tone to HBO shows like ‘Girls’ and ‘Togetherness’. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #352278

    Jane the Virgin

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    Denis
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    Jesus, Episodes isn’t funny?  Stop the world, I wanna get out.

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    #352280

    Transparent, Getting On, Girls, Jane the Virgin, Nurse Jackie come to mind. Eventhough it is a drama Shameless has way more LOL moments than these shows. 

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    Boidiva02
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    #352281

    Well, I mean, Nurse Jackie has to be included here for sure. 

    I would even go as far as to say that Girls is clearly more of a drama than a comedy.
     

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    FrozenBarbie
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    Hmm… I draw a distinction between a comedy that is not funny at all (but is suppoed to be), and a comedy that is more dramatic, but the comedic parts/lines are very funny.  So, shows like BBT and Nurse Jackie don’t equate to me. One is clearly a sitcom (which I find unbearably awful), and the other is defined as a comedy, but is clearly meant to have dramatic elements. It does matter a great deal to me if it’s a great show. When it is a great show, I don’t care what you call it. And, though this has been said a zillion times, I find that some dramas have more cleverly-written and funnier comedic lines than a lot of sitcoms. 

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    KyleBailey
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    I’ve laughed more times watching Shameless and Nurse Jackie than Jane the Virgin and Silicon Valley combinded 

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    Patrick
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    #352284

    Modern Family USED to be funny in its first few seasons. Not so much anymore, though.

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    Gabriel
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    BBT and Modern Family are mediocre comedies that aren’t funny, though BBT is more unfunny and much worse.

    Transparent is, in my personal opinion, is a family drama in the vein of Six Feet Under (Jill Soloway also wrote on that show, fyi), but that’s not say it doesn’t have some funny elements, some of which are often funnier than anything in the actual comedies in its category.

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    Matt Noble
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    I agree with Gabriel that a Transparent is like a family drama.

    Hmm… I draw a distinction between a comedy that is not funny at all (but is suppoed to be), and a comedy that is more dramatic, but the comedic parts/lines are very funny.  So, shows like BBT and Nurse Jackie don’t equate to me. 

     

    BBT and Modern Family are mediocre comedies that aren’t funny, though BBT is more unfunny and much worse.

    So what would you guys rather win. A comedy that isn’t executed well win? Or see a show that’s more dramatic win, even though there is already a drama series award given out? For me, I do like to see more laugh out loud shows win here but I’d be happy voting for a quality dramedy as long as it was funny enough if I thought it was the best show.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    “a quality dramedy as long as it was funny enough if I thought it was the best show.”

    ^ This. Definitely woud not want to see a win for a comedy that isn’t executed well. If it’s not a quality show, what would make it worth voting for?

    But I’m not saying that I think the funniest shows are dramedies, either. I thought Veep and Silicon Valley were actually the funniest shows that I watched this season. 

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    AviChristiaans
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    I agree with Gabriel that a Transparent is like a family drama.

    [quote=”FrozenBarbie”]

    Hmm… I draw a distinction between a comedy that is not funny at all (but is suppoed to be), and a comedy that is more dramatic, but the comedic parts/lines are very funny.  So, shows like BBT and Nurse Jackie don’t equate to me. 

     

    BBT and Modern Family are mediocre comedies that aren’t funny, though BBT is more unfunny and much worse.

    So what would you guys rather win. A comedy that isn’t executed well win? Or see a show that’s more dramatic win, even though there is already a drama series award given out? For me, I do like to see more laugh out loud shows win here but I’d be happy voting for a quality dramedy as long as it was funny enough if I thought it was the best show. [/quote]

     I’d rather see a true comedy win Outstanding Comedy Series than a well made dramedy/Drama that got submitted in Comedy. However ‘horrible’ and ‘mediocre’ that comedy is perceived to be by a few.

    Seeing shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown, All in the Family, Cheers, The Cosby Show, Murphy Brown, Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond, and Friends win Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series means Desi Arnaz’s original idea of flat out humorous comedies is still alive. And the definition of “comedy” is still intact. Laugh out loud comedies and not well made shows that perceive to be comedies.

    Sad that we are headed for a time where people will have to sit and watch dramas and not laugh but yet call it comedy.

    Thank God the general viewing public and consumers know the difference, based on ratings of these shows.

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