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Comedy-drama, or dramedy, is a genre of dramatic works that combines elements of comedy and drama. [1] [2]

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In the United States

Examples include The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd , which aired from 1987 to 1991 [3] and Desperate Housewives (2004 - 2012). [4] The term "dramedy" was coined to describe the late 1980s wave of shows, including Hooperman , [5] Doogie Howser, M.D. , and Frank's Place . [6]

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