#dark comedy

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The Best TV Shows: dark comedy

I, Claudius

Drama War & Politics United Kingdom 1976

I, Claudius

Drama War & Politics United Kingdom 1976

  • I, Claudius
  • 8,3/10

1 season, 12 episodes

Acclaimed blackly comic historical drama series. Set amidst a web of power, corruption and lies, it chronicles the reigns of the Roman emperors - Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and finally Claudius.

My Mad Fat Diary

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2013

My Mad Fat Diary

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2013

  • My Mad Fat Diary
  • 8,2/10

3 seasons, 16 episodes

Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl Rae, who has just left a psychiatric hospital, where she has spent four months after attempting suicide, begins to reconnect with her best friend Chloe and her group, who are unaware of Rae's mental health and body image problems, believing she was in France for the past four months.

Bottom

Comedy United Kingdom 1991

Bottom

Comedy United Kingdom 1991

  • Bottom
  • 8,2/10

3 seasons, 18 episodes

Bottom is a British anarchic sitcom written by and starring comic duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson as socially awkward, sexually inexperienced Richie Richard, and carefree alcoholic Eddie Hitler, two social outcasts living on the dole, trapped together in a daily grind in a squalid flat in Hammersmith, London. Perpetually skint, bored and sexually frustrated, they spend their days scheming, bickering, and being nasty and sadistic to each other. The show ran for three series, originally airing on BBC Two from 1991 - 1995, and was followed by five stage show tours across the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2003, and a feature film Guest House Paradiso. The show is noted for its chaotic, nihilistic humour and violent comedy slapstick. In 2008, Bottom came in at number 45 in a poll to determine "Britain's Best Sitcom" by the BBC. The show continues to be shown in the UK on Gold and Dave, and has been dubbed in other languages. In Spain the show is known as La pareja basura which aired on Canal+. The theme music was provided by The Bum Notes, a band that once featured Edmondson, and is a cover of "Last Night" by The Mar-Keys. Plans were made in 2012 for a BBC spin-off series, Hooligan's Island, featuring the Richie and Eddie characters from Bottom. However, that project was cancelled that October prior to production as Edmondson explained that he wished to pursue other interests.

Six Feet Under

Drama USA 2001

Six Feet Under

Drama USA 2001

  • Six Feet Under
  • 8,2/10

5 seasons, 63 episodes

A darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.  When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challenging as--and far less predictable than--the one inside.

Inside No. 9

Comedy Mystery United Kingdom 2014

Inside No. 9

Comedy Mystery United Kingdom 2014

  • Inside No. 9
  • 8,2/10

6 seasons, 35 episodes

An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, each one taking place behind a door marked 'number 9'.

Bottom

Comedy United Kingdom 1991

Bottom

Comedy United Kingdom 1991

  • Bottom
  • 8,2/10

3 seasons, 18 episodes

Bottom is a British anarchic sitcom written by and starring comic duo Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson as socially awkward, sexually inexperienced Richie Richard, and carefree alcoholic Eddie Hitler, two social outcasts living on the dole, trapped together in a daily grind in a squalid flat in Hammersmith, London. Perpetually skint, bored and sexually frustrated, they spend their days scheming, bickering, and being nasty and sadistic to each other. The show ran for three series, originally airing on BBC Two from 1991 - 1995, and was followed by five stage show tours across the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2003, and a feature film Guest House Paradiso. The show is noted for its chaotic, nihilistic humour and violent comedy slapstick. In 2008, Bottom came in at number 45 in a poll to determine "Britain's Best Sitcom" by the BBC. The show continues to be shown in the UK on Gold and Dave, and has been dubbed in other languages. In Spain the show is known as La pareja basura which aired on Canal+. The theme music was provided by The Bum Notes, a band that once featured Edmondson, and is a cover of "Last Night" by The Mar-Keys. Plans were made in 2012 for a BBC spin-off series, Hooligan's Island, featuring the Richie and Eddie characters from Bottom. However, that project was cancelled that October prior to production as Edmondson explained that he wished to pursue other interests.

Fleabag

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2016

Fleabag

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2016

  • Fleabag
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

Fleabag is thrown roughly up against the walls of contemporary London, sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from wherever she can, rejecting anyone who tries to help her, and keeping up her bravado throughout.

Ideal

Comedy United Kingdom 2005

Ideal

Comedy United Kingdom 2005

  • Ideal
  • 8,1/10

7 seasons, 53 episodes

Ideal is a British dark comedy sit-com, originally broadcast on digital channel BBC Three, created by Graham Duff and produced by BBC Comedy North and Baby Cow Productions. It stars Johnny Vegas as small-time cannabis dealer Moz. It is set in Salford, Greater Manchester, chosen because Duff was familiar with the area having done many stand-up gigs there during his youth. Most of the series takes place in Moz's flat and revolves around the eclectic array of characters who visit Moz to buy cannabis, socialise or both. The closing theme is "Song of the Oss" from the album Nuada: Music Inspired By the Film the Wicker Man composed by British band Candidate. The series also features a number of tracks by Californian hip hop group Ugly Duckling. It was broadcast on BBC Three in the UK, on entertainment channel 3e in Ireland and on ABC2 in Australia. First broadcast in 2005, seven series have been shown; the most recent ended on 30 June 2011. After the seventh series aired, Ideal was cancelled by the BBC. Following the announcement, writer and creator Graham Duff wrote to fans: "As some of you may have heard, the BBC have decided against commissioning an 8th series of Ideal. The reason given was that the new channel controller wanted to make a clean sweep. It is a source of both pride and frustration that, at the point of cancellation, Ideal was attracting its biggest ever audiences, its highest profile guest stars and its best ever reviews. And the show is now being screened in more countries than ever before - from America to Finland and beyond." Fans have launched a petition dedicated to saving the show.

The Venture Bros.

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy USA 2004

The Venture Bros.

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy USA 2004

  • The Venture Bros.
  • 8,1/10

7 seasons, 81 episodes

Hank and Dean Venture, with their father Doctor Venture and faithful bodyguard Brock Samson, go on wild adventures facing megalomaniacs, zombies, and suspicious ninjas, all for the glory of adventure. Or something like that.

The End of the F***ing World

Comedy Crime Drama United Kingdom 2017

The End of the F***ing World

Comedy Crime Drama United Kingdom 2017

  • The End of the F***ing World
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 16 episodes

James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a darkly comedic road trip in search of her real father.

The Best TV Shows: dark comedy on Netflix

The End of the F***ing World

Comedy Crime Drama United Kingdom 2017

The End of the F***ing World

Comedy Crime Drama United Kingdom 2017

  • The End of the F***ing World
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 16 episodes

James is 17 and is pretty sure he is a psychopath. Alyssa, also 17, is the cool and moody new girl at school. The pair make a connection and she persuades him to embark on a darkly comedic road trip in search of her real father.

After Life

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2019

After Life

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2019

  • After Life
  • 7,9/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

Tony had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on.

Trailer Park Boys

Comedy Canada 2001

Trailer Park Boys

Comedy Canada 2001

  • Trailer Park Boys
  • 7,9/10

12 seasons, 105 episodes

Follow the booze-fueled misadventures of three longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park.

Insatiable

Comedy Drama USA 2018

Insatiable

Comedy Drama USA 2018

  • Insatiable
  • 7,8/10

2 seasons, 22 episodes

A bullied teenager turns to beauty pageants as a way to exact her revenge, with the help of a disgraced coach who soon realizes he's in over his head.

Dead to Me

Crime Drama Mystery USA 2019

Dead to Me

Crime Drama Mystery USA 2019

  • Dead to Me
  • 7,6/10

2 seasons, 20 episodes

A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn't quite what she seems.

Schulz Saves America

Comedy USA 2020

Schulz Saves America

Comedy USA 2020

1 season, 4 episodes

Comedian Andrew Schulz takes on the year's most divisive topics in this fearlessly unfiltered and irreverent four-part special.

EastSiders

Comedy Drama USA 2012

EastSiders

Comedy Drama USA 2012

4 seasons, 27 episodes

What happens after the world ends? This show explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silver Lake, CA.

Living with Yourself

Comedy Drama USA 2019

Living with Yourself

Comedy Drama USA 2019

  • Living with Yourself
  • 6,5/10

1 season, 8 episodes

Burned out on life, Miles undergoes a strange procedure at a strip mall spa -- and wakes to find he's been replaced by a better version of himself.

The Best TV Shows: dark comedy (2019)

Hit the bleach

Comedy Talk Spain 2019

Hit the bleach

Comedy Talk Spain 2019

2 seasons, 36 episodes

The first internet program to watch high. David Suárez, Santi Alverú, and Sergio Bezos scratch the deep internet to bring the videos you should see before you die every two weeks.

After Life

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2019

After Life

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2019

  • After Life
  • 7,9/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

Tony had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on.

Dead to Me

Crime Drama Mystery USA 2019

Dead to Me

Crime Drama Mystery USA 2019

  • Dead to Me
  • 7,6/10

2 seasons, 20 episodes

A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn't quite what she seems.

1 season, 10 episodes

In the early 1990s, a recently widowed, impoverished Orlando water park employee schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme which ruined her financially in the first place.

Living with Yourself

Comedy Drama USA 2019

Living with Yourself

Comedy Drama USA 2019

  • Living with Yourself
  • 6,5/10

1 season, 8 episodes

Burned out on life, Miles undergoes a strange procedure at a strip mall spa -- and wakes to find he's been replaced by a better version of himself.

Jerk

Comedy United Kingdom 2019

Jerk

Comedy United Kingdom 2019

2 seasons, 8 episodes

Jerk follows the life of acclaimed stand up Tim Renkow, who plays a heightened version of himself; an American art school dropout who needs to get a visa to stay in the UK. The only problem is that Tim has cerebral palsy. This means that people judge him… all the time. Although usually they judge him wrongly, because what they don’t realise is that inside that severely disabled, vulnerable body is a bit of an asshole.

Filthy Rich

Comedy Mystery USA 2019

Filthy Rich

Comedy Mystery USA 2019

1 season, 9 episodes

To Kendra, it's the fanciest night of the year. To everyone else, it's the worst birthday party they've ever been to. Not because of the secrets, lies, or tragedy, but because of the lack of alcohol and the inadequate entertainment.

Jestination Unknown

Comedy 2019

1 season, 6 episodes

Jestination Unknown is an attempt to answer the question, what does India find funny? The clubs and pubs of India's metros are only a sliver of an answer to that question. English stand-up comedy maybe new in India but comedy itself isn't new to the country. The people of this country have laughed at kings, foreigners, neighbors, relatives, and more importantly, themselves. In a time when jokes are considered offensive, what if India answered otherwise?

The Comeback

Comedy Drama Sweden 2019

The Comeback

Comedy Drama Sweden 2019

1 season, 10 episodes

Annbritt, a once-promising badminton player, has been going downhill ever since 1983, attributing her defeat in the Swedish championship final to an erroneous referee call. Almost 40 years later, Annbritt has hit rock bottom and can only look upwards. Determined to gain what was unjustly stolen from her, she sets out to achieve an unthinkable comeback. A tragicomic story of rebirth that applauds a troubled soul’s struggle to regain self-respect.

Don't Forget the Driver

Comedy Crime United Kingdom 2019

Don't Forget the Driver

Comedy Crime United Kingdom 2019

1 season, 6 episodes

Coach driver and single dad Peter Green leads a life of ordinary routine until the discovery of a dead body on the docile Bognor shoreline and an unsettling meeting with a new arrival in town throws his life into chaos.

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Shameless

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2004

Shameless

Comedy Drama United Kingdom 2004

  • Shameless
  • 7,6/10

11 seasons, 138 episodes

The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won't admit it, they need help and find it in Steve, a young middle class lad who falls for Fiona, the oldest sibling, and increasingly finds himself drawn to this unconventional and unique family. Anarchic family life seen through the eyes of an exceptionally bright fifteen year old, who struggles to come of age in the context of his belligerent father, closeted brother, psychotic sister and internet porn star neighbors.

St. Elsewhere

Drama USA 1982

St. Elsewhere

Drama USA 1982

  • St. Elsewhere
  • 5,7/10

6 seasons, 137 episodes

St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels as teaching doctors at a lightly-regarded Boston hospital who gave interns a promising future in making critical medical and life decisions. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises, which had success with a similar NBC series, the police drama Hill Street Blues, during that same time; both series were often compared to each other for their use of ensemble casts and overlapping serialized storylines. St. Elsewhere was filmed at CBS/MTM Studios, which was known as CBS/Fox Studios when the show began; coincidentally, 20th Century Fox wound up acquiring the rights to the series when it bought MTM Enterprises in the 1990s. Known for its combination of gritty, realistic drama and moments of black comedy, St. Elsewhere gained a small yet loyal following over its 6-season, 137-episode run; the series also found a strong audience in Nielsen's 18-49 age demographic, a young demo later known for a young, affluent audience that TV advertisers are eager to reach. The series also earned critical acclaim during its run, earning 13 Emmy Awards for its writing, acting, and directing. St. Elsewhere was ranked #20 on TV Guide's 2002 list of "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.", with the magazine also selecting it as the best drama series of the 1980s in a 1993 issue.

Trailer Park Boys

Comedy Canada 2001

Trailer Park Boys

Comedy Canada 2001

  • Trailer Park Boys
  • 7,9/10

12 seasons, 105 episodes

Follow the booze-fueled misadventures of three longtime pals and petty serial criminals who run scams from their Nova Scotia trailer park.

Bunnicula

Animation Comedy USA 2016

Bunnicula

Animation Comedy USA 2016

3 seasons, 104 episodes

A dark comedic adventure about the titular Bunnicula, a vampire rabbit, Mina, his owner, and her two pets, Chester the cat and Harold the dog. Instead of blood, Bunnicula feeds on carrots to sustain himself which gives him super abilities which come in handy on his and his friends escapades. The series is based on the book series of the same title by James Howe and Deborah Howe.

Murder Mystery and Makeup

Crime Mystery USA 2019

Murder Mystery and Makeup

Crime Mystery USA 2019

1 season, 102 episodes

Youtube series in which makeup artist and vlogger Bailey Sarian pairs makeup tutorial videos with retellings of true crime stories.

Weeds

Comedy Crime Drama USA 2005

Weeds

Comedy Crime Drama USA 2005

  • Weeds
  • 7,2/10

8 seasons, 102 episodes

After the unexpected death of her husband, a suburban mom resorts to selling weed to support her family.

Rescue Me

Action & Adventure Comedy Drama USA 2004

Rescue Me

Action & Adventure Comedy Drama USA 2004

  • Rescue Me
  • 7,7/10

7 seasons, 93 episodes

Rescue Me revolves around the lives of the men in a New York City firehouse, the crew of 62 Truck. Examining the fraternal nature and relationships of firefighters, the series tackles the daily drama of the life-and-death situations associated with being a firefighter, while exploring the ways the men use dark humor to protect their true emotions.

Childrens Hospital

Comedy USA 2008

Childrens Hospital

Comedy USA 2008

  • Childrens Hospital
  • 7,3/10

7 seasons, 91 episodes

A hospital isn't a place for lazy people. It's a place for smart people who take care of people who aren't smart enough to keep themselves healthy. So begins Children's Hospital, a parody series that follows the lives, loves and laughs of a hospital staff.

'Allo 'Allo!

Comedy War & Politics United Kingdom 1984

'Allo 'Allo!

Comedy War & Politics United Kingdom 1984

  • 'Allo 'Allo!
  • 7,8/10

9 seasons, 82 episodes

The misadventures of hapless cafe owner René Artois and his escapades with the Resistance in occupied France.

The Venture Bros.

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy USA 2004

The Venture Bros.

Action & Adventure Animation Comedy USA 2004

  • The Venture Bros.
  • 8,1/10

7 seasons, 81 episodes

Hank and Dean Venture, with their father Doctor Venture and faithful bodyguard Brock Samson, go on wild adventures facing megalomaniacs, zombies, and suspicious ninjas, all for the glory of adventure. Or something like that.