When Comedies Take A Dramatic Turn | Uproxx


Alan Sepinwall:

The lines between comedy and drama have been blurring to the point of meaninglessness over the last few years, as some of the darkest, most moving series on television are “comedies” like Atlanta or BoJack Horseman. But even if you go back to the 20th century, some of the most famous moments from traditional comedies like All in the Family, Taxi, Cheers, M*A*S*H, and more were the serious ones, while other sitcoms like Diff’rent Strokes and Saved by the Bell became infamous for “Very Special Episodes,” that were well-meaning but clumsy in their attempts to put the jokes aside and discuss a topical issue.

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