Shows that fall under the quirky-musical-dramedy genre are usually ones that have a unique premise which permits singing and dancing as a normal fit in the realm of the show’s universe. The jokes on quirky-musical-dramedies are typically silly and awkward. However, most of these shows have well written storylines which add a sense of drama to the mix. The themes and locations vary, but the genre usually centers around characters who are trying to sing their way to an ultimate goal. Many quirky comedies such as Scrubs, Psych and That 70’s Show have featured musical episodes which fall into the quirky-musical-dramedy category. Shows of this kind are typically made by musical people who have a background in theatre such as Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The show’s silly premise about a successful lawyer ditching her life in New York to stalk an ex-boyfriend she met at summer camp as a teenager makes it nothing short of a quirky dramedy. The musical numbers incorporated into each episode add to the “adorkable” charm.
Flight of the Conchords
The show is centered around the wacky shenanigans of the New-Zealand based musical-comedy group composed of Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement.
The show follows a group of (mostly) socially awkward misfits in their high school glee club. While the goofy series has plenty of fun, it also tackles many deeper issues that categorize it as a drama.
High School Musical
The romantic teen trilogy follows Troy and Gabriella as they battle their way to become the lead in the school musical. As a TV movie featured on Disney Channel, the love story is dramatic but the humor has a silly, quirky charm.