Although award shows like the Emmys and Golden Globes like to separate shows explicitly into comedies and dramas, true TV fans know that things aren’t that black and white. Brilliant dramas can make us howl with laughter, and hilarious sitcoms can make tears of sadness stream down our faces.
Here are 12 shows that made us cry with both laughter and sadness.
12 shows that can make you laugh one minute and sob the next
ParenthoodIs there an episode of Parenthood that didn't leave everyone sobbing? Just as the show perfectly depicted the funny, chaotic conversations every family has, it would then hit you right in the heart. Remember when Amber drove drunk and Zeek told her how he'd always dreamed of having a family? "You do not have my permission to mess with my dreams." Sob.NBC
This Is Us(SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!)
Sure, this freshman drama only just started, but the pilot episode had us chuckling and wiping away a few tears. In one scene, you get a shirtless sitcom star getting drunk and taking selfies, and the next you see a woman losing one of her triplets during childbirth (and then she and her husband adopt an abandoned baby as well). We can already tell this will be an emotional season.NBC
Buffy The Vampire SlayerBuffy was the ultimate show to depict the highs and lows of life, whether or not vampires are involved. You of course get the brilliant comedy of the musical episode "Once More With Feeling," but you also get the heartbreaking episode "The Body," in which the gang deals with the natural death of Buffy's mom. The swift changes in tone will give you emotional whiplash, but in the best way.The WB
Gilmore GirlsThe fast-talking gals of Stars Hollow were always ready with some quick quips as they dined at Luke's diner, but they were just as quick to devastate viewers with their trials and tribulations. Was there a dry eye in the house when Lorelai had to admit to Christopher that she wanted to love him but just couldn't? We doubt it.The WB
Veronica MarsKristen Bell's breakthrough role was the real heart of this teen mystery drama, as the actress could brilliantly play comedy one minute (if you haven't seen her brilliant touchdown dance, you're missing out), and the next, her eyes would well up with tears (and make anyone watching do the same). We miss you, Veronica.UPN
Bojack HorsemanFor a show about sarcastic, anthropomorphic animals, Bojack Horseman is one of the darkest, most emotionally raw on television. The animated series is full of amazing jokes and background gags, but also handles such controversial topics as depression, abortion, drug addiction, and, basically, feeling completely lost in the world. And yes, the main character is a horse.Netflix
Parks and RecreationFor a show that featured both Ron Swanson and Andy Dwyer, Parks and Rec could make us blubber like babies. When Ben and Leslie finally (FINALLY) got married right in the P&R office and exchanged their perfect vows ("I love you and I like you"), anyone watching was a sobbing mess.NBC
Doctor WhoNo matter which version of the Doctor you prefer, you know the actor portraying him is capable of brilliant comedy and overwhelming sadness. In one episode, you'll get Matt Smith eating fish sticks and custard; in another, you'll get David Tennant staring sadly in the rain. And we'll keep coming back for more.BBC
Fresh Prince of Bel-AirWhile Will Smith's first sitcom was mostly a straight-forward comedy, there were a few moments that really showed off the actor's dramatic range. Most notable was the episode in which Will's dad lets him down once again, leaving Will to sob to his uncle: "How come he don't want me?"NBC
FuturamaThe Matt Groening series was one of the cleverest shows on television (sometimes it was even smarter than The Simpsons - yeah, we said it), and sometimes was the saddest. We're still recovering from the episode in which we discovered that Fry's dog from the year 2000 sat outside waiting for him to return for the rest of his life. RIP Seymour.FOX
Breaking BadThe multi-Emmy winning drama is mostly known for its edge-of-your-seat tension, but don't forget that it was a great example of comedy and drama mixed together. It gifted us with scenes like Walt tossing an entire pizza on the roof of his house, and also ruined us with scenes like Jesse calling his dead girlfriend's voicemail to hear her voice (only for the number to eventually go out of service).AMC
How I Met Your MotherHIMYM ran for nine seasons, which gave the cast and crew a lot of room to experiment with both comedy and drama. It gave us such hilarious moments as discovering Robin was once a Canadian pop star named Robin Sparkles, but also gave us tear-inducing moments as Marshall discovering his father had died. The show was truly legen... wait for it... dary.CBS