Published By: Jayati

The emergence of the 'Crime-Comedy' genre is a TV phenomenon - 5 shows to get you started!

Be ready to laugh and gasp at the same time with this eclectic blend of crime and comedy!

Both individually and when fused, comedy and crime genres hold significant appeal in the media, captivating audiences with their engaging storylines. Even after their apparent contrast, these genres often synergize, crafting amusing narratives that offer viewers an enjoyable experience. While numerous films have probed into this genre combination, television has also excelled at seamlessly blending comedy and crime narratives. So, today we'll explore the best shows that offer this amazing blend of genres.


Alec Berg and Bill Hader co-created "Barry," a dark comedy series renowned for its blend of humour and crime elements. The show follows a despondent hitman from the Midwest who relocates to Los Angeles to carry out a hit on an actor involved with a mobster's wife. However, he becomes entangled in the city's theatre scene, leading to unexpected outcomes. "Barry," a recipient of Primetime Emmy Awards, stands out as one of the finest productions of the past fifteen years, particularly within the dark comedy and crime genres. What sets it apart is its ability to tackle weighty existential themes such as loneliness, depression, and guilt while simultaneously offering sharp satire of Hollywood and the art world in Los Angeles.

'The Gentlemen'

Following the success of Guy Ritchie's film, "The Gentlemen Universe" returns to the big screen, with starring Theo James from "Divergent." This action-packed series blends comedy and crime as aristocrat Eddie discovers his family estate is a massive empire after his father's passing. "The Gentlemen" has proven itself worthy of the hype, exceeding expectations and delighting fans of Ritchie's film. With fresh characters and an enthralling storyline, this Netflix sensation earns its place among the top crime comedy television shows.

'Only Murders in the Building'

Since its debut, "Only Murders in the Building" has received critical acclaim, marking a standout achievement in Selena Gomez's career with two Golden Globe Award nominations. Alongside Steve Martin, Martin Short, and even Meryl Streep, the crime comedy revolves around three New York City neighbours who share not only an apartment and a passion for true crime but also an unexpected involvement in a real murder case. Crafted by Martin and John Hoffman, the series boasts exceptional writing, endearing characters—especially the original trio—and a captivating storyline. Coupled with clever and uproarious humour, it delivers an immensely enjoyable viewing experience. With numerous award nominations, "Only Murders in the Building" stands as a resounding success in the comedy and crime genres.

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ 

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a detective in the NYPD's 99th Precinct. Alongside his partner Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), tough Detective Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), and loyal friend Detective Charles Boyle, they form a hilarious and unorthodox team. The show, praised by critics worldwide, defies genre norms with its humour and tackles important issues like race and gender. Award-winning and immensely enjoyable, it's a must-watch for fans of comedies like "The Office."


"Castle" features a captivating male-female detective duo, played by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, with undeniable chemistry. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, the series follows novelist Rick Castle and detective Kate Beckett as they team up to solve murders inspired by Castle's books. With its seamless blend of action, comedy, crime, and drama, "Castle" is a must-watch for genre enthusiasts. The charming rapport between Fillion and Katic elevates the show, making it a beloved choice for fans of romance, mystery, or both. Originally a hit for ABC in 2009, "Castle" continues to be cherished by audiences.

'Lucifer', 'Orange is the New Black',  'Psych', and 'Wednesday' are also some shows you can check out if the ones on the list have hooked you on the 'Crime-comedy' genre.