10 Best Horror Comedy Shows To Watch Like Wednesday | Pretty Reel

Wednesday is shaping up to be a fantastic comedy-horror with plenty of talent behind the wheel. The juxtaposition of morbid horror and deadpan comedy is a tale as old as time. Horror and comedy thrive on being unpredictable to audiences, and few things are as fun as laughing one minute and then screaming the next.

Many horror-comedy shows have been around long before Wednesday’s debut, of course. From the sultry tones of ’80s Elvira to the modern trappings of Sabrina’s adventures, there are plenty of horror comedies out there for audiences to enjoy.

The Addams Family (1964 – 1966)

Broadcast on Prime Video

It would be remiss not to mention the show that Wednesday’s character hails from in the first place. The Addams Family is a sitcom based on the scary cartoons of the same name by Charles Addams. It follows the titular Addams Family as they navigate the mundane issues of family life, albeit with a few curses or corpses along the way.

The Addams Family is the reverse of popular sitcoms of the era. Despite their apparent obsession with the macabre setting and the occult, they are perhaps one of the finest families in television history. Parents adore each other and kids, while mischievous, never cross the line into genuine naughtiness, making for a wholesome if somewhat creepy watch.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Embedded (2010 – 2013)

Broadcast on HBO Max

This reboot of the Scooby-Doo TV series actually changes things up by having a continuing and chilling narrative to it. Billed as a “deconstruction” of the franchise itself, Mystery Incorporated is darker than any entry before it, but also comes with deeper characters and intelligence.

The show is set long after they’ve become famous for their mystery-solving skills, but cynically, the town resents them for revealing all the secrets that make their town “special”. Yet they stubbornly continue their meddling, until the mysteries begin to become much less “greedy businessman” and more “terrifying eldritch horror”.

What We Do in the Shadows (2019–present)

Streaming on Hulu

A spin-off series from the movie of the same name, What We Do In The Shadows follows a group of vampires trying to live their best (un)life, though their dysfunction and quirks prevent them from doing so. The mockumentary format also remains present for this series, giving it a weird The Office-type vibe, save for its vampires.

The TV series’ impressive adherence to the deadpan, nonsensical comedy of the original film is due to the fact that Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement were heavily involved in the production. This time around, the vampires aren’t in New Zealand, but rather Staten Island, giving fans a new setting for the funny bloodsuckers.

Elvira’s Macabre Movie (2010 – 2012)

Streaming on Peacock

Elvira is a horror icon, and it’s not hard to see why. Elvira’s seductive appearance is further complemented by her charming personality and unique brand of morbid humor, a stark contrast to her seemingly dark aesthetic.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre was the character’s first film and she immediately captivated audiences, often at the expense of the terrible B-horror movies she commented on. As her Netflix and Chills campaign proved last year, she hasn’t missed a beat (or aged at all), being the same beautiful horror hostess in 2021.

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015 – 2018)

Streaming on Netflix

Ash vs. Evil Dead was the long-awaited TV show from the beloved cult franchise, Evil Dead. Decades after Army of Darkness, Ashley J. Williams has returned to her old ways, spending much of her time sleeping with random women in her trailer. It’s here that the undead-slaying hero unites not only the audience, but also the menace Deadite.

Fan fears that the show would lose some of its absurd, cheesy tone during the TV run were quickly dispelled within the first few minutes. Add to that a fun new cast in the form of Pablo and Kelly, and fans got themselves another iconic entry in the beloved horror franchise.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018 – 2020)

Streaming on Netflix

A far cry from the 1990s sitcom, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a darker take on Sabrina’s iconic (and powerful) story. Sabrina Spellman is in a constant state of flux, struggling between the pull of her human and witch natures. It doesn’t help that the forces of evil constantly threaten the town, and she’s often the only thing standing in between.

Much like its sister series Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes the wholesome comic to some truly dark places, with murder and demons playing a huge role in the story. Still, the show manages to be intentionally (and unintentionally) hilarious, often winking at the camera to be aware of how far Sabrina’s story has come.

Santa Clarita diet (2017-2019)

Streaming on Netflix

Santa Clarita Diet is a gruesome take on the zombie genre. Sheila and Joel are an affluent couple with a successful real estate business. Their happy life is turned upside down after Sheila inexplicably becomes a zombie hungry for human flesh. Yet her husband remains faithful, and they work tirelessly to make their relationship work, no matter how many bodies are left.

Despite its unfortunate cancellation, Santa Clarita Diet remains a fantastic watch for people looking for character comedy with seriously sickening gore effects. The surreal dynamic between Sheila and Joel as they argue over the morals of only eating bad guys is fantastic, and the battle between her bloodlust contrasts with her desire for a (rather) normal life.

Scream Queens (2015 – 2016)

Streaming on Hulu

Scream Queens is a satirical horror-comedy series that revolves around the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house and the dysfunctional women who live there. Their drama soon falls by the wayside when a slasher begins stalking them, but their incompetence at “solving the mystery” makes for some hilarious and morbid moments.

The series is beloved for its self-aware tone, slick visuals, and campy sense of humor, fitting the B-movie horror flicks they’re lovingly inspired by. Yet beneath all the murder and comedy lies a genuinely moving character story that keeps audiences connected to potential victims.

Supernatural (2005 – 2020)

Streaming on Netflix

One of the longest-running horror series of all time, Supernatural follows Winchester siblings Dean and Sam as they battle creatures of folklore and urban legend fame, while the ultimate battle between the heaven and hell simmered in the background. The series has a loose connection structure through the Winchesters searching for their lost father.

The main draw, however, has always been the monster of the week formula. What sets Buffy’s series apart is how far it strays from the typical demons and dark creatures audiences are familiar with, delving into plenty of obscure foreign folklore for their episodes. It also has a little-known anime of the same name, which is worth checking out for the novelty alone.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)

Streaming on Hulu

Perhaps the most iconic horror-comedy series of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer follows a teenage girl who learns she’s the next Slayer, a long line of women whose destiny it is to fight evil. Flanked by friends Widow, Angel and Spike, the four work tirelessly to keep the often thankless town of Sunnydale safe.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is so prolific on the internet that it’s possible sites like TVTropes wouldn’t exist without it. So much media convention was made noticeable in early pop culture, thanks to the then-revolutionary smirk and self-awareness. It was the show that put teen soap operas on the map, and it did so with a badass protagonist in Buffy.

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