A List of Quirky And Witty Dark Comedy Shows With Intelligent Screenwriting
By Marc Gordon - June 6, 2023

Bojack Horseman is an animated adult show produced by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. It paints a candid and vulnerable picture of human nature and relationships, bearing all its scars. Weaving in and out of satire and dry humor, this show is packed with subliminal messages about life. The protagonist, Bojack, is a humanoid horse and carries the trauma wounds from his wrecked childhood into his current life. With his self-sabotaging behavior, narcissistic and self-loathing personality, and substance abuse habits – it’s not soon that chaos unravels, and in the process, people get hurt. Over a span of six seasons, we see not just Bojack, but all the side characters deal with some of the most uncomfortable emotions. This dark comedy jabs you where it hurts while leaving you emotionally attached in the end.

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Fleabag stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the protagonist, the writer, and the executive producer. In all her awkward glory, Fleabag effortlessly breaks the fourth wall, making us double over in laughter over her internal monologues accompanied by her dry wit. This storyline is uncomfortably raw, grappling with grief, depression, and loneliness, but most of all, love and the yearning for it. This refreshing masterpiece spans over two seasons, with phenomenally bittersweet screenwriting. Vincenzo is a South Korean crime thriller starring Jeon Yeo-been, Ok Taec-yeon, and Song Joong-ki. The plot revolves around a Korean-Italian mafia consigliere as he fights for justice. This dark comedy packs a punch. It will have you at the edge of your seat with its witty characters and unexpected turns. AfterLife is written, produced, and directed by British stand-up comedian Ricky Gervais. The story revolves around Tony as he deals with the aftermath of his wife’s death from breast cancer. If you’re familiar with Gervais’ work, this series will have you laughing and crying in the same scene.