Something that the Showtime television network made up so that their shows could compete in the less competitive comedy categories at awards shows instead of the drama categories.
The term is SUPPOSED to mean an even mix of comedy and drama, but this rule generally fails and the show ends up becoming one or the other, usually drama. Because of this, a true "dramedy" has never existed.
"Sex and the City" and "Ally McBeal" are generally referred to as the first "dramedies" though both generally turned into dramas. The Showtime network is known for their "dramedies" (though they are all dramas) that star women (such as "Nurse Jackie" and "Weeds"). The world's biggest dramedy to date (and also the biggest failure of all dramedies) is Fox's "Glee," which claims it is funny because there is one joke per episode, yet the rest is a bad soap opera.
The dramedy is a very bad concept since it takes away the actual credibility of a truly comedic or dramatic show. Something needs to be done about it before crap like this takes over the airways and dooms traditional television.
Jim: Hey, wanna come over and watch Glee?
John: Because it's a dramedy.
Jim: You're right, dramedies are stupid, useless, and bad for television. Any network that airs one should be boycotted.