Emflix – Part 19 – Subgenres – Drama

Link to Part 18 – Subgenres – Documentary

Here’s “Drama”

Compare again Netflix’s listing of genres to mine.

I struggled with a problem with the category.

Some of the subgenres really are not limited to Drama and yet only appeared under Drama in the hierarchy.

Consider ‘Period Pieces’

While most period pieces tend to be dramas, sure — what about all those Jane Austen/Oscar Wilde adaptations? Hilarious period pieces (your mileage may vary on the hilarity) What about Topsy Turvy, Clue, or half of Mel Brook’s movies? Comedic period pieces! Perhaps I should’ve added ‘Comedy Period Piece’ to my hierarchy, but I didn’t.

Here are my subgenres for said category with asterisks for ones I’ll be discussing below, either because they’re not on Netflix’s list, or they were changed from Netflix’s for some reason

  • African-American Dramas
  • Asian-American Dramas*
  • Classic Dramas
  • Courtroom Dramas
  • Crime Dramas
  • Dramas Based on Real Life
    • Biographies*
  • Dramas Based on the Book
    • Dramas Based on Bestsellers
    • Dramas Based on Classic Literature
    • Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
  • Epics*
  • Family Dramas
  • Foreign Dramas
  • Gambling Dramas
  • Indie Dramas*
  • LGBTQ Dramas*
  • Latino/a Dramas*
  • Medical Dramas
  • Military and War Dramas
  • Period Pieces
    • 20th Century Period Pieces
    • Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
  • Political Dramas
  • Religious and Spiritual Dramas*
  • Romantic Dramas
  • Sci-Fi Dramas
  • Showbiz Dramas
  • Social Issue Dramas
  • Sports Dramas
  • Tearjerkers
  • Teen Dramas*


  • Asian-American Dramas
    • Netflix doesn’t have this category despite many films potentially being able to fulfill it, so I added it
  • Biographies
    • Netflix places ‘Biographies’ as it’s own subgenre under Drama, whereas I placed it as a sub-Subgenre of ‘Dramas Based on Real Life’. While I am aware of the existence of fictional biographies (consider the Chuck Barris biopic, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’) because the vast majority of such films would fulfill ‘Dramas based on Real Life’ I decided to have that category absorb ‘Biographies’
  • Epics
  • Indie Drama
  • LGBTQ Dramas
    • Changed for inclusionary reasons, see my full write-up on the LGBTQ genre, when I get there
  • Latino/a Dramas
    • See the People-Genre rule
  • Religious and Spiritual Dramas
    • Added for hybrid consistency
  • Teen Dramas
    • Added for hybrid consistency


Link to Part 21 – Subgenres – Faith and Spirituality

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