When used to define a specific
type of film or
television programme, drama is usually qualified with additional terms that specify its particular subgenre, such as "
costume drama," "
political drama," "
courtroom drama," "
domestic drama," or "
comedy-drama." These terms tend to indicate a particular
setting or subject-matter, or else they qualify the otherwise serious tone of a drama with elements that encourage a broader range of
All forms of
television that involve
fictional stories are forms of
drama in the broader sense if their storytelling is achieved by means of
characters. In this broader sense, drama is a
mode distinct from
short stories, and narrative
 In the modern era before the birth of cinema or television, "drama" came to be used within the
theatre as a generic term to describe a type of
play that was neither a
comedy nor a
tragedy. It is this narrower sense that the film and television industries, along with
film studies, adopted. "
Radio drama" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has also been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the dramatic output of