I was just commenting on Game of Thrones, how I had to stop watching it because it was too dark and gory. It led me to wonder why I love shows like Supernatural, which is also dark and gory. And the answer is that the darkness and gore is heavy and relentless on GoT but is broken up with comic relief on Supernatural--in fact, the darkness and gore are often themselves funny.
Shut Up Dr. Phil is a case in point. Biting into a heart in a cupcake has a humorous edge to it--especially when afterwards she is going on about Hearts in my cupcakes. Hearts in my cupackes! That's never happened before! On GoT, they would rip a heart out of a chest and eat it on a dark, desolate battlefield while the widow weeped to dirge-like music. They just take their darkness and gore so seriously.
So I just thought I'd give a shout-out to Supernatural: Love the humor!