The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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List Criteria: Comedies and Sitcoms on NBC only.

The best NBC comedies of all time include classic sitcoms that captivated television audiences for years. This list of the greatest NBC comedy TV shows is a long one, because the network gave us so many of the most memorable comedy series in television history. Which show is your favorite? Vote it up! And, if you don't see your personal favorite NBC comedy listed, by all means, add it.

In the 1980s, NBC began to seriously dominate Thursday night programming with a lineup that included some of these first-rate comedy TV shows, including Cheers, Family Ties and A Different World. The "Must See TV" trend continued well into the 1990s, with shows like Seinfeld, Frasier, Mad About You and Friends. NBC is also responsible for modern cult classics like 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and Community

This list of the best NBC comedies of all time features so many multiple Emmy Awards nominees and winners, it's staggering really. But it's not just the big name shows: Several great comedy programs on NBC didn't last long, but they made a great impact on pop culture. Some of the best NBC sitcoms from the late 70s and early 80s are also included, like Diff'rent Strokes and Sanford and Son. And who could possibly forget Will Smith's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Fortunately, many of these great comedies that originally aired on NBC will continue to live on in syndication (probably forever).

This list aims to answer the question "What is the best NBC comedy of all time?"

Again, remember to vote up the NBC comedy shows you think are the best, and vote down any that you just don't like.
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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    The Office is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    NewsRadio Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Mad About You Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

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    Community is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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    I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

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    Wings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

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    Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

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    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Get Smart Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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    ALF is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

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    Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Just Shoot Me! Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

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    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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    Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Mama's Family Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    A Different World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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    Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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    The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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    Soap is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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    Dear John is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Dear John Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Harry Groener

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    Reba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Reba Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

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    The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    The Monkees Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

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    Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon

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    Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Caroline in the City Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz

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    Late Night with Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Late Night with Conan O'Brien Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg, Andy Richter

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    Love, American Style is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Love, American Style Jo Anne Worley, Phyllis Davis, Carol Wayne

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    Blossom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Blossom Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

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    Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Buffalo Bill Dabney Coleman, Joanna Cassidy, Max Wright

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    My Two Dads is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time


    My Two Dads Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan

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    Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time

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    Up All Night Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett

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