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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    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

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    Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

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    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

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    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

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    Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

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    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

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    Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

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    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

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    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

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    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

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    Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

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    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

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    Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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    Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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    Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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    Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Harry Groener

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    Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

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    Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

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    Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz

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    Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon

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    Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg, Andy Richter

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    Jo Anne Worley, Phyllis Davis, Carol Wayne

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    Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

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    Dabney Coleman, Joanna Cassidy, Max Wright

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    Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett

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    Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan

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