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List Rules 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
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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2
1,213 631
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

3
1,211 611
Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

4
697 440
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

5
761 498
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

6
789 465
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

7
667 524
Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Scrubs Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

8
678 579
30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
30 Rock Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

9
500 332
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

10
560 450
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

11
628 387
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

12
815 508
The Office is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

13
657 527
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

14
564 386
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

15
443 427
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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665 447
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

17
722 490
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

18
408 404
NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
NewsRadio Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

19
455 363
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

20
573 515
Community is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Community Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

21
367 374
Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Mad About You Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

22
332 178
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
zxray added I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

23
419 329
Wings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

24
471 386
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

25
132 114
Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Late Night with David Letterman David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

26
347 148
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

27
352 176
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
wiseannie added WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

28
253 197
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
zxray added Get Smart Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

29
376 348
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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292 344
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

31
284 347
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

32
214 218
Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Mama's Family Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

33
231 164
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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175 393
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

35
158 116
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
BrianSkeith added The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

36
155 367
Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

37
196 174
Soap is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

38
146 192
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin

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163 180
Alice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

40
116 362
Dear John is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Dear John Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Harry Groener

41
198 218
Reba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Reba Reba McEntire, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Steve Howey

42
114 106
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

43
126 111
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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147 380
Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Caroline in the City Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz

45
74 84
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
muzziac added Late Night with Conan O'Brien Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg, Andy Richter

46
119 202
Love, American Style is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Love, American Style Jo Anne Worley, Phyllis Davis, Carol Wayne

47
99 109
Blossom is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Blossom Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

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39 119
Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
murphycat added Buffalo Bill Dabney Coleman, Joanna Cassidy, Max Wright

49
71 365
Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Up All Night Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph, Will Arnett

50
85 155
My Two Dads is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
My Two Dads Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan