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The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

Updated December 23, 2020 39.9k votes 5.0k voters 99.3k views54 items

List RulesVote up the best original comedies or sitcoms that have ever debuted on NBC.

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. Many of the best NBC comedies of all time are now available on Peacock, NBC's streaming service.

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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    Seinfeld

    Jason Alexander, Heidi Swedberg

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    Cheers

    Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long

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    Saturday Night Live

    Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig

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    Friends

    Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston

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    The Office

    Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Joseph Marcell, Tatyana Ali

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    The Golden Girls

    Rue McClanahan, Betty White

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    Frasier

    David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney

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    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Scott Adsit

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    Night Court

    Florence Halop, Harry Anderson

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    Parks and Recreation

    Jim O'Heir, Chris Pratt

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    Family Ties

    Justine Bateman, Meredith Baxter

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    Taxi

    Christopher Lloyd, Randall Carver

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    Scrubs

    Neil Flynn, Donald Faison

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    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

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    Sanford and Son

    Noam Pitlik, Gregory Sierra

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    I Dream of Jeannie

    Bill Daily, Hayden Rorke

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    The Cosby Show

    Raven-Symoné, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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    Wings

    Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

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    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

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    My Name Is Earl

    Nadine Velazquez, Ethan Suplee

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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

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    NewsRadio

    Dave Foley, Stephen Root

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    Mad About You

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