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The Best NBC Comedies of All Time 

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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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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 97

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

NewsRadio is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from 1995 to 1999, focusing on the work lives of the staff of an AM news station. The series was created by executive ...more

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#75 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #83 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Late Night with David Le... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 1819

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Variety show, Late night television

Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 as the first incarnation of the Late Night ...more

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#199 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #263 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #122 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
BrianSkeith added Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 209

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy

The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more

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#548 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Drama On 'The Facts Of Life'listed on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 58

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Musical, Comedy

The Monkees is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 1966 to March 1968. The series follows the adventures of four young men trying to make a name for themselves as rock ...more

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#201 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #114 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 130

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The series is a spin-off of a recurring series of comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show and Carol ...more

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#626 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #136 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 148

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March 4, 1997, to August 16, 2003, with 148 episodes produced. The show was created by Steven Levitan, ...more

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#259 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #91 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #111 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 189

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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#431 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #30 of 31 Every Time A Children's TV Show Or Movie Dealt With Deathlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Fantasy

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When ...more

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#219 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #189 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on The Good Place, Ranked

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
iceman69 added Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

Premiered: 1976

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more

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#109 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #197 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in ...more

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#107 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #325 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time The Best Characters On 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
starks added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 87

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more

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#155 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #74 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History 24 Saved by the Bell Facts You Never Knew

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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon

Premiered: 1980

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 37

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Sitcom

Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. It ran from 1980 to 1982 on ABC and in reruns in the ...more

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#284 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #102 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #85 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
NBCTV1965 added Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady

Premiered: 1960

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 378

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and ...more

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#174 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #72 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Blossom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Blossom is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC from July 5, 1990 to May 22, 1995. Don Reo created the series which starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and ...more

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#165 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #372 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #105 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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Late Night with Conan O'... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
muzziac added Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg, Andy Richter

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Talk show, Variety show, Late night television

Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, ...more

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#188 of 383 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #109 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #73 of 169 The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters

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Father Knows Best is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue

Premiered: 1954

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 203

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Father Knows Best is an American radio and television comedy series which portrayed a middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s, and ran on radio ...more

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#147 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #129 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Car 54, Where Are You? ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Fred Gwynne, Charlotte Rae, Al Lewis

Premiered: 1961

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 60

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Car 54, Where Are You? is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 1961 to 1963, and was about two New York police officers based at the fictional 53rd precinct in The Bronx. Car 54 was their ...more

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#211 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #272 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Saved by the Bell: The C... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
starks added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 19

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a sequel to the Saved by the Bell series which ran from May 22, 1993 to February 8, 1994, lasting one season. It was the third incarnation of the ...more

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#237 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #102 of 1,328 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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Empty Nest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 170

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama

Empty Nest is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1988 to 1995. The series was created as a spin-off of The Golden Girls by creator and producer Susan Harris. For its first ...more

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#176 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #319 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 144

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more

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#214 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #103 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #58 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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A.P. Bio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
A.P. Bio Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis
A.P. Bio (NBC, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Seth Meyers, Mike O'Brien and Lorne Michaels. A former philosophy professor (Glenn Howerton) takes a job teaching AP ...more

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#41 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #383 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Charo, Freddie Prinze, Della Reese

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Chico and the Man is an American sitcom which ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13, 1974, to July 21, 1978. It stars Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, the cantankerous owner of a run down ...more

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#164 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #305 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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227 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and ...more

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#158 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #29 of 84 The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time

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Silver Spoons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. The series was produced by ...more

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#54 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows #293 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 97

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Caroline in the City is an American situation comedy that ran on the NBC television network. It stars Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy, who lives in Manhattan in New York City. The ...more

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#369 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time #178 of 272 The Best Female-Led TV Shows