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The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

Updated December 23, 2020 40.5k votes 5.1k voters 99.8k 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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    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    PremieredSeptember 23, 1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #122 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate#43 of 140 The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

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    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing

    PremieredSeptember 28, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, LGBTQ

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    The Monkees

    Davy Jones, Peter Tork

    PremieredSeptember 12, 1966

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Music, Pop

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    #25 of 31 The Best Shows that Won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series#45 of 108 The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time

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    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen

    PremieredNovember 30, 1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Children

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    ALF

    Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

    PremieredSeptember 22, 1986

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    Just Shoot Me!

    Laura San Giacomo, George Segal

    PremieredMarch 4, 1997

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #203 of 320 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years#25 of 52 The Best Sitcoms Of The '90s

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    Late Night with David Letterman

    David Letterman, Paul Shaffer

    PremieredFebruary 2, 1982

    Genres (Tv)Talk, Comedy

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    #158 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#134 of 471 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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    The Facts of Life

    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields

    PremieredAugust 24, 1979

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    Mama's Family

    Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry

    PremieredJanuary 22, 1983

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman

    PremieredNovember 3, 1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #48 of 60 The Best ABC Comedies of All Time#69 of 83 The Best And Nicest Feel-Good TV Shows

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    Superstore

    Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney

    PremieredNovember 30, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #335 of 631 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch#7 of 255 The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu

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    Blossom

    Mayim Bialik, Ted Wass

    PremieredJanuary 3, 1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #5 of 15 Beloved TV Shows That Have Aged Horribly#66 of 116 The Best Teen Comedy Series Ever Made

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    Late Night with Conan O'Brien

    Conan O'Brien, Max Weinberg

    PremieredSeptember 13, 1993

    Genres (Tv)Talk, Comedy

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    #218 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time#46 of 145 The TV Shows Most Loved by Hipsters

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    A Different World

    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison

    PremieredSeptember 24, 1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #37 of 53 The Best Sitcoms Of The '80s#50 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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    Car 54, Where Are You?

    Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne

    PremieredSeptember 17, 1961

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    Silver Spoons

    Ricky Schroder, Joel Higgins

    PremieredSeptember 25, 1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #23 of 37 '80s Shows You Want To See Rebooted#29 of 32 The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows

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    Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

    PremieredSeptember 14, 1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    Chico and the Man

    Charo, Freddie Prinze

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #80 of 181 The Best '70s TV Shows#42 of 45 The Best Sitcoms Of The '70s

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    The Ghost & Mrs. Muir

    Charles Nelson Reilly, Hope Lange

    Premiered1968

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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    #88 of 201 The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s#173 of 280 The Greatest Supernatural Shows of All Time

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    Empty Nest

    Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff

    PremieredOctober 8, 1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #105 of 121 The Best Shows About Families#155 of 312 The Best Shows of the 1980s, Ranked

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    Gimme a Break!

    Nell Carter, Dolph Sweet

    PremieredOctober 29, 1981

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #28 of 33 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh#19 of 47 The Best 1980s NBC Shows

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    My Two Dads

    Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan

    PremieredApril 23, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

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    Dear John

    Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    Caroline in the City

    Lea Thompson, Eric Lutes

    PremieredSeptember 21, 1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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    #141 of 309 The Best Female-Led TV Shows#296 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    A.P. Bio

    Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

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