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

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more

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

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Farce, Comedy

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more

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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Comedy-drama, + more

Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 738

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy, + more

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 193

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Comedy

30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more

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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
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Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 139

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 181

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more

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Community is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: Comedy Central, NBC

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

Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 228

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show is set at the fictional "Tom ...more

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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 139

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more

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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was ...more

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction, Puppet

ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
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Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: CBS, NBC

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 25 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

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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