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The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

Updated December 23, 2020 39.8k votes 4.9k voters 98.4k 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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  • Seinfeld1
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Cheers2
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Friends3
    1,638
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Saturday Night Live4
    1,055
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    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

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  • The Office5
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    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • The Golden Girls6
    847
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air7
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Frasier8
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    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 30 Rock9
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    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire

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  • Parks and Recreation10
    1,400
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    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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

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  • Night Court11
    695
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

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  • Family Ties12
    604
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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #8 of 64 The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s#4 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

  • Taxi13
    515
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    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #32 of 76 The Best ABC Shows of All Time#6 of 59 The Best ABC Comedies of All Time

  • Scrubs14
    881
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    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

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  • Community15
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    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • Sanford and Son16
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #35 of 309 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#155 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

  • I Dream of Jeannie17
    371
    306

    I Dream of Jeannie

    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • The Cosby Show18
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #14 of 91 The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time#16 of 165 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

  • Wings19
    467
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    Wings

    Tim Daly, Steven Weber

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 3rd Rock from the Sun20
    657
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    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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  • My Name Is Earl21
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    My Name Is Earl

    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine22
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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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  • Get Smart23
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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

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    #27 of 70 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series#146 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • NewsRadio24
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    NewsRadio

    Dave Foley, Stephen Root

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #115 of 538 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time#30 of 52 The Greatest Sitcoms Of The 1990s, Ranked

  • Mad About You25
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    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    #9 of 17 17 Beloved '90s Shows That Ended In Really Weird Ways#19 of 22 '90s Shows That Are Coming Back