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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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
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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
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
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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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce
Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan
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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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito
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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll
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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston
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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
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) 16 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
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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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly
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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
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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
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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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page
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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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick
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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
zxray added Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
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Late Night with David Le... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Comedies of All Time
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
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