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The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

Updated October 13, 2020 39.4k votes 4.7k voters 96.1k views59 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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  • 1
    Seinfeld
    1,612
    920

    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 2
    Friends
    1,614
    1,044

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 3
    Saturday Night Live
    1,022
    745

    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    Premiered1975

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

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  • 4
    The Office
    1,649
    639

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • 5
    Frasier
    953
    736

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 6
    The Golden Girls
    831
    661

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 7
    Cheers
    1,126
    865

    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 8
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    998
    615

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 9
    Parks and Recreation
    1,325
    541

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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

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  • 10
    30 Rock
    951
    754

    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire

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  • 11
    Night Court
    677
    518

    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

  • 12
    Family Ties
    589
    483

    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 13
    I Dream of Jeannie
    365
    276

    I Dream of Jeannie

    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • 14
    Taxi
    497
    404

    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 15
    Scrubs
    854
    718

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

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  • 16
    Sanford and Son
    507
    418

    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 17
    Community
    1,049
    599

    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 18
    The Cosby Show
    697
    669

    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 19
    Wings
    455
    395

    Wings

    Tim Daly, Steven Weber

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 20
    My Name Is Earl
    543
    497

    My Name Is Earl

    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 21
    3rd Rock from the Sun
    646
    560

    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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  • 22
    Get Smart
    284
    243

    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

  • 23
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    277
    83

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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  • 24
    NewsRadio
    462
    454

    NewsRadio

    Dave Foley, Stephen Root

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 25
    Mad About You
    398
    453

    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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