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The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

Updated October 13, 2020 34.4k votes 4.5k voters 94.8k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 2
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    937

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 3
    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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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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  • 4
    The Office is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    576

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

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  • 5
    Frasier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    650

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 6
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 7
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    604

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 8
    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 9
    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    686

    30 Rock

    Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin

    Premiered2006

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Satire

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  • 10
    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
    538
    418

    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 11
    I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    206

    I Dream of Jeannie

    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

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  • 12
    Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    497

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

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

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  • 13
    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    473

    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

  • 14
    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
    437
    362

    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 15
    Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
    800
    662

    Scrubs

    Zach Braff, Donald Faison

    Premiered2001

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Medical drama

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  • 16
    Community is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    539

    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

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  • 17
    Wings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
    415
    350

    Wings

    Tim Daly, Steven Weber

    Premiered1990

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 18
    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    378

    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 19
    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    615

    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 20
    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    193

    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

  • 21
    3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    511

    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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  • 22
    My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    457

    My Name Is Earl

    Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 23
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    33

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom, Police procedural

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  • 24
    Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
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    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

  • 25
    Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time
    496
    428

    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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