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The Best 1990s NBC Dramas 

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These are the best 1990s NBC dramas, ranked from best to worst by your votes. Some good 90s NBC drama shows follow crime-fighting detectives and others explore the personal lives of tightly knit families. A few of the greatest 1990s NBC drama shows even featured elements of sci-fi and a few freaks, and a couple of geeks.

What shows will you find on this best 1990s NBC dramas list? Time travel is one thing, but Scott Bakula navigated through space and time in the NBC show Quantum Leap. Drama, romance and humor all combined for entertainment throughout five great seasons. Law & Order is another good drama show that aired on NBC in the 1990s.

Freaks and Geeks was under-rated during its original run, but it launched the careers of Seth Rogan, James Franco, Martin Starr and many more. Other great series that appear on this top 1990s NBC dramas list include ER, L.A. Law and In the Heat of the Night.

Do you have a favorite NBC drama series from the 1990s? Give the best programs a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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ER is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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In the Heat of the Night... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson
In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard ...more

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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward
Sisters is a television drama which aired on NBC for six seasons, from 1991 to 1996. The series was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were also the executive producers and showrunners. ...more

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Homicide: Life on the St... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto
This series is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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The Pretender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Michael T. Weiss, Andrea Parker, Patrick Bauchau
The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series starred Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius and former child prodigy with the ability to become ...more

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Third Watch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Coby Bell, Skipp Sudduth, Jason Wiles
Third Watch is an American drama series which first aired on NBC from 1999 to 2005, for a total of 132 episodes, broadcast in six seasons of 22 episodes each. The show was set and filmed in New ...more

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Profiler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Ally Walker, Julian McMahon, A Martinez
Profiler is an American crime drama that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series follows the exploits of a criminal profiler working with the FBI's fictional Violent Crimes Task Force based ...more

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seaQuest DSV is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Ted Raimi
SeaQuest DSV is an American science fiction television series created by Rockne S. O'Bannon. It originally aired on NBC between 1993 and 1996. In its final season, it was renamed seaQuest 2032. ...more

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Reasonable Doubts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Mark Harmon, Marlee Matlin, Leslie Jordan
Reasonable Doubts is a police drama broadcast in the United States by NBC that ran from 1991 to 1993.

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Midnight Caller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Ed O'Neill, Gary Cole, Greg Proops
Midnight Caller is a dramatic NBC television series created by Richard DiLello, which ran from 1988 to 1991. It was one of the first television series to address the dramatic possibilities of ...more
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Providence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Melina Kanakaredes, Mike Farrell, Seth Peterson
Providence is an American television drama series that aired on NBC starring Melina Kanakaredes. The show ran for five seasons from January 8, 1999 until December 20, 2002.
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Dark Skies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Jeri Ryan, J. T. Walsh, Eric Close
Dark Skies is an American UFO conspiracy theory-based sci-fi television series that aired from the 1996 to 1997 season for 18 episodes, plus a two-hour pilot episode. The success of The X-Files ...more

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Earth 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Debrah Farentino, Clancy Brown, Sullivan Walker
Earth 2 is an American science fiction television series which aired on NBC from November 6, 1994 to June 4, 1995. The show was canceled after one season of 22 episodes. It follows the journey ...more

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Players is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Ice-T, Andrea Roth, Costas Mandylor
Players is an American crime drama that aired on NBC from 1997-1998. Co-created by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf and cult favorite Invasion creator Shaun Cassidy, the series starred Ice-T, ...more
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Sweet Justice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Dramas
Melissa Gilbert, Marlee Matlin, Kathryn Morris
Sweet Justice is an American legal drama television series starring Cicely Tyson and Melissa Gilbert. The hour-long series ran from September 15, 1994 to April 22, 1995 on NBC. The series was ...more

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