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The Best 1990s NBC Shows 

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These are the best 1990s NBC shows ranked by user votes. The 1990s was a great time for NBC television programs. Some of the best 1990s NBC shows were dramas and other good 90s NBC series were  unforgettable comedies. Many of the greatest 1990s NBC TV shows are still popular to this day with syndicated reruns. A few of them are even considered the greatest TV shows of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best 90s after school shows and the best 90s CBS shows

What shows appear near the top of this best 1990s NBC shows list? Seinfeld is widely considered to be the best NBC sitcoms of the 90s, or any decade. This “show about nothing” found hilarity in the lives of four single friends living their day-to-day lives in New York City. Friends is another good show that aired on NBC in the 1990s.

When it comes to great NBC dramas from the 90s, it doesn't get much better than ER, which premiered in 1994. Other great series that are featured on this top 1990s NBC shows list include Mad About You, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Law & Order.

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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All of Jerry's Girlfriends, Ranked #29 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

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) 7 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Legal drama, Legal

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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All The Detectives From 'Law & Order,' Ranked #135 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee, and a spinoff of Cheers. After his divorce, psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more

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Dark Behind-The-Scenes Stories About 'Frasier' #110 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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ER is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Drama, Medical fiction

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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very ...more

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more

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The Best Characters on Will & Grace, Ranked #123 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Sachin Bhatnagar added Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March 4, 1997, to August 16, 2003, with 148 episodes produced. The show was created by Steven Levitan, ...more

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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

NewsRadio is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from 1995 to 1999, focusing on the work lives of the staff of an AM news station. The series was created by executive ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

Premiered: 1986

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama, Legal

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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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Reality television

Unsolved Mysteries (NBC, 1987) is an American mystery documentary television show created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews, and documentary ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Comedy-drama

Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while ...more

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Blossom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

Premiered: 1990

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Blossom is an American sitcom broadcast on NBC from July 5, 1990 to May 22, 1995. Don Reo created the series which starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Sachin Bhatnagar added David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Empty Nest is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s NBC Shows
Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama

Empty Nest is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1988 to 1995. The series was created as a spin-off of The Golden Girls by creator and producer Susan Harris. For its first ...more

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