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List Rules Vote up your favorite drama series that originally aired on NBC.

NBC dramas are some of the most stimulating programs in television history. Dramas on NBC may be high-tech and filled with imaginative stories, but the network itself stemmed from humble beginnings. Shows like Law & Order: SVU, The West Wing, Freaks & Geeks, The Night Shift, and Cheers would not be around today if not for NBC. 

David Sarnoff and NBC presented the first television at New York's World Fair in the late 1930's, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to appear on national television in front of the NBC cameras in 1939. NBC was also the first station to introduce color programming to their viewers, beating CBS and DuMont Television Network by only a few days. Today, NBC remains one of the top contenders in network television. 

The transmission of moving images through television has allowed the public to live vicariously through fantasy stories, as well as see themselves reflected in both real and imagined characters.  NBC has a variety of dramas to choose from, and has continued to produce great content since its inception.   

Vote for your favorite NBC drama below! If you don't see your favorite show on the list, feel free to add it. 

 
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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer

The Best Current NBC Dramas The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

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297 158
ER is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

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261 149
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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194 180
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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189 180
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
peanuts added Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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142 200
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

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178 190
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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116 186
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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136 176
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

The Best 1990s NBC Dramas 29 Popular TV Characters Who Were Suddenly Written Off The Show (And Why)

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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158 184
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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108 184
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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Ironside is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Ironside Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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127 176
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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116 194
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

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102 181
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

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116 178
Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

The Best 1980s NBC Dramas The Best Places to Meet Women

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

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12 27
McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
miskolc added Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added I Spy Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey

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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Daniel Boone Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton

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The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added The Virginian Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Dr. Kildare Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Jean Inness

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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added The High Chaparral Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow

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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
onechicagofire added Chicago Med Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss

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Branded is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Branded Chuck Connors^! Chuck Hamilton^! William Bryant