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The Best NBC Dramas of All Time  

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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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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who ...more
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more
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Ironside is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway
Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967, to January 16, 1975. The show starred Raymond Burr as a paraplegic Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside. The ...more
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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard
Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more
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McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers
McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the ...more
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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy
A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more
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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
miskolc added Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush
Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas
Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more
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I Spy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey
I Spy is an American television secret-agent adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill ...more
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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton
Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television series starring Fess Parker as Daniel Boone that aired from September 24, 1964 to September 10, 1970 on NBC for 165 episodes, and was made ...more
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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
onechicagofire added Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Torrey DeVitto
Chicago Med (NBC, 2015) is an American medical drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. Set in Chicago, the show focuses on the emergency department at Gaffney Chicago ...more
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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis
Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandes. When Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew ...more
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The High Chaparral is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow
The High Chaparral is an American Western-themed television series starring Leif Erickson and Cameron Mitchell, which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. The series, made by Xanadu Productions in ...more
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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett
Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more
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Dr. Kildare is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Jean Inness
Dr. Kildare is an NBC medical drama television series which ran from September 27, 1961 until April 5, 1966, encompassing a total of 190 episodes. The show, which premiered at the same time as ...more
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Bluff City Law is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Barry Sloane
Bluff City Law (NBC, 2019) is an American crime drama thriller television series. The series follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specialize in the most controversial landmark ...more
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The Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey
The Enemy Within (NBC, 2019) is an American drama television series. Former CIA agent, Erica Wolfe (Jennifer Carpenter), considered one of the most notorious traitors in modern history, is ...more
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Shades of Blue is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo
Shades of Blue (NBC, 2016) is an American crime drama television series set in New York City. It stars Jennifer Lopez as the main character Harlee Santos, a single-mother NYPD Detective, who is ...more
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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown
Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more
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The Village is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie
The Village (NBC, 2019) is an American drama television series. Despite a difference in age, race, culture and lifestyle, the residents of a Brooklyn apartment building find that the more their ...more
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The InBetween is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Harriet Dyer, Anne-Marie Johnson, Cindy Luna
The InBetween (NBC, 2019) is an American drama television series. Born with the ability to see and communicate with the dead, Cassie Bishop (Harriet Dyer) reluctantly helps detectives solve ...more
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Branded is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Chuck Connors, Chuck Hamilton, William Bryant
Branded is an American Western series which aired on NBC from 1965 through 1966, sponsored by Procter & Gamble in its Sunday night 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time period, and starred Chuck Connors as ...more