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The Best NBC Dramas of All Time 

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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ER is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
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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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
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Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb
The Virginian is an American Western television series starring James Drury and Doug McClure which aired on NBC from 1962 to 1971 for a total of 249 episodes. It was a spin-off from a 1958 ...more

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
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Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
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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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan
Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
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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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos
The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel
St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz
Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago
Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more

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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito
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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart
Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia
Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the ...more

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden
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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross
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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts
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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
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