Drama Shows 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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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 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) 2 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
ER 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

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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 Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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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 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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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
The Rockford Files 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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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Heroes 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

The Best Current NBC Dramas

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Knight Rider 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
The Blacklist 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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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Hill Street Blues 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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Grimm 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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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 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

The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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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 Quincy, M.E. is an American television series from Universal Studios that aired from October 3, 1976, to September 5, 1983, on NBC. It stars Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County ...more

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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 Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more

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Ironside is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Ironside 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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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Freaks and Geeks 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

The Best 1990s NBC Dramas

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 24 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 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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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Parenthood 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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Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross Dragnet is an American radio, television and motion picture series, enacting the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
A Different World 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

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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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 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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Chicago Fire 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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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 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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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 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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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 Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a ...more

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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 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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The Virginian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added The Virginian 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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Daniel Boone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
RobLein added Daniel Boone 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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
Hannibal 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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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 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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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 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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Chicago Med is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBC Dramas of All Time
onechicagofire added Chicago Med 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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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 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