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The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time  

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List of popular NBC shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the best NBC TV shows, which includes both current and canceled series. The best NBC TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on NBC, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This includes some of today's most popular shows, like Community, Parks & Recreation and Law & Order SVU. Programs like 30 Rock and The Office, though recently cancelled, are considered some of the best, most influential TV shows in history. Let's not forget about television classics like Seinfeld, the original Law & Order, Family Ties, Miami Vice, ER and Cheers. These are among the best TV shows ever due their timelessness, clever plotlines and memorable characters.

Television fans in different locations grew up with NBC on different channels, but most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite NBC TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! And don't forget to see what new NBC shows are premiering in 2019.

The list of top NBC television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the NBC network, even ones that have had their time or have been cancelled. Use this factual list to build one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards
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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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
shortstop added Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
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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Community is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover
Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Umberhaven added 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 Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. ...more
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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
murphycat added 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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
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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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
murphycat added 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Umberhaven added 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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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce
Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more
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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows 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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ER is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows 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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston
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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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily
I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom ...more
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Late Night with David Letterma... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld
Late Night with David Letterman is a nightly hour-long comedy talk show on NBC that was created and hosted by David Letterman. It premiered in 1982 as the first incarnation of the Late Night ...more
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Umberhaven added 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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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
murphycat added Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt
Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry ...more
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
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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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
murphycat added Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
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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My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBC TV Shows of All Time
murphycat added Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly
My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on the NBC television network from September 20, 2005, to May 14, 2009, in the United States. It was ...more