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The Best TV Shows Set In New York City 

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Updated June 10, 2020 2.5k votes 347 voters 8.3k views 109 items

List Rules Vote up the best scripted television shows that take place in New York city.

If you love New York then you're in luck because it is a very popular setting for a television series. It's not just that it's one of the biggest, busiest cities in the US, but New York city's boroughs offer unique locations to tell a tale. If you're from New York and are missing home or are curious about how the most recognizable city on the East coast is portrayed on-screen, this list of the best shows set in New York can be your tour guide.

New York City as a setting is a wild thing. You can have a children's show like Sesame Street set in New York, or something as intensely violent as The Punisher - and both can accurately and interestingly depict the unique buildings, neighborhoods, and cultures that define New York. Lots of superheroes seem to work in New York, from Jessica Jones to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But they're not the only ones patrolling the city as there are plenty of procedural dramas like the Law & Order franchise that take place in New York as well. And, to round things out, sitcoms like Friends and Seinfeld are also uniquely New York.

Which shows about New York should be at the top of the list? Vote up the best TV shows set in New York city, then vote down the shows that don't deserve to be set in such a great place and add any great New York shows that are missing. Then, check out what late night talk shows are filmed in NYC.

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox & Lisa Kudrow (NBC)

Premiered: 1994

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Josh Radnor, Jason Segel & Cobie Smulders (CBS)

Premiered: 2005

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he ...more
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Michael Richards (NBC)

Premiered: 1989

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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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Blake Lively, Leighton Meester & Penn Badgley (The CW Television Network)

Premiered: 2007

Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious ...more
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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall & Kristin Davis (HBO)

Premiered: 1998

Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star, based on the 1997 book by Candace Bushnell. Four female New Yorkers (Sarah Jessica ...more
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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss & Vincent Kartheiser (AMC)

Premiered: 2007

Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. Womanizing advertising executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) balances work and pleasure, while harboring ...more
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Suits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams & Meghan Markle (USA Network)

Premiered: 2011

Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of ...more
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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin & Tracy Morgan (NBC)

Premiered: 2006

30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey. Head writer Liz Lemon (Fey) tries to run her sketch comedy show, while dealing with an arrogant boss ...more
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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin & Dennis Farina (NBC)

Premiered: 1990

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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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz & Caroll Spinney (Public Broadcasting Service)

Premiered: 1969

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...more
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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway & Danny DeVito (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 1978

Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmid... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski & Tituss Burgess (NBC)

Premiered: 2015

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. After being rescued from a doomsday cult, an optimistic young woman (Ellie ...more
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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing & Megan Mullally (NBC)

Premiered: 1998

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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay & Willie Garson (USA Network)

Premiered: 2009

White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an ...more
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll & Elden Henson (Netflix)

Premiered: 2015

Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more
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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jack Klugman, Tony Randall & Penny Marshall (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 1970

The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970, to March 7, 1975, on ABC. It stars Tony ...more
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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz & Vivian Vance (CBS)

Premiered: 1951

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, ...more
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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp & James McDaniel (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 1993

NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically ...more
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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley & Marla Gibbs (CBS)

Premiered: 1975

The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more
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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy & Daniel Davis (CBS)

Premiered: 1993

The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the ...more
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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold & Tequan Richmond (UPN)

Premiered: 2005

Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more
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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs & Garrett Morris (CBS)

Premiered: 2011

2 Broke Girls (CBS, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. Friends Max Black (Kat Dennings) and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) work in a ...more
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter & Rachael Taylor (Netflix)

Premiered: 2015

Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Sean Astin, Greg Cipes & Rob Paulsen (CBS)

Premiered: 1987

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson and the French company IDDH. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in ...more
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic & Susan Sullivan (American Broadcasting Company)

Premiered: 2009

Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W. Marlowe. A homicide detective (Stana Katic) reluctantly works with a best-selling mystery novelist ...more