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The Best TV Shows Set In New York City  

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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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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more
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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
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 Deuce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe
The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is a television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the adult industry in New York beginning ...more
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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring Ellie Kemper that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode ...more
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Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale
Rescue Me is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on the FX Network on July 21, 2004 and concluded on September 7, 2011. The series focuses on the professional and personal ...more
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Girl Meets World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Ben Savage
A decade after "Boy Meets World," Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. The younger child, a daughter named Riley, faces life lessons through her family, ...more
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more
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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear
Spin City is an American television sitcom that aired from September 17, 1996, until April 30, 2002, on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was based on a fictional ...more
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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows
The Honeymooners is an American sitcom, based on a recurring 1951–55 sketch of the same name. It originally aired on the DuMont network's Cavalcade of Stars and subsequently on the CBS network's ...more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen
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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Power is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Kathrine Narducci
Power (Starz, 2014) is an American crime drama-thriller television series created by Courtney Kemp Agboh. James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) struggles to balance his life as a New York City ...more
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Friends from College is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse
Friends from College is a Netflix original comedy television series created by Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco. The series follows a close-knit group of Harvard alumni (Keegan-Michael ...more
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New York News is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Mary Tyler Moore, Madeline Kahn, George C. Scott
New York News is a newspaper drama which was broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1995 fall lineup.
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Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman
Sports Night is an American television series about a fictional sports news show also called Sports Night. It focuses on the friendships, pitfalls, and ethical issues the creative talent of the ...more
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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze
Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime on June 8, 2009. The show's seventh and final season will premiere April 12, 2015. The show stars ...more
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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman
Person of Interest is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a former ...more
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The Affair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney
The Affair is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The series premiered on Showtime on October 12, 2014. A TV-14 version of the pilot episode was made ...more
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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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Sunnyside is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Kal Penn, Regina Daye Allen, Shauna-Maria Andolina
Sunnyside (NBC, 2019) is an American comedy television series. Garrett Shah (Kal Penn), a former New York city councilman, who finds his calling when faced with immigrants in need of his help ...more
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2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris
2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom created for Warner Bros. Television by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. It premiered in the United States on CBS on September 2011, and ...more
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Felicity is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley
Felicity is an American prime time television drama series that was created by J. J. Abrams and Matt Reeves and produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB Television ...more
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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana
Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more