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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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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent
Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more
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The Critic is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jon Lovitz, Nancy Cartwright, Christine Cavanaugh
The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and ...more
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Wizards of Waverly Place is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin
Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena ...more
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Broad City is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress
Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. Two Jewish American women in their twenties experience adventures of ...more
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Master of None is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Aziz Ansari, Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim
Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. The personal and professional life of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old ...more
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24 is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 57 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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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen
Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars ...more
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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond
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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Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett
Gargoyles is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series ...more
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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson
Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more
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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more
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Becker is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell
Becker is an American television sitcom that ran from 1998 to 2004 on CBS. Set in the New York City borough of The Bronx, the show starred Ted Danson as John Becker, a misanthropic doctor who ...more
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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon
Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. It ran from 1980 to 1982 on ABC and in reruns in the ...more
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Caroline in the City is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Lea Thompson, Malcolm Gets, Amy Pietz
Caroline in the City is an American situation comedy that ran on the NBC television network. It stars Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy, who lives in Manhattan in New York City. The ...more
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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper
Limitless (CBS, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Craig Sweeny, based on the 2011 film. Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a 28-year-old burnout and struggling musician, ...more
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The Get Down is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith
The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated ...more
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Sean Schemmel, Eric Stuart, Michael Sinterniklaas
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series, mainly set in New York City. It first aired on February 8, 2003 and ended on February 28, 2009. The series marked the ...more
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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander
Living Single is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on the FOX network from August 29, 1993, to January 1, 1998. The show centered on the lives of six friends who share ...more
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Kevin Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Kevin Can Wait Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler
Kevin Gable is a newly retired Nassau County police officer living in Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, who looks forward to spending time with his wife and three kids and with several other ...more
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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
The Night Of John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp
The Night Of (HBO, 2016) is an American eight-part crime drama television miniseries created by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, based on the British TV series Criminal Justice. After a night ...more
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Girls is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke
Girls is an American television series that premiered on HBO on April 15, 2012. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, Girls is a comedy-drama following a close group of twenty-somethings living ...more
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Ghostwriter is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
David López, Blaze Berdahl, Todd Alexander
Ghostwriter is an American children's mystery television series created by Liz Nealon and produced by the Children's Television Workshop and BBC One. It began airing on PBS on October 4, 1992, ...more
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Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson
Rules of Engagement is a sitcom that ran on CBS from February 5, 2007, to May 20, 2013, originally airing as a mid-season replacement. The series was produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Madison ...more