Entertainment 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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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13 4
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more
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16 7
Friends is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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9 3
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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7 2
Rescue Me is listed (or ranked) 5 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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6 1
I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito
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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9 4
Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
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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6 1
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll
Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more
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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall
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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6 1
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
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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7 2
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis
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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8 4
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more
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7 3
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more
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7 4
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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6 3
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 16 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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6 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 17 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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5 2
NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel
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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4 1
Kevin Can Wait is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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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4 1
The Critic is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Suits is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more
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6 4
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
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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6 4
Girl Meets World is listed (or ranked) 24 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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5 3
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick
Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more