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The Best TV Shows Set In New York City 

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Updated February 21, 2020 1.8k votes 218 voters 5k views 107 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 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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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 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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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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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis (HBO)

Premiered: 1998

This show is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. ...more
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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 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 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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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 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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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 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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney (Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television)

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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

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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I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally (NBC, Lifetime Television)

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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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan (NBC)

Premiered: 2006

30 Rock is an American satirical television sitcom that ran on NBC from October 11, 2006, to January 31, 2013, and was created by Tina Fey. The series, which is loosely based on Fey's ...more
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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito (American Broadcasting Company, NBC)

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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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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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 17 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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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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 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 is an American drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more
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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 20 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 is a USA Network television series created by Jeff Eastin, starring Tim DeKay as FBI Special Agent Peter Burke and Matt Bomer as Neal Caffrey, a highly intelligent and ...more
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes (CBS)

Premiered: 2010

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more
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The Honeymooners is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows (CBS)

Premiered: 1955

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 Tur... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
Starring Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll (NBC)

Premiered: 1984

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