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The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

Updated January 22, 2021 5.9k votes 738 voters 18.6k views113 items

List RulesVote 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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    Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh...  more
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    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by...  more
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    187

    Friends

    1994-09-22
    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more
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    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more
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    108

    Seinfeld

    1989-07-05
    Seinfeld (NBC, 1989) is an American television sitcom created by Larry David and Jerry...  more
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    64

    Suits

    2011
    Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug...  more
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    53

    Mad Men

    2007-07-19
    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner....  more
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    Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney, 2007) is an American fantasy teen sitcom created by Todd J....  more
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    41

    30 Rock

    2006-10-11
    30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey....  more
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    24
    Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana...  more
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    31

    Girls

    2012
    Girls (HBO, 2012) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Lena Dunham. Cut...  more
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    41

    Law & Order

    1990-09-13
    Law & Order (NBC, 1990) is an American police procedural legal drama series created by Dick...  more
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    36
    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin....  more
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    44
    Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace...  more
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    40
    19
    Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African...  more
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    36

    The Nanny

    1993-11-03
    The Nanny (CBS, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc...  more
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    52
    34

    Sesame Street

    1969-11-10
    Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz...  more
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    36
    17

    Jessie

    2011
    Jessie is an American sitcom which premiered on September 30, 2011 on Disney Channel. The...  more
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    43
    26

    I Love Lucy

    1951-10-15
    I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,...  more
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    2 Broke Girls (CBS, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Patrick King and...  more
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    24

    Taxi

    1978-09-12
    Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to...  more
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    38
    23

    The Jeffersons

    1975-01-18
    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through...  more
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    Master of None (Netflix, 2015) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by...  more
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    27
    14

    Bewitched

    1964-09-17
    Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on...  more
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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television sitcom created by Tina...  more