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The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

Updated October 15, 2020 4.2k votes 454 voters 11.3k views111 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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  • 1
    Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta... more on Wikipedia
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    Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsBlake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

    Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsSarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

    Sex and the City (HBO, 1998) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsJerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

    Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from... more on Wikipedia
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    How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsJosh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan

    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter... more on Wikipedia
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    Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsJon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner.... more on Wikipedia
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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    Suits

    2011

    ActorsGabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

    Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsEric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

    Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsTina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer

    30 Rock (NBC, 2006) is an American satirical sitcom television series created by Tina Fey.... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Wizards of Waverly Place is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsSelena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin

    Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to... more on Wikipedia
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    White Collar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsMatt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin.... more on Wikipedia
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    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsJerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

    Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsEllie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television sitcom created by Tina... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    I Love Lucy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsLucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance

    I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance,... more on Wikipedia
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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    Taxi

    1978

    ActorsJudd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

    Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to... more on Wikipedia
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    Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    Girls

    2012

    ActorsLena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver

    Girls (HBO, 2012) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Lena Dunham. Cut... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    2 Broke Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsKat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris

    2 Broke Girls (CBS, 2011) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Patrick King and... more on Wikipedia
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    Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsTerry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

    Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African... more on Wikipedia
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    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsJim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

    Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz... more on Wikipedia
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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsCharlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall

    Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew... more on Wikipedia
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    The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsFran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

    The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Broad City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    ActorsAbbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress, Paul W. Downs, John Gemberling

    Broad City (Comedy Central, 2014) is an American comedy television series, created by Ilana... more on Wikipedia
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    The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsJack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

    The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American... more on Wikipedia
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    Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City

    ActorsKrysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty

    Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa... more on Wikipedia
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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set In New York City
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    Castle

    2009

    ActorsNathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

    Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W.... more on Wikipedia
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