Top TV Shows Set in New York City

Check Out NYC as Co-Star in Some of TV's Most Popular Series

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Why are so many hit TV shows set in New York City? Maybe it's because the daily drama – and comedy – of life in Manhattan makes for good television. From the groundbreaking comedy of The Jeffersons in the 1970s to the mega-hits of Seinfeld and Friends, New York City has served as a co-star in some of TV's most popular series, including these 5 all-time favorites.

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5 best TV shows set in New York City
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Seinfeld introduced New York neurotics Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer to the rest of the world. Set primarily in Jerry's Upper West Side apartment and a nearby coffee shop, Seinfeld became a major hit with hilarious story lines about dating, parking, and otherwise surviving in New York City. Check out classic episodes about marble rye, sponge-worthy men, and the quest to be master of one's domain.

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The Jeffersons

George and Weezie moved on up to the East Side (to a deluxe apartment in the sky) in this classic spin-off of All In The Family (which was set across the river in Queens). The series rarely moves outside of the Jeffersons' apartment, but it offers a hilarious look at life in New York City.

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Sex and the City

This HBO original series introduced the world to the sexy, smart, and very single Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. New York is a lovingly filmed backdrop for their funny and outrageous adventures. These New Yorkers date, shop, and then meet up to dish over Cosmopolitans (luckily, none of them feel compelled to spend much time at work). And they do it all in Manolo Blahnik heels and fashion ensembles by Patricia Field, to boot.

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The mega-hit comedy Friends featured six friends living in unrealistically large New York City apartments. They rarely went out (who can blame them, given the size of those apartments?), except to sip lattes at the coffee shop downstairs. But America couldn't get enough of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe.

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Law & Order

Law & Order was one of the most addictive shows on TV, which ran for a whopping 20 seasons and spawned a number of spin-offs. The story lines are fun (especially when they're "inspired" by true events) and it's entertaining to try to spot local landmarks in the background as the detectives discover bodies and question suspects.

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