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Table 6.IX.B

New York City (NYC) Themed Television Shows
A Select List of Popular Television Shows Featuring NYC

 
     
   
2006 - Current
   
 
Television
Show
Storyline
Year
 
 
Brooklyn
Nine-Nine
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an action comedy set in Brooklyn, New York, which depicts the day to day life of police officers in the (fictional) 99th precinct.  The series follows the lives of a newly appointed captain, and a team of detectives. These unconventional characters are reminiscent of those in the Office, and Parks and Recreation.
2013-
 
 
Orange Is
The New Black
Orange Is The New Black is a comedy series about Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a NYC woman in her thirties, who suddenly finds herself facing a jail sentence of fifteen months due to a mistake she made a decade ago. Her crime is sending suitcases filled with money to Laura Prepon (Alex Vause) who was an international drug dealer and also her ex-girlfriend. The show explicitly details her many experiences while in prison.
2013-
 
 
Golden
Boy
Walter Clark quickly rises in ranks of the police department, to become the youngest police commissioner in the history of NYPD. His determination and hard work combined with a bit of luck are key to his unbelievable success. The story starts off seven years before he reaches the height of his career.
2013-
 
 
The
Carrie
Diaries
The Carrie Diaries is a coming of age story, set in Manhattan, detailing the experiences of young Carrie Bradshaw, as she enters her junior year in high school. She explores and navigates through the complicated and confusing world of love, sex, friendship, and family. The Carrie diaries is a prequel to the famous TV series of Sex In the City.
2013-
 
 
The
Following
Ryan Hardy, a New Yorker played by Kevin Bacon, is a mastermind serial killer with big ambitions. He plans to recruit others like him to form a following, a coalition of serial killers across the country, doing what they do best. Murder.
2013-
 
 
666
Park
Avenue
At 666 Park Avenue (The Drake) on Manhattan's Upper East Side, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. However, be careful what you wish for, because the price you could pay might be your soul. Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran (Terry O'Quinn) and his wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams), The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they're living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces.
2012-13
 
 
Smash
This dramatic series focuses on the New York theater community and highlights the grueling process of creating a successful Broadway musical. It features a large ensemble cast with more drama behind the scenes than on stage, as the team prepares a new musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe.
2011-13
 
 
Two
Broke
Girls
Friends and roommates, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) work together as waitresses at a restaurant in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NYC. Although they are completely broke, they aspire to one day open their own cupcake shop. This series follows their misadventures along the way as they deal with life and pursuit of a dream.
2011-
 
 
Alphas
A group of people who possess superhuman abilities, known as "Alphas" are working for a secret government agency. Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) heads up the team as they come together to use their special powers against evil forces. The group is often able to expose what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon can't or won't solve. While investigating crimes, it doesn't take the team too long to discover that a group known as "Red Flag" is using other Alphas to commit crimes.
2011-12
 
 
Nurse
Jackie
A drug-addicted nurse (Edie Falco) struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a NYC hospital and an array of personal dramas.
2009-
 
 
Castle
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle (Nathan Filion) gets permission from the Mayor of NYC to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. A "guy's guy", he proves popular with the male team members, but immediately offends the sensibilities of the team leader, Detective Kate Beckett. But life is not all crime fighting adventure for this wealthy playboy: his relationship with Beckett becomes even more strained when he unveils a new series of detective novels featuring a racy character based on her.
2009-
 
 
Dirty
Sexy
Money
When attorney Nick George's (Peter Krause) father dies, he ends up taking his dad's clients, the Darlings, led by patriarch Tripp (Donald Sutherland). It's not always easy for Nick handling the many problems of the wealthy and spoiled Darling family. Nick has his hands full with fighting siblings, dishonesty and of course dealing with Tripp himself. Throughout the series, many secrets and revelations are unfolded that test Nick's ability to stay true to himself.
2007-09
 
 
Damages
Bright and sharp law school graduate Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) becomes the protégée of successful and hard-hitting high stakes litigator, Patricia Hewes (Glenn Close). However, nothing in this series is as it seems.
2007-12
 
 
Mad Men
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper (Jon Hamm).
2007-
 
 
Wizards of
Waverly
Place
"Wizards of Waverly Place" focuses on the Russo family living the Greenwich Village. The family appears to live normal lives, but what their friends don't realize is that the kids are wizards in training and dad was a former wizard!
2007-12
 
 
Gossip
Girl
Welcome to New York's Upper East side where the wealthy and connected mingle at benefits and manage their never ending dramatic lifestyles. Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is the so-called toast of adolescence in her world; she and her friends go to a prep school and fancy parties with their rich parents. With everyone worried about college and senior year dragging along, Blair's seemingly perfect life is interrupted when her ex-best friend, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), comes back into town after getting kicked out of boarding school.
2007-12
 
 
Heroes
Heroes is a serial saga about people from different parts of the world discovering that they have super powers and managing how the changes affect their lives. As powers are discovered and revealed to the viewing audience, the heroes themselves must learn where they come from and how best to use them. Each episode shows how these heroes are brought together by a common interest of evading the series' antagonist, who wants to harvest their super-DNA for
himself. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world! Several of the Heroes are from NYC!
2006-10
 
 
The
Bedford
Diaries
Set at a small liberal-arts college in Manhattan, The Bedford Diaries is an ensemble drama about the lives of resident and commuter students from all kinds of social and economic backgrounds and their teachers. The show specifically centers on a human behavior seminar where (the students)… More openly talk about their sexual lives or the lack of sexual lives and come to understand themselves and the world they live in better.
2006
 
 
Ugly
Betty
Betty Suarez (America Ferrera) is smart, sweet and hard working. The only problem is that she's not thin and beautiful like all her coworkers at Mode, the NYC high-fashion magazine where she works. Betty's hard work and determination earns her the respect of her boss, Daniel (Eric Mabius) as she helps him find his way through the shark infested waters of the fashion industry.
2006-10
 
 
30 Rock
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), head writer of the sketch comedy show "TGS with Tracy Jordan" in NYC, must deal with an arrogant new boss and a crazy new star, all while trying to run a successful TV show without losing her mind.
2006-13
 
   
1990 - 2005
   
 
Television
Show
Storyline

Year

 
 
Everybody
Hates
Chris
Motivated by his childhood experiences, comedian Chris Rock narrates this very hilarious and touching story of a teenager growing up as the oldest of three children in Brooklyn, NY, in 1982. Filled with dreams of being a cool teenager, Chris moves with his family from the projects to the "Bed-Stuy: Do or Die" neighborhood. He is the family adult while his parents are working and responsible for taking care of his younger siblings. With strict and hardworking parents, Chris tries to manage family expectations along with teenage life in this series.
2005-09
 
 
Cash Cab
The NYC taxi system has a new game in town. One taxi picks up customers and offers cash in turn for answering trivia like a game show. Riders are asked questions and given an opportunity to win money during the trip to their destination. If they keep answering correctly, they can win more money. If they answer incorrectly 3 times, they must get out of the taxi. There are bonus questions and riders are even given an opportunity to make a "shout out" to people on NYC streets. This goes on until the driver makes it to the destination and if answers are flowing correctly, the rider gets to keep the money they earned.
2005-08
 
 
Related
This series follows the four Sorelli sisters and their complicated personal/professional lives as young adults living in NYC. Ginnie is a married, high powered attorney adjusting to the new idea of motherhood. Anne is moving on with life after ending a long term relationship. Marjee is flighty, newly evicted and has to move back into her father's home along with his new fiance, Renee. Rose is adjusting to changing majors at college from Pre Med to Theatre and not disappointing the family. The Sorelli sisters may have difficult times with each another, but still manage to stay close as a family.
2005
 
 
The
Apprentice
"The Apprentice" is a 15-episode unscripted drama where 16 candidates from various walks of life (Ivy League grads to street entrepreneurs with no formal college education) endure rigorous tasks each week while living together in a hip Manhattan loft apartment. They face challenges of living in close quarters and job assignments that force them to think outside the box in efforts to outshine each other. Upon their NYC arrival, the 16 candidates are taken to Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump, the centerpiece and driving force of this series.
2004-
 
 
CSI: NY
A spinoff of Crime Scene Investigations set in NYC.
2004-13
 
 
What I like
About You
When Holly (Amanda Bynes) is 16, her father takes a job in Japan and she moves in with her strait-laced sister Valerie (Jennie Garth) in NYC. Val finally has both a great career and a great boyfriend in a carefully organized life on the Upper West Side when Holly moves in and tries to become a part of her sister's fabulous life.
2002-
06
 
 
Without
A
Trace
As any detective can tell you, investigating missing property or deaths is comparatively easy compared to elusive missing people. However in NYC, there is a special unit of the FBI that is designed to find them. Using the vast resources of their bureau, the team, lead by Agent Jack Malone, race against time in the tight 72 hour window after a disappearance while hope for a recovery is still typically possible.
2002-09
 
 
Law and Order:
Criminal
Intent
This show centers on the NYPD's Major Case Squad (and the offbeat, Sherlock Holmes-like Detective Robert Goren) in its efforts to stop the worst criminal offenders in New York. It also puts a new twist to the "Law & Order" formula: now, in each episode, we see the crimes as they are planned and committed.
2001-11
 
 
Grounded
For
Life
Irish Catholic couple Sean Finnerty (Donal Logue) and his lovely wife, Claudia (Megan Pryce), became parents right out of high school and live in Staten Island, NY. Now 32, they struggle to keep their lives (and three children) under control
2001-05
 
 
Animal
Precinct
Set in NYC, this series follows agents of the ASPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division as they work as advocates for animals in New York City. Sometimes this involves removing them from dangerous situations and pursuing arrests of those accused of cruelty to animals.
2001-11
 
 
Third Watch
The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the NYC as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct.
1999-2005
 
 
Law and Order:
Special Victims Unit
This show delves into the dark side of the New York underworld as the detectives of a new elite force, the Special Victims Unit, investigate and prosecute various sexually oriented crimes, while trying to balance the effects of the investigation on their own lives.
1999-
 
 
The King
of Queens
Set in Rego Park, Queens. Blue-collar married couple, Doug (Kevin James), a deliveryman, and Carrie (Leah Remini), a secretary, both live with Carrie's oddball father, Arthur (Jerry Stiller). The couple tries to make the best of the situation, attempting to keep their marriage in tact along the way, even with the occasional volatility of Carrie's father.
1998-2007
 
 
Will
and
Grace
Will & Grace are best friends living in NYC. Will (Eric Mc Cormick) is a gay lawyer and Grace (Debra Messing) is a straight interior designer. They both live in New York. After Grace ends a relationship, she moves in with Will. The move is supposed to be temporary, but ends up being permanent. The series follows their many trials with each other and their eccentric friends, Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally).
1998-
2006
 
 
Sex
and the
City
This series follows the lives of four NYC women—who, throughout their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues while exploring the difference between friendships and relationships.
1998-
2004
 
 
Becker
Dr. John Becker (Ted Danson) runs a small clinic in the Bronx, NYC. He is constantly annoyed by his patients, co-workers, friends, and practically everything and everybody else in his world. He is opinionated and cheap, he smokes, and he doesn't care what any one else thinks. Despite everything, his patients and friends are loyal because Becker genuinely cares about them.
1998-
2004
 
 
Felicity
It all starts the moment shy, beautiful Felicity Porter (Keri Russell) asks Ben Covington (Scott Speedman) to sign her high school yearbook. It's graduation day... he's gorgeous... and she's had a four-year crush on him. Even though the two have never spoken, what he writes is so insightful, so perfect, it persuades Felicity to change the course of her future. A future defined by medical school and the dreams of her parents. She surreptitiously follows Ben to UNY (the fictional University of New York) and is quickly swept into a romantic triangle that brings both discovery and heartache.
1998-
2002
 
 
City Guys
Chris Anderson (Scott Whyte) may be a scion of New York high society, but after he gets kicked out school for bad behavior, he winds up in the same place as Harlem street kid Jamal Grant (Wesley Jonathan): Manny High School, where they, along with their friends, learn that staying out of trouble is harder than their parents may think.
1997-
2001
 
 
Veronica's
Closet
Veronica Chase (Kirstie Alley) owns a lingerie company called Veronica's closet in NYC. Veronica is the best romance expert around. Unfortunately, her expertise only works on others. After divorcing her husband of many years when she discovers that he has been cheating on her, she must build back her life and image through her company and with the help of its employees.
1997-
2000
 
 
Brooklyn
South
A realistic and gritty police drama centering on the lives of a group of close knit police officers and crime victims at a seedy police station in Brooklyn, NY.
1997-98
 
 
Spin City
Deputy Mayor Mike Flaherty (Michael J. Fox) and his City Hall staff must stop the dim-witted Mayor (Barry Bostwick) of NYC from embarrassing himself in front of the media and voters. Michael, keeps his wacky staff and City Hall under control while his personal life often spins completely out of control.
1996-
2002
 
 
The
Wayans
Bros.
Comedians Shawn and Marlon Wayans star as Shawn and Marlon Williams, two brothers with little more in common than their family name, the one-bedroom brownstone they share in NYC and an innate ability to disagree and disrupt.
1995-99
 
 
The
Parent
'Hood
The series is about an upper middle-class black family in Harlem, NYC named the Petersons. Robert Peterson (Robert Townsend) is a college professor at NYU, and his wife Jerri (Suzzanne Douglas) is a law student. They try to balance their lives, their work, and their four children at the same time. The four kids span the ages from teens to toddlers. Robert's love for his kids - combined with his vivid imagination (prompting frequent fantasy sequences) and impulsive energy - propels him to do extraordinary things on their behalf as he continually dreams up nontraditional solutions to traditional family problems.
1995-99
 
 
NewsRadio
"NewsRadio" is a sitcom that explores office politics, relationships, and crises through a group of co-workers at WNYX NewsRadio, New York's #2 newsradio station. Dave Foley stars as the haggled news director, Phil Hartman and Khandi Alexander portray sniping anchor people, Maura Tierney is the ambitious supervising producer, Stephen Root is the station's eccentric owner, Vicki Lewis does wacky secretary, and Joe Rogan is a tech-happy electrician.
1995-99
 
 
Caroline
in the City
Caroline Duffy (Lea Thompson) is a successful cartoonist living in Manhattan whose comic strip quot;Caroline in the City" has become a huge hit. The strip is based on her own life, and the people in it - her occasional boyfriend and best friend Annie (Amy Pietz). Aside from her career, however, Caroline's life is a mess, leading her to extreme and pathetic measures to meet men.
1995-99
 
 
Central
Park
West
Central Park West centered around the glamorous and exciting life for the staff of trendy magazine 'Communique', owned by Allen Rush (Ron Leibman), "the Darth Vader of publishing". The series follows several ambitious New Yorkers maneuvering against each other as they pursue their passion for money, sex, and power./div>
1995-96
 
 
Friends
Friends was a show about six friends living in Greenwich Village, NYC as they navigate their way through life and learn the difficulty in making tough decisions while trying to have fun in your 20's. They help each other through life's obstacles, but no one said it was going to be easy.
1994-
2004
 
 
New York
Undercover
Eddie Torres (Michael DeLorenzo) and 'J.C.' Williams (Malik Yoba) are undercover detectives in NYC's Fourth Precinct assigned to investigate various crimes and gang-related cases. In their job they fight against the worst of the society infiltrated like the bandits who try to stop. Their honesty and good making shocks against the lawless world of the criminals and the lawyers who serve to the own criminals.
1994-98
 
 
The
George Carlin
Show
The daily adventures of New York cabdriver George O'Grady who, while not the weirdest man in New York, is "definitely in the top three." When not expounding his theories on government conspiracies and alien visitations to his fares, he hangs out at a local bar with his only-slightly-less-eccentric friends.
1994-95
 
 
The
Cosby
Mysteries
Guy Hanks (Bill Cosby) is a criminologist who works for the New York Police Department. After winning the lottery, he retires. But feeling bored, he occasionally helps his friend, Detective Adam Sully, whenever he is stumped.
1994-95
 
 
NYPD
Blue
NYPD Blue is a police drama set in a fictional NYC police unit (15th Precinct) that explores the tough internal and external struggles of life and the determination of police officers to resolve them. Two partners, Detectives Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) and John Kelley (David Caruso later replaced by Bobby Simone), are the central characters, and personify very different approaches to their difficult job. Sipowicz's brash gruffness and personal flaws are tempered by the precise and controlled demeanor of the two partners with whom he has worked. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast.
1993-
2005
 
 
The
Nanny
Fran Fine (Fran Drescher), a whiny, nasal-voiced Jewish woman from Flushing, New York, has just been fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. She ends up selling cosmetics in Manhattan, which takes her to the home of Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy), the rich and widowed Broadway producer. She is mistaken to be applying for the job of nanny to Maxwell's three children and is hired for that purpose. She becomes quite attached to the children, but nothing can hide the attraction between her and Mr. Sheffield.
1993-99
 
 
Living
Single
Living Single is a situation comedy centered on the lives of six African American friends living in (or near) a Brooklyn brownstone. The series focused on the personal and professional lives of each character, as well as their relationships with one another. Khadijah James (Queen Latifah), editor/publisher of urban magazine Flavor, shares an apartment with her sweet but naive cousin, Synclaire (Kim Coles) and longtime friend, Regine (Kim Fields), who is image-conscious and has a fondness for gossip and wigs. Maxine (Erika Alexander), a sharp-tongued attorney and Khadijah's best friend, stops by frequently and makes sure the girls' refrigerator isn't overstocked. Neighbors Overton (John Henton) and Kyle (TC Carson) add to the mix with their attraction for a couple of the ladies.
1993-98
 
 
Mad
About
You
This sitcom is about the fairly ordinary daily lives of a young NYC couple. Filmmaker Paul Buchman (Paul Riser) and his assertive partner Jamie Stemple Buchman (Helen Hunt), are almost always constantly bickering and making up with each-other and just about everyone else including their dog Murray.
1992-99
 
 
Ghost
Writer
The show is about a group of teens who go around solving neighborhood crimes and mysteries in NYC as young detectives with the help of a very secretive friend: Ghostwriter! Ghostwriter cannot hear, talk, smell, or feel. He can only read and write. He only sees words. No one else can see him but the Ghostwriter Team! In additions, the Ghostwriter Team have to solve their own mystery: who was Ghostwriter?
1992-95
 
 
Brooklyn
Bridge
One of TV's best new series in 1991 was this loving portrait of 1950s Brooklyn, brought to the small screen, by and based loosely on the childhood of Gary David Goldberg.
1991-93
 
 
Law
and
Order
This NYC themed show follows a crime, ususally adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
1990-
2010
 
   
1976 - 1989
   
 
Television
Show
Storyline

Year

 
 
Seinfeld
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stars as himself in this television comedy series set in NYC. The premise of this sitcom is Jerry and his friends going through everyday life, discussing various quirky situations that we can all relate to (especially if we live in New York). The eccentric personalities of the offbeat characters who make up Jerry's social circle contribute to the fun.
1989-98
 
 
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Molly Dodd (Blair Brown) was a mid-30s, divorced woman living in New York and facing the comedy and drama of a widely changing career, difficulties of apartment living, love life and its consequences, and so on.
1987-91
 
 
Beauty
and the
Beast
Vincent (Ron Perlman), is a mythic, noble man-beast and Catherine (Linda Hamilton), an assistant DA in NYC. This series follows the developing relationship between the characters and the division between New York and the hidden world beneath it. Through an empathetic bond, Vincent senses Catherine's emotions, and becomes her guardian.
1987-90
 
 
The
Equalizer
Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) is "The Equalizer", a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. His no-nonsense attitude, compassion, and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations makes him a powerful and useful detective.
1985-89
 
 
Foley
Square
Set in the Manhattan District Attorney's office, this series focuses on Assistant DA Alex Harrigan (Margaret Colin), raised in the Mid West, learning to survive almost anything during her five years as a prosecutor in Manhattan.
1985-86
 
 
The
Cosby
Show
A long-running popular comedy television series about the Huxtables, an affluent African American family living in Brooklyn. Heathcliff (Bill Cosby) is a doctor and Clair (Phylicia Rashad) is a successful lawyer. The happily married couple are trying to raise their five children (Sondra, Denise, Theodore, Vanessa, and Rudy) to have good values and hopefully move out one day. That proves to be a lot harder than it seems as the family gets bigger and life becomes more complicated.
1984-92
 
 
Night
Court
Judge Harold T. Stone (Harry Anderson) presides over "Night Court", a NYC court dealing with smaller and petty crimes. Cases that appear before the court are bizarre, however Judge Stone's unorthodox methods seem to be right for the times. He's assisted by a motley crew of clerks and District Attorneys who often create as much chaos as the criminals they bring in for trial.
1984-91
 
 
Kate
and
Allie
When Allie Lowell (Jane Curtin) divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to NYC and in with her best friend, Kate McArdle (Susan Saint James), also divorced and raising a daughter. They form a unique kind of family unit in this comedy series.
1984-89
 
 
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
The show follows the adventures of Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach), a private detective that hunts down criminals on the mean streets of NYC.
1984-87
 
 
Late Night
Show with
David
Letterman
David Letterman hosts this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. The series is taped at the old Ed Sullivan Theatre in NYC and includes a variety of sketches like Dave's "Top Ten" lists and "Stupid Pet Tricks" (complete with slow-mo). Many famous guests and bands appear regularly on the show. David Letterman's series changed from "late night" to "late show" in 1993.
1982-
 
 
Cagney
and
Lacey
A police procedural, the show stars Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly as NYC police detectives who led very different lives: Christine Cagney (Gless) is a single, career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) is a married working mother.
1982-88
 
 
Fame
The series was based on the 1980 motion picture with the same name. Using a mixture of drama and music, it followed the lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.
1982-87
 
 
Bosom
Buddies
Henry (Peter Scolari) and Kip (Tom Hanks) are two advertising designers with a real problem finding a place to live in NYC. A female friend suggests they stay at her building, but the trick is that the place has a rule-women only. In desperation, they assume the identities of two women, Hildegard and Buffy, in order to rent a room. As they pursue their dream of success in the ad business, they struggle to keep up their deception to avoid eviction, and manage the constant temptation presented by their beautiful neighbors.
1980-84
 
 
Love,
Sidney
This comedy starred Tony Randall in another funny and fussy role. Sidney, a lonely commercial artist, befriended soap opera actress Laurie Morgan (Swoosie Kurtz), and eventually allowed Laurie and her young daughter to share his (rather luxurious) Manhattan apartment.
1980-83
 
 
Archie
Bunker's
Place
Television sitcom which was a continuation of 'All in the Family.' In this series, Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) gets to loudly voice his opinions in his own bar, instead of at home.
1979-83
 
 
Eischied
Earl Eischied (Joe Don Baker) is the tough and very "hands-on" Chief of Detectives for the New York Police Department. Although he is a firm believer in law and order, Eischied isn't above bending the law here and there to get results, much to the chagrin of the fussy Deputy Commissioner Kimbrough.
1979-80
 
 
Flatbush
Presto (Joseph Cali), Socks (Adrian Zmed), Turtle (Vincent Bufano), Joe (Randy Stumpf) and Figgy (Sandy Helberg) are Brooklyn teenagers living in a mostly Italian neighborhood who called themselves the Flatbush Fungos. All are out of high school, and working full-time jobs. The series chronicled their misadventures at work, on the streets, with members of the opposite sex and with (and against) the sometimes eccentric members of their neighborhood.
1979
 
 
Different
Strokes
Phillip Drummond (Conrad Bain), is a Caucasian Park Avenue millionaire that adopts two African American brothers, Arnold (Gary Coleman) and Willis (Todd Bridges) after making a promise to their dying mother, his housekeeper. Even though it becomes a rags to riches story for the boys, the series tackled many relevant social issues for the time. Also part of the family was Drummond's daughter, Kimberly (Dana Plato) and several housekeepers (Charlotte Rae, Adelaide Brubaker and Pearl Gallagher).
1978-86
 
 
Taxi
Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito) is a cantankerous, acerbic taxi dispatcher in NYC. He tries to maintain order over a collection of varied and strange characters who drive for him. As he bullies and insults them from the safety of his "cage", they form a special bond among themselves, becoming friends and supporting each other through the inevitable trials and tribulations of life.
1978-83
 
 
Serpico
Frank Serpico (David Birney) is a maverick NYC detective who, after turning in a large number of "bad" cops and later being shot in the face, often went undercover to expose corruption in the city. The scruffy-looking, long-haired officer used unorthodox means to get results, and reported to Lieutenant Sullivan (Tom Atkins)
1976-77
 
   
1961 - 1975
   
 
Television
Show
Storyline

Year

 
 
The
Jeffersons
The series centered around the lives of George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) and Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford), an affluent African American couple living in NYC. Launched as a spinoff of All in the Family, where the Jeffersons had been neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker. The Jeffersons have become successful entrepreneurs in the dry cleaning business and decide to use their newfound wealth for a better lifestyle in Manhattan. In many ways, George's personality is very similar to Archie Bunkers since both are offensive, loud-mouthed, opinionated and set in their bigoted ways. George has his hands full with his wife, a level-headed and open-minded woman; Florence (Marla Gibbs), his sharp-tongued housekeeper; and Tom (Franklin Cover) and Helen (Roxie Roker) Willis, an interracial couple.
1975-85
 
 
Barney
Miller
Barney Miller (Hal Linden) is a police officer working in NYC's Greenwich Village. Miller is the kind of cop we'd all like to run into. He is always sensible. He maintains order over a squad room of detectives who gamble for a hobby, get hit on by anything in skirts, go to renaissance philosophy conventions for fun, and would really prefer to be writing. Nearly all of the action takes place in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to complicate the mix.
1975-82
 
 
Baretta
Detective Anthony Vincenzo "Tony" Baretta (Robert Blake) is an unorthodox plainclothes cop with the 53rd precinctin NYC. He is streetwise and works undercover to solve crimes in an unconventional way- many disguises and a little help from his pet cockatoo, Fred.
1975-78
 
 
Ellery
Queen
Ellery Queen (Jim Hutton), is a mystery writer who assisted his father, a NYC police detective, in solving murders. Queen's methods were arcane and intellectual rather than action oriented, and he always astounded his father by arriving at a correct solution by purely deductive reasoning. Before revealing his crime suspect, Queen would turn facing the camera to ask the TV audience if they had figured out the killer's identity based on the clues provided. Eventually the correct suspect would be revealed at the end of each episode.
1975-76
 
 
Saturday
Night
Live
Saturday Night Live (SNL) is a weekly late night 90-minute sketch comedy based in NYC. The show features comedic short skits, tv and movie parodies, a live guest band, and a pop-cultural guest host each week. Many of the SNL players have spun off successful independent comedy and/or movie careers from here.
1975-
 
 
Rhoda
Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) was born in the Bronx and always felt responsible for World War II. She had a bad puberty, which lasted 17 years. She's a college graduate and went to art school. Her entrance exam was on a book of matches. She decided to move out of the house at the age of 24. She ran to Minneapolis where it's colder, figuring she'd keep better. Now she's back in Manhattan and trying to make it work.
1974-78
 
 
Kojak
Detective Lt. Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas) is an incorruptible and tough main character in this popular television show set in NYC's Thirteenth Precinct. Kojak displayed a dark, cynical wit and a tendency to bend the rules in order to bring a criminal to justice. His catch phrase "Who loves ya, baby?" and a fondness for lollipops became a trademark of the character.
1973-78
 
 
Shaft
This television series was an adaptation of the movies with the same name, starring African American private eye, John Shaft (Richard Roundtree). Shaft is cool, tough and streetsmart as he takes on crime in Harlem and NYC. The series was short lived (7 episodes), but ignited a trendy following and unforgettable theme song by Isaac Hayes.
1973-74
 
 
All
In The
Family
The Bunker family are from Queens, NYC. Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), the family patriarch is a bigot, opinionated and confrontational. However, deep down inside he has a soft and lovable side that isn't often displayed. His eccentric wife, Edith (nėe Baines) in her own unique way has to handle Archie's many controversial ways. Also living in the Bunker household is Gloria (Sally Struthers) and her husband Mike (Rob Reiner), which creates another layer of issues for Archie. The series tackles many controversial subjects like: rape, sex, racism, homosexuality, death, and other social commentary during the time.
1971-79
 
 
McCloud
Sam McCloud (Dennis Weaver), is a rustic county sheriff from New Mexico, on a semi-permanent "special assignment" with the NYPD. He travels to the NYC and inadvertantly joins the police force, creating conflict between his good nature and the cynicism of the NYC locals.
1970-77
 
 
The
Odd Couple
Felix (Tony Randall) and Oscar (Jack Klugman) are an extremely odd couple: Felix is neurotic, neat and tidy. Oscar, is messy and very laid back. Both are divorced and sharing a Manhattan apartment. Their differing lifestyles inevitably lead to many conflicts and laughs along the way.
1970-75
 
 
Family
Affair
A highly paid consulting engineer, Bill Davis' (Brian Keith) carefree existence as a swinging bachelor is just about perfect. He maintains an elegant apartment off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and has his domestic needs cared for by an Englishman, Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot). Suddenly, his independant life is changed forever when he becomes responsible for three young children of relatives killed in a car accident.
1966-71; 2002- 03
 
 
That Girl
Ann Marie (Marlo Thomas) is a struggling actress living in NYC. In between trying to find jobs acting and modeling she has time for her boyfriend, Don Hollinger (Ted Bessell), and her dad, Lou Marie.
1966-71
 
 
Valentine's
Day
Valentine's Day was a comedy television series starring Tony Franciosa as Valentine Farrow, a swinging Manhattan publishing executive. Valentine is young and single and constantly chased by women. While in the Army, he was saved by "Rocky" Sin (Barney Miller), a poker-playing con artist, who now serves as Farrow's valet.
1964-65
 
 
The
Patty Duke
Show
Cathy Lane, teen-aged daughter of a globe-trotting journalist, comes to live at the home of her uncle, a NYC newspaper editor. Curiously, Cathy is the spitting image of her uncle's daughter, Patty. Appearances aside, however, the urbane Cathy is nothing like her cousin Patty, who is the typical American teenager.
1963-66
 
 
The Nurses
The story takes place in Alden General Hospital (patterned after Roosevelt Hospital in NYC) and revolves around two nurses, Liz Thorpe (Shirl Conway), the older head nurse, and Gail Lucas (Zina Bethune), the naive student nurse. The nurses bond and try to resolve ongoing moral and ethical problems in the hospital.
1962-65
 
 
The Dick
Van Dyke
Show
Rob, Buddy and Sally write for the Alan Brady TV show under the thumb of Brady's brother-in-law, Mel. Rob and Laura live in New Rochelle next-door to Jerry and Millie.
1961-66
 
 
Car 54,
Where
Are You?
The misadventures of two of New York's finest (a Mutt and Jeff pair) in the mythical 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one either saves the day or muffs things up much to the chagrin of Muldoon, the tall, lanky and smart one.
1961-63
 
   
1945 - 1960
   
 
Television
Show
Storyline

Year

 
 
Naked
City
A crime drama that focused on the lives of the detectives from NYC's 65th Precinct. The emphasis in the stories was mostly based on real-life crime and the human element. The show was inspired by the 1948 motion picture with the same name and mimics its dramatic “semi-documentary” format.
1958-63
 
 
The
Ann Sothern
Show
Katy O'Connor (Ann Sothern) is the assistant manager of the Bartley House, a fancy NYC Hotel. Her boss, Jason Macauley (Ernest Treux), a timid, elderly man who is constantly bullied by an overbearing wife is transferred to Calcutta, India. Katy wants his job, but is surprised when James Devery (Don Porter), a stubborn manager who tends to get carried away with new, far-fetched ideas is chosen instead of her. Storylines typically revolve around the personal lives of the staff and guests of the Bartley House.
1958-61
 
 
The
Thin Man
Nick Charles (Peter Lawford), an ex-private detective, marries Nora (Phyllis Kirk) and lives in a luxurious Park Avenue apartment in NYC. Nick's former underworld friends still hang around and get him involved in a number of crimes that he solves. Beatrice Dane is a beautiful con artist using the alias "Blondie Collins" and Nora finds it difficult to be hospitable to her.
1957-59
 
 
The
Honeymooners
Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) is a New York bus driver who dreams of a better life. With his eccentric good friend, Ed Norton (Art Carney) the sewer worker, he constantly tries crackpot schemes to strike it rich. All the while, his exasperated wife, Alice (Audrey Meadows), is always there to bring him down to earth or to pick him up if he beats her to it. For as much as they fight, the relationship between Ralph and Alice is solid and stands the test of time.
1955-56
 
 
My Little
Margie
A comedic series based in NYC, starring 21-year-old Margie Albright (Gale Storm) and her widowed father, Vern Albright (Charles Farrell). They share an apartment at the Carlton Arms Hotel and both have new love interests in the picture. Mrs. Odetts (Gertrude W. Hoffmann) is the Albrights' next-door neighbor and a sidekick of Margie's in her crazy adventures.
1952-55
 
 
Mr. & Mrs.
North
Jerry (Richard Denning) and Pamela (Barbara Britton) North live in NYC's Greenwich Village. Jerry is a mystery magazine publisher and a good amateur detective. He and his wife investigate various crimes and try to solve them before the police department.
1952-54
 
 
I Love Lucy
Originally set in a NYC apartment building, this series is the story of Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball), her singer/bandleader husband, Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), and their landlords/best friends, Fred Murtz (William Frawley) and Ethel Murtz (Vivian Vance). Lucy is naive and ambitious, with a zeal for stardom and a knack for getting herself into trouble. Ricky, is an up-and-coming Cuban American singer with an excitable personality that is frequently tested by his wife's antics. The Mertzes have their own issues, but constantly find themselves wrapped up in Lucy's comedic and frantic ways.
1951-57
 
 
Mr. District
Attorney
Based on a populer radio crime show of the 1940s. The lead character was inspired by the early years of New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. It was Dewey's public war against racketeering which led to his election as governor. Through close study of crime statistics, a library of criminology texts, newspaper articles, and real life testimonials from crooks and police added a level of accuracy and immediacy to featured episodes.
1951-52
 
 
Man
Against
Crime
One of the first television programs centered around a private eye. Ralph Bellamy is Mike Barnett, a New York freelance private eye. The shows film noir introduction features an unknown man running down a deserted NYC street while being chased by a car, only to be murdered in front of Mr. Barnett's door. Mr. Barnett takes off after the killers bringing life to this series.
1949-56
 
 
The
Goldbergs
A comedic series that featuredthe home life of a Jewish family living in the East Tremont section of the Bronx. The shows lead, Gertrude Berg starred as the bighearted, lovingly meddlesome, and somewhat stereotypical Jewish matriarch Molly Goldberg. Life began in this series as a portrait of tenement life before moving into a more suburban setting and struggling with assimilation while staying grounded.
1949-56
 
 
The
Ed Sullivan
Show
An American television variety show that originally ran on CBS, and was hosted by well known New York entertainment columnist, Ed Sullivan. The show was shot before a live audience and included a wide variety of entertainment. Many well established celebrities and up and coming acts were featured in this long-running series.
1948-71
 
 
Mary Kay
and
Johnny
One of the first situation comedies with a New York apartment setting. The series follows the life and times of young married couple, Mary Kay and Johnny. A first of its kind in the depiction of a couple sharing a bed and a woman's real pregnancy on television.
1947-50
 
     
 

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