It's a Wonderful Town!

New York, New York, a wonderful town!  The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down.  The people ride in a hole in the ground.  New York, New York!  It’s a wonderful town!

So goes the song by Betty Comden and Adolph Green – with music by Leonard Bernstein.  It was written for the musical On the Town to express the excitement of sailors on leave in New York City.  It’s still one of the top tourist places in the world, whether for history, museums, or entertainment.
But it’s also where over eight million people live, spread among the five boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island.  And that makes it the inspiration for numerous books, movies, and TV series.
Since the early days of network broadcasting, some of television’s most popular series have been comedies set in New York City.  Even if they're filmed in Hollywood, their hearts are definitely in NYC.  And there’s no doubt that more will follow.  Granted, there are plenty of dramas, too.  But let’s just accentuate the positive – and the fun.

My personal favorites in the list below are Barney Miller and The Dick Van Dyke Show.  If you’re in the mood for a quick trip to NYC, check out some of the titles below.

30 Rock

All in the Family

Barney Miller

Car 54, Where Are You?

The Cosby Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show


The Honeymooners

How I Met Your Mother

I Love Lucy

King of Queens


Mad About You

Night Court

Nurse Jackie

The Odd Couple

Rules of Engagement


Sex and the City


Ugly Betty

Will & Grace


Honorable mention:  Saturday Night Live.  Still going strong nearly 40 years after its 1975 debut, it’s hard to imagine a variety series like it set anywhere else but New York City.  SNL continues to give us cutting-edge comedy as well as exciting comedic actors and actresses season after season.


Flickr:  CC           :  New York City Skyline and Midtown Manhattan          photo by Joey Lax-Salinas