Ranking NBC's Comedy Night Done Right Sitcoms

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Ranking NBC's Comedy Night Done Right Sitcoms

Last week we ranked NBC’s Must See TV sitcoms. Today we’re ranking NBC’s Comedy Night Done Right sitcoms. If you wonder what the difference is, well, it’s pretty damn arbitrary, at least on NBC’s part. Basically in the fall of 2006 NBC retired the Must See TV name after it had solidly fallen out of first place in the Thursday night ratings. The network might have still had the critics’ support thanks to shows like The Office and 30 Rock, but it was too disingenuous for even the most shameless marketing exec to call a night “must see” when only a few million people were watching. So Comedy Night Done Right was born, as NBC famously “managed for margins” with high quality shows that attracted more affluent audiences, instead of shooting for overall ratings dominance. Although some of those shows were legitimately of high quality (and a handful are among the greatest sitcoms of all time), there was still a bunch of stuff worth forgetting, as you’ll find out when you realize you barely remember like twelve of the shows on this list. NBC retired the “Comedy Night Done Right” branding in 2013 before dumping the entire concept of a two-hour Thursday night sitcom block in 2014, ending a mostly uninterrupted run of four sitcoms a night that dated back to 1983. The network that brought us Cheers, Seinfeld, Friends and many other all-time favorites only renewed one sitcom after the 2014-2015 season, the low-rated Undateable.