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NBC is an American broadcast TV network whose initials stand for “National Broadcasting Company.” A subsidiary of NBCUniversal, the network is headquartered in Rockefeller Center in New York City and has major offices in Chicago and Burbank, California.

The network has been home to many of the most popular TV shows of all time. They include Friends, Law & Order, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Seinfeld. Among the channel’s top current programs are The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Dateline NBC, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC Sunday Night Football, This Is Us, and The Voice.

The company also operates specialty divisions such as NBC News, NBC Sports, and NBC Entertainment. In addition, the network is known for its rainbow-colored peacock logo, inspiring the name of NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, launched in 2020.


  • Founder: David Sarnoff
  • Year founded: 1926
  • Owner: Comcast
  • How to watch: Free through antenna TV access, paid cable subscription, or paid live-TV streaming services such as Hulu + Live TV and fuboTV
  • Top programs: The Blacklist, Chicago FireLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, This Is Us, The Voice
  • Most popular original shows: Friends, Law & Order, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Seinfeld
  • Fun facts: The channel began as the first permanent radio network in 1926 and started experimenting with TV broadcasts in 1931 with images of Felix the Cat.
  • Famous for: Original sitcoms and dramas, the peacock logo, and NBC chimes (three-note theme music)

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