[[caption-width-right:300:Dun DUN dunn. [[note]]That's G-E-C in musical notation. Rather appropriate for a network that was once owned by General Electric (and to some extent RCA, which started off as an offshoot of GE).[[/note]]]]

->''"What does NBC stand for? [[ExecutiveMeddling Never Believe your Contract]]."''
-->-- '''Creator/JayLeno''', during both ''[[Series/TheTonightShow Tonight Show]]'' scandals (yes, both).

The National Broadcasting Company, owned by [=NBCUniversal=] (a unit of U.S. cable and mass-media giant Comcast), is the United States' oldest radio and TV network. NBC-TV is famous for its peacock logo, whose original purpose was to promote the network's "living color" broadcasts, and for this reason NBC is sometimes known as "The Peacock Network" or just "The Peacock". Originally founded by set manufacturer RCA to provide people who bought their radios something to listen to, NBC once had two radio networks: NBC Red and NBC Blue. In 1943, NBC Blue was split off into a separate entity by the FCC in an antitrust lawsuit, and went on to become Creator/{{ABC}}.

NBC was the first to take color television seriously: CBS had dabbled in it, but their system (which was more complex and required manually switching between black-and-white and color modes) was only ever experimented with for a few years before NBC's all-electronic system took off. NBC also had a tight grip on much of the U.S. radio landscape, holding up the adoption of FM radio for years (and ruining its inventor) because of fear it would put their mostly-AM network out of business. Due to the FCC not allowing non-broadcast companies to own both radio and television assets (General Electric had bought NBC in 1986), NBC finally exited the radio business in the late 1980s, selling what was left of the old NBC Red to Westwood One and the radio stations to various companies (mostly to Emmis Communications).

It has the most famous address in all of broadcasting 30 Rockefeller Plaza, [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York, NY]] 10012 with not one but ''two'' shows named after it: ''Series/ThirtyRock'' (a SitCom about [[WriteWhatYouKnow TV comedy writers]]) and ''Rock Center'' (a PrimeTimeNews MagazineShow filmed at the building).

But along the way? Hoo boy...
!!1976: The peacock leaves the building
On New Year's Day, NBC temporarily (as in, for four years) retired the peacock logo that had been used for the past two decades [[note]](though in reality a logo called "The Snake" forming the letters NBC was the one to go; in the early age of the Peacock's usage, it was mainly used to advertise that a program was in color, and the transition from black-and-white to color broadcasting had been completed by 1976. So at the time, it was thought the Peacock wasn't needed to advertise color shows any longer, and NBC didn't think of it as their 'main brand' at the time like The Snake)[[/note]] in favor of a stylized capital N for its broadcast of the Tournament of Roses parade. Unfortunately, it happened to look almost identical to the logo then used by the [[Creator/{{PBS}} Nebraska Educational Television Network]]. Nebraska ETV sued, and NBC settled, buying the logo for $1,000,000 in television equipment which Nebraska ETV had a lot more use for than their logo.

The kicker? NBC spent $1,000,000 on their new logo. Nebraska ETV spent ''$150!''

!!1977-81: NBC lays an egg (the Silverman era)
Before 1977, NBC had typically run a solid #2 to Creator/{{CBS}}. This all changed as Creator/{{ABC}}, with its popular {{Jiggle Show}}s and epic MiniSeries, shot from last place to #1, leaving NBC with "older" shows like ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''. NBC hired Fred Silverman, the executive who had been responsible for ABC's turnaround, as president and CEO, and he tried gimmick after gimmick trying to increase ratings. One of the good things he brought is [[LostEpisode he campaigned successfully to stop NBC destroying old tapes of shows that had been run]], instead saving them for reruns [[note]](most of the Chuck Woolery era of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' was erased before Silverman ended this practice, but in that case the erasure was done by Merv Griffin Productions and continued into ''1985'')[[/note]]. Otherwise, things went south for Silverman and NBC very quickly.

Some of the biggest flops in the network's history, such as ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'', ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'', and [[DorkAge the 1980-81]] [[SeasonalRot season]] of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', date from this era, with only a few successes (''Real People'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'') to speak of. The final straw was the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union, which prompted the US Olympic team to boycott the [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames 1980 Moscow Olympics]] and NBC, having pretty much bet the farm on Olympic programming that year, found itself broadcasting an event that Americans, without the home team to root for, couldn't care less about (it only did a grudging ClipShow to keep the diehards who couldn't care less about politics happy). Between RCA funding pie-in-the-sky projects like the [[UsefulNotes/{{CED}} SelectaVision video disc]], the shift in TV sales from US brands to Japanese ones [[note]](indeed, some of ''RCA's own products'' {specifically their VHS UsefulNotes/{{VCR}}s} were already being made in Japan by Panasonic)[[/note]], and NBC's continued poor performance, some wondered if the network would be shut down or sold off to keep RCA from going bankrupt.

Indeed, even much of NBC's ''own staff'' thought little of Silverman. On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', series writer and occasional performer Creator/AlFranken satirized Silverman in a May 10, 1980 Weekend Update commentary titled "A Limo For The Lame-O" (part of an ongoing series of commentaries about the 1980s being "the Al Franken decade"), calling Silverman "a total unequivocal failure" and showing a chart of the top 20 network shows, pointing out that there were no big N's on the list under the "Network" heading; he further said that because of this, Silverman didn't deserve a limo but Franken himself ''did''. Silverman, ostensibly '''not''' one to take a joke, nixed Lorne Michaels' request that Franken succeed him as executive producer of ''SNL'', which not only killed any hope of the 1980s truly being the Al Franken decade, but caused Michaels to be replaced with Jean Doumanian instead, leading to the show's DorkAge in the 1980-81 season.

Later in 1980, network staff went so far as to use [[ParodyAssistance the same production studio and vocalists]] that did the network's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AEhc2cgCnw "We're Proud!"]] campaign song and make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN9wJ75DjdA a hilarious parody mocking their boss]], which was sent to affiliates for Christmas. After Don Imus played it on his radio show in early 1981, the fun stopped immediately and Silverman (now even '''less''' amused then he was at Franken) ordered all copies of the song destroyed. That worked about as well as his attempts to boost ratings i.e., [[StreisandEffect not at all]].

Even with this move, NBC game show ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' got in on the Silverman-bashing fun: during a Spring 1981 episode, a [[BonusRound Gold Run]] clue was "HL: Another [=McLean=] Stevenson flop." (the answer being ''Hello, Larry'', one of Silverman's shows).

Near the end of 1981, following the departure of Chuck Woolery from ''Wheel of Fortune'' (which Silverman had cancelled in 1980, only to reverse the decision after a "series finale" had been taped in favor of cutting Creator/DavidLetterman's daytime talk show from 90 to 60 minutes; he had already cancelled ''Series/HighRollers'', ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''[[note]]which he'd been trying to kill off for a while up to that point- he had passed the show up while at CBS in the 60s and obviously wasn't happy at seeing it become such a big success here; prior to this, his repeated timeslot changing for the show had inadvertently helped to kill off ''Series/{{Whew}}'' over on CBS[[/note]] and ''Series/ChainReaction'' to make room for it- ironically, the latter show reused music from ''Supertrain'' as the theme), Silverman strongly opposed series creator Creator/MervGriffin's choice of Pat Sajak (at the time, a weatherman at KNBC), claiming he was "too local". Merv's response was to stop production of ''Wheel''. Indeed, Silverman hated game shows (at CBS he cancelled the original ''Password'' after arguing with Mark Goodson, while at ABC he canned ''Series/BreakTheBank1976'' after 15 weeks to expand a pair of soap operas, despite it being the #3 show in daytime).

!!1981-2004: Must-See TV; NBC becomes #1; the GE merger
Shortly afterward, Silverman was finally ousted and NBC began turning itself around, hiring MTM Enterprises co-founder Grant Tinker [[note]](who approved Sajak as host of ''Wheel'', and had previously convinced Mort Werner, then-NBC senior vice president of programming and talent, to pick up ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' in 1964)[[/note]] as chairman and CEO along with Brandon Tartikoff as president of NBC Entertainment, hoping to end the tide of bad shows. Together, the decisions of Tinker and Tartikoff ended up creating a golden age for NBC; despite a few false starts in 1982 and '''especially''' 1983 (when not one show that premiered that fall lasted a full season), the Must-See-TV block of [[SitCom sitcoms]] hit its stride in 1984.

Must-See-TV reigned supreme on Thursday nights for well over a decade, helping the network take #1 in the ratings several years in a row. This two-hour block of primetime included, over the course of TheEighties and TheNineties, such popular shows as ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' (1984-92) and its spin-off ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' (1987-93), ''Series/FamilyTies'' (1982-89), ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (1982-93) and its spin-off ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' (1993-2004), ''Series/NightCourt'' (1984-92), ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' (1985-92) and its spin-off ''Series/EmptyNest'' (1988-95), ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' (1989-98), ''Series/{{Wings}}'' (1990-97), ''Series/MadAboutYou'' (1992-99), ''Series/{{Friends}}'' (1994-2004), and ''Series/WillAndGrace'' (1998-2006, 2017-present). Plus, the night's 10:00-11:00 timeslot helped such dramas as ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', (1981-87), ''Series/{{Hunter}}'' (1984-91), ''Series/LALaw'' (1986-94), ''Series/{{ER}}'' (1994-2009), and the first four episodes of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (1990-2010) become smash hits. The network's daytime lineup also began to have many hit game shows with ''Wheel of Fortune'' leading the charge, including ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' (which had originally run from 1969 to 1973 on the network; this version was re-imported by Australian producer Reg Grundy, who had modified the format for his homeland in 1980), ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', ''[[Series/{{Password}} Super Password]]'', ''[[Series/{{Concentration}} Classic Concentration]]'', and ''Series/WinLoseOrDraw'', amongst others.

In 1986 when the network commemorated its 60th anniversary, the very end of the show saw the copyright-infringing "N" logo (by that time, merged in with a re-done version of the Peacock inserted in 1979 at Silverman's insistence) dispensed with, and the unveiling of the 6-feathered Peacock logo featuring the main primary and secondary colors most viewers know NBC for today.

The high point came in the 1988-89 season, when NBC won every week in the ratings for more than twelve months straight (a record that still stands), and had ''eighteen'' of the top thirty TV shows. The 90s were also the period in which NBC's ''Series/{{Dateline}}'' news-magazine show is considered to have been at its peak; during that period, it was fairly well-respected and did manage some solid reporting in between its more tabloid pieces (even bringing home the occasional award for the network). Sadly, however, Tinker never properly enjoyed the trappings of the successes at NBC which he had green lit, having departed in 1986 to resume independent production.

However, even as NBC itself recovered, RCA never got better. When General Electric bought them in 1986, it was mainly for NBC. GE promptly sold the consumer and broadcast electronics divisions to French electronics maker Thomson, the transistor and microchip factories to Harris/Intersil, and the music business to what is now Sony Music. NBC gained an owned-and-operated station from GE, in Denver's KCNC-TV (now a Creator/{{CBS}} O&O due to a transaction involving Philadelphia's WCAU-TV; see DisasterDominoes for more on that mess).

!!2000-12: NBC crashes and burns; the Universal merger; the Late Night War; sale to Comcast
After 2000, ratings on NBC started to slip across the board, and the glory days of the 1980s-90s gave way to years of seemingly intractable poor performance. The once-invincible Thursday night block faced stiff competition in the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} by ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' and ''Series/{{CSI}}'' on Creator/{{CBS}} and by ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' on Creator/{{ABC}}, causing the network to slip into fourth place with ratings more like those on Creator/TheCW than the other three major networks.

However, this came with a consolation prize: NBC was praised by viewers and critics for frequently pulling off cases of NetworkToTheRescue, protecting critically- and cultly-adored shows even if they were struggling in the ratings. It's not like they had anything better, after all. During this time, the Thursday night block would be composed of shows like ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' (2001-08, ABC afterwards), ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]]'' (2005-13), ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' (2005-09), ''Series/ThirtyRock'' (2006-13), ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' (2009-15), and ''Series/{{Community}}'' (2009-14, Yahoo Screen afterwards). The network seemed to be coming back with the success of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', but a [[SeasonalRot troubled Seasons 2-3]] caused the show's ratings to sink like a rock, ultimately turning the big-budget series into a financial vacuum for the network that led to its cancellation after Season 4.

In 2004, NBC finally merged with its' old partner, Creator/{{Universal}} Studios, forming [=NBCUniversal=]; As a result, GE now held 80% of the new company, with French conglomerate Vivendi (Universal's owner) holding the remaining piece (separately, Universal held onto Universal Music and Universal Interactive (which has since been absorbed into Creator/{{Activision}})). The companies had a close relationship since the 1960s, with Universal TV, its' predecessor Revue Studios, and its' temporary successor, Studios USA, making many of NBC's hit series. The merger also allowed NBC to expand its Olympics coverage across Universal's channels including Creator/USANetwork, Creator/SciFiChannel, and Universal HD.

In September 2009, in an effort to cut costs, NBC gave [[AdoredByTheNetwork Jay Leno]], recently retired from ''The Tonight Show'', a Monday-through-Friday, UsefulNotes/PrimeTime slot for a new VarietyShow, ''The Jay Leno Show'' [[note]](basically his ''Series/TheTonightShow'' at 10:00 PM with a segment that copies one from [[Series/TopGearUK a certain British automotive show]])[[/note]]. This was the first time that a network scheduled the same show five nights a week since TheFifties, and the [[InternetBackdraft response]] was both immediate and brutal.

Media pundits cried foul at NBC's decision, saying that it was a lose-lose situation, for both the network and television programmers: If ''Leno'' failed, the network had surrendered a third of its UsefulNotes/PrimeTime lineup to its biggest flop since ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'', leaving the network so weak financially it could potentially fold or be re-aligned as a cable channel. But, if ''Leno'' succeeded, then the other three major networks (all of them suffering with falling ratings and advertiser revenue) [[FollowTheLeader could follow NBC's lead]], nixing television dramas and sitcoms for more reality programming. Feeling that a potential loss of NBC as a major network was preferable to what they saw as the corruption of the entire TV landscape, many in the industry actively cheered for ''Leno'' to fail. They got their wish a few months later in January, 2010, when the show's dwindling ratings, combined with fuming network affiliates (justifiably angry that ''Leno''[='s=] poor ratings were dragging down their nightly {{news broadcast}}s), pushed NBC to decide on a drastic step: the network announced they were going to take ''The Jay Leno Show'', cut it down to a half-hour, and move into the ''Tonight Show'''s slot at 11:35pm, and move ''The Tonight Show'' to 12:05am.

This then led to a public clash between NBC and current ''Tonight Show'' host Creator/ConanOBrien. After waiting nearly ''five years'' to take over the show after Leno retired (a deal struck with the network back in 2004), and after only having the show seven months, Conan saw the move as a drastic change that broke a decades-long television tradition, as well as an insult that shook his standing with the network, a vote of no confidence despite helming his post-Letterman ''Late Night'' successfully for NBC for over 14 years. O'Brien ultimately left NBC rather than make the move, eventually starting a new talk show on Creator/{{TBS}}. Leno returned to ''The Tonight Show'' in March 2010 (eventually retiring, for good, in 2014.) Between the network's overall ratings and the negative publicity with Conan & Leno, NBC ended the 2009-10 season in the worst shape it had been in since the 1979-80 season only a small handful of new shows (such as ''Series/{{Community}}'' and ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'') were renewed for a second season. Then, to make matters worse, the 2010 Winter Olympics proved to be a quarter-billion-dollar money pit not unlike that of 30 years earlier, with declining ratings not justifying its exorbitant cost.

In 2009, GE decided it wanted out and put NBC Universal up for sale; in early December, after months of talks, it was announced that Comcast would get 51% of the company (a controlling interest), with GE keeping the rest. The deal was approved by the FCC in January 2011, but with conditions placed on the deal related to Comcast's high-speed Internet service [[note]](after a controversy over filtering of [=BitTorrent=] traffic in the late 2000s, there were concerns that Comcast would block or limit access to competing services like Creator/{{Netflix}} as well)[[/note]], as well as a promise not to restrict access to Comcast-owned channels to other service providers. NBC also relinquished a management role in {{Creator/Hulu}}, making it a silent partner. In 2013, GE shed the rest of its shares in [=NBCUniversal=], giving Comcast 100% control over The Peacock Network (a fact that has been indicated by Comcast using the NBC logo in ''its own'' corporate logo as of 2012). It is not yet known whether the sale will help or hurt NBC in its programming ratings, but one of Comcast's first decisions was to fire former network CEO Jeff Zucker, who bore a lot of the blame for NBC's poor performance in the late 2000s and was a key behind-the-scenes figure in the aforementioned late-night wars. Zucker has since moved onto Creator/{{CNN}}, where he's trying to grab NBC News talent to reform that channel into his own vision.

!!2012-present: NBC achieves a victory...and then fails ''hard''...then achieves ''another'' victory
Surprisingly, NBC managed to turn around its fortunes for a little bit, winning the sweeps month of November 2012 for their first November sweeps victory since 2003.

Unfortunately, this high was short-lived come February sweeps, where NBC did so badly that it fell to fifth place...behind Univision (which, we should note, is ''a Spanish-language network''); Univision, which also ranked #1 among Hispanic-Americans, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T56eHnouB2s did a promo]] touting that success and the fact it was the first time a Spanish-language network had beaten NBC...and all in English.

NBC's fortunes were only magnified on February 28, 2013 when WKYC channel 3, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland (which had been owned-and-operated by NBC itself for decades until Multimedia bought majority control in 1990, with its successor, the Gannett Company, buying NBC's remaining interest nine years later) presumably fed up with the low ratings of NBC programming and having some local ad inventory left to sell decided to push back NBC's primetime block (a new episode of ''[[Series/SixteenHundredPenn 1600 Penn]]'' and repeats of ''The Office'' and ''Law & Order: SVU'') to late night, putting in its place a two-hour ''Matlock'' movie from 1992 (''Matlock'' had aired on NBC from 1986-92, when it moved to ABC). The station not only benefited from the ad revenue, but got [[http://ohiomediawatch.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/the-matlock-incident/ something unexpected]] [[http://www.wkyc.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=286495 to crow about]] the 21-year-old TV movie got ratings on par with the ''Office'' repeat's national average and even beat ''1600 Penn''[='s=] average on '''56 NBC stations'''. It even managed at the local level to beat out ''ABC''[='s=] prime-time programming as well (a ''Scandal'' repeat and a ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' Oscar Special) in those same timeslots for the Men 25-54 demographic '''and''' tie Kimmel's rating in the general 18-34 demographic. It not only embarrassed NBC[[note]]and you could consider it LaserGuidedKarma for how they treated WKYC during their days of owning the station (treating it as a farm system for gaining talent, and hence not allowing it anything that would help it in the local ratings)[[/note]], but showed Andy Griffith still had a lot of pull, shaming those who left him out of the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment.

Fortunately for NBC, this was short-lived. The network found success in primetime with ''[[Series/TheBlacklist The Blacklist]]'' and continued success with dramas such as ''[[Series/ChicagoFire Chicago Fire]]'', ''[[Series/{{Grimm}} Grimm]]'' and ''[[Series/{{Hannibal}} Hannibal]]''. This, combined with the strong ratings from ''[[Series/TheVoice The Voice]]'' and ''Sunday Night Football'', and with the help of the Olympics in 2014, NBC's winter and spring of 2014 did considerably better, winning the season in the key 18-49 year old demo, for the first time in 10 years, when ''Friends'' ended. This success continued into 2015 with NBC's airing of Super Bowl XLIX.

However, NBC News, long a reliable stronghold, is starting to fail, given the scandal that forced Brian Williams to leave ''Nightly News'' (the story he'd been telling for years about escaping from a crashed helicopter in Iraq had actually been made up), with Lester Holt now replacement anchor, then-recently-hired ''Today'' host Billy Bush being terminated due to his involvement in the ''Access Hollywood'' tape controversy, the turmoil at ''Today'' (notably, an ex-ESPN producer had attempted to fire Matt Lauer, and this was after the Ann Curry debacle; Lauer himself would be terminated years later following sexual harassment allegations), the fact that ''Meet the Press'' host David Gregory was forced out in favor of Chuck Todd (Gregory had briefly had a "psychological consultant" hired by NBC prior to his departure), and accusations of coverups regarding employee misconduct dating back decades (not helped by the revelation that NBC had tried to suppress reporting of the sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein); both ABC and CBS have been making evening gains, ABC in particular beating ''Nightly News'' in the ratings race recently.

That said, NBC remains a bastion of superb foreign affairs reporting -- particularly regarding the Middle East -- thanks to boasting the single most veteran, experienced, and knowledgeable foreign correspondent to land on TV in the 21st century in the form of Richard Engel, who has virtually lived in the Levant since 1996, made his name covering the 2002 invasion of Iraq as the last American reporter left in Baghdad, and became the gold standard of Middle Eastern coverage during the Arab Spring for nearly the entirety of the news business.
!!Cable Networks
There are five cable networks currently bearing the NBC name:

* The first is Creator/{{MSNBC}}, a [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks 24-Hour News Network]] (not "Miss NBC"). Originally, the "MS" stood for "Microsoft", and the channel flittered through multiple themes trying to find something to hold on to. Currently, and most successfully, it's the left-wing alternative to the Creator/FoxNewsChannel, featuring commentary programs hosted by Series/RachelMaddow and, formerly, Creator/KeithOlbermann. Less successful is their weekend programming, which consists almost of all old episodes of ''Series/DatelineNBC'' and ''Lockup'', a prison doc show.
* The second is Creator/{{CNBC}}, the Consumer News and Business Channel (not "Cable NBC" or "Corporate NBC" or whatever) which is 24 hours of financial news on weekdays and {{infomercial}}s and business documentaries on weekends (when there is no stock market activity). CNBC also predates MSNBC by seven years; it was a relatively unknown and unpopular channel until NBC bought its older and better-known rival, the Financial News Network, out of bankruptcy in 1991. Jay Leno hosted [[http://www.cnbc.com/id/102089430 hosting]] a car show, ''Jay Leno's Garage'', on the network starting in October 2015.
* The third is NBCSN (previously NBC Sports Network; known as the Outdoor Life Network until 2005 and Versus until the start of 2012). It is the cable linchpin in NBC's Olympics coverage in the future, and is the main home of the UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague and cycling coverage in the States such as the full run of the Tour de France. NBCSN (with the help of Telemundo, along with NBC broadcasting some games) became the exclusive American English-language source for the English Premier League (with Spanish-language sister station Telemundo becoming the exclusive American Spanish-language source), starting with the EPL's 2013-14 season, coverage that was lauded for being respectful to the game compared to Fox/Fox Soccer's spotty coverage. Another coup was NBC getting the UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} rights formerly belonging to ESPN in the 2015 season for the last half of the year, which includes races from both the Xfinity Series and the Monster Energy Cup Series races that won't interfere with NBC's NFL coverage (the network had NASCAR from 2001-06, when the NFL rights and a lack of a second network to move NASCAR to meant NBC had to give up on racing). While NBC tries to get better sports rights for their new network (by way of Comcast), you mainly know this channel outside of the NHL for airing plenty of outdoor programming like the programs of Bill Dance and Tred Barta, and sports-themed movies (expect that last one to go pretty quickly on).
* Fourth is NBC Universo, which is pretty much "NBCSN en Espanol", which launched with a Spanish simulcast of Super Bowl XLIV in February 2015. This was formerly Telemundo's sister network Mun2, and retains much of its former reality and music programming, but now with the addition of Spanish-language coverage of NBC Sports' properties (including ''Sunday Night Football'', which many Telemundo affiliates resisted airing due to high costs), along with extra overflow coverage from Telemundo.
* The last was formerly [=ShopNBC=], which was named "[=ValueVision=]" until NBC bought a majority interest in the network. It's not too different from QVC or HSN. Comcast quickly dumped off its interest in 2013 to another party, and the network was named [=ShopHQ=] without any ties to NBC in a transition until switching to "EVINE Live" in February 2015.

NBC also owns many other channels, among them Creator/{{Syfy}}, Creator/{{USA|Network}} (home of shows like ''Series/{{Monk}}'' and ''Series/{{Psych}}''), Universal HD, Bravo, Oxygen, [[Creator/TheENetwork E!]], Esquire Network (formerly Style, a spinoff of E!), Golf Channel, Creator/TheWeatherChannel (which is actually a joint venture between NBC Universal and two private equity firms), and Creator/{{Sprout}}. Through Comcast they also own plenty of regional sports and news networks. This means that there is often some synergization between the networks, such as former Comcast channel Versus becoming the NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel and Sprout getting their own blocks on NBC (Golf Channel on NBC and NBC Kids, respectively). Local stations with a Comcast Sportsnet in the market also have had their sports department merged in for cost efficiencies. Creator/{{G4TV}} was originally planned to become Esquire Network, but that fell through for various reasons; the network would close on December 31, 2014.

Whereas [[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone/Buena Vista Television]] and [[Creator/{{Paramount}} Paramount Television]] eventually took on corporate names to match their partners (ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios respectively), NBC's in-house productions like ''Series/{{Smash}}'' and ''Series/ThirtyRock'' now go out under the [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Television]] banner alongside actual Universal-produced series like ''Series/{{House}}'' and ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'' (as did ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', a genuine NBC/Universal co-production). {{Filler}} documentaries made up of old ''Dateline'' episodes, along with other pop culture interview programs for networks such as E! and the Discovery networks, are produced by a division of NBC News known as Peacock Productions.
!!NBC's Olympic coverage
Having sparred with CBS for coverage contracts through TheNineties, NBC has been the exclusive American broadcast home for the Summer and Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames since 2000 (the Summer Games exclusively since the 1988 Games in Seoul), something that they are notoriously bad at. Their coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Games included three pay-per-view channels, known as the Olympic Triplecast, that most people weren't willing to pay for, and it was suspected that NBC's coverage was deliberately made terrible to get people to buy the package. Though the company's cable sister channels allow for multiple events, their Olympic coverage focuses on sports that have a lot of media attention, or a sport Americans happen to be particularly competitive at in an average Summer Games, you'll see a lot of Men's Swimming or Women's Gymnastics but not nearly as much Softball or Archery. NBC has been accused of creating a HumanInterestStory narrative to competitions, and [[CreatorProvincialism focusing almost entirely on Team USA]] to the wide exclusion of other nations (their promos for golf's Ryder and Presidents Cups aren't much less partial). During the 2010 Winter Games in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, NBC was also accused of exploiting the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, constantly replaying footage of his fatal crash.

Olympic broadcasts are a textbook example of OldMediaPlayingCatchUp. They are often LiveButDelayed by many, many hours (around 16 hours for the Beijing opening ceremonies) until the American prime time where the most advertising dollars are. NBC recently persuaded the International Olympic Committee to schedule more popular events live at times more acceptable to Americans to avoid spoilers, but even then the east-west time zone delay means three hours between when viewers in New York and those in Los Angeles see the same event and, hence, news of history being made means that half the country is spoiled. This issue was a huge bone of contention for the 2010 Winter Games in UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, where the West Coast saw events on tape delay that happened ''in their own time zone''! Networks are usually given more leeway when Games are on the other side of the world.

Finding other methods to watch the Olympics is becoming increasingly common among fans, and those in the northern border states just watch the Games from Canada and miss all the squabbling and complaining (thank you, Creator/{{CBC}}). NBC itself is glad to subsidize this process by maintaining a website where full live video is available presuming your ISP has paid for the privilege. They own a network called Universal Sports which features Olympic sports 24/7, which moved from broadcast digital subchannel distribution at the start of 2012 to cable-only (much to the relief of viewers, as in that guise the video quality seemed to be worse than a web stream due to limited bandwidth). When the United States Olympic Committee dared to suggest they wanted to create their own cable network with Comcast, NBC's complaining to the International Olympic Committee, as well as Comcast buying control of NBC, made sure that idea was quashed very quickly.

Ironically, Versus' rebranding into the NBC Sports Network, and the move of Universal Sports to cable means they have two channels to plug in Olympic events near all the time. Now with things in order though, the IOC itself is making an effort at an Olympic network, this time with NBC's definite approval.

In May 2014, NBC and the IOC pretty much shocked everybody by announcing that the Olympics would remain on NBC and their sister networks until '''[[LongRunner 2032]]''' in an unprecedented deal which pretty much means that NBC is the major funder of the Olympic movement; in other countries the rights are purchased by each broadcaster by individual Olympiad due to budget concerns. This means that nearly half of the Olympics in the television age would air on NBC, with anyone born after 1998 not even associating it being carried by another network in their lifetime.
!!Shows that aired on NBC
* ''[[Series/SixteenHundredPenn 1600 Penn]]''
* ''Series/TwoTwoSeven''
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''
* ''Series/ThirtyRock''
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom''
* ''Series/TheATeam''
* ''Series/AboutABoy''
* ''Series/ADTheBibleContinues''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily'' (The 1973 AnimatedAdaptation)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''
* ''Series/AdamTwelve''
* ''Series/{{ALF}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlfTales''
* ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''
* ''Series/AmazingStories''
* ''Series/{{Amen}}''
* ''Series/AmericanDreams''
* ''Series/AmericanNinjaWarrior''
* ''Series/AmericasGotTalent''
* ''Series/AnotherWorld''
* ''Series/TheApprentice''
* ''Series/{{Awake}}''
* ''Series/{{Banacek}}''
* ''Series/BatMasterson'' (1958-61)
* ''Series/{{Battlestars}}'' (1981-82, then a few more months in 1983)
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}''
* ''Series/{{Believe}}''
* ''Series/TheBiggestLoser''
* ''Series/TheBillCosbyShow''
* ''Series/BJAndTheBear''
* ''Series/TheBlackDonnellys''
* ''Series/TheBlacklist''
** ''Series/TheBlacklistRedemption''
* ''Series/BlankCheck''
* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}''
* ''Series/{{Blockbusters}}'' (1980-82; revived in 1987)
* ''Series/{{Blossom}}''
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''
* ''Series/{{Boomtown}}''
* ''Series/BostonCommon''
* ''Series/TheBrave''
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' (season 6-)
* ''Series/BrotherlyLove'' (first season)
* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''
* ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids''
* ''Series/CaesarsChallenge'' (final daytime game show)
* ''Series/CafeAmericain''
* ''Series/CaliforniaDreams''
* ''Camp Candy''
* ''Film/{{Carrie|2002}}'' (2002) (The film was intended as a backdoor pilot for a potential television series and the ending of the novel was changed accordingly, but no follow-up series was ever produced.)
* ''Series/TheCape''
* ''Series/CaptainNice''
* ''Series/Car54WhereAreYou''
* ''Series/CardSharks'' (1978-81; later revived on CBS)
* ''Series/CarolineInTheCity''
* ''Series/TheCarmichaelShow''
* ''Series/TheChampions''
* ''Series/ChainReaction'' (later revived on the Creator/USANetwork and Creator/{{GSN}})
* ''[[Series/{{ChaseNBC}} Chase (NBC)]]''
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}''
** ''Series/{{Frasier}}''
* ''Series/ChicagoFire''
** ''Series/ChicagoJustice''
** ''Series/ChicagoMed''
** ''Series/ChicagoPD''
* ''Series/ChicoAndTheMan''
* ''Series/{{CHiPs}}''
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}''
* ''Series/{{Columbo}}''
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' (seasons 1-5)
* ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' (Original run, 1958-73; ''Classic'', 1987-91 first-run, 1993 in reruns)
* ''Series/{{Constantine}}''
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow''
** ''Series/ADifferentWorld''
* ''Series/{{Crisis}}''
* ''Series/CrossingJordan''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheBugsBunnyRoadRunnerShow The Daffy Duck Show]]'' (1978-81; yet another repackaging of ''The Bugs Bunny Show'')
* ''Series/DanielBoone''
* ''Series/DaysOfOurLives''
* ''Series/DealOrNoDeal''
* ''Series/{{Deception|2013}}''
* ''Series/DiffrentStrokes''
** ''Series/TheFactsOfLife''
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''
* ''Series/DreamHouse'' (1983-84 revival)
* ''Series/{{Ed}}''
* ''Series/ElleryQueen''
* ''Series/EmeraldCity''
* ''Series/{{Emergency}}''
* ''Series/{{ER}}''
* ''Series/ERing''
* ''Series/TheEvent''
* ''Series/EyeGuess''
* ''Film/{{Fame}}''
* ''Series/FamilyFeud'' (2008 ''Celebrity'' run with Al Roker hosting)
* ''Series/FamilyTies''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978''
* ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride''
* ''Series/FearFactor''
* ''{{Series/Flipper}}''
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks''
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''
* ''Series/FridayNightLights''
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** ''Series/{{Joey}}''
* ''Series/FuryTheBraveStallion''
* ''[[Series/{{Gambit}} Las Vegas Gambit]]''
* ''Series/GameOfSilenceUS''
* ''Series/GetSmart''
* ''Series/GimmeABreak''
* ''Series/{{Go}}''
* ''Series/GoOn''
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''
** ''Series/EmptyNest''
* ''Series/GoodGirls''
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace''
* ''Series/GreatNews''
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}''
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''
* ''Series/HarrysLaw''
* ''Series/{{Hazel}}''
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
* ''Series/HeroesReborn2015''
* ''Series/HighwayToHeaven''
* ''Series/HighRollers'' (1974-76, then 1978-80)
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues''
* ''Series/TheHoganFamily''
* ''Series/HollywoodGameNight''
* ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' (1966-80, daytime; 1968, primetime)
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''
* ''Series/HotPotato''
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}''
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''
* ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' (seasons 1-5)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk1982''
* ''Series/{{Ironside 1967}}''
* ''Series/{{Ironside 2013}}''
* ''Series/ISpy''
* ''Series/{{Jackpot}}'' (1974-75; later revived on the USA Network and in syndication)
* ''Series/{{JAG}}''
* ''Series/TheJeffFoxworthyShow''
* ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' (1964-75)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''
* ''Series/TheJimHensonHour''
* ''Series/TheJohnLarroquetteShow''
* ''Series/{{Journeyman}}''
* ''Series/JustShootMe''
* ''Series/KnightRider''
* ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre''
* ''Series/LALaw''
* ''Series/{{Laredo}}''
* ''Series/LasVegas''
* ''Series/LastComicStanding''
* ''Series/LateNight''
** ''Series/LateNightWithConanOBrien''
* ''Series/LawAndOrder''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
* ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' (1963-67; 2003)
* ''Series/{{Life}}''
* ''Series/TheLifeAndTimesOfGrizzlyAdams''
* ''Series/LipstickJungle''
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''
* ''Series/MadAboutYou''
* ''Series/MamasFamily''
* ''[[Series/TheManFromUNCLE The Man from U.N.C.L.E.]]''
** ''Series/TheGirlFromUNCLE''
* ''[[Series/MatchGame The Match Game]]'' (1962-69)
** ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' (1983-84)
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' (seasons 1-6)
* ''Series/McCloud''
* ''Series/McMillanAndWife''
* ''Series/{{Mercy}}''
* ''Series/MeetThePress''
* ''Series/MiamiVice''
* ''Series/TheMichaelJFoxShow''
* ''Series/TheMidnightSpecial''
* ''Series/MidnightCaller''
* ''Series/MidnightTexas''
* ''Series/MillionSecondQuiz''
* ''Series/{{Mindreaders}}''
* ''Series/MinuteToWinIt''
* ''Series/MisfitsOfScience''
* ''Series/MisterSterling''
* ''Series/MockingbirdLane''
* ''Series/TheMonkees''
* ''Series/MutualOfOmahasWildKingdom''
* ''Series/MyMotherTheCar''
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''
* ''Series/MyTwoDads''
* ''Series/MysteriousWays''
* ''Series/TheNakedTruth''
* ''Series/NameThatTune'' (1974-75; 1977)
* ''Series/TheNatKingColeShow''
* ''Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie''
* ''Series/TheNewNormal''
* ''Series/NewsRadio''
* ''The New Three Stooges'' (AnimatedAdaptation of Film/TheThreeStooges)
* ''Series/NightCourt''
* ''Series/NightGallery''
* ''Series/TheNightShift''
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS''
* ''Series/OneBigHappy''
* ''Series/TheOthers''
* ''Series/{{Outsourced}}''
* ''Series/{{Parenthood}}''
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''
* ''Series/{{Passions}}''
* ''[[Series/{{Password}} Password Plus/Super Password]]'' (1979-82, ''Plus''; 1984-89, ''Super'')
* ''Series/PerfectCouples''
* ''Series/PeterGunn''
* ''Series/ThePhilanthropist''
* ''Series/ThePlayboyClub''
* ''Series/ThePlayer''
* ''Series/{{Powerless|2017}}''
* ''Series/ThePowersOfMatthewStar''
* ''Series/ThePretender''
* ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (1956-63)
* ''Series/PrimeSuspectUS''
* ''Series/{{Profiler}}''
* ''Series/ProjectUFO''
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster''
* ''Series/QuantumLeap''
* ''Series/QuincyME''
* ''Series/RagsToRiches''
* ''Series/RemingtonSteele''
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}''
* ''Series/Rise2018''
* ''Series/TheRockfordFiles''
* ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''
* ''Series/TheSaint''
* ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'' (1969-73, original; 1983-89, revival)
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon''
** ''Series/{{Sanford}}''
* ''Series/SantaBarbara''
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell''
* ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'' (1984-90, 1993)
** ''Series/{{Scattergories}}''
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}} (seasons 1-7)
* ''Series/{{SCTV}}''
* ''Series/SeaquestDSV''
* ''Series/SearchForTomorrow''
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
* ''Series/ShadesOfBlue''
* ''Series/SilverSpoons''
* ''Series/{{Sisters}}''
* ''Series/{{Smash}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks''
* ''Series/SomethingWilder''
* ''Series/{{Southland}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends''
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''
* ''Series/StateOfAffairs''
* ''Series/StElsewhere''
* ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''
* ''Series/SuddenlySusan''
* ''Series/SunsetBeach''
* ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''
* ''Series/{{Superstore}}''
* ''Series/{{Supertrain}}''
* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'' (in its fifth and final season)
* ''Series/{{Taxi Brooklyn}}''
* ''Series/{{Telenovela}}''
* ''Series/ThisIsUs''
* ''Series/TimeMachine''
* ''Series/{{Timeless}}''
* ''Series/ThirdWatch''
* ''Series/ThreeOnAMatch''
* ''Series/TicTacDough'' (1956-59; daytime and nighttime (the latter was rigged))
* ''Series/TimeMachine''
* ''Series/ToTellTheTruth'' (1990-91, with 5 different hosts (including the accidentally-aired pilot))
* ''Series/{{Today}}''
* ''Series/TheTonightShow''
** ''Series/TheTonightShowStarringJohnnyCarson''
** ''Series/TheTonightShowWithJayLeno''
** ''Series/TheTonightShowWithConanOBrien''
** ''Series/TheTonightShowStarringJimmyFallon''
* ''Series/TheTorkelsons''
* ''Series/TrialAndError''
* ''Series/TruthBeTold''
* ''Series/TwentyOne'' (1956-68; 2000)
* ''Series/{{Undateable}}''
* ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries''
* ''Series/UpAllNight''
* ''Series/{{V 1983}}''
* ''Series/VictoryAtSea''
* ''Series/TheVirginian''
* ''Series/TheVoice''
* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}''
* ''Series/WagonTrain''
* ''Series/TheWeakestLink''
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' (1975-89, 1991)
* ''The Who, What, or Where Game'' (later rebooted as ''Series/TheChallengers'' with Dick Clark)
* ''Series/TheWinnerIs'''
* ''Series/WelcomeToSweden''
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/{{Whitney}}''
* ''Series/WillAndGrace''
* ''Series/{{Wings}}''
* ''Series/WinnerTakeAll'' (daytime version)
* ''Series/WinningStreak''
* ''Series/WinLoseOrDraw'' (1987-89; daytime version)
* ''Series/TheWizardOfOdds''
* ''Series/{{Wordplay}}''
* ''Series/YouDontSay'' (1963-69; daytime and nighttime)
!!Other ventures
NBC is a partner in the video site {{Creator/Hulu}} (along with News Corp., Comcast, and [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt [=Disney=] Co]].), which hosts free (albeit with commercial interruption) videos of many of its past and present shows.

NBC also offered "NBC Weather Plus", a system allowing affiliates to carry a 24-hour local weather service on one of their digital subchannels (with automated local and national content); promptly discontinued following NBC's purchase of Creator/TheWeatherChannel in 2008. Eventually, these were replaced on NBC-owned stations by ''Nonstop'' channels, local-news oriented channels whose formula began in New York City, and was later implemented on the network's owned-and-operated stations in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, Philadelphia, California (a shared feed for San Diego, San Francisco, and Southern California), and UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}[=-=]Fort Lauderdale. However, these were killed off in 2013 in favor of Cozi TV, a classic TV-oriented network with the advantage of access to the NBC Universal library. (Some continue to broadcast local news, normally at 7PM, and branded ''(city/region name) Nightly News''.)

NBC used to be in a joint venture with Hallmark and ran the Hallmark Channel for the Asian region, for which they carried a block full of PBS Kids programming. The channel was promptly screwed over and replaced with Diva in 2003 because it wasn't getting ratings that satisfied the execs at NBC.

NBC also used to be in a three-way joint venture with [=DiC=] Entertainment (later Cookie Jar) and Nelvana and operated the [=KidsCo=] network in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Europe. The partnership was unceremoniously dissolved when NBC acquired Sprout and decided that they didn't want to operate a kids channel outside of the US anymore[[note]]DHX also played a part in the demise of the network by buying up Cookie Jar and then pulling out of their part of the deal, but NBC pulling out was the straw that broke the camel's back[[/note]].

NBC has also produced a few theatrical movies, but none of them ''Film/CodeNameEmerald'', ''Film/WhosHarryCrumb'' (a co-production with [=TriStar=]), ''Film/ElviraMistressOfTheDark'', ''Film/{{Satisfaction}}'' (in partnership with Creator/AaronSpelling, no less) made much of an impact.

Shouldn't be confused with the [[http://www.nbc-nagasaki.co.jp Nagasaki Broadcasting Corporation]], a Japanese TV station sharing the same initials. Also not to be confused with the [[http://www.nbc.com.na/ Namibian Broadcasting Corporation]], you know, just in case you do. Or what people in the United States knew mainly as "NBC" until the 1930s, the '''Na'''tional '''Bis'''cuit '''Co'''mpany. And heaven forbid you confuse it for the old abbreviation for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical,_biological,_radiological,_and_nuclear weapons of mass destruction]]--[[AcceptableTargets they're not doing that bad]][[note]]Unless you're embittered over the loss of [=KidsCo=] and/or Hallmark Channel Asia. Then it's fair game[[/note]].