Binge-Worthy Shows About New York City (and NYC Travel) to Watch on Netflix


New York City has been a classic setting for some of televisions most iconic shows. From I Love Lucy to Friends to 30 Rock, the Big Apple has either been a center location or had a major influence on beloved (or love to hate) characters across decades of TV. Find out what what you stream on Netflix below:

Along with classics, there’s a lot of great TV right now that’s not on Netflix yet (or not here in the U.S.). I’ve been able to go back and forth between TV and Netflix thanks to Frontier’s new integration on its TV service that makes flipping between the too easy (which for those using FiOS Quantum TV). Using Vantage TV myself, I get up to six channels (including Netflix an my DVR) that I can just easy click between and go back and forth as needed.  

My current favorite TV shows about New York City not on Netflix in the U.S. yet include 2 Broke Girls, The Mindy Project, and Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. Can’t wait for those to join, but for now, here’s some of the best shows you can watch about New York City or traveling to the city (in one case, from it):

Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil

Netflix has been killing it with a lot of its original series, and among them, the Marvel shows. All action shows about different superheroes in New York, each has a unique way of telling their stories with sub genres and/or focusing on different parts of the city. Luke Cage for example, focuses on Harlem as a bold drama. While both Jessica Jones and Daredevil primarily take place in Hell’s Kitchen, the former is also a noir tone and adds darker. elements to the superhero world. I’m looking forward to the new Iron Fist releasing this month, and the upcoming Defenders series that ties all the titular characters together.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

I’ve been a fan of Tina Fey since her SNL days and Mean Girls. I was sad when 30 Rock ended but ecstatic when plans for new show started to emerge. Funny, quirky, irreverent, and full of pop-culture references, I fell for the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from episode one and have binge the first couple of seasons as soon as they released. The third season is set to release next month and I can’t wait!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This show has been on my list to check out for a while now, and when I finally did the other day, I couldn’t stop watching until I finished the full two seasons. It’s nice that the full second season is up on Netflix already even though it just ended last month. I didn’t notice before, but they must’ve been airing on TV and Netflix simultaneously. While this hilariously smart, forward-thinking, infectious musical series takes place in West Covina, California (you’ll find yourself Googling that place as soon as you watch the show by the way), the main character is a high-profile lawyer who leaves New York City, so I’m adding it to this list for that twist and since the city is still a part of who she and her life (it’s actually brought up all the time).

The rest of my selections to check out:

30 Rock (because Tina Fey and the show is all kinds of amazing)

How I Met Your Mother (the modern iconic NYC show)

Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (an underrated show that should’ve gotten more seasons)

Orange is the New Black (the best Netflix original show; not much of the present time is spent in NYC but a lot of the characters are from there)

The Carrie Diaries

Mad Men



New Girl

Gossip Girl

An honorable mentions that I wish was back on Netflix: Ugly Betty

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About Andrew Villagomez

Andrew Villagomez is a lifestyle journalist, style photographer and owner of He contributes to publications such as, Out Magazine, Logo TV's, Passport Magazine,, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @VeeTravels

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