Universal Television produces or co-produces series for primetime and late night, as well as long-form, reality and digital media projects for a variety of broadcast networks and other distribution platforms. Its current scripted roster features critical favorite comedies Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project, as well as dramas Parenthood, Chicago Fire and Bates Motel, among others. Many of these series or creative talent have been honored with prestigious Emmy, Golden Globe, Peabody, SAG and AFI awards.
Additionally, the studio, along with Wolf Films, produces Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which is part of the most successful drama series brand in television history, and is currently in its 16th season. New and upcoming series from Universal Television include dramas State of Affairs (starring Katherine Heigl), Allegiance, and Odyssey. New comedies include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (from Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper) and Mr Robinson (starring Craig Robinson).
Universal Television has a rich legacy comprised of the merged entities of NBC Studios and the original Universal Television. The former NBC Studios first made its mark in the 1950s with NBC’s hit western Bonanza and went on to create more series, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Providence and Will & Grace. Universal Television was created in 1951, and its roster of memorable programs include Leave It to Beaver, Columbo, The Rockford Files, Miami Vice, Murder, She Wrote and numerous others.
Late-night programs include NBC’s successful The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Landmark programs in the long-form arena have included Peter the Great (winner of three Emmys), An Early Frost (winner of four Emmys and a Peabody Award), the acclaimed miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, and the first made-for-television movie, See How They Run, which aired on NBC in 1964.