TV The Best 1980s Action TV Series  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Action series that aired on TV in the '80s

If the 80s were about anything they were about excess... and action! Explosive, 'roided up, action. So, these are the best 1980s Action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 1980s action TV series were based in greatly varied universes. Some of these great 80s action shows are crime dramas while some other of these seriously good 1980s action shows were about a rag tag bunch of scientists and alien scientists on a big fancy starship. So, these are the greatest 1980s action TV series. Vote for your favorites!

What shows will you find on this top 1980s action TV shows list? MacGyver was a hugely popular action series during the decade. As everyone's favorite inventive action hero, MacGyver could get himself out of the stickiest of situations. Magnum, P.I. was another one of the greatest shows that aired in the 1980s.

The A-Team promoted team-work while entertaining viewers in the 80s and motorcycle-lovers enjoyed the actions series CHIPs. Other shows that appear on this good 1980s action TV series list include Hill Street Blues, Tour of Duty and Miami Vice.

Which 80s action series is your favorite? Give the best shows a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Airwolf Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine

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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Baywatch David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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Hardcastle and McCormick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
JoakimOlah added Hardcastle and McCormick Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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Street Hawk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
JoakimOlah added Street Hawk Rex Smith, Richard Venture, Joe Regalbuto

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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The Young Riders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
The Young Riders Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Ty Miller

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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Hunter Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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Matt Houston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
1491971760840 added Matt Houston Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Thunderbirds Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley

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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
Tour of Duty Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker

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The Streets of San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Action TV Series
The Streets of San Francisco Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins