Drama The Best 1980s ABC Dramas  

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These are the very best 1980s ABC dramas, ranked by user votes. The best 80s ABC dramas are some of the flat out greatest shows in TV history. Some of the top 1980s drama shows on ABC remain as relevant today as they were back then meaning 80s ABC dramas weren't just passable television shows. They were trend setters that truly had an impact on pop culture. Some of the greatest 1980s ABC dramas won multiple Emmy Awards.

Which shows will you find on this best 1980s ABC dramas list? Moonlighting definitely appears near the top of this list of great 80s ABC drama shows. Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd led the all-star cast of this one-hour drama. The Wonder Years is also one of the greatest 1980s ABC dramas.

Thirtysomething is a top 80s ABC drama show that ran from 1987 – 1991. This list of good 1980s ABC dramas also includes great series like T.J. Hooker, Hart to Hart and Heart of the City.

Do you have a favorite ABC drama from the 80s? Give the best shows a thumbs up!

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Dynasty John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more

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The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
The Greatest American Hero William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp The Greatest American Hero is an American comedy-drama television series that aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. Created by producer Stephen J. Cannell, it premiered as a two-hour ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style ...more

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Matt Houston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Matt Houston Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick Matt Houston is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. Created by Lawrence Gordon, the series was produced by Aaron Spelling.

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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for ABC. The series follows a group of baby boomers in their late thirties as they go about their ...more

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Hardcastle and McCormick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Hardcastle and McCormick Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. ...more

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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. A revival of the series originally aired on the same network ...more

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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Hotel James Brolin, Anne Baxter, Michelle Phillips Hotel is an American prime time drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty. Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name, ...more

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
T. J. Hooker William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed T. J. Hooker is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on ...more

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Heart of the City is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Heart of the City Christina Applegate, Kay Lenz, Branscombe Richmond Heart of the City is a crime drama that aired on the ABC television network from September 1986 to January 1987.

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The Colbys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
The Colbys Charlton Heston, Barbara Stanwyck, Katharine Ross The Colbys is an American prime time soap opera, which originally aired on ABC from November 20, 1985 to March 26, 1987. Produced by Aaron Spelling, it was a spin-off of Dynasty, which had been ...more

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Hooperman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Hooperman John Ritter, Dan Lauria, Barbara Bosson Hooperman is an American television series which ran on ABC from September 23, 1987 until July 26, 1989. A comedy-drama, the show centered on the professional and personal lives of San Francisco ...more

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Finder of Lost Loves is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Finder of Lost Loves Heather O'Rourke, Anne Jeffreys, Jack Coleman Finder of Lost Loves is an American drama series aired by the ABC network during the 1984-1985 season.

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Lady Blue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Dramas
Lady Blue Danny Aiello, Jamie Rose, Ralph Foody Lady Blue is a crime drama starring Jamie Rose as a Chicago female homicide detective Katy Mahoney. The show was produced by MGM/UA Television and aired on ABC-TV from September 26, 1985 to ...more