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The 80s were about excess. And there is maybe no better way to prove that then the over-the-top adventures on 80s TV. So, here are the very best 1980s Adventure TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From great 80s adventure shows that were Westerns, to other good 1980s adventure shows that were sci-fi, these shows provided something for every demographic of television viewer. A few of the greatest 1980s adventure TV series were even based on books and comics.

What shows will you find on this top 1980s adventure TV shows list? Star Trek returned in the 1980s with the great adventure series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Patrick Stewart starred as Captain Jean-Luc Picard throughout the series seven season run. MacGyver was also one of the most popular adventure series of the 1980s.

80s adventure series were all about David Hasselhoff. His hit shows Knight Rider and Baywatch both aired during the decade. Other good series on this great 1980s adventure series list include The A-Team, The Young Riders and Miami Vice.

How will we ever determine which 80s adventure series is the best? Help us out by voting your favorite TV shows to the top of this list and please add any great shows we may have missed.
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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou ...more

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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Airwolf Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and its crew as they undertake various ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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The Fall Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
The Fall Guy Joaquin Phoenix, Priscilla Presley, Markie Post The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and originally broadcast from November 4, 1981 to May 2, 1986. It stars Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise 21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. ...more

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Baywatch David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. The show was canceled ...more

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
The Equalizer Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing The Equalizer was an American crime drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985 until late-spring 1989. It starred Edward Woodward as a retired espionage/intelligence ...more

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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Hunter Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from ...more

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
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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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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The Young Riders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
The Young Riders Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Ty Miller The Young Riders is an American Western television series created by Ed Spielman that presents a fictionalized account of a group of young Pony Express riders based at the Sweetwater Station in ...more

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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series
Tour of Duty Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from September 1987 to April 1990 as 58 one-hour episodes. The show was created by Steve Duncan and L. Travis ...more