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The Best 1980s Adventure TV Series

Updated June 15, 2019 1.2k votes 206 voters 4.6k views33 items

List RulesVote up your favorite adventure shows that aired on TV in the '80s

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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  • The A-Team1
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    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

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  • Magnum, P.I.2
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

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  • The Dukes of Hazzard3
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

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  • Knight Rider4
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    Knight Rider

    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare

    Premiered1982

    Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to... more on Wikipedia
  • The Incredible Hulk5
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    The Incredible Hulk

    Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno

    Premiered1977

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  • Miami Vice6
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

    Premiered1984

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  • Alice7
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    Alice

    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland

    Premiered1976

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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation8
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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  • The Fall Guy9
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    Joaquin Phoenix, Priscilla Presley

    Premiered1981

    The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and... more on Wikipedia

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  • MacGyver10
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    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

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  • Airwolf11
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    Airwolf

    Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord

    Premiered1984

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  • CHiPs12
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    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

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  • Hawaii Five-O13
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

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  • Remington Steele14
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    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

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    21 Jump Street

    Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen

    Premiered1987

    21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox... more on Wikipedia
  • Baywatch16
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    Baywatch

    David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson

    Premiered1989

    Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol... more on Wikipedia
  • Hart to Hart17
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    Hart to Hart

    Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers

    Premiered1979

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  • The Equalizer18
    18
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    The Equalizer

    Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka

    Premiered1985

    The Equalizer was an American drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985... more on Wikipedia
  • Bonanza19
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    Bonanza

    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon

    Premiered1959

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  • T. J. Hooker20
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    T. J. Hooker

    William Shatner, Heather Locklear

    Premiered1982

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  • Doctor Who21
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

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  • The Greatest American Hero22
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    The Greatest American Hero

    William Katt, Connie Sellecca

    Premiered1981

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  • Riptide23
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    Riptide

    Kelly Preston, Anne Francis

    Premiered1983

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  • The Transformers24
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    The Transformers

    Frank Welker, Chris Latta

    Premiered1984

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  • Hill Street Blues25
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    Hill Street Blues

    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren

    Premiered1981

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