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The Best 1980s CBS Dramas  

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These are the best 1980s CBS drama shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 1980s CBS dramas come in all shapes and sizes. Some good 80s CBS drama TV series were based on traditional family situations, workplace happenings, and crime procedurals. But still others were less conventional. Many of the best 1980s CBS drama shows were even sci-fi shows!

What shows will you find on this best 1980s CBS drama shows list? The Dukes of Hazzard was a popular CBS drama throughout the 1980s. Fun Fact: This classic series was adapted into a movie starring Johnny Knoxville in 2005. Dallas is another good 80s CBS drama. It was also later adapted for modern times into a new TV show rather than a film.

William Shatner once again found TV fame when he appeared in the CBS series T.J. Hooker during the 1980s. Other good shows that are featured on this top 1980s CBS drama shows list include Cagney & Lacey, Falcon Crest and Jake and the Fatman.

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
MH1212 added Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak
This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more
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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen
Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars ...more
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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston
Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October 25, 1982, to May 21, 1990. The series starred comedian Bob Newhart and actress Mary Frann as an ...more
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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid, Jameson Parker
Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy
Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more
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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams
Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor. This drama series was a spinoff from a sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Aired from ...more
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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
badromance80 added Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark
Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los ...more
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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing
The Equalizer was an American drama television series, originally airing on CBS from fall 1985 until late-spring 1989. It starred Edward Woodward as a retired espionage/intelligence officer with ...more
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Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series that aired from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987 on CBS. The show starred Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as divorced housewife Amanda ...more
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Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert
Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old student at the fictional Copeland College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who worked as a live-in ...more
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Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi
Falcon Crest is an American primetime television soap opera which aired on the CBS network for nine seasons, from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. A total of 227 episodes were produced. The ...more
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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman
WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman, Roy Dotrice
Beauty and the Beast (CBS, 1987) is an American drama television series created by Ron Koslow. This updated version of the fairy tale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent (Ron ...more
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Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Yvette Vickers, Stacy Keach, Darren McGavin
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer is the title used for two syndicated television series that followed the adventures of fictional private detective Mike Hammer. The gritty, crime fighting ...more
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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed
This show 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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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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
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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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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Crazy like a Fox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Jack Warden, John Rubinstein, Penny Peyser
Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired on CBS from December 30, 1984 to May 3, 1986.
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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell
Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons ...more
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Cover Up is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Jennifer O'Neill, Richard Anderson, Mykelti Williamson
Cover Up is an American action/adventure television series that aired for one season on CBS from September 22, 1984 to April 6, 1985. Created by Glen A. Larson, the series stars Jennifer ...more
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Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid
Frank's Place is an American comedy-drama series which aired on CBS for 22 episodes during the 1987-1988 television season. The series was created by Hugh Wilson and executive produced by Wilson ...more
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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more