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The Best 1980s CBS Dramas

Updated December 30, 2018 1.2k votes 177 voters 2.7k views34 items

List RulesVote up your favorite CBS dramas that aired on TV in the '80s

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.

Which great CBS series is the best? Vote for your favorites!
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  • Murder, She Wrote1
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    Murder, She Wrote

    Angela Lansbury, William Windom

    Premiered1984

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  • Beauty and the Beast2
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Linda Hamilton, Ron Perlman

    Premiered1987

    Beauty and the Beast (CBS, 1987) is an American drama television series created by Ron Koslow.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Magnum, P.I.3
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private... more on Wikipedia
  • Falcon Crest4
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    Falcon Crest

    Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas

    Premiered1981

    Falcon Crest is an American primetime television soap opera which aired on the CBS network for... more on Wikipedia

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  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King5
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    Scarecrow and Mrs. King

    Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner

    Premiered1983

    Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series that aired from October 3, 1983, to... more on Wikipedia

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  • T. J. Hooker6
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    T. J. Hooker

    William Shatner, Heather Locklear

    Premiered1982

    This show is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title... more on Wikipedia

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  • Simon & Simon7
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    Simon & Simon

    Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid

    Premiered1981

    Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Dukes of Hazzard8
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network... more on Wikipedia
  • Newhart9
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

    Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October... more on Wikipedia
  • The Incredible Hulk10
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    The Incredible Hulk

    Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno

    Premiered1977

    The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The... more on Wikipedia

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  • Charles in Charge11
    16
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    Charles in Charge

    Scott Baio, Willie Aames

    Premiered1984

    Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old... more on Wikipedia
  • Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer12
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    Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer

    Yvette Vickers, Stacy Keach

    Premiered1958

    Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer is the title used for two syndicated television series that... more on Wikipedia
  • Lou Grant13
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    Lou Grant

    Edward Asner, Robert Walden

    Premiered1977

    Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a... more on Wikipedia
  • Cagney & Lacey14
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    Cagney & Lacey

    Tyne Daly, Al Waxman

    Premiered1982

    Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television... more on Wikipedia

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  • Knots Landing15
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    Knots Landing

    Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford

    Premiered1979

    Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Equalizer16
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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
  • WKRP in Cincinnati17
    9
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cover Up18
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    Cover Up

    Jennifer O'Neill, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1984

    Cover Up is an American action/adventure television series that aired for one season on CBS... more on Wikipedia
  • Frank's Place19
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    Frank's Place

    Tim Reid, Robert Harper

    Premiered1987

    Frank's Place is an American comedy-drama series which aired on CBS for 22 episodes during the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers20
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  • Airwolf21
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    Airwolf

    Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord

    Premiered1984

    Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mr. Merlin22
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    Mr. Merlin

    Barnard Hughes, Elaine Joyce

    Premiered1981

    Mr. Merlin is an American sitcom that ran for one season, from 1981 to 1982, about Merlin the... more on Wikipedia
  • Crazy like a Fox23
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    Crazy like a Fox

    Jack Warden, John Rubinstein

    Premiered1984

    Crazy Like a Fox is an American television series set in San Francisco, California, that aired... more on Wikipedia
  • The Law & Harry McGraw24
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    The Law & Harry McGraw

    Jerry Orbach, Barbara Babcock

    Premiered1987

    The Law & Harry McGraw is an American TV series that ran on CBS from September 27, 1987 to... more on Wikipedia
  • Jake and the Fatman25
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    Jake and the Fatman

    William Conrad, Joe Penny

    Premiered1987

    Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman"... more on Wikipedia

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