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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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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello Beauty and the Beast is an American drama series which first aired on CBS in 1987. Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the fairy tale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent, a ...more

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Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
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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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Crazy like a Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five ...more

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Cover Up is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Emerald Point N.A.S. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Sela Ward, Jill St. John, Susan Dey Emerald Point N.A.S is an American television drama starring Dennis Weaver that premiered on CBS on Monday, September 26, 1983. It was cancelled in 1984 after twenty-two weeks, its final episode ...more

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The Law & Harry McGraw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Jerry Orbach, Barbara Babcock, Peter Haskell The Law & Harry McGraw is an American TV series that ran on CBS from September 27, 1987 to February 10, 1988. It is a spin-off from the mystery series Murder, She Wrote.

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Downtown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Gregory Gilmore Downtown is an animated series on MTV on urban life, based on interviews with real people. The show follows a diverse and multiracial cast who live in New York City, and presents their everyday ...more

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Blue Skies (1988) is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Blue Skies (1988) Tom Wopat, Pat Hingle, Season Hubley Blue Skies is an American drama that aired from June 13 until August 1, 1988.

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The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Frank Welker, Roddy McDowall, Douglas Barr The Wizard is a live-action, family friendly, action/adventure series created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Paul B. Radin. The series included lessons in diversity, friendship, ...more

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The Oldest Rookie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Paul Sorvino, Marshall Bell, Raymond J. Barry The Oldest Rookie is an American crime drama that aired from September 16, 1987 until January 13, 1988.

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Bring 'Em Back Alive is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Cindy Morgan, Bruce Boxleitner, Clyde Kusatsu Bring 'Em Back Alive is an adventure television series starring Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan and Ron O'Neal. The series was shown in the United States from September 1982 to May 1983. Set in ...more

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Mr. Merlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Barnard Hughes, Elaine Joyce, Jonathan Prince Mr. Merlin is an American sitcom that ran for one season, from 1981 to 1982, about Merlin the wizard, who is immortal, living in modern-day San Francisco, and disguised as Max Merlin, a ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Dirty Dancing Constance Marie, Melora Hardin, Paul Feig Dirty Dancing is a 1988 television series on the CBS network. It is based on the film Dirty Dancing but had none of the original cast or staff. It stars Patrick Cassidy as Johnny and Melora ...more