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There was a lot of tremendous TV in the 80s, and these are the very best 1980s CBS shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. Since this is a list of the overall best shows, some of these good 80s CBS series are dramas while some of these other great shows are comedies, obviously. Many of the best 1980s CBS TV series are still popular today when they air in syndication as reruns. This isn't too surprising since many of these shows are considered all time classics. 

What series will you find on this best 1980s CBS shows list? When M*A*S*H ended in 1983, the series finale became the most watched final episode of all time, a statistic that still holds to this day. The final episode was co-written and directed by the series' star, Alan Alda. Designing Women was also a popular 80s CBS TV series.

Charles in Charge, starring Scott Baio ran on CBS from 1984 – 1990 and Jake and the Fatman was a hit for the network in the late-1980s. Other good shows that appear on this list of top 1980s CBS shows include T.J. Hooker, Cagney & Lacey and Murphy Brown.

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi
M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more
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55 27
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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47 30
Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts
Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The ...more
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41 24
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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36 20
Alice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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36 22
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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37 25
Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed
Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May 22, 1989 on CBS, starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin as two divorced women, both with ...more
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35 24
Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli
Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more
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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more
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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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25 24
Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield
Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure ...more
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Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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21 27
Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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22 30
Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Private Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Craig T. Nelson, Eileen Brennan, Wendie Jo Sperber
Private Benjamin is an American sitcom based on the movie of the same name. The show aired on CBS from April 6, 1981, to January 10, 1983. Eileen Brennan, who reprised her role from the film, ...more
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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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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Square Pegs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Merritt Butrick
Square Pegs is an American comedy series that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season. The series follows Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, two awkward teenage girls desperate to fit in at ...more
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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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
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Crazy like a Fox is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Shows
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.