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List Rules Vote up your favorite crime dramas that aired on TV in the '80s

In the mood to catch up on the some legendary crime dramas? Well, this list is a place to start! These are the best 1980s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. From some good 80s crime drama series that follow law enforcement agents as they attempt to catch criminals, to others that are about lawyers, to still other top 1980s crime shows that are about undercover cops pretending to be high schoolers.

What shows will you find on this best 1980s crime drama TV shows list? David Hasselhoff got some crime-fighting help from his car KITT in the 80s show Knight Rider. Fun Fact: KITT was actually a customized 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am sports model. T.J. Hooker was also a good crime show that aired in the 1980s.

TV viewers got a look inside the dramatic lives of a group of Hill Street police officers in the 80s crime series Hill Street Blues. Other good shows that appear on this top 1980s crime drama TV shows list include Miami Vice, 21 Jump Street and L.A. Law.

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
21 Jump Street Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Hunter Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke

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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
wideyes added Simon & Simon Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid, Jameson Parker

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
T. J. Hooker William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
wideyes added Hart to Hart Robert Wagner^! Stefanie Powers^! Lionel Stander

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Mike Hammer, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Mike Hammer, Private Eye Stacy Keach, Shannon Whirry, Peter Jason

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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
In the Heat of the Night Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson

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Matt Houston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Matt Houston Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick

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Hardcastle and McCormick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
wideyes added Hardcastle and McCormick Brian Keith^! Daniel Hugh Kelly^! Joe Santos

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added The Equalizer Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Inspector Morse John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately

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Wiseguy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Wiseguy Jonathan Banks, Jim Byrnes, Ken Wahl

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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Miss Marple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Miss Marple Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford, David Horovitch

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Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Crime Story Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan