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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.

Which 80s crime show is the best? Vote up your favorites now!

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added 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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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more

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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and starring Fred Dryer as Sgt. Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer as Sgt. Dee Dee McCall, which ran on NBC from ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
wideyes added Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of the same title. It starred Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard ...more

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
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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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police ...more

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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
wideyes added 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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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV 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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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito Quincy, M.E. is an American television series from Universal Studios that aired from October 3, 1976, to September 5, 1983, on NBC. It stars Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter Deluise 21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. ...more

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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Sherlock Holmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Jeremy Brett, Charles Gray, Edward Hardwicke Sherlock Holmes is the name given to the TV series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by British television company Granada Television between 1984 and 1994, with the first two series ...more

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added 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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Mike Hammer, Private Eye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Stacy Keach, Shannon Whirry, Peter Jason Mike Hammer, Private Eye is an American syndicated television program based on the adventures of the fictitious private detective Mike Hammer, created by novelist Mickey Spillane. The show ...more

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Hardcastle and McCormick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
wideyes added Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. ...more

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles, California. The show ran ...more

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Dempsey & Makepeace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Suzi Quatro, Glynis Barber, Michael Brandon Dempsey and Makepeace is a British television crime drama made by London Weekend Television for ITV, created and produced by Ranald Graham. The leading roles were played by Michael Brandon and ...more

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Riptide is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kelly Preston, Anne Francis, Richard Lewis Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from December 3, 1983 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray. It was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. ...more

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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
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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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV 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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The Bill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin, Jeff Stewart The Bill is a British police procedural television series that was broadcast on the ITV network from 16 October 1984 until 31 August 2010. The programme originated from a one-off drama, entitled ...more

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Taggart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie Taggart is a British detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler, who wrote many of the episodes, and made by STV Productions for the ITV network. The series revolved around a ...more

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Juliet Bravo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
David Ellison, Noel Collins, Stephanie Turner Juliet Bravo is a British television series, which ran on BBC1 between 1980 and 1985. The theme of the series concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in the ...more

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Sledge Hammer! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page Sledge Hammer! is an American satirical police sitcom produced by New World Television that ran for two seasons on ABC from 1986 to 1988. The series was created by Alan Spencer and stars David ...more

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The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Gordon Jackson, Lewis Collins, Martin Shaw The Professionals is a British crime-action television drama series produced by Avengers Mk1 Productions and London Weekend Television that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983. In all, 57 ...more

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Matt Houston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
1491971760840 added Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick Matt Houston is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. Created by Lawrence Gordon, the series was produced by Aaron Spelling.

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately Inspector Morse is a British detective drama television series based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter. It starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis. The ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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Wiseguy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Jonathan Banks, Jim Byrnes, Ken Wahl Wiseguy is an American crime drama series that aired on CBS from September 16, 1987 to December 8, 1990 for a total of 75 episodes. The series was produced by Stephen J. Cannell and was filmed ...more

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Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan Crime Story is an American television drama, created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson, that premiered in 1986 and ran for two seasons on NBC. The executive producer was Michael Mann, who ...more

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Miss Marple is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 1980s Crime Drama TV Shows
Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford, David Horovitch Miss Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It starred Joan Hickson in the title role, and aired from 1984 to 1992. All 12 ...more