Drama Shows The Best 1980s NBC Dramas  

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These are the best 1980s NBC dramas, ranked from best to worst by your votes. Some good 80s NBC drama shows follow crime-fighting detectives and others explore the personal lives of relatable family figures. A few of the greatest 1980s NBC drama shows even feature elements of sci-fi.

What shows will you find on this best 1980s NBC dramas list? Matlock, starring the late, great Andy Griffith has to appear near the top. When it comes to TV lawyers, the title character's laid-back demeanor proved to be endlessly entertaining. Hill Street Blues is another good show that aired on NBC in the 1980s.

A talking car plus David Hasselhoff equaled a bonafide hit TV series in Knight Rider. Other great series featured on this top 1980s NBC dramas list include The A-Team, St. Elsewhere and Amazing Stories.Which 1980s NBC drama TV show deserves the top spot on this list?

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove ...more

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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Hunter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and in 1992 was somewhat erratically screened ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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Highway to Heaven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Michael Landon, Victor French Highway to Heaven is an American television drama series which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989. The series aired for five seasons, running a total of 111 episodes. It was shot entirely in ...more

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Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
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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The Yellow Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Cybill Shepherd, Sam Elliott, Deborah Shelton The Yellow Rose is an American television series. It was broadcast on the NBC network during the 1983-1984 season. It was produced by Paul Freeman. The series was at least partly inspired by the ...more

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Our House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Shannen Doherty, Heather O'Rourke, Wilford Brimley Our House is an American television drama series that aired on NBC for two seasons from September 11, 1986 to May 8, 1988. The series centers on the Witherspoon family and the challenges they ...more

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Bay City Blues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Michael Nouri, Pat Corley, Kelly Harmon Bay City Blues is an American comedy-drama series that aired on NBC from October 1983 to November 1983. The series stars Michael Nouri, Dennis Franz, and Pat Corley, and was created and produced ...more

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The Rousters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
The Rousters Mimi Rogers, Jim Varney, Chad Everett The Rousters is a 1983 NBC television series about a group of modern-day bounty hunters who are descendants of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. Despite advertising claims that this series would ...more

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A Year in the Life is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Peterson, Adam Arkin A Year in the Life is a 1986 Emmy Award–winning miniseries and a one-hour dramatic series that ran on NBC during the 1987–1988 television season, created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey. The ...more

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Father Murphy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Timothy Gibbs Father Murphy is an American western drama series that aired on the NBC network from November 3, 1981 to September 18, 1983. Michael Landon created the series, was the executive producer, and ...more

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Misfits of Science is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Courteney Cox, Kevin Peter Hall, Max Wright Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from October 1985 to February 1986. It features super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. A ...more

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Boone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Dramas
Amanda Peterson, Robyn Lively, Barry Corbin Boone is a dramatic television series which was broadcast on NBC from 1983 to 1984. It starred Tom Byrd and Barry Corbin. Byrd played teenager Boone Sawyer, who aspires to a career in rock and ...more