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The Best 1980s NBC Dramas

Updated March 29, 2019 732 votes 136 voters 2.3k views23 items

List RulesVote up your favorite NBC dramas that aired in the '80s

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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    The A-Team
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    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about... more on Wikipedia

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    Amazing Stories
    37
    18

    Amazing Stories

    Charles Durning, Douglas Seale

    Premiered1985

    Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created... more on Wikipedia

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    St. Elsewhere
    23
    16

    St. Elsewhere

    Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels

    Premiered1982

    St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Crime Story
    20
    16

    Crime Story

    Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich

    Premiered1986

    Crime Story is an American television drama, created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson,... more on Wikipedia

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    Matlock
    19
    17

    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl

    Premiered1986

    Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Knight Rider
    21
    21

    Knight Rider

    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare

    Premiered1982

    Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Hunter
    17
    15

    Hunter

    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer

    Premiered1984

    Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    In the Heat of the Night
    16
    15

    In the Heat of the Night

    Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins

    Premiered1988

    In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Night Court
    9
    5

    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    CHiPs
    18
    19

    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

    CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Hill Street Blues
    25
    31

    Hill Street Blues

    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren

    Premiered1981

    Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Remington Steele
    15
    18

    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

    Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael... more on Wikipedia

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    The Yellow Rose
    14
    17

    The Yellow Rose

    Cybill Shepherd, Sam Elliott

    Premiered1983

    The Yellow Rose is an American television series. It was broadcast on the NBC network during... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Highway to Heaven
    9
    17

    Highway to Heaven

    Michael Landon, Victor French

    Premiered1984

    Highway to Heaven is an American television drama series which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Dear John
    2
    6

    Dear John

    Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns

    Premiered1988

    Dear John is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1988 to 1992. The series was originally... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Bay City Blues
    9
    17

    Bay City Blues

    Michael Nouri, Pat Corley

    Premiered1983

    Bay City Blues is an American comedy-drama series that aired on NBC from October 1983 to... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    L.A. Law
    2
    8

    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

    Premiered1986

    L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Rousters
    9
    19

    The Rousters

    Mimi Rogers, Jim Varney

    Premiered1983

    The Rousters is a 1983 NBC television series about a group of modern-day bounty hunters who... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Our House
    7
    17

    Our House

    Shannen Doherty, Heather O'Rourke

    Premiered1986

    Our House is an American television drama series that aired on NBC for two seasons from... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    A Year in the Life
    7
    16

    A Year in the Life

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Peterson

    Premiered1987

    A Year in the Life is a 1986 Emmy Award–winning miniseries and a one-hour dramatic series that... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Misfits of Science
    7
    16

    Misfits of Science

    Courteney Cox, Kevin Peter Hall

    Premiered1985

    Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Boone
    7
    17

    Boone

    Amanda Peterson, Robyn Lively

    Premiered1983

    Boone is a dramatic television series which was broadcast on NBC from 1983 to 1984. It starred... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Father Murphy
    4
    18

    Father Murphy

    Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon

    Premiered1981

    Father Murphy is an American western drama series that aired on the NBC network from November... more on Wikipedia