TV The Best 1980s Procedurals  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite procedurals that aired in the '80s.

Help decide which shows make this list of the best 1980s procedurals! With so many top procedural dramas from the 80s, it can be hard picking just one. Is your favorite 80s procedural drama about cops, detectives, or an ingenious troubleshooter? You may recognize many of the titles in this list of 80s procedural dramas, as a few of them have been remade recently.

Other procedurals you may have forgotten about include Matlock, which stars Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock. While many procedurals from this era are set in a police station, Matlock spent most of its time seeking justice in the courtroom. Macgyver, starring Richard Dean Anderson, Bruce McGill, and Dana Elcar spent much of its time trotting around the globe.

Police procedurals are often gritty and dark, but sunny skies and blue waters made Hawaii Five-0 stand-out from the pack. Other great series that appear on this top 1980s procedurals list include Murder She Wrote, Barnaby Jones, and Jake and the Fat Man.

With so many 80s procedural dramas, it can be hard to rank them all. Think a show should be higher? Vote it up! If you don’t see your favorite 1980s procedural drama listed, be sure to add it.

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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

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

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Jake and the Fatman William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell

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B. J. and the Bear is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
B. J. and the Bear Greg Evigan, Eric Server, Linda McCullough

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Hardcastle and McCormick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Hardcastle and McCormick Brian Keith, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Joe Santos

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

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J.J. Starbuck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
J.J. Starbuck Jimmy Dean, Ben Vereen, Patrick O'Neal

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Taggart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Procedurals
Taggart Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie