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The Best 1990s CBS Dramas 

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Updated June 15, 2019 900 votes 135 voters 4.1k views 28 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite CBS dramas that aired on TV in the '90s

These are the best 1990s CBS drama shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 1990s CBS dramas come in many forms. Some good 90s CBS drama TV series were medical dramas, other centered around family life, and still some others were of course crime procedurals. Some of the best 1990s CBS drama shows even leaned towards being sci-fi. 

What series will you find on this best 1990s CBS drama shows list? Chicago Hope gave ER a run for its money during the 1990s. This great CBS drama won several Emmy Awards for its talented cast which included Mandy Patinkin and Christine Lahti. Northern Exposure was also one of the best dramas shows to air on CBS during the 90s.

JAG entertained fans with legal drama centered around the Navy and Murder She Wrote added mystery to CBS in the 90s. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s CBS drama shows list include Picket Fences, Touched By an Angel and Nash Bridges.

Do you have a favorite 90s CBS drama? Vote the best shows to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 12

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woma... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 6

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and starring Jane Seymour who plays Dr. Michaela "Mike" Quinn, a physician who leaves Boston in ...more

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 203

Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 110

Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more

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In the Heat of the Night... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins, Anne-Marie Johnson

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 150

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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 227

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more

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Touched by an Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 211

Touched by an Angel is an American supernatural drama series that premiered on CBS on September 21, 1994, and ran for 211 episodes and nine seasons until its conclusion on April 27, 2003. ...more

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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 8

This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves incidents with the help of his son, a detective played by his ...more

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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 146

The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the ...more

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 344

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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 122

Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special ...more

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Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 141

Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity ...more

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Picket Fences is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome, Wisconsin, created and produced by David E. Kelley. The show initially ran from September 18, 1992, to June ...more
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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 260

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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Alexa Vega, Ron Perlman, Laurie Holden

Premiered: 1998

Number of Episodes: 22

The Magnificent Seven is an American western television series based on the 1960 movie, which was itself a remake of Japanese classic Seven Samurai. The series aired between 1998 and 2000. The ...more
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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 106

Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons ...more

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Due South is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Gross

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 68

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Silk Stalkings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Charlie Brill

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 176

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Early Edition is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 90

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Promised Land is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Cloris Leachman, Ossie Davis, Celeste Holm

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 69

Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a spin-off from another series, Touched by an Angel.
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Dark Justice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Carrie-Anne Moss, Janet Gunn, Dick O'Neill

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 66

Dark Justice is an American crime drama about a judge who becomes a vigilante by night so that he can bring high-level offenders who use technicalities to "escape" the legal system to ...more
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Under Suspicion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Karen Sillas, Phillip Casnoff, Seymour Cassel

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Under Suspicion is an American television police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It was created by Jacqueline Zambrano. Its episodes were broadcast on the CBS network from September 16, 1994 to ...more
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Brooklyn South is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Adam Rodríguez, Dylan Walsh, Titus Welliver

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Brooklyn South is an American ensemble police drama series that aired on CBS for only one season during the 1997–98 television season. The series was co-created by Steven Bochco, Bill Clark, ...more

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Sweating Bullets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Fiona Fullerton, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.

Premiered: 1991

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