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The Best 1990s CBS Dramas  

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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
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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen
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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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin
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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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson
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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux
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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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s CBS 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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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell
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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Touched by an Angel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Roma Downey, Della Reese, John Dye
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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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark
Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979 to May 13, 1993 on CBS. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los ...more
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Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly
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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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
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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Picket Fences is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly
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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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis
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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American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco
American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer Sam Raimi. The show first aired on CBS on September 22, 1995, and was cancelled after a single season ...more
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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Alexa Vega, Ron Perlman, Laurie Holden
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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Due South is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Gross
Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by Paul Haggis, produced by Alliance Communications, and stars Paul Gross, David Marciano, Gordon ...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
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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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli
Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more
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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
Silk Stalkings is a drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991. The show was creator Stephen J. Cannell's longest running series. Its title is a wordplay on silk
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Promised Land is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Cloris Leachman, Ossie Davis, Celeste Holm
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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Early Edition is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens
Early Edition is an American television drama series that aired on CBS broadcast network from September 28, 1996 to May 27, 2000. Set in the city of Chicago, Illinois, it follows the adventures ...more
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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
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
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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Sweating Bullets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Fiona Fullerton, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.
Tropical Heat is a Canadian action series produced in cooperation with Mexico and Israel that aired between 1991 and 1993. The plot revolves around private investigator, ex-DEA agent Nick ...more
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L.A. Doctors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s CBS Dramas
Ken Olin, Matt Craven, Rick Roberts
L.A. Doctors is an American medical drama television series set in a Los Angeles primary care practice. It ran on CBS during the 1998-99 season.