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The Best 1990s CBS Dramas

Updated June 15, 2019 1.7k votes 146 voters 4.7k views28 items

List RulesVote 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

    Angela Lansbury, William Windom
    This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and...  more

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    Knots Landing

    Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford
    Knots Landing is an American primetime television soap opera that aired from December 27, 1979...  more

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    Picket Fences

    Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt
    Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome,...  more
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    The Nanny

    Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy
    The Nanny (CBS, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc...  more

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    Murphy Brown

    Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud
    Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May...  more

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    Chicago Hope

    Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon
    Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It...  more

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    American Gothic

    Gary Cole, Lucas Black
    American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer...  more

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    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

    Jane Seymour, Joe Lando
    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and...  more

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    Dark Justice

    Carrie-Anne Moss, Janet Gunn
    Dark Justice is an American crime drama about a judge who becomes a vigilante by night so that...  more
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    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner
    Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a...  more

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    Walker, Texas Ranger

    Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr.
    Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS, 1993) is an American action crime television series created by...  more

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    Jake and the Fatman

    William Conrad, Joe Penny
    Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman"...  more

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    #45 of 81 The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever#79 of 116 The Best TV Crime Dramas

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    In the Heat of the Night

    Carroll O'Connor, Howard Rollins
    In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the film and the novel of...  more

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    JAG

    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell
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    JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by...  more

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    Touched by an Angel

    Roma Downey, Della Reese
    Touched by an Angel is an American supernatural drama series that premiered on CBS on...  more

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    Silk Stalkings

    Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture
    Silk Stalkings is a drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991. The...  more

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    Nash Bridges

    Don Johnson, Cheech Marin
    Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred...  more

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    Early Edition

    Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis
    Early Edition is an American television drama series that aired on CBS broadcast network from...  more

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    Diagnosis: Murder

    Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke
    This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark...  more

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    Due South

    Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie
    Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by...  more

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    The Magnificent Seven

    Alexa Vega, Ron Perlman
    The Magnificent Seven is an American western television series based on the 1960 movie, which...  more
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    Under Suspicion

    Karen Sillas, Phillip Casnoff
    Under Suspicion is an American television police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It was created...  more
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    Brooklyn South

    Adam Rodríguez, Dylan Walsh
    Brooklyn South is an American ensemble police drama series that aired on CBS for only one...  more
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    Sweating Bullets

    Fiona Fullerton, Pedro Armendáriz
    Tropical Heat is a Canadian action series produced in cooperation with Mexico and Israel that...  more
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    Promised Land

    Cloris Leachman, Ossie Davis
    Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a...  more