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The Best 1990s CBS Dramas

Updated June 15, 2019 1.0k votes 139 voters 4.5k 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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    Chicago Hope
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    Chicago Hope

    Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon

    Premiered1994

    Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Murder, She Wrote
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    18

    Murder, She Wrote

    Angela Lansbury, William Windom

    Premiered1984

    This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and... more on Wikipedia

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    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
    36
    20

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

    Jane Seymour, Joe Lando

    Premiered1993

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is an American Western drama series created by Beth Sullivan and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Walker, Texas Ranger
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    18

    Walker, Texas Ranger

    Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr.

    Premiered1993

    Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS, 1993) is an American action crime television series created by... more on Wikipedia
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    Northern Exposure
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    19

    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner

    Premiered1990

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

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    JAG
    26
    20

    JAG

    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell

    Premiered1995

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    Due South
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    17

    Due South

    Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie

    Premiered1994

    Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by... more on Wikipedia

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    Silk Stalkings
    22
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    Silk Stalkings

    Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture

    Premiered1991

    Silk Stalkings is a drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Diagnosis: Murder
    20
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    Diagnosis: Murder

    Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke

    Premiered1993

    This series is a mystery/medical drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark... more on Wikipedia
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    Nash Bridges
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    Nash Bridges

    Don Johnson, Cheech Marin

    Premiered1996

    Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred... more on Wikipedia
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    Knots Landing
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    21

    Knots Landing

    Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford

    Premiered1979

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    Picket Fences
    15
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    Picket Fences

    Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt

    Premiered1992

    Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Nanny
    6
    6

    The Nanny

    Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy

    Premiered1993

    The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Magnificent Seven
    12
    16

    The Magnificent Seven

    Alexa Vega, Ron Perlman

    Premiered1998

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western television series based on the 1960 movie, which... more on Wikipedia
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    American Gothic
    13
    18

    American Gothic

    Gary Cole, Lucas Black

    Premiered1995

    American Gothic is an American horror series created by Shaun Cassidy and executive producer... more on Wikipedia

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    Dark Justice
    11
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    Dark Justice

    Carrie-Anne Moss, Janet Gunn

    Premiered1991

    Dark Justice is an American crime drama about a judge who becomes a vigilante by night so that... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Murphy Brown
    5
    9

    Murphy Brown

    Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud

    Premiered1988

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

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    Under Suspicion
    11
    19

    Under Suspicion

    Karen Sillas, Phillip Casnoff

    Premiered1994

    Under Suspicion is an American television police drama set in Portland, Oregon. It was created... more on Wikipedia
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    Jake and the Fatman
    12
    20

    Jake and the Fatman

    William Conrad, Joe Penny

    Premiered1987

    Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman"... more on Wikipedia
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    In the Heat of the Night
    22
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    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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    Sweating Bullets
    7
    17

    Sweating Bullets

    Fiona Fullerton, Pedro Armendáriz

    Premiered1991

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    Promised Land
    6
    15

    Promised Land

    Cloris Leachman, Ossie Davis

    Premiered1996

    Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Touched by an Angel
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    Touched by an Angel

    Roma Downey, Della Reese

    Premiered1994

    Touched by an Angel is an American supernatural drama series that premiered on CBS on... more on Wikipedia

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    Early Edition
    8
    21

    Early Edition

    Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis

    Premiered1996

    Early Edition is an American television drama series that aired on CBS broadcast network from... more on Wikipedia

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    Central Park West
    7
    19

    Central Park West

    Raquel Welch, John Barrowman

    Premiered1995

    Central Park West is an American prime time television soap opera that ran from September 1995... more on Wikipedia