TV The Best CBS Dramas of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite drama shows that have aired on CBS network

When television was introduced into homes around the world, there were only three channels - ABC, CBS, and NBC. This list has been ranked by men and women television to rank the best dramas on the Columbia Broadcasting system or CBS.

From cartoons, to variety programs, to daytime, to dramas, television gives us a myriad of dramatic programs to be endlessly entertained and informed by. Answering the question, “What is the best CBS drama of all time?” this list includes top comedies dramas like "Dallas," "Northern Exposure," "The Good Wife," and "Murder, She Wrote."

Vote up your favorite CBS dramas below or vote down the shows you absolutely couldn't stand.
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165 63
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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77 84
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

3
60 24
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jerry Cass added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

4
89 82
Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Without a Trace Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste

5
100 84
Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Cold Case Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

6
81 83
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

7
85 76
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak

8
69 61
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

9
76 83
Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Walker, Texas Ranger Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

10
75 70
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

11
65 52
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Lassie June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin

12
92 69
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

13
75 66
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

14
67 73
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

15
57 66
Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin

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63 75
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Chad Allen

17
72 61
JAG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

18
71 60
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

19
70 61
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

20
68 65
Kojak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

21
39 71
Pickett Fences is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Pickett Fences Craig Richards

22
52 66
Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell

23
42 76
Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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47 69
Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Nash Bridges Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

25
23 24
NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jerry Cass added NCIS: New Orleans Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan

26
33 74
Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Falcon Crest Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi

27
57 70
Numbers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch

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46 60
Chicago Hope is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Chicago Hope Carla Gugino, Mark Harmon, Lauren Holly

29
47 62
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams

30
3 0
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
BabyGirl added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

31
22 75
As the World Turns is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
As the World Turns Julianne Moore, Sarah Hyland, Ming-Na Wen

32
39 66
Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Trapper John, M.D. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield

33
39 67
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

34
35 61
Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

35
33 67
Silk Stalkings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Silk Stalkings Rob Estes, Mitzi Kapture, Charlie Brill

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6 53
Central Park West is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
badromance80 added Central Park West Raquel Welch, John Barrowman, Lauren Hutton