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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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy
Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jerry Cass added Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette
NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more
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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles
The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more
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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn
Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department ...more
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Without a Trace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Without a Trace is an American police procedural television drama series that originally aired on CBS from September 26, 2002, to May 19, 2009. The series follows the cases of a Missing Persons ...more
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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott
The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more
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Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
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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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
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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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more
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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more
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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong
Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more
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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more
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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin
Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer ...more
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JAG is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux
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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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin
The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil
Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine of the same name. Starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Lyle Waggoner as Steve ...more
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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
BabyGirl added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
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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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson
Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more
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Pickett Fences is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Craig Richards
Cory and Topanga realize that a house is not for them after Shawn sells them on working together to fix up their apartment. Meanwhile, Angela and Rachel play the roommate shuffle once again; and ...more
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NCIS: New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jerry Cass added Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan
NCIS: New Orleans is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. It premiered on ...more