CBS The Best CBS Dramas of All Time  

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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
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...more

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Dallas 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 NCIS 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 criminal ...more

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Cold Case 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) 5 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Without a Trace 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) 6 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
The Waltons 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) 7 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Murder, She Wrote Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak Murder, She Wrote is an American television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes ...more

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
The Good Wife 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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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 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
Perry Mason 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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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Lassie 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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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 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

Famous Schizophrenics

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Gunsmoke 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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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 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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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 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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
JAG 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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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 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

The Best 1990s CBS Dramas

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
The Incredible Hulk 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
Wonder Woman 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
Knots Landing 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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Diagnosis: Murder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Diagnosis: Murder Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke, Victoria Rowell Diagnosis: Murder is a mystery/medical/crime drama television series starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a medical doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Kojak 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

The Best Current CBS Shows

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Pickett Fences is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Pickett Fences 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) 24 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Jerry Cass added NCIS: New Orleans 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

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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Nash Bridges 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
BabyGirl added Criminal Minds 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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Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Falcon Crest Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi Falcon Crest is an American primetime television soap opera which aired on the CBS network for nine seasons, from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. A total of 227 episodes were produced. The ...more

The Best Princess Movies

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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 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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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Numbers Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Judd Hirsch Numbers is an American crime drama television series that ran on CBS from January 23, 2005, to March 12, 2010. The series was created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton, and follows FBI ...more

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor. This drama series was a spinoff from a sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Aired from ...more

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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 As the World Turns is an American television soap opera that aired on CBS for 54 years from April 2, 1956 to September 17, 2010. Irna Phillips created As the World Turns as a sister show to her ...more

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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 Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure ...more

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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles, California. The show ran ...more

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best CBS Dramas of All Time
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars ...more

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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 Silk Stalkings is a crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on November 7, 1991, as part of the network's late-night Crimetime After Primetime programming package. Broadcast for two ...more

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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 Central Park West is an American prime time television soap opera that ran from September 1995 to June 1996 on CBS. The series was created and executive produced by Melrose Place's Darren Star. ...more