CBS CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer  

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List Rules Original scripted CBS TV series that should have lasted more seasons

The CBS network has aired some great original scripted television series.  Some were innovative, hilarious, compelling to watch or just plain entertaining.  Many lasted multiple seasons, but some were cut just too soon.  Which of these series were the best and should have lasted longer?

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
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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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim ...more

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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Munsters Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. ...more

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
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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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more

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Numbers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
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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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Judging Amy Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS-TV. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character is a ...more

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more

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Maude is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Maude Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain Maude is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 23, 1978. Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, ...more

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Jericho Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more

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The New Adventures of Old Chri... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The New Adventures of Old Christine Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Clark Gregg, Hamish Linklater The New Adventures of Old Christine is an American sitcom television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It originally ran on CBS from March 13, 2006 to May 12, 2010, completing five seasons. ...more

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Designing Women Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The ...more

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Family Affair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Family Affair Brian Keith, Nancy Walker, Anissa Jones Family Affair is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to March 4, 1971. The series explored the trials of well-to-do civil engineer and bachelor Bill Davis as he ...more

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The Unit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Unit Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson The Unit is an American action-drama television series that focused on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force. The ...more

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Picket Fences is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Picket Fences Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome, Wisconsin, created and produced by David E. Kelley. The show initially ran from September 18, 1992, to June ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more

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Wiseguy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
sidapplebaum added Wiseguy Jonathan Banks, Jim Byrnes, Ken Wahl Wiseguy is an American crime drama series that aired on CBS from September 16, 1987 to December 8, 1990 for a total of 75 episodes. The series was produced by Stephen J. Cannell and was filmed ...more

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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
The Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS from September 26, 1962 to March 23, 1971, starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Lost in Space Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin Allen, filmed by 20th Century Fox Television, and broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, ...more

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
murphycat added 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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Square Pegs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Square Pegs Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Merritt Butrick Square Pegs is an American comedy series that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season. The series follows Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, two awkward teenage girls desperate to fit in at ...more

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Threshold is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Threshold Threshold is a science fiction drama television series that first aired on CBS in September 2005. Produced by Brannon Braga, David S. Goyer and David Heyman, the series focuses on a secret ...more

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber Medium is an American television drama series that premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005, ending its run on that network on June 1, 2009. The series then moved to CBS on September 25, 2009, airing ...more

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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Logan's Run Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name. In the UK, it was shown on the ITV networks on Sunday afternoons.

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
How I Met Your Mother Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

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My Living Doll is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Eddie Wolff-Land added My Living Doll Julie Newmar, Robert Cummings, Henry Beckman My Living Doll is an American science fiction sitcom that aired for 26 episodes on CBS from September 27, 1964 to March 17, 1965. This series was produced by Jack Chertok and was filmed at ...more

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3 lbs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
3 lbs Stanley Tucci, Holly Marie Combs, Indira Varma 3 lbs is a drama that aired on CBS from November 14 to 28, 2006, replacing the cancelled series Smith. The show itself was then canceled three weeks later due to poor ratings. The title refers ...more

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Good Advice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
murphycat added Good Advice Teri Garr, Shelley Long, Christopher McDonald Good Advice is an American situation comedy series that aired for two seasons on CBS from 1993 to 1994. It was co-created and executive produced by Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela; and ...more

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Swingtown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
LindaSpeakes-Brummett added Swingtown Molly Parker, Jack Davenport, Grant Show Swingtown is an American television series created by Mike Kelley as a summer replacement series for CBS. The show was a period and relationship drama about the impact of sexual and social ...more

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Love Monkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Love Monkey Judy Greer, Jason Priestley, Daniel Sunjata Love Monkey is a television series created by Michael Rauch and based on a book of the same name, by Kyle Smith. It starred Tom Cavanagh as a 30-something, single, record executive who navigated ...more

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Partners is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list CBS TV Series That Should Have Lasted Longer
Partners Kelsey Grammer, Martin Lawrence, Rory O'Malley Two life-long best friends and business partners “bromance” is tested when one of them is engaged to be married. Joe is an accomplished architect who leads with his head and not his heart, ...more