Complete list of 1980s American detective shows

Below is a list of American detective shows from the 1980s. This includes shows that started in the 1970s and continued into the 80s, as well as shows that started in the 1980s and continued into the 90s.

Eventually, I hope to reorganize this list more chronologically rather than alphabetically, and to add more details about each show.

If you are interested in reading more about detective shows of the 1980s, you might enjoy my blog post about my impressions of some of the more popular 1980s detective shows.

  • 21 Jump Street
  • Ace Crawford… Private Eye
  • B. J. and the Bear
  • B. L. Stryker
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Beverly Hills Buntz
  • Booker
  • Cagney & Lacey
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • CHiPs
  • Columbo
  • Crazy Like a Fox
  • Crime Story
  • Dragnet
  • Father Dowling Mysteries
  • Hardcastle and McCormick
  • Hart to Hart
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Hawaiian Heat
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Hunter
  • In the Heat of the Night
  • J. J. Starbuck
  • Jake and the Fatman
  • Lady Blue
  • The Law and Harry McGraw
  • Leg Work
  • MacGruder and Loud
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • Mancuso, FBI
  • Matlock
  • Matt Houston
  • Miami Vice
  • Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer
  • Midnight Caller
  • Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
  • Moonlighting
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Nero Wolfe
  • Night Court (comedy)
  • Ohara
  • Partners in Crime
  • Philip Marlowe, Private Eye
  • Police Squad! (comedy)
  • Probe
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • Remington Steele
  • Riptide
  • The Rockford Files
  • Simon & Simon
  • Sledge Hammer! (comedy)
  • Sonny Spoon
  • Snoops
  • Spenser: For Hire
  • Stingray
  • Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
  • T. J. Hooker
  • Today’s FBI
  • True Blue
  • Tucker’s Witch
  • Unsub
  • Vega$
  • Wiseguy
  • Wolf

If you believe that there are any shows that are missing from this list, please let me know in the comments.

[This page was last updated on April 26th, 2020.]

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