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1. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)
Episode: Try a Little Tenderness (1984)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.8
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Writers: Don Nicholl, Michael Ross, Bernard West, Norman Lear, George Scott, Joe Rosario | Director: Oz Scott | Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Roxie Roker, Franklin Cover

2. Centennial (1978 TV Mini-Series)

1,256 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain, Robert Conrad

3. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.9
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The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Creators: James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, Ed. Weinberger | Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

4. The Waltons (1971–1981)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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The life and trials of a 1930's mountain family.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

5. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
Episode: To Touch the Moon (1984)

60 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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A terminally ill boy takes in another boy who's continually in trouble with the law in an effort to help both his mother and the troubled boy.

Writer: Michael Landon | Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, Barret Oliver, Tony La Torre

6. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.5
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A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

7. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.4
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Creators: Glen A. Larson, Lou Shaw | Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

8. Mr. Merlin (1981–1982)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.4
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The misadventures of Merlin the Magician and his apprentice in modern San Francisco.

Creators: Larry Rosen, Larry Tucker | Stars: Barnard Hughes, Clark Brandon, Jonathan Prince, Elaine Joyce

9. Matt Houston (1982–1985)
Episode: The Kidnapping (1982)

Crime, Drama

7.4
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The son of an Arab King is kidnapped while they're on his private plane while in flight. Later on recommendation of the his personal pilot, an old friend of Houston's, he hires Houston. The... See full summary »

Creator: Lawrence Gordon | Director: Barbara Peeters | Stars: Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, John Aprea, Paul Brinegar

10. Code Red (1981–1982)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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A fire chief and his family work together in a city's fire department.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Julie Adams, Andrew Stevens, Sam J. Jones

11. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Parting Shots (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The 14th Precinct suffers the loss of one of their own, as Cagney and Lacey work to find out who shot and killed Det. Newman.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Georg Stanford Brown | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

12. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Turn, Turn, Turn: Part 2 (1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

13. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Burn Out (1983)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Chris poses as a nun as part of an investigation into missing drugs from a hospital. Meanwhile, Mary Beth vanishes after a last-minute vacation cancellation.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Don Weis | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

14. Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
Episode: Hit Jennifer Hart (1979)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.9
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When Jonathan breaks up a semi-slavery ring, the manager running it sends a hit man to pretend to be Jennifer's cousin and terminate her.

Creator: Sidney Sheldon | Director: Tom Mankiewicz | Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Craig Wasson

15. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Turn, Turn, Turn: Part 1 (1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

16. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Schedule One (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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In the fifth-season opener, Cagney, Lacey and Lieutenant Samuels are forced to investigate one of their own. It starts when a junkie's broad-daylight burglary makes him easy prey for Cagney... See full summary »

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

17. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Stars: Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen, Martin Kove

18. Hart to Hart (1979–1984)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.7
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The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Creator: Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander, Lee Wilkof

19. The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979 TV Movie)

104 min | Drama

6.7
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The mysterious owner of a costume shop rents a Santa Claus suit to three very different men: a math teacher trying to get the nerve to propose, a homeless restaurateur trying to hide from ... See full summary »

Writers: Leonard Gershe, George Kirgo | Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gary Burghoff, John Byner, Bert Convy

20. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Act of Conscience (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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The new replacement for Mary Beth comes with a history the 14th Precinct doesn't like--he broke the blue wall of silence when other police were taking bribes, and the Desk Sergeant is taking bets on how long his stay with them will be.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Jan Eliasberg | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

21. Matt Houston (1982–1985)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Each week Matt Houston, a successful private investigator, takes on a new case. The cases usually involve murder, and always involve beautiful women in skimpy outfits. Drawing on his years ... See full summary »

Creator: Lawrence Gordon | Stars: Lee Horsley, Pamela Hensley, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Cis Rundle

22. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: The Informant (1983)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Cagney and Lacey have a high school drug case blow up in their faces when it turns out their teenage informant is a drug pusher hiself.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Michael Vejar | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

23. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)

60 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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A probationary angel sent back to earth teams with an ex-cop to help people.

Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, James Troesh, Margie Impert

24. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Beauty Burglars (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Cagney and Lacey head a task force to track down a pair of burglars posing as police officers.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

25. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Conduct Unbecoming (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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As the 14th Precinct eagerly awaits the results of their shared lottery ticket, Cagney and Lacey risk their careers by helping a suspended officer crack an illegal gun ring.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

26. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Disenfranchised (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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After a girl accuses her father of molesting her younger sister, Cagney and Lacey are forced to take action to keep the girls safe.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

27. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Family Connections (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Chris races to get a laboring Mary Beth to the hospital before the baby comes out. Meanwhile, she has to deal with her father's new girlfriend.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Martin Kove

28. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Hot Line (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Cagney and Lacey try to uncover the connection between 3 strangled women and an adult telephone line.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

29. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Old Flames (1988)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Harvey, Jr. stuns his parents on his 18th birthday by announcing he's enlisting with the Marines.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Martin Kove

30. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Old Ghosts (1985)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Chris is accused of being a coward when a robbery suspect eludes her in a chase. Meanwhile, her brother, Brian, comes from California to check on their father.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Georg Stanford Brown | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

31. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: The Gang's All Here (1983)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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The gang from the 14th precinct are robbed at a celebration for Petrie's promotion, and set out to bring the perpetrators to justice before they become the laughingstock of the NYPD.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Christian I. Nyby II | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

32. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Affirmative Action (1983)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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When the 14th precinct is assigned another female detective, Mary Beth and Chris don't agree on whether she's qualified to be there or not.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Peter Levin | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

33. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: High Steel (1982)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Lacey's husband assists the pair in cracking down on a crooked construction firm that is responsible for the death of a worker.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

34. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Recreational Use (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Cagney becomes involved with a fellow detective who uses cocaine and must make a difficult decision whether to let it go or turn him in.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

35. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Who Says It's Fair: Part 1 (1985)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Mary Beth ignores a lump in her breast, while Chris and Harvey beg her to get the care she needs. Meanwhile, the mother of a missing child feels she'd get more attention if her son were white.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

36. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Who Says It's Fair: Part 2 (1985)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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With Christine busy looking for a missing child and getting ready for the sergeant's exam, Mary Beth prepares for her breast surgery.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

37. Nine to Five (1982–1988)

30 min | Comedy

6.3
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The sit-com takes us into the further adventures of the characters from the movie of the same name.

Stars: Rachel Dennison, Valerie Curtin, Sally Struthers, Edward Winter

38. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: American Dream (1985)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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When a series of arsons all seem to benefit the same company, Cagney and Lacey uncover an extortion operation.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Sharron Miller | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

39. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Chop Shop (1983)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Isbecki becomes a hostage after Cagney and Lacey fail to back him up properly. Meanwhile, when Petrie accidentally shoots a black child, the department thinks the uproar will go away if the public sees Petrie is black, too.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

40. Taxi (1978–1983)
Episode: Jim and the Kid (1982)

TV-PG | Comedy

6.3
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When a runaway boy is discovered in the back of a cab, Jim takes him home and decides to adopt him and raise him as his own son, naively unaware that such a course is impossible and illegal.

Writers: James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, Ed. Weinberger, David Lloyd | Director: Michael Zinberg | Stars: Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza

41. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Model Citizens (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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To find the murderer of a labor leader, Cagney and Lacey must first find out why anyone would want the apparently squeaky-clean man dead. In the meantime, Cagney gets a visit from her niece.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Jeffrey Hayden | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Martin Kove

42. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: No Vacancy (1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Cagney and Lacey's guarding of a mentally ill witness is complicated by his refusal to take his medication.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Sharon Gless, Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

43. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: One of Our Own (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A cop accidentally gets in the line of fire of a hit man's bullet and everyone at the 14th comes together to bring him in.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

44. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Out of Control (1984)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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When a captured burglar swears he never uses a gun, it sends Cagney and Lacey to figure out how a shooting also occurred at the scene of the crime. Dory finally feels it's time for Christine to meet his children.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

45. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Suffer the Children (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Cagney and Lacey become involved in an investigation of child abuse and possible murder when they rescue a child from a window ledge.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Tyne Daly, Meg Foster, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

46. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Innocents (1979)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.3
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The parents who work at Picket's defense plant leave their children in the parking lot while the parents work. Olivia wants to open a day care in Picket's bar room for the workers. Guess who wins? Ike learns to dance.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Juliet Law Packer | Director: Gwen Arner | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

47. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: The Rapist (1986)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Mary Beth's energetic replacement turns vigilante when she angers over the time it's taking to get to arrest a suspected rapist.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

48. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: To Sir, with Love (1987)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Cagney and Lacey get placed in charge of planning a banquet to award Lt. Samuels with the Distinguished Service Award.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

49. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: Witness to an Incident (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Cagney and Lacey come into conflict when they remember the events of the shooting of a civilian differently.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly

50. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)
Episode: A Cry for Help (1983)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A con man has to be let go because he had nothing on him when arrested, so Cagney and Lacey have to find a way to get him with the goods. Meanwhile, a fellow police academy graduate of Mary Beth's is a wife-beater.

Creators: Barbara Avedon, Barbara Corday | Director: Barbara Peeters | Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Carl Lumbly