1981 Fall TV Schedule

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1. Best of the West (1981–1982)

30 min | Comedy, Western

The Wild West misadventures of a mild-mannered store owner turned town Marshal.

Stars: Joel Higgins, Carlene Watkins, Meeno Peluce, Valri Bromfield

Votes: 177

ABC

2. Bret Maverick (1981–1982)

60 min | Drama, Western

Set in Sweetwater, Arizona in the 1880s with solid citizen Bret owning a ranch and part of the Red Ox Saloon. Stable cast with varying stories, often centered on conflict between the ambitious sheriff and everyone else.

Stars: James Garner, Ed Bruce, Ramon Bieri, Richard Hamilton

Votes: 263

NBC

3. Code Red (1981–1982)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief's family and crew.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Andrew Stevens, Martina Deignan, Julie Adams

Votes: 101

ABC

4. Darkroom (1981–1982)

60 min | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

An anthology horror/thriller series, along the same lines as "Twilight Zone" or "Night Gallery." Each week features a new story and a new cast.

Stars: James Coburn, Helen Hunt, Randy Powell, Quinn Cummings

Votes: 214

ABC

5. Falcon Crest (1981–1990)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

Set in the vineyards of California, this prime-time soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family, owners of the vast Falcon Crest Winery.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi, David Selby

Votes: 2,597

CBS

6. The Fall Guy (1981–1986)

60 min | Action, Adventure

The adventures of a film stuntman who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.

Stars: Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Markie Post

Votes: 4,875

ABC

7. Father Murphy (1981–1983)

Not Rated | 48 min | Drama, Family, Western

John Murphy leads a struggle against a mining boss causing some children to be orphaned. Assuming responsibility, he poses as a priest to circumvent authorities. He and schoolteacher Mae ... See full summary »

Stars: Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Timothy Gibbs, Moses Gunn

Votes: 196

NBC

8. Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler

Votes: 1,987

NBC

9. Jessica Novak (1981– )

Drama

Jessica Novak, a news reporter for KLA-TV, does human interest stories and exposes.

Stars: Helen Shaver, David Spielberg, Andrew Rubin, Kip Gilman

CBS

11. Love, Sidney (1981–1983)

30 min | Comedy

A middle-aged gay artist shares his New York apartment with a single mother and her little girl.

Stars: Tony Randall, Swoosie Kurtz, Kaleena Kiff, Chip Zien

Votes: 194

NBC

12. Maggie (I) (1981–1982)

30 min | Comedy

This comedy found humor in the everyday lives of housewife Maggie Weston and her family who lived in Dayton, Ohio.

Stars: Miriam Flynn, James Hampton, Margie Impert, Judith-Marie Bergan

ABC

13. McClain's Law (1981–1982)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Jim McClain was a cop and after being injured and deemed unfit for duty he was retired and for the past fifteen years was working on a fishing boat. One day he and his partner sell their ... See full summary »

Stars: James Arness, Marshall Colt, George DiCenzo, Carl Franklin

Votes: 51

NBC

14. Mr. Merlin (1981–1982)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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

Stars: Barnard Hughes, Clark Brandon, Jonathan Prince, Elaine Joyce

Votes: 179

CBS

15. Open All Night (1981–1982)

30 min | Comedy

Gordon Feester runs a 24-hour convenience store, where something amusing is always going on.

Stars: George Dzundza, Susan Tyrrell, Sam Whipple, Jay Tarses

Votes: 67

ABC

16. Shannon (1981–1982)

60 min | Drama, Crime

Jack Shannon is a New York cop and a single father. He decides to move to San Francisco so that his late wife's parents can help him take care of his son. So he calls in a few favors to get... See full summary »

Stars: Kevin Dobson, Michael Durrell, Charles Fields, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 13

CBS

17. Simon & Simon (1981–1989)

60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver, Tim Reid

Votes: 3,439

CBS

18. Strike Force (1981–1982)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Captain Frank Murphy is in charge of a division that only handles the most difficult cases of the Los Angeles police department. He has assembled a diverse team to take on the craftiest criminals.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dorian Harewood, Richard Romanus, Michael Goodwin

Votes: 56

ABC

19. Today's F.B.I. (1981–1982)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The cases of the modern post-J. Edger Hoover US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stars: Mike Connors, Joseph Cali, Carol Potter, Rick Hill

Votes: 44

ABC