Television Shows For 1983



When the 1980's began, there were televisions in 76 million households. By the end of the decade, they were in more than 90 million homes. It is also the decade when cable television exploded. Cable TV subscriptions more than tripled from 15 million in 1980 to 47 million in 1989.

1983 Top Television Shows
1. Dallas 2. 60 Minutes
3. Dynasty 4. The A-Team
5. Simon & Simon 6. Magnum, P.I.
7. Falcon Crest 8. Kate & Allie
9. Hotel 10. Cagney & Lacey
11. Knots Landing 12. (Tie) ABC Sunday Movie
12. (Tie) ABC Monday Movie 13. TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
14. AfterMASH 15. The Fall Guy
16. The Love Boat 17. Riptide
18. The Jeffersons 19. Scarecrow & Mrs. King


1983 Primetime Television Schedule
DAY 8:00(EST) 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30  
Sunday Hardcastle & McCormick ABC Sunday Movie ABC
Alice One Day At a Time The Jeffersons Goodnight, Beantown Trapper John, M.D. CBS
Knight Rider NBC Sunday Movie NBC
Monday That's Incredible Monday Night Football ABC
Scarecrow & Mrs. King AfterMASH Newhart Emerald Point N.A.S. CBS
Boone NBC Monday Movie NBC
Tuesday Just Our Luck Happy Days Three's Company Oh, Madeline Hart to Hart ABC
The Mississippi CBS Tuesday Movie CBS
The A-Team Remington Steele Bay City Blues NBC
Wednesday Fall Guy Dynasty Hotel ABC
Whiz Kids CBS Wednesday Movie CBS
Real People Facts Of Life Family Ties St. Elsewhere NBC
Thursday Trauma Center 9 to 5 It's not Easy 20/20 ABC
Magnum P.I. Simon & Simon Knots Landing CBS
Gimme a Break Mama's Family We Got It Made Cheers Hill Street Blues NBC
Friday Benson Webster Lottery Matt Houston ABC
Dukes Of Hazzard Dallas Falcon Crest CBS
Mr. Smith Jennifer Slept Here Manimal For Love and Honor NBC
Saturday T.J. Hooker Love Boat Fantasy Island ABC
Cutter to Houston CBS Saturday Movie CBS
Different Strokes Silver Spoons The Rousters Yellow Rose NBC


1983 Emmy Award Winners
Outstanding Drama Series Hill Street Blues (NBC)
Lead Actor, Drama Tom Selleck, Magnum P.I.
Lead Actress, Drama Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey
Supporting Actor, Drama Bruce Weitz, Hill Street Blues
Supporting Actress, Drama Alfre Woodard, Hill Street Blues ("Doris in Wonderland")
Directing, Drama Corey Allen, Hill Street Blues ("Goodbye, Mr. Scripps")
Writing, Drama John Noonan et al, St.Elsewhere ("The Women")
Outstanding Comedy Series Cheers (NBC)
Lead Actor, Comedy John Ritter, Three's Company
Lead Actress, Comedy Jane Curtin, Kate and Allie
Supporting Actor, Comedy Pat Harrington, Jr. One Day at a Time
Supporting Actress, Comedy Rhea Perlman, Cheers
Directing, Comedy Bill Persky, Kate and Allie ("A Very Loud Family")
Writing, Comedy David Angell, Cheers ("Old Flames")
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program 6th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special ABC Theatre, Something About Amelia
Outstanding Limited Series American Playhouse, Concealed Enemies (PBS)
Lead Actor, Limited Series Laurence Olivier, King Lear
Lead Actress, Limited Series Jane Fonda, The Dollmaker
Outstanding Animated Program Garfield on the Town (CBS)
Outstanding Game Show The $25,000 Pyramid (CBS)
Outstanding Talk/Service Series Woman to Woman


"Fraggle Rock" debuts on HBO and on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation



"John Denver and the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday" TV special airs on ABC and album released



"Big Bird in China," Children's Television Workshop special, airs on NBC



"The World of the Dark Crystal," a documentary special, airs on PBS



"The Muppets Take Manhattan" filmed in Queens, New York



National Wildlife Federation Public Service announcements taped in Central Park with Kermit and Fozzie (Jim Henson & Frank Oz)



"Don't Eat the Pictures," Children's Television workshop special