1982–83 United States network television schedule

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This was the schedule for the United States' three commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1982. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series are highlighted in bold.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

     Lime indicates the #1 most watched program of the season.
     Yellow indicates the programs in the top 10 for the season.
     Cyan indicates the programs in the top 20 for the season.
     Magenta indicates the programs in the top 30 for the season.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation but the schedule was set by each local station.


Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Ripley's Believe It or Not! Matt Houston The ABC Sunday Night Movie (26/17.6)
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (1/25.5) Archie Bunker's Place (22/18.3) Gloria (18/18.7) The Jeffersons (12/20.0) One Day at a Time (16/19.1) Trapper John, M.D. (18/18.7)
Spring Goodnight, Beantown Newhart
Follow-up Alice
NBC Voyagers! CHiPs NBC Sunday Night at the Movies


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall That's Incredible! (22/18.3) ABC NFL Monday Night Football (September) (10/20.1)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie (January) (24/18.0)
Summer Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Square Pegs Private Benjamin M*A*S*H (3/22.6) Newhart (12/20.0) Cagney & Lacey
Spring Small & Frye Alice One Day at a Time
Follow-up Various programming Foot in the Door
NBC Fall Little House: A New Beginning (28/17.4) NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Spring Love, Sidney Family Ties


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days (28/17.4) Laverne & Shirley (25/17.8) Three's Company (6/21.2) 9 to 5 (15/19.3) Hart to Hart (17/18.9)
CBS Fall Bring 'Em Back Alive The CBS Tuesday Night Movies (27/17.5)
Winter The Wonderful World of Disney
Spring Ace Crawford, Private Eye Gun Shy
Summer Bring 'Em Back Alive
NBC Fall Father Murphy Gavilan St. Elsewhere
Winter The A-Team (10/20.1) Bare Essence


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Tales of the Gold Monkey The Fall Guy (14/19.4) Dynasty (5/22.4)
Spring High Performance
Mid-season The Fall Guy Ryan's Four
CBS Fall Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Alice Filthy Rich Tucker's Witch
Follow-up The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
Spring Zorro and Son Various programming
NBC Fall Real People (30/17.2) The Facts of Life Family Ties Quincy, M.E.
Spring Taxi
Summer Buffalo Bill The News is the News Taxi

Note: On CBS, a sitcom called Mama Malone was supposed to have aired 9:30-10 p.m., but was delayed when CBS decided to place Filthy Rich into the schedule. Mama Malone did not air until the spring of 1984.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Joanie Loves Chachi Star of the Family Too Close for Comfort It Takes Two 20/20
Winter The Greatest American Hero
Follow-up Condo Amanda's
Spring Benson Condo
CBS Fall Magnum, P.I. (3/22.6) Simon & Simon (7/21.0) Knots Landing (20/18.6)
Spring Tucker's Witch
NBC Fall Fame Cheers Taxi Hill Street Blues (21/18.4)
Winter Gimme a Break! Cheers

Note : Mama's Family was supposed to have aired on NBC 9:30-10 p.m., but was pushed back to midseason when NBC picked up Taxi.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Benson The New Odd Couple The Greatest American Hero The Quest
Follow-up ABC Friday Night Movie
Spring At Ease Renegades Tales of the Gold Monkey
Follow-up Baby Makes Five
Follow-up The New Odd Couple ABC Friday Night Movie
Summer Benson
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard (30/17.2) Dallas (2/24.6) Falcon Crest (8/20.7)
NBC The Powers of Matthew Star Knight Rider Remington Steele


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC T. J. Hooker The Love Boat (9/20.3) Fantasy Island
CBS Fall Walt Disney The CBS Saturday Night Movies
Spring Wizards and Warriors
NBC Fall Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons Gimme a Break! Love, Sidney The Devlin Connection
Winter Mama's Family Taxi The Family Tree
Follow-up Teachers Only Monitor
Summer Quincy, M.E.

By network[edit]




Note: The * indicates that the program was introduced in midseason.


  1. ^ Highest-rated series is based on the annual top-rated programs list compiled by Nielsen Media Research and reported in: Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.