what else was on? (1984-88)

What else was on...?



1984-1985:


When CBS was airing the seventh Season of "Dallas" at 9 PM on Friday nights...

- ABC scheduled cop show "Hawaiian Heat", actioner "Street Hawk", and in summer, sitcoms "Benson" ("Soap"´s spinoff) and "Off the Rack"
- NBC scheduled another cop drama, "Hunter", the brief comedy "Half Nelson" (starring Joe Pesci) and also movies.
 
Against the fourth Season of "Falcon Crest" at 10 PM on Friday nights, there were...

- ABC´s "Matt Houston"
- NBC´s new cop drama "Miami Vice" (featuring future movie actor Don Johnson, with co-star Philip Michael Thomas in photo below)




Against the sixth Season of "Knots Landing" at 10 PM on Thursday nights, there were... (again)

- ABC´s "20/20"
- NBC´s "Hill Street Blues"

Against the fifth Season of "Dynasty" at 9 PM on Wednesday nights, there were...

- CBS´ movies
- NBC´s sitcoms "The Facts of Life", "It´s Your Move" (with the first lead role of future "Arrested Development" actor Jason Bateman), "Sara" (starring Geena Davis) and "Double Trouble"




1985-86:


When CBS was airing the eighth Season of "Dallas" at 9 PM on Friday nights...

- ABC scheduled a number of sitcoms, including the already mentioned "Diff´rent Strokes" and "Benson", and also "Mr. Sunshine" (starring "Transparent"´s recently multi-awarded Jeffrey Tambor), "He´s the Mayor", and dramedy "Joe Bash"
- NBC scheduled another cop drama, "Hunter", "Half Nelson", and also movies
 
Against the fifth Season of "Falcon Crest" at 10 PM on Friday nights, there were...




- ABC´s cop show "Spenser: For Hire" (with future "Dallas" co-star Barbara Stock), "Our Family Honor" (another cop drama produced by "Dallas"´s Leonard Katzman, and with its future star Sheree J. Wilson), and actioner "The Fall Guy" (also with a future "Dallas" guest star, this time on TNT´s continuation, Lee Majors)
- NBC´s "Miami Vice"  

Against the seventh Season of "Knots Landing" at 10 PM on Thursday nights, there were... (again)

- ABC´s "20/20"
- NBC´s "Hill Street Blues"

Against the sixth Season of "Dynasty" at 9 PM on Wednesday nights, there were...

- CBS´ comedies "Charlie & Co.", and "George Burns Comedy Week" (one of its episodes featuring Patrick Duffy AND Geena Davis), and crime drama "Crazy Like a Fox", as well as movies
- NBC´s drama "Hell Town", crime show "Blacke´s Magic", sitcom "Gimme a Break!", and "You Again?" (starring a pre-"Full House" John Stamos)

Against the first Season of "Dynasty II: The Colbys" (as it was initially titled) at 9 PM on Thursday nights, there were...

- CBS´ cop show "Simon & Simon" and drama "Bridges to Cross"
- NBC´s sitcoms "Cheers" (which launched half of its cast to stardom), and "Night Court"




1986-87:


When CBS was airing the ninth Season of "Dallas" at 9 PM on Friday nights...

- ABC (still) insisted in programming a block of sitcoms, like "Sledge Hammer!", "Dads", and "Gung Ho" (with one of Scott Bakula´s early roles)
- NBC scheduled its highest rated show, "Miami Vice" against "Dallas", which audience numbers had improved with the infamouos cliffhanger of Bobby's return, but kept on decreasing through the season.  

Against the sixth Season of "Falcon Crest" at 10 PM on Friday nights, there were...

- ABC´s SciFi show "Starman"
- NBC programmed in the Fall schedule the long-running legal drama "L.A. Law" (later in the season changed to Thursday nights to compete with "Knots Landing") and then, instead of Steven Bochco´s show, new cop drama "Crime Story" (featuring the former "Dynasty" guest star Bill Campbell)



Against the eighth Season of "Knots Landing" at 9 PM on Thursday nights, there were...  

- ABC counter-programmed with the second (and last) Season of "The Colbys". When the Lorimar show was scheduled at 10 PM (and the Spelling soap was cancelled), ABC just put its old competitor "20/20" back against the "Dallas" spinoff.
- NBC´s "Cheers" and "Night Court", and after the re-scheduling, "L.A. Law" began to fight with "Knots" for their audiences.

Against the seventh Season of "Dynasty" at 9 PM on Wednesday nights, there were...

- CBS´ hit detective show "Magnum, P.I." (which launched the career of Tom Selleck)
- NBC´s sitcom block with old titles like "Gimme a Break!", "Night Court" and "You Again!", and new ones like "The Tortellis" and "Easy Street"



1987-88:



When CBS was airing the tenth Season of "Dallas" at 9 PM on Friday nights...

- ABC scheduled British SciFi show "Max Headroom", and later on, it re-scheduled "Sledge Hammer!" back, and programmed other sitcoms like "Mr. Belvedere", "Pursuit of Happiness", and "The Thorns"
- NBC kept "Miami Vice" against "Dallas" until Spring, but replaced it with "Night Court" and the "Hill St. Blues" spinoff sitcom "Beverly Hills Buntz", and, later on, with detective show "Sonny Spoon"

Against the seventh Season of "Falcon Crest" at 10 PM on Friday nights, there were...

- ABC´s "20/20"
- NBC programmed consecutively cop show "Private Eye" (with an early role of Josh Brolin), "Sonny Spoon" again, and, finally, "Miami Vice" too.

Against the ninth Season of "Knots Landing" at 9 PM on Thursday nights, there were... 

- ABC´s medical drama "Buck James", and also movies
- NBC´s "L.A. Law" 

Against the eighth Season of "Dynasty", now at 10 PM on Wednesday nights, there were...

- CBS´ crime drama "The Equalizer"
- NBC´s hospital dramedy "St. Elsewhere" (which featured soap actors like Mark Harmon, Ken Olin, and Bruce Greenwood, and also current major stars like Denzel Washington), and only in Spring, miniseries "A Year in the Life" (with future "Falcon Crest" actress Wendy Phillips and "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker)











Notes: 

- "NEW!" is always referred to the channel, not the show
- All the links lead to the respective series´ Imdb pages
- Info sources: Imdb & Wikipedia


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