Top TV Shows & Their Opening Theme Songs: 1981-1982 TV Season

dallas opening theme season 4 Top TV Shows & Their Opening Theme Songs: 1981 1982 TV Season

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If you were to ask someone in 1981-1982 what their favorite reality TV show is, they would either most likely give you a blank scare or probably ask if you’re talking about their favorite news program.  Let’s take a look at the top 10 TV shows and their opening themes during the 1981-1982 TV season.

#1 – Dallas

Season 4 of Dallas ran from October 9, 1981 through April 9, 1982 and aired on CBS with an estimated audience of 23,146,000, making it the number one watched show. (To watch the opening click on the link on the player to go to YouTube)

PAGE 2 The #2 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#2 – 60 Minutes


60 Minutes has been running strong on CBS since 1968 and focuses on its unique reporter-centered investigations.  This season,  the show had an estimated audience of 22,575,500.  (The opening theme is from 1986 but not much has changed.)

PAGE 3 The #3 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#3 – The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons made their debut on CBS on January 18, 1975 and ran through June 25, 1985 for 11 seasons with a total of 253 episodes.  The show can still be seen on a few different networks in syndication.  This season, the show had an estimated audience of 19,071,000.

PAGE 4 The #4 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#4 – Three’s Company

Three’s Company aired on ABC from March 15, 1977 through September 18, 1984 and is a remake of the British sitcom Man About the House.  The show took place in Apartment 201 in Santa Monica.  The estimated audience for the 1981-1982 TV season was 18,989,500.

PAGE 5 The #5 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#5 – Alice

Airing on CBS, Alice ran from August 31, 1976 – July 2, 1985 and was based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and took place outside Phoenix mostly at a roadside diner named Mel’s Diner.  This season the show has an estimated audience of 18,500,500.

PAGE 6 The #6 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#6 – The Dukes Of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard aired on CBS from 1979-1985 and was inspired by the 1985 movie Moonrunners.  The show had an estimated audience of 18,419,000 this season.  (To watch the opening click on the link on the player to go to YouTube)

PAGE 7 The #7 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#7 – Too Close for Comfort

Airing on ABC, Too Close For Comfort ran from 1980-1986 and was modeled after the British television series Keep It In The Family.  This season the show had an estimated audience of 18,419,000.

PAGE 8 The #8 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#8 – ABC Monday Night Movie

The ABC Monday Night Movie was an extension of the ABC Sunday Night Movie and had an estimated audience this season of 18,337,500.

PAGE 9 The #9 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#9 – M*A*S*H

M*A*S*H was adapted from the 1970 film MASH and 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, aired on CBS from September 17, 1971 through February 28, 1982.  This season the show had an estimated 18,174,500 viewers.

PAGE 10 The #10 Rated Show of the 1981-1982 TV Season

#10 – One Day At A Time

This sitcom comedy ran on CBS from December 16, 1975 through May 28, 1984 and came in at number 10 this season with an estimated audience of 17,930,000.

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  1. RainbowRay says:

    Thanks for those great memories KEARTH101; I remember eaach and every show very well.

    I can recall watching “Alice” every Saturday night when it first came on and followed it regularly for several seasons (that’s the show that had Nancy Mckeon’s brother Philip in it, wasn’t it?)
    I have a copy of “Alice” on DVD with several episodes on it as well as Seasons 1-5 of “The Facts of Life”.

    I remember watching “The Jeffersons” grwing up (a spinoff from All In the Family) every Sunday night and now own a copy of the show (Season 3) on DVD>

    “60minutes” I remember very well (still on the air I know, but haven’t seen it in years though. WIll have to give it another look though. I remember Andy Rooney; he was hilarious with his commentaries. I even have copy of one of his books).

    I was never an avid watacher of “One Day At A Time”, but remeber the show, having watched it on occasion. I think it used to follow after Alice.

    “Dallas” was never a favorite of mine, but I do remember the bing stink over “Who Shot JR?” which turned out to be Bing Crosby’s daugter, Mary.

    “MASH”, definately one of my favorite all time shows. I have a couple seasons of this show on DVD. Very funny show and its timingfor humor was always terrifi (not like most comedies nowadays in my opinion; the timing for the use of humor in those shows really sucks in my opinion, but not every show).

    “Too Close For Comfort” is a show I used to watch religiously when it first aired. I recently saw a DVD of the series from the librarry and borrowed it and WOW! did it bring back memories. Ted Knight was terrific in the role as the father, Henry.

    I was never a big fan of “The Dukes of Hazzard” (never even cared to see the movie; but I heard I didn’t miss much with the movie). Have seen the show though a few times.

    ABC Monday Night Movie I remember very well. Movies like “The Enforcer” and “Dirty Harry” have always been my brother’s favorites, but back then I could never get into crime dramas. I’ve seen “The Enforcer” and “Dirty Harry” and their both pretty good movies; crime drama classics as you might say.

    Thanks for this KEARTH101.

    RainbowRay
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  2. Jim Wito says:

    I think this is somewhat humorous. The title of this collection is “Top TV Shows & Their Opening Theme Songs: 1981-1982 TV Season.” Unfortunately 60 Minutes doesn’t have a Theme Song – it is just a stopwatch ticking. Oh Well!

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