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)
#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.)
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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)
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.