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This was the United States television schedule on all three commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1985. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

The highest-rated show for the year is highlighted in lime. The top ten rated programs are highlighted in yellow. The top 20 rated programs are highlighted in cyan. The top 30 rated programs are highlighted in magenta. Rankings determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

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

Contents

Fall Schedule

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Sunday

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! MacGyver The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Murder, She Wrote Crazy Like a Fox Trapper John, M.D.
NBC Punky Brewster Silver Spoons Amazing Stories Alfred Hitchcock Presents NBC Sunday Night at the Movies

Monday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Hardcastle and McCormick Monday Night Football
CBS Scarecrow and Mrs. King Kate & Allie Newhart Cagney & Lacey
NBC TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Who's the Boss? Growing Pains Moonlighting Our Family Honor
follow-up (Nov. 5) Spenser: For Hire
CBS official Hometown CBS Tuesday Night Movies
follow-up (Oct. 29) Specials
follow-up (Dec. 24) Stir Crazy
NBC The A-Team Riptide Remington Steele

Wednesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Insiders Dynasty Hotel
CBS official Stir Crazy Charlie & Co. George Burns Comedy Week The Equalizer
follow-up (Oct. 30) Specials
follow-up (Dec. 11) Mary Foley Square
NBC Highway to Heaven Hell Town St. Elsewhere

Thursday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official The Fall Guy Lady Blue 20/20
follow-up (Nov. 21) Shadow Chasers Dynasty II: The Colbys
CBS Magnum, P.I. Simon and Simon Knots Landing
NBC The Cosby Show Family Ties Cheers Night Court Hill Street Blues

Friday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Webster Mr. Belvedere Diff'rent Strokes Benson Spenser: For Hire
follow-up (Nov. 8) Our Family Honor
CBS The Twilight Zone Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC Knight Rider Misfits of Science Miami Vice

Saturday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Hollywood Beat Lime Street The Love Boat
follow-up (Nov. 2) The Fall Guy Lady Blue
CBS Airwolf The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC Gimme a Break! The Facts of Life The Golden Girls 227 Hunter

Note: Due to the death of Samantha Smith and her father in a plane crash, ABC ceased production on Lime Street and was forced to move Lady Blue into its slot.

Mid-Season Schedule

Sunday

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 official Ripley's Believe It or Not! MacGyver The ABC Sunday Night Movie
follow-up (Feb. 2) The Disney Sunday Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Murder, She Wrote The CBS Sunday Night Movie
NBC official Punky Brewster Silver Spoons Amazing Stories Alfred Hitchcock Presents NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Apr. 6) Silver Spoons Fathers and Sons
follow-up (May 13) Punky Brewster

Monday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Hardcastle and McCormick The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Scarecrow and Mrs. King Kate & Allie Newhart Cagney & Lacey
NBC official TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes NBC Monday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Mar. 1) You Again? Valerie

Tuesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Who's the Boss? Growing Pains Moonlighting Spenser: For Hire
follow-up (Mar. 26) Perfect Strangers
CBS official Melba Charlie & Co. CBS Tuesday Night Movies
follow-up (Feb. 4) Trapper John, M.D.
follow-up (Mar. 25) Morningstar/Eveningstar Mary Foley Square The Equalizer
follow-up (Apr. 15) The New Mike Hammer
NBC official The A-Team Riptide Remington Steele
follow-up (Mar. 4) Hunter Stingray

Wednesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC MacGyver Dynasty Hotel
CBS official Mary Foley Square Crazy Like a Fox The Equalizer
follow-up (Mar. 5) Fast Times Tough Cookies
follow-up (Apr. 30) West 57th The CBS Wednesday Night Movie
NBC Highway to Heaven Blacke's Magic St. Elsewhere

Thursday

Network 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! The Colbys 20/20
CBS official Magnum, P.I. Simon and Simon Knots Landing
follow-up (Apr. 17) Simon and Simon Bridges to Cross
NBC The Cosby Show Family Ties Cheers Night Court Hill Street Blues

Friday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Webster Mr. Belvedere Diff'rent Strokes He's The Mayor The Fall Guy
follow-up (March 28) Mr. Sunshine Joe Bash
follow-up (May 9) The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS The Twilight Zone Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC official Misfits of Science Knight Rider Miami Vice
follow-up (Feb. 28) Riptide
follow-up (Apr. 11) The Last Precinct

Saturday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official The Redd Foxx Show Benson Fortune Dane The Love Boat
follow-up (Apr. 3) The Love Boat
follow-up (Apr. 26) Mr. Sunshine
CBS official Airwolf The CBS Saturday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 8) Crazy Like a Fox
follow-up (Mar. 15) Airwolf Magnum, P.I.
NBC official Gimme a Break! The Facts of Life The Golden Girls 227 Hunter
follow-up (Mar. 8) Remington Steele
follow-up (Mar. 29) All Is Forgiven

Summer Schedule

Sunday

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 The Disney Sunday Movie The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Murder, She Wrote The CBS Sunday Night Movie
NBC official Silver Spoons Punky Brewster Amazing Stories Alfred Hitchcock Presents NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Jul. 27) Dalton's Code of Vengeance

Monday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Monday Night Baseball
CBS Scarecrow and Mrs. King Kate & Allie Newhart Cagney & Lacey
NBC Valerie Amazing Stories NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Who's the Boss? Growing Pains Moonlighting Spenser: For Hire
CBS Simon and Simon Magnum, P.I. The Equalizer
NBC The A-Team Hunter 1986

Wednesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official MacGyver Dynasty Hotel
follow-up (Aug.) Perfect Strangers Mr. Sunshine
CBS official Foley Square Charlie & Co. Airwolf West 57th
follow-up (Jul.) The CBS Wednesday Night Movie
NBC Highway to Heaven Gimme a Break! You Again? St. Elsewhere

Thursday

Network 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! The Colbys 20/20
CBS official Crazy Like a Fox Trapper John, M.D. Knots Landing
follow-up (Aug. 14) The Price Is Right Crazy Like a Fox Trapper John, M.D.
NBC The Cosby Show Family Ties Cheers Night Court Hill Street Blues

Friday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Webster Mr. Belvedere Mr. Sunshine Specials The Love Boat
follow-up (Aug.) Specials
CBS The Twilight Zone Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC official Knight Rider Miami Vice Stingray
follow-up (Aug. 15) The A-Team Riptide

Saturday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Diff'rent Strokes Benson The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS official Specials The CBS Saturday Night Movie
follow-up (Aug. 2) Melba Specials
NBC official The Facts of Life 227 The Golden Girls Me & Mrs. C Remington Steele
follow-up (Aug. 2) All Is Forgiven Hunter

By Network

ABC

Returning Series:

  1. 20/20
  2. Benson
  3. Dynasty
  4. The Fall Guy
  5. Hotel
  6. The Love Boat
  7. Mr. Belvedere
  8. Moonlighting
  9. Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
  10. Webster
  11. Who's The Boss?

New Series:

  1. The Colbys
  2. Fortune Dane
  3. Growing Pains
  4. He's The Mayor
  5. Hollywood Beat
  6. The Insiders
  7. Joe Bash
  8. Lady Blue
  9. Lime Street
  10. Mr. Sunshine
  11. Our Family Honor
  12. Perfect Strangers
  13. The Redd Foxx Show
  14. Shadow Chasers

Revival of a Former Network Series:

  1. The Disney Sunday Movie

Pickup From Another Network:

  1. Diff'rent Strokes (formerly on NBC)

Not Returning From Last Season:

  1. Call to Glory
  2. Comedy Factory
  3. Eye To Eye
  4. Finder of Lost Loves
  5. Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders
  6. Glitter
  7. Hail to the Chief
  8. Hawaiian Heat
  9. Jessie
  10. MacGruder and Loud
  11. Matt Houston
  12. Paper Dolls
  13. People Do The Craziest Things
  14. Rock 'N' Roll Summer Action
  15. Three's A Crowd
  16. Wildside

CBS

Returning Series:

  1. Airwolf
  2. 60 Minutes
  3. Cagney & Lacey
  4. Crazy Like a Fox
  5. Dallas
  6. Falcon Crest
  7. Kate & Allie
  8. Knots Landing
  9. Magnum, P.I.
  10. Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
  11. Murder, She Wrote
  12. Newhart
  13. Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  14. Simon & Simon
  15. Trapper John, M.D.

New Series:

  1. Bridges to Cross
  2. Charlie & Co.
  3. The Equalizer
  4. Fast Times
  5. Foley Square
  6. George Burns Comedy Week
  7. Hometown
  8. Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills
  9. Mary
  10. Melba
  11. Morningstar/Eveningstar
  12. The Price Is Right
  13. Stir Crazy
  14. Tough Cookies
  15. The Twilight Zone
  16. West 57th

Not Returning From Last Season:

  1. AfterMASH
  2. Alice
  3. Charles In Charge
  4. Cover Up
  5. Detective in the House
  6. Double Dare
  7. Dreams
  8. The Dukes of Hazzard
  9. E/R
  10. I Had Three Wives
  11. The Jeffersons
  12. The Lucie Arnaz Show
  13. Otherworld

NBC

Returning Series:

  1. The A-Team
  2. Cheers
  3. The Cosby Show
  4. The Facts of Life
  5. Family Ties
  6. Gimme A Break!
  7. Highway To Heaven
  8. Hill Street Blues
  9. Hunter
  10. Knight Rider
  11. Miami Vice
  12. Night Court
  13. Punky Brewster
  14. Remington Steele
  15. Riptide
  16. St. Elsewhere
  17. Silver Spoons
  18. TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes

New Series:

  1. 227
  2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  3. All Is Forgiven
  4. Amazing Stories
  5. Blacke's Magic
  6. Dalton's Code of Vengeance
  7. Fathers and Sons
  8. The Golden Girls
  9. Helltown
  10. The Last Precinct
  11. Me & Mrs. C
  12. Misfits of Science
  13. Stingray
  14. Valerie
  15. You Again?

Not Returning From Last Season:

  1. Berenger's
  2. The Best Times
  3. Codename: Foxfire
  4. Double Trouble
  5. Half Nelson
  6. Hot Pursuit
  7. It's Your Move
  8. Michael Nesmith in Television Parts
  9. Oceanquest
  10. Partners In Crime
  11. Sara
  12. Spencer (Under One Roof)
  13. V

Pickups and Cancellations

Full Season Pickups

ABC

  1. 20/20
  2. The Colbys
  3. The Disney Sunday Movie
  4. Dynasty
  5. Growing Pains
  6. MacGyver
  7. Mr. Belvedere
  8. Monday Night Baseball
  9. Monday Night Football
  10. Moonlighting
  11. Webster
  12. Who's The Boss?

CBS

  1. 60 Minutes
  2. Cagney & Lacey
  3. Dallas
  4. The Equalizer
  5. Falcon Crest
  6. Kate and Allie
  7. Knots Landing
  8. Magnum, P.I.
  9. Murder, She Wrote
  10. Newhart
  11. Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  12. Simon & Simon
  13. The Twilight Zone
  14. West 57th

NBC

  1. 227
  2. 1986
  3. The A-Team
  4. Amazing Stories
  5. Cheers
  6. The Cosby Show
  7. The Facts of Life
  8. Family Ties
  9. Gimme A Break!
  10. The Golden Girls
  11. Highway to Heaven
  12. Hill Street Blues
  13. Hunter
  14. Me & Mrs. C (mid-season)
  15. Miami Vice
  16. Night Court
  17. Remington Steele (mid-season)
  18. St. Elsewhere
  19. Valerie
  20. You Again?

Cancellations and Endings

ABC

  1. Benson
  2. Diff'rent Strokes
  3. The Fall Guy
  4. Fortune Dane
  5. Hardcastle and McCormick
  6. He's The Mayor
  7. Hollywood Beat
  8. The Insiders
  9. Joe Bash
  10. Lady Blue
  11. Lime Street
  12. The Love Boat
  13. Mr. Sunshine
  14. Our Family Honor
  15. Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
  16. Shadow Chasers

CBS

  1. Bridges to Cross
  2. Charlie & Co.
  3. Crazy Like A Fox
  4. Fast Times
  5. Foley Square
  6. George Burns Comedy Week
  7. Hometown
  8. Leo & Liz In Beverly Hills
  9. Mary
  10. Melba
  11. Morningstar/Eveningstar
  12. The Price Is Right (to continue in daytime, will return as prime-time specials from 2002-2009)
  13. Stir Crazy
  14. Tough Cookies
  15. Trapper John, M.D.

Change of Network Affiliation:

  1. Airwolf (to USA Network)

NBC

  1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  2. Blacke's Magic
  3. Dalton's Code of Vengeance
  4. Fathers and Sons
  5. Hell Town
  6. Knight Rider
  7. The Last Precinct
  8. Misfits of Science
  9. Punky Brewster (to return in First-run syndication in 1987)
  10. Riptide
  11. TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes (to continue as specials)

Change of Network Affiliation:

  1. Silver Spoons: (to First-run syndication)

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