New Series 1983
Fraggle Rock Jim Henson (1983–1987).
Mama's Family (1983–1984; 1986–1990).
The A-Team (1983–1987).
Friday Night Videos (1983–2002).
Hardcastle and McCormick (1983–1986)
Wheel of Fortune (1983—present).
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983–1987).
The Thorn Birds
The Winds of War
V (1983 miniseries)
Scales of Justice
Return to Eden
All The Rivers Run
Most Watched 1983-1984
2. 60 Minutes
4. The A-Team
5. Simon & Simon
6. Magnum, P.I.
7. Falcon Crest
8. Kate & Allie
10. Cagney & Lacey
11. Knots Landing
12. ABC Monday Night Movie
13. ABC Sunday Night Movie
14. TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
Series End 1983
The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983)
Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983)
SCTV Network 90 (US) (1981–1983)
Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)
Quincy, M.E. (1976–1983)
Square Pegs (1982–1983)
Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983)
Television News 1983
Final episode of M*A*S*H; 125,000,000 viewers
Over 125 million Americans tune in to watch the 251st and final episode of M*A*S*H on CBS, "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen."
Country Music Television (CMT) launches in the United States.
The Nashville Network (TNN) (later Spike TV) begins broadcasting.
The Disney Channel is launched on American cable TV.
The half-hour Robert MacNeil Report changes its name to the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, becoming the first American hour-long network news show.
Tom Brokaw becomes the sole head anchor of the NBC Nightly News, ending a 17 month stint co-anchoring the broadcast with Roger Mudd.
Peter Jennings becomes sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight, following the death of Frank Reynolds.
During a live NBC news update, anchor Jessica Savitch appears incoherent; her speech is slurred and she deviates from her copy and ad-libs her report. Savitch, dogged by rumors of drug abuse and instability, still has her contract renewed, but drowns in a car accident three weeks later.
An estimated 100 million people watch the controversial made-for-television movie The Day After, depicting the start of a nuclear war.
Michael Jackson's world famous music video for "Thriller" is broadcast for the first time. It will become the most often repeated and famous music video of all time and increase his own popularity and the record sales of the album "Thriller".
The Enemy's 1983 - 1984
Outstanding Drama Series - Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Tom Selleck, Magnum, P.I.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Tyne Daly, Cagney and Lacey
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Bruce Weitz, Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Alfre Woodard, Hill Street Blues
Outstanding Comedy Series - Cheers
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - John Ritter, Three's Company
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Jane Curtin, Kate and Allie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Pat Harrington, Jr., One Day at a Time
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Rhea Perlman, Cheers
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The 6th Annual Kennedy Center Honors - A Celebration of the Performing Arts
Outstanding Limited Series - American Playhouse: Concealed Enemies
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special - Laurence Olivier, Laurence Olivier's King Lear
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special - Jane Fonda, The Dollmaker
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special - Art Carney, Terrible Joe Moran
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special - Roxana Zal, Something About Amelia Roxana Zal
Outstanding Informational Series - A Walk Through the 20th Century With Bill Moyers (PBS)
Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series (Daytime)Children's Entertainment - Captain Kangaroo (CBS)
Outstanding Children's Informational/Instructional Special - Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story (CBS)
Outstanding Game or Audience Participation Show - The $25,000 Pyramid (CBS)
Outstanding Talk or Service Series - Woman to Woman
TV Guide Schedule 1983