The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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List Criteria: Includes situation comedies (sitcoms) that originally aired in the 80s

What are the best Eighties sitcoms? The 1980s were truly a golden age for television comedy, with many of the most popular TV sitcoms dominating the landscape. Trying to choose favorites is a bit of a challenge, with so many excellent shows, but that's what's going on right here. Vote for the 80s sitcoms that you loved the most, vote down any you didn't like and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you choose. No list of great 80s sitcoms would be complete without several of the notable NBC comedies. In the 1980s, NBC came on strong with brilliant, groundbreaking situation comedy shows that captured viewers' collective attention. Given their popularity, is it any wonder that some of these programs are among the longest running US sitcoms? Many of these 80s shows also went on to become the best NBC comedies of all time: Can anyone argue that 'The Cosby Show,' 'Cheers' and 'Family Ties,' aren't forever a part of pop culture? From 'Newhart' to 'Murphy Brown' and beyond, this list of outstanding 1980s comedy TV shows includes some of the greatest sitcoms in television history. Enjoy this walk down TV memory lane, and don't forget to vote!
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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

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    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

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    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Married... with Children Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

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    Full House is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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    Newhart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Newhart Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

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    The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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    Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Who's the Boss? Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

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    Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Growing Pains

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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

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    Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Designing Women Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts

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    Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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    ALF is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Coach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Coach Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares

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    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

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    Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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    Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Perfect Strangers Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Head of the Class Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens

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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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    Soap is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    Benson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Benson Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson

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    Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Mr. Belvedere Fergie, Kellie Martin, Bob Uecker

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    Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon

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    Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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    Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson

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    Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert

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    Silver Spoons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Silver Spoons Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins

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    Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Too Close for Comfort Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock

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    CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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    Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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    The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    The A-Team George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Mama's Family Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry

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    Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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    Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs

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    Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed

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    227 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s


    227 Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

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    My Two Dads is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    My Two Dads Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan

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    Elliott Gould, Conchata Ferrell, Lynne Moody

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    It's Garry Shandling's Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    It's Garry Shandling's Show Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci

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    The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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    The Tracey Ullman Show racey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray

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