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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    Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens

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    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller

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    George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz

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