80s tv The Best '80s TV Shows

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List Rules Only TV series that aired between 1980 and 1989

List of the best television shows from the '80s, as ranked by television fans. In the 1980s, sitcoms were among the most talked about and most watched shows on the air. Shows like Cheers, The Cosby Show, Murphy Brown, and The Golden Girls were always topics of conversation around the water cooler. Family sitcoms were especially popular, with the rise of shows like Family Ties, The Wonder Years, The Facts of Life, and Who’s the Boss.

 

Procedural crime dramas like Miami Vice, Knight Rider, and Remington Steele were popular, not only for the feather-haired hunks and uniquely '80s fashion, but also for their action-packed plots. The '80s also saw a rise in soap-style primetime television. The goings on in Dynasty and Dallas were constant topics of conversation. Many of the more popular shows lasted well into the next decade, but even some of the most well-remembered shows of the 80s only lasted a season or two, such as Max Headroom and The Greatest American Hero.

 

What are your favorite shows from the '80s? Take a look at this list filled with the best shows the '80s had to offer. Maybe you’ll be inspired to take out those old Betamax recordings and rewatch your favorite actually-good '80s shows that really hold up.

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cheers 1982-1993

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Family Ties 1982-1989

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
M*A*S*H 1972-1983

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Golden Girls 1985-1992

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Moonlighting 1985-1989

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Hill Street Blues 1981-1987

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Taxi 1978-1983

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Miami Vice 1984-1990

The Best 1980s Military TV Shows 8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Remington Steele 1982-1987

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
L.A. Law 1986-1994

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998

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+ - 244 143
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
ALF 1986-1990

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Who's the Boss? 1984-1992

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988

The Best Talk Shows of the '80s The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Full House 1987-1995

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dallas 1978-1991

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Happy Days 1974

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
CHiPs 1977

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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Mama's Family 1983-1990

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+ - 66 35
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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+ - 135 156
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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+ - 52 28
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988

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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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+ - 98 90
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Seinfeld 1989

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The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows