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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

The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-80s - 90s Kids The Greatest Geeky Girls on TV

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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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992

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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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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990

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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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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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 The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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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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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

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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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993

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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 Best Children's Books for Adults to Revisit

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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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
CHiPs 1977

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987

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

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

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

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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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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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988

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

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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Seinfeld 1989

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

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Diff'rent Strokes 1978-1986