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The Best 80s TV Shows

List Criteria: TV Shows 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 favorites.

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    Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer

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    Mr. T, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard

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    Courteney Cox, Michael J. Fox, Brian Bonsall

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    Richard Dean Anderson, Bruce McGill, Dana Elcar

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    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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    Waylon Jennings, Catherine Bach, John Schneider

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    Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    Robin Thicke, Fred Savage, Danica McKellar

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    Markie Post, Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

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    Bill Cosby, Raven-Symoné, Lisa Bonet

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    David Hasselhoff, Richard Basehart, William Daniels

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    Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, Curtis Armstrong

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos

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    Anne Meara, Paul Dooley, Max Wright

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    Gary Coleman, Danny Cooksey, Dana Plato

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    Bob Newhart, William Sanderson, Julia Duffy

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    Robert Culp, June Lockhart, Connie Sellecca

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    Betty White, Carol Burnett, Rue McClanahan

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    Alfre Woodard, Dennis Franz, Jeffrey Tambor

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    Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, Stephanie Zimbalist

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    Susan Lucci, Priscilla Presley, Ian McShane

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    new! & added by murphycat Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, Richard Mulligan

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    new! & added by murphycat Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, Meg Foster

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    Johnny Depp, Richard Grieco, Holly Robinson Peete

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    George Clooney, Molly Ringwald, Cloris Leachman

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    Brittany Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Candice Bergen

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    Annie Potts, Jan Hooks, Jean Smart

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    Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

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    Nicole Eggert, Scott Baio, Willie Aames

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    Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Blair Underwood

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    Laurence Fishburne, Paul Reubens, Phil Hartman

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    Heather Locklear, Rock Hudson, Joan Collins

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    Denzel Washington, Mark Harmon, Howie Mandel

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    Marisa Tomei, Lisa Bonet, Sinbad

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    Jeffrey Tambor, Matt Frewer, George Coe

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    Janet Jackson, Joey Fatone, Nia Peeples

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    Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed

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    Dick Butkus, Giovanni Ribisi, Paul Reiser

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