The Best '80s TV Shows

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List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    1982-1993

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    1982-1989

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    1980-1988

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    1984-1992

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    1988-1993

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    added by murphycat
    1972-1983

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    1983-1987

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    1985-1992

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    - 144


    1985-1989

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    1982-1990

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    often listed
    1981-1987

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    1984-1990

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    1987-1997

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    1984-1992

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    1978-1983

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    1979-1985

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1982-1987

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    ranked low on reranks
    1985-1992

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1986-1994

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    1988-1998

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    1982-1986

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
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    1978

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    1989

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1986-1993

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    1984-1992

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
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    1978-1991

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    - 174

    added by WarrenMitchell
    1987-1995

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    + 108
    - 53

    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    1977

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    1977-1987

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    - 25

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    1974

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    1983-1990

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    1981-1983

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    1977

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    1981-1989

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    1976

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    added by Dimos Dicoudis
    1976

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    1979-1988

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    1978-1986

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    + 27
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    added by Dimos Dicoudis
    1978

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    + 78
    - 71

    added by slaft
    1989

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    + 98
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    1987-1991

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    + 41
    - 30
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    + 100
    - 128


    1979-1984

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    + 73
    - 78

    added by slaft
    1987

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    + 113
    - 144


    1984-1990

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    - 34


    1979

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