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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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+ - 331 182
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 Best Princess Movies

2
+ - 248 166
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Family Ties 1982-1989

3
+ - 333 167
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

4
+ - 272 170
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992

5
+ - 268 186
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

6
+ - 247 138
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
M*A*S*H 1972-1983

7
+ - 258 191
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Golden Girls 1985-1992

8
+ - 200 180
Newhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990

9
+ - 203 191
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Moonlighting 1985-1989

10
+ - 305 162
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987

11
+ - 156 214
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Hill Street Blues 1981-1987

12
+ - 165 155
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Taxi 1978-1983

13
+ - 296 182
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

14
+ - 240 164
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Miami Vice 1984-1990

15
+ - 242 192
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992

The Best 1980s Military TV Shows The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

16
+ - 178 172
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Remington Steele 1982-1987

17
+ - 283 152
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

18
+ - 107 206
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
L.A. Law 1986-1994

19
+ - 266 152
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992

20
+ - 145 204
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998

21
+ - 269 169
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986

22
+ - 117 201
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

23
+ - 173 105
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

24
+ - 183 123
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

25
+ - 207 185
ALF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
ALF 1986-1990

26
+ - 128 208
Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993

27
+ - 123 232
Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

28
+ - 109 197
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988

29
+ - 209 148
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Who's the Boss? 1984-1992

The Best 80s Nick Shows Personal Hygiene Tasks You Wish You Never Had to Do

30
+ - 199 204
Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Full House 1987-1995

31
+ - 167 186
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dallas 1978-1991

32
+ - 177 169
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987

33
+ - 125 41
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Happy Days 1974

34
+ - 70 38
CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
CHiPs 1977

35
+ - 144 184
Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Mama's Family 1983-1990

36
+ - 159 75
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

37
+ - 153 167
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

38
+ - 82 45
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

39
+ - 94 45
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

40
+ - 66 38
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

41
+ - 92 64
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988

42
+ - 88 49
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

43
+ - 76 27
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

The Best 1980s NBC Shows The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

44
+ - 56 26
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

45
+ - 174 162
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988

46
+ - 110 187
Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989

47
+ - 92 45
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

48
+ - 84 52
Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

49
+ - 57 168
The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

50
+ - 147 171
Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Charles in Charge 1984-1990