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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346 198
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cheers 1982-1993

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2
262 179
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Family Ties 1982-1989

3
349 179
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

4
289 183
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992

5
283 198
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

6
261 153
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
murphycat added M*A*S*H 1972-1983

7
276 201
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Golden Girls 1985-1992

8
211 192
Newhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990

9
214 202
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Moonlighting 1985-1989

10
318 174
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987

11
164 226
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Hill Street Blues 1981-1987

12
175 165
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
looksharp added Taxi 1978-1983

13
309 188
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

14
254 202
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992

15
248 172
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Miami Vice 1984-1990

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16
183 179
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Remington Steele 1982-1987

17
296 160
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

18
153 209
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998

19
111 216
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
L.A. Law 1986-1994

20
276 157
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992

21
186 108
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

22
119 210
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

23
281 179
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986

24
192 132
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Simpsons 1989

25
136 216
Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993

26
219 191
ALF is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
ALF 1986-1990

27
127 243
Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

28
115 203
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988

29
221 152
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Who's the Boss? 1984-1992

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30
209 212
Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
WarrenMitchell added Full House 1987-1995

31
175 194
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dallas 1978-1991

32
182 175
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987

33
138 45
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Happy Days 1974

34
154 191
Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Mama's Family 1983-1990

35
78 43
CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added CHiPs 1977

36
170 82
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
slaft added Three's Company 1977

37
162 172
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

38
90 50
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

39
105 49
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

40
75 42
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Charlie's Angels 1976

41
92 29
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mork & Mindy 1978

42
102 71
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988

43
99 53
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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44
70 28
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show 1980

45
104 47
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

46
62 173
The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Tracey Ullman Show 1987

47
114 194
Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989

48
182 168
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988

49
156 176
Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Charles in Charge 1984-1990

50
93 57
Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows