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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    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Cheers 1982-1993

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    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

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    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Family Ties 1982-1989

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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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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Moonlighting 1985-1989

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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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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    M*A*S*H 1972-1983

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

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    The A-Team 1983-1987

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    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    The Cosby Show 1984-1992

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    Newhart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Newhart 1982-1990

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    Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Married... with Children 1987-1997

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    Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Hill Street Blues 1981-1987

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    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    The Dukes of Hazzard 1979-1985

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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Taxi 1978-1983

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    MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    MacGyver 1985-1992

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    Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Remington Steele 1982-1987

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    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Miami Vice 1984-1990

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    Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Knight Rider 1982-1986

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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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    Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

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    L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    L.A. Law 1986-1994

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    Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Who's the Boss? 1984-1992

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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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    Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986-1990

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    Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Designing Women 1986-1993

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

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    ALF 1986-1990

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    St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    St. Elsewhere 1982-1988

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    WKRP in Cincinnati 1978

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    Dallas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Dallas 1978-1991

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    The Simpsons 1989

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    Full House is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Full House 1987-1995

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    Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Mama's Family 1983-1990

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


    The Love Boat 1977-1987

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    The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    The Greatest American Hero 1981-1983

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    Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Dynasty 1981-1989

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

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    Three's Company 1977

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    The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    The Facts of Life 1979-1988

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    21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    21 Jump Street 1987-1991

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


    Happy Days 1974

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987

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    Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Charles in Charge 1984-1990

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    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Diff'rent Strokes 1978-1986

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    Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Hart to Hart 1979-1984

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    CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    CHiPs 1977

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    The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    The Tracey Ullman Show 1987

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    The Fall Guy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    The Fall Guy 1981-1986

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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    Charlie's Angels 1976

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    1980

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    Garfield and Friends is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows


    Garfield and Friends 1988

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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    The Jeffersons 1975

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