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The Best TV Characters of the 80s

List Criteria: Awesome TV characters from shows that aired during the 1980's

Who were the best TV characters of the 80s? From “The Golden Girls,” “The Cosby Show,” and “Murder, She Wrote” all the way to kid favorites like “Punky Brewster,” “Elmo,” and “Saved By the Bell,” these shows greatly impacted the culture of the decade. This list has the best TV characters from classic 1980's television shows.

It was the decade where the Pee-wee Herman was introduced. Michael Knight and Virgil Tibbs also took to the small screen, entertaining millions of fans. The top TV show characters of the 80s included family-focused favorites like “Highway to Heaven” and the still popular kid’s all-time favorite “Sesame Street.” And who can forget the Seaver family from “Growing Pains” (though we try to forget Kirk Cameron these days)? 

Children’s characters like Alf, Optimus Prime, and He-Man were also introduced. The top characters of the 80s were, for the most part family-friendly, uplifting, and hilarious. Who can forget Jamie Powell from the hit show “Charles in Charge,” and the importance of having life-long friends like “The Golden Girls?”

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