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List Rules TV series from the 1980s only

The 1980s had some great shows. But, which of the TV shows from the 1980s is the best? That's up to you! Vote up your favorite 80s TV show and see if the rest of... everybody agrees with you. That's how crowdsourced opinions work.

So is it Cheers? Maybe Murphy Brown is best TV show from the 80s? Again, this is your call. You need to vote on this list of 80s sitcoms and 80s dramas to make this list worth its weight in 80s TV gold.

It's a tough call, but take a look at this list of TV series from the 80s and vote for your favorites. Don't worry about what "the critics" thought. It's about what YOU thought!
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Golden Girls Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Designing Women Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The ...more

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Twilight Zone Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman, Robin Ward The Twilight Zone is the first of two revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/60s television series of the same name. It ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Cosby Show Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more

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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Tracey Ullman Show racey Ullman, Dan Castellaneta, Sam McMurray The Tracey Ullman Show is an American television variety show, starring English-born comedian and onetime pop singer Tracey Ullman. It debuted on April 5, 1987, as the Fox network's second ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
MissAnnaMack added The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. One Day at a Time is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network from December 16, 1975, until May 28, 1984. It starred Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, a divorced mother who moves ...more

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Diff'rent Strokes Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for ABC. The series follows a group of baby boomers in their late thirties as they go about their ...more

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Remington Steele Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style ...more

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
diego-canale added Knight Rider David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
diego-canale added Miami Vice Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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SCTV Channel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
SCTV Channel Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin

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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Head of the Class Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television network. The series follows a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program at the ...more

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars ...more

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
St. Elsewhere Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more

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It's Garry Shandling's Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
It's Garry Shandling's Show Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci It's Garry Shandling's Show is an American sitcom which was initially broadcast on Showtime from 1986 to 1990. It was created by Garry Shandling and Alan Zweibel. The show is notable for its ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
A Different World Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more

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Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Kate & Allie Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May 22, 1989 on CBS, starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin as two divorced women, both with ...more

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
The Kids in the Hall Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy group formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Their eponymous ...more

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Buck Rogers in the 25th Centur... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Mark Goldman added Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between 1979–1981, and the feature-length ...more

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Trapper John, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
MissAnnaMack added Trapper John, M.D. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Pernell Roberts, Timothy Busfield Trapper John, M.D. is an American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH. Pernell Roberts portrayed the title character, a lovable surgeon who became a mentor and father figure ...more

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
China Beach Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was ...more