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The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows  

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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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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
diego-canale added Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago
Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip ...more
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Alice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano
Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more
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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill
MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more
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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more
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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
serahayoon added Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more
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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
serahayoon added Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine
CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police ...more
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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James
Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more
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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more
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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Blanche2 added John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more
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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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SCTV Channel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
serahayoon added Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more
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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
serahayoon added Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams
Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more