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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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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
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
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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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
6
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers
Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more
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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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
12
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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
15
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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
17
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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 Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
MissAnnaMack added 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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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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
22
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
diego-canale added 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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 25 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