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The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

Updated October 19, 2020 20.9k votes 1.4k voters 64.3k views89 items

List RulesTV 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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  • 1
    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Magnum, P.I.

    Tom Selleck, John Hillerman

    Premiered1980

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film

    Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Children's television series, Live action, Comedy

    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

    Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Cheers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

     

     

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  • 9
    Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Quantum Leap

    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

    Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    149

    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Dallas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Dallas

    Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

    Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    147

    The Twilight Zone

    Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Anthology series, Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1985) is the first of two revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/60s... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Knight Rider

    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action

    Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    The Love Boat

    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell

    Premiered1977

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Anthology, Drama

    The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    54

    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

    MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Romantic comedy, Mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    Miami Vice is an American television drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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