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The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s  

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List Rules Includes situation comedies (sitcoms) that originally aired in the 80s

What are the best 80's sitcoms? The 1980s were truly a golden age for television comedy, with many of the most popular TV sitcoms dominating the landscape. Trying to choose favorites is a bit of a challenge, with so many excellent shows, but that's what's going on right here. Vote for the famous 80s sitcoms that you loved the most, vote down any you didn't like and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you choose.

No list of great 80s sitcoms would be complete without several of the notable NBC comedies. In the 1980s, NBC came on strong with brilliant, groundbreaking situation comedy shows that captured viewers' collective attention. Given their popularity, is it any wonder that some of these top programs are among the longest running US sitcoms? Many of these 80s shows also went on to become the best NBC comedies of all time: Can anyone argue that The Cosby ShowCheers, and Family Ties, aren't forever a part of pop culture?

From Newhart to Murphy Brown and beyond, this list of outstanding 1980's comedy TV shows includes some of the greatest sitcoms in television history. Enjoy this walk down TV memory lane, and don't forget to vote!

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Brian Shivak added 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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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Dismalhead added 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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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Benson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson
Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap; however, Benson discarded the ...more
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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Fergie, Kellie Martin, Bob Uecker
Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from March 15, 1985 to July 8, 1990. The series is based on the Lynn Aloysius Belvedere character created by Gwen Davenport for ...more
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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex┬ľU.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more
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Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert
Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old student at the fictional Copeland College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who worked as a live-in ...more
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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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
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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock
Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980-May 5, 1983 and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984-February 7, 1987. It was ...more
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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Maryellen Elizabeth added Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry
Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The series is a spin-off of a recurring series of comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show and Carol ...more
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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Dismalhead added Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon
Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. It ran from 1980 to 1982 on ABC and in reruns in the ...more
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Soap is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan
Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more
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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone 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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Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton
Police Squad! is a television comedy series first broadcast in 1982, created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, and starring Leslie Nielsen. A spoof of police procedurals, the ...more
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227 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and ...more
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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson
Punky Brewster is an American sitcom about a girl named Punky Brewster being raised by her foster parent. The show ran on NBC from September 16, 1984 to September 7, 1986 and again in first-run ...more
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Silver Spoons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins
Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. The series was produced by ...more
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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller
Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981 until May 12, 1987. The series stars Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief and ...more
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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery
Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on ABC from September 19, 1989 to July 28, 1993, totaling 97 episodes. Created by Steven Bochco and ...more
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My Two Dads is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
TreTylerFarmer added Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan
My Two Dads is an American sitcom that starred Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan. It aired on NBC from 1987 to 1990 and was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions in association with ...more
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Angie Richards-Zefferi added Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.
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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
curly67 added 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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It's Garry Shandling's Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Blowfish added 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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What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill
What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the ...more