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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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Cheers Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger 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 Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Family Ties Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter 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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Roseanne 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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Married... with Children 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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Growing Pains Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long Island, New York, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), take care of ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Three's Company 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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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Newhart Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October 25, 1982, to May 21, 1990. The series starred comedian Bob Newhart and actress Mary Frann as an ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Who's the Boss? 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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Full House 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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
bojanthebest added ALF 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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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Coach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
wiabux added Coach Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares Coach is an American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. The series stars Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of the fictional Division I-A college ...more

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Dismalhead added Saved by the Bell 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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Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Perfect Strangers Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to August 6, 1993, on the ABC television network. Created by Dale McRaven, the series chronicles the rocky ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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 Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more

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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Benson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Benson 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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Brian Shivak added 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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Soap is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Soap 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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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Dismalhead added Bosom Buddies 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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Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Charles in Charge 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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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Mr. Belvedere 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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Family Matters 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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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added The A-Team 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–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Too Close for Comfort 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) 38 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Maryellen Elizabeth added Mama's Family 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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Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Police Squad! 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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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Punky Brewster 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) 41 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Silver Spoons 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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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added CHiPs 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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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
ChrisCampagnone added Gimme a Break! 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) 45 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Doogie Howser, M.D. 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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
paulyb added 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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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
curly67 added 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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227 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
227 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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Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
paulyb 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