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The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s 

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List Rules Vote up the best sitcoms based on the episodes that aired between 1980 and 1989.

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 Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Premiered: 1985

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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

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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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1987

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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Premiered: 1982

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) 7 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

Premiered: 1984

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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
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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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

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) 13 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

Premiered: 1979

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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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

Premiered: 1978

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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
bojanthebest added Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Brian Shivak added Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

Premiered: 1975

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) 17 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Dismalhead added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1988

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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam

Premiered: 1984

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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Coach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
wiabux added Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares

Premiered: 1989

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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. The series centers around the everyday life of an American working-class family.
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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

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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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

Premiered: 1978

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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Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson

Premiered: 1986

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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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s
Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

Premiered: 1982

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