The Best Sitcoms Of The '80s
The 1980s were a golden age of television comedy, with many of the most popular sitcoms of all-time launching during that decade. Choosing favorites may be a challenge, but sometimes you’ve just gotta make the big decisions: The Golden Girls or The Wonder Years? Night Court or Newhart? Married… with Children or Family Ties? Vote up the ‘80s sitcoms you love the most, vote down and you don’t like, and feel free to re-rank the list in your own preferred order.
Of course, back in those days, there weren’t many channels to choose from. NBC has long been synonymous with quality sitcoms, and the ‘80s helped solidify that reputation. The future home of Must-See TV gave us such classics as The Cosby Show and Cheers - both of which are in contention among the greatest sitcoms in television history. ABC, meanwhile, gave us Who's the Boss? and, of course, the inimitable Balki Bartokomous in Perfect Strangers. And last but not least, CBS continued its generation-defining M*A*S*H until 1983 and helped define a new generation with Murphy Brown.
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.