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The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

Updated September 3, 2020 135.2k votes 11.0k voters 709.9k views64 items

List RulesVote 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 Girls1
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

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  • Cheers2
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

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  • Three's Company3
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

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  • Happy Days4
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    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

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  • Married... with Children5
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    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

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  • The Wonder Years6
    2,295
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

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  • Night Court7
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

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  • M*A*S*H9
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

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  • Who's the Boss?10
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

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  • Growing Pains11
    2,168
    1,015

    Growing Pains

    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns

    Premiered1985

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  • The Jeffersons12
    1,348
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

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  • Laverne & Shirley13
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

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  • WKRP in Cincinnati14
    1,727
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

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  • The Dukes of Hazzard15
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    803

    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

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  • ALF16
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    1,095

    ALF

    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco

    Premiered1986

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  • Coach17
    1,519
    878

    Coach

    Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke

    Premiered1989

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  • Saved by the Bell18
    1,820
    1,005

    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez

    Premiered1988

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  • Full House19
    1,974
    1,150

    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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  • Perfect Strangers20
    1,600
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    Perfect Strangers

    Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker

    Premiered1986

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  • Taxi21
    1,558
    949

    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

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  • Family Matters22
    1,521
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    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

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  • The Cosby Show23
    2,225
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

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  • Roseanne24
    2,198
    1,334

    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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  • Newhart25
    1,561
    1,094

    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

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