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The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

Updated September 3, 2020 135.7k votes 11.0k voters 711.9k 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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    Bea Arthur, Betty White

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  • Cheers2
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  • Three's Company3
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    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

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    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

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    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

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    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

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    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

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  • M*A*S*H9
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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

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  • Who's the Boss?10
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    Tony Danza, Judith Light

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  • Growing Pains11
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    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns

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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

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  • Laverne & Shirley13
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

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  • The Dukes of Hazzard15
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    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

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  • ALF16
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    ALF

    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco

    Premiered1986

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  • Coach17
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    Coach

    Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke

    Premiered1989

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  • Saved by the Bell18
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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez

    Premiered1988

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  • Full House19
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

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  • Perfect Strangers20
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    Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker

    Premiered1986

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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

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  • Taxi22
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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

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  • Family Matters23
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    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

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  • The Cosby Show24
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    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

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  • Newhart25
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

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