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From Blair Warner's feathered hair to Julia Sugarbaker's face-swallowing bifocals, from Rose Nylund's St. Olaf stories to Deacon Ernest J. Frye's swagger, the 1980s were an unforgettable decade in American television. As in any era, there were plenty of hits (Cheers, The Golden Girls) and many more misses (Living Dolls, The Charmings), but the sitcoms of this time had a distinct '80s vibe. Reagan cracks were common, "very special episodes" featured perhaps way-too-complicated-for-sitcoms subjects, and the pressures of an economic recession and the waning years of the Cold War were significant influences on many sitcom plots.

But for all their legwarmers and Reaganomics jokes, 1980s sitcoms gave us some of the best television in history. The final episode of M*A*S*H in 1983 was must-see TV before such a thing existed. The Golden Girls showed the world that older women were still vibrant, smart, sexual, and empowered—and very, very funny. Future stars, like Leonardo DiCaprio (Growing Pains), Regina King (227), and Michael J. Fox (Family Ties) started honing their acting chops. Many of these shows remain funny, and relevant, today. For those of us who are aficionados of 80s television, it can be a challenge to pick the absolute best sitcom of the era, the one that stands out as particularly hilarious and bingeworthy 30-odd years later. But let's give it a shot. Which show do you think stands the test of time and could truly be deserving of being called the one 1980s sitcom that is still the funniest?

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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258 214
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more

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Silver Spoons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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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Webster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8, 1987, and in first-run syndication from September 21, 1987 until March 10, 1989. The series was ...more

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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
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