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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
The Golden Girls 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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Roseanne 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) 3 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Seinfeld 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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Cheers 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) 5 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Married... with Children 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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Night Court 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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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Family Ties 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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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Designing Women 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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Who's the Boss? 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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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Mama's Family 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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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Newhart 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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Family Matters 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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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Growing Pains 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) 14 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
ALF 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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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
The Cosby Show 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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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Mr. Belvedere 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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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Punky Brewster 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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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Gimme a Break! Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981 until May 12, 1987. The series stars Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief and ...more

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Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Kate & Allie Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Sam Freed Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May 22, 1989 on CBS, starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin as two divorced women, both with ...more

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Just the Ten of Us is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh
Just the Ten of Us Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon, Heather Langenkamp Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach Graham Lubbock, a teacher and the head of a large Catholic family with eight children living in ...more