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20+ 1980s Sitcoms That Will Still Make You Laugh

Updated October 17, 2019 14.8k votes 1.2k voters 24.8k views33 items

List RulesVote up the '80s sitcoms that best stand the test of time

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?

  • The Golden Girls1
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    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Cheers2
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Happy Days3
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    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Married... with Children4
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    Married... with Children

    Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate

    Premiered1987

    Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Night Court5
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Three's Company6
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mork & Mindy7
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    Mork & Mindy

    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber

    Premiered1978

    Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Family Ties8
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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Seinfeld9
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    Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

    Premiered1989

    Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Who's the Boss?10
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

    Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Newhart11
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

    Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Roseanne12
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Murphy Brown13
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    Murphy Brown

    Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud

    Premiered1988

    Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Facts of Life14
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    The Facts of Life

    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields

    Premiered1979

    The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Benson15
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    Benson

    Robert Guillaume, James Noble

    Premiered1979

    Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Growing Pains16
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    Growing Pains

    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns

    Premiered1985

    Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Designing Women17
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    Designing Women

    Delta Burke, Dixie Carter

    Premiered1986

    Designing Women (CBS, 1986) is an American television sitcom created by Linda... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • ALF18
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    ALF

    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco

    Premiered1986

    ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mama's Family19
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    Mama's Family

    Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer

    Premiered1983

    Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Cosby Show20
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    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Family Matters21
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    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

    Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bosom Buddies22
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    Bosom Buddies

    Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari

    Premiered1980

    Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Mr. Belvedere23
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    Mr. Belvedere

    Fergie, Kellie Martin

    Premiered1985

    Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from March 15, 1985 to July... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Too Close for Comfort24
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    Too Close for Comfort

    Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault

    Premiered1980

    Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Kate & Allie25
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    Kate & Allie

    Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James

    Premiered1984

    Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button