Television drama series in the 1980s were very diverse in genre, style, and subject matter, ranging from nighttime soap operas involving families fighting over control of an oil empire (Dallas) to comedy-dramas set on a cruise ship where the passengers - and crew - were all searching for romance (The Love Boat). Several series featured scientists as lead characters - whether they were involuntarily traveling through time (Quantum Leap), trying to avoid turning into a green-skinned monster (The Incredible Hulk), or using their brains and ingenuity to devise contraptions that could help them escape even the worst jams (MacGyver). If a viewer wanted to see a nostalgic coming-of-age show set in the 1960s, ABC had them covered (The Wonder Years). Fans of detective and police shows were especially lucky in the 1980s, as crimes were being investigated and solved by everyone from cops who looked young enough to pose as teens (21 Jump Street) to widowed, middle-aged novelists (Murder, She Wrote).
Like the shows they appeared in, the stars ranged in age and experience. There were child actors and former child actors. Respected stage actors and struggling actors just looking for a break. Even Oscar and Tony Award winners. But no matter their age or background, they have unique stories about how they got cast and/or about their time on the show that made them a TV star in the 1980s.
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