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The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows

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Take a stroll down memory lane with the best 1980s ABC comedy shows, ranked by user votes. The best '80s ABC comedy shows came in many forms, from will-they-or-won't they romantic comedy to sitcoms packed with earnest life lesson. Some of the top 1980s ABC comedies were led by future mega-stars and other '80s ABC comedy series created iconic characters as part of ensembles.

This list of '80s ABC comedy shows includes Growing Pains, a great '80s sitcom that the whole family could enjoy. Fun fact: Leonardo DiCaprio had a role later in this series. Mr. Belvedere and Perfect Strangers are other good ABC comedy series from the 1980s.

Some of the best '80s ABC comedies also incorporated drama. The Wonder Years, Moonlighting, and Roseanne expertly weaved in serious subjects and high emotions between the laughs. This 1980s ABC comedy shows list can answer lots of questions, but one will forever remain a mystery: Who's the Boss?

What 1980s ABC comedy series do you think was the funniest? Make it known by voting up your favorites and downvoting the shows that didn't make you laugh. If you've seen them, then rerank to create your own '80s ABC comedies list!
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    The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    The Love Boat

    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell

    Premiered1977

    The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC... more on Wikipedia
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    Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Growing Pains

    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns
    Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Full House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

    Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a... more on Wikipedia

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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 Wikipedia
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    The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol... more on Wikipedia
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    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in... more on Wikipedia

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    Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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 Wikipedia

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    Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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 Wikipedia

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    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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 Wikipedia
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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on Wikipedia
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    Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Perfect Strangers

    Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker

    Premiered1986

    Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to... more on Wikipedia
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    Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

    Premiered1978

    Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to... more on Wikipedia
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    Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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_watch buy button
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    Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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 Wikipedia

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    Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Head of the Class

    Leah Remini, Billy Connolly

    Premiered1986

    Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television... more on Wikipedia

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    Sledge Hammer! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Sledge Hammer!

    David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin

    Premiered1986

    Sledge Hammer! is an American satirical police sitcom produced by New World Television that... more on Wikipedia
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    Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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_watch buy button

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    Just the Ten of Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Just the Ten of Us

    Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon

    Premiered1988

    Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis

    Premiered1985

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    Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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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_watch buy button

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    Joanie Loves Chachi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    Joanie Loves Chachi

    Scott Baio, Erin Moran

    Premiered1982

    Joanie Loves Chachi is an American television spin-off of the American sitcom Happy Days that... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    It's a Living is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Comedy Shows
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    It's a Living

    Michael Richards, Susan Sullivan

    Premiered1980

    It's a Living is an American sitcom set in a restaurant at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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