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List Rules Upvote your favorite ABC TV Series that aired on TV in the '80s

Remember the '80s? 1980s ABC shows, specifically? You're about to, because this list of '80s ABC shows ranks the network's series from best to worst based on your votes. ABC TV shows from the 1980s cover everything from earnest family dramas to silly household sitcoms. There are even some game shows and cartoons on this top '80s ABC shows list.

What are some of the series that you'll find on this 1980s ABC shows list? The Wonder Years made the cut, of course This '80s series won an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series during its premiere season. Full House was another good '80s ABC show that ran well into the next decade. People loved it so much that a Netflix sequel show is scheduled to premiere in 2016.

ABC also created good dramas in the 1980s. Moonlighting, MacGyver, and thirtysomething are all series on this list. These shows are still part of popular culture; Moonlighting actually helped propel Bruce Willis to stardom. Speaking of stars, Tom Hanks's 1980s series Bosom Buddies is another great 1980s ABC show.

Which ABC TV series from the go-go '80s represents the best of the decade? Vote up your favorites to see them climb the list and please add any great shows we may have missed. If you've seen every show and every episode, rerank the whole list!
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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern
The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley
Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander
Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson
Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to August 6, 1993, on the ABC television network. Created by Dale McRaven, the series chronicles the rocky ...more

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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more

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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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

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The Fall Guy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Joaquin Phoenix, Priscilla Presley, Markie Post
The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and originally broadcast from November 4, 1981 to May 2, 1986. It stars Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, and Heather

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Just the Ten of Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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

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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens
Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television network. The series follows a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program at the ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander
Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style ...more

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That's Incredible is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
That's Incredible

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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock
Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980-May 5, 1983 and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984-February 7, 1987. It was ...more

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Spenser: For Hire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Avery Brooks, Robert Urich, Richard Jaeckel
Spenser: For Hire is a mystery television series based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels. The series, developed for TV by John Wilder, differs from the novels, mostly in its lesser degree of ...more

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Webster is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
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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That's Incredible! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Fran Tarkenton, Gena Lee Nolin, Cathy Lee Crosby
That's Incredible! is an American reality television show that aired on the ABC television network from 1980 to 1984.

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more