Remember the '80s? 1980s ABC shows, specifically? You're about to, because this list of ABC '80s shows ranks the network's series from best to worst based on your votes. Some of the best ABC TV shows from the 1980s are earnest family dramas and silly household sitcoms, while others are game shows and cartoons.
What are some of the series that you'll find on this list of the best 1980s ABC shows? The Wonder Years made the cut, of course. This ABC '80s sitcom 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 premiered in 2016 for a new generation.
ABC also created good dramas in the 1980s. Moonlighting, MacGyver, and thirtysomething are all popular ABC '80s dramas 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.
What are the best ABC '80s shows? Did the shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1980s ABC TV shows you think are the best of the decade and see where the ABC shows of the '80s you loved to watch rank.
Genres (Tv): SitcomGrowing 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 their... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomWho'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
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Science fiction, Animated, ChildrenThe 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 1985 to... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomThree'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
Genres (Tv): Comedy dramaThe 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 coverage of... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomFull House (ABC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters.... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, RomanceThe 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 ship's... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomLaverne & 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, single... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomRoseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. The series centers around the everyday life of an American working-class family.... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomDiff'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 and... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, Adventure, ActionMacGyver 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 United... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomPerfect 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
Genres (Tv): SitcomMr. 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 her... more
Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Adventure, ActionHart 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 of... more
Genres (Tv): Comedy dramaMoonlighting 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 private... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyWebster 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 created... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyToo 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 modeled... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, Adventure, ActionThe 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 Thomas.... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyHead 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 fictional... more
Genres (Tv): DramaDynasty (ABC, 1981) is an American prime time television soap opera created by Richard and Esther Shapiro. The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both... more
Just the Ten of UsBill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyJust 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 Eureka,... more
Genres (Tv): SitcomBosom 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 summer... more
Genres (Tv): Crime dramaThis show is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on March 13,... more
Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, DramaSpenser: 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
Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, ActionHardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series that aired on ABC from September 18, 1983, through May 5, 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and... more