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The Best 1980s ABC Shows 

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Updated June 15, 2019 2.7k votes 265 voters 10.5k views 36 items

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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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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#60 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time #87 of 295 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television Historylisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

Premiered: 1962

Number of Episodes: 75

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Science Fiction, + more

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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#24 of 477 The Greatest Animated Series Ever Made #9 of 236 The Greatest Cartoon Theme Songs of All Time

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 196

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#55 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time #51 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 8

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#235 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #43 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 192

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#137 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch Apparently, Working On Full House Was A Waking Nightmarelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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#71 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #12 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

Premiered: 1977

Number of Episodes: 249

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Anthology, Drama, + more

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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#71 of 147 The Greatest TV Title Sequences Ever #66 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#136 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Juicy Behind-The-Scenes Stories From 'Roseanne'listed on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#91 of 449 The Best Duos of All Time #26 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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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

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 138

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

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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#50 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time #70 of 391 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate #34 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 150

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#107 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #105 of 295 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television Historylisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 66

Genres (Tv): Drama, Romantic comedy, Mystery, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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#93 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #28 of 92 The Best Dramedy TV Series

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 189

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Fergie, Kellie Martin, Bob Uecker

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 117

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#381 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #179 of 295 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #376 of 422 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, + more

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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#222 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #30 of 67 The Best Crime Fighting Duo TV Series #49 of 134 The Best TV Crime Dramas

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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

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 113

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

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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Webster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Susan Clark, Alex Karras, Emmanuel Lewis

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 150

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#77 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows #362 of 482 The Funniest TV Shows of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 9

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama

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

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#46 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows #92 of 263 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Soap Operas

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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon

Premiered: 1980

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 37

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Sitcom

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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#284 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #102 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #85 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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Spenser: For Hire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Avery Brooks, Robert Urich, Richard Jaeckel

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama

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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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#143 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #230 of 295 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #45 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock

Premiered: 1980

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 129

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#216 of 295 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #28 of 42 Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US

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Just the Ten of Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Just the Ten of Us Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon, Heather Langenkamp

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 47

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#398 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #70 of 103 The Best TV Spinoffs

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That's Incredible is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
That's Incredible
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That's Incredible! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s ABC Shows
Fran Tarkenton, Gena Lee Nolin, Cathy Lee Crosby

Premiered: 1980

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Reality television

That's Incredible! is an American reality television show that aired on the ABC television network from 1980 to 1984.