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The Best 1980s ABC Shows

Updated January 6, 2021 3.9k votes 306 voters 14.4k views37 items

List RulesUpvote 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 Pains1
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    Growing Pains

    Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long... more on Wikipedia
  • Who's the Boss?2
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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 Company3
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on... more on Wikipedia
  • The Jetsons4
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    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

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

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

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  • The Wonder Years5
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol... more on Wikipedia
  • Full House6
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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

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  • MacGyver7
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    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

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

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    MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Love Boat8
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    The Love Boat

    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell

    Premiered1977

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

    The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC... more on Wikipedia
  • Roseanne9
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Diff'rent Strokes10
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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to... more on Wikipedia

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  • Perfect Strangers11
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    Perfect Strangers

    Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to... more on Wikipedia
  • Laverne & Shirley12
    83
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on Wikipedia
  • Mr. Belvedere13
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    Mr. Belvedere

    Fergie, Kellie Martin

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from March 15, 1985 to July... more on Wikipedia
  • Hart to Hart14
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    Hart to Hart

    Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers

    Premiered1979

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

    Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as... more on Wikipedia

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  • Moonlighting15
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    Moonlighting

    Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis

    Premiered1985

    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,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Too Close for Comfort16
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    Too Close for Comfort

    Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault

    Premiered1980

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from... more on Wikipedia

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    #48 of 64 The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s#29 of 59 The Best ABC Comedies of All Time

  • Webster17
    41
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    Webster

    Susan Clark, Alex Karras

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Fall Guy18
    41
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    The Fall Guy

    Joaquin Phoenix, Priscilla Presley

    Premiered1981

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

    The Fall Guy is an American action/adventure television program produced for ABC and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Head of the Class19
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    Head of the Class

    Leah Remini, Billy Connolly

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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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    #45 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows#220 of 305 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

  • Hawaiian Heat20
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    Hawaiian Heat

    Tracy Scoggins, Mako Iwamatsu

    Premiered1984

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  • Bosom Buddies21
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    Bosom Buddies

    Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari

    Premiered1980

    Genres (Tv)Improvisational theatre, Sitcom

    Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L.... more on Wikipedia
  • Just the Ten of Us22
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    Just the Ten of Us

    Bill Kirchenbauer, Deborah Harmon

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Just the Ten of Us is an American sitcom starring stand-up comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach... more on Wikipedia
  • Dynasty23
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    Dynasty

    John Forsythe, Linda Evans

    Premiered1981

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

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    Dynasty (ABC, 1981) is an American prime time television soap opera created by Richard and... more on Wikipedia

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  • T. J. Hooker24
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    T. J. Hooker

    William Shatner, Heather Locklear

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

    This show is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title... more on Wikipedia
  • Spenser: For Hire25
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    Spenser: For Hire

    Avery Brooks, Robert Urich

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama

    Spenser: For Hire is a mystery television series based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels.... more on Wikipedia