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The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows

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List RulesVote up your favorite CBS comedies that aired on TV in the '80s

These are the best 1980s CBS comedy shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. From good 1980s CBS comedy TV series that were based on family life, to others that were about the struggles of war. Surprising for a comedy maybe, but hey, it happened on CBS in the 80s. Many of the best 80s CBS comedy shows are even still popular in reruns to this day (including the aforementioned wartime comedy).

What series will you find on this best 1980s CBS comedy shows list? Murphy Brown definitely appears near the top of this list. After premiering in 1988, series star Candice Bergen won five Emmy Awards for her role as the title character. WKRP in Cincinnati was also one of the CBS' best sitcoms in the 1980s.

M*A*S*H blurred the lines between drama and comedy throughout its over 10-year run on CBS. Other good shows that appear on this top CBS comedy TV series list include Square Pegs, Charles in Charge and Together We Stand.

Which 80s CBS comedy show was the best? Vote for your favorites now!
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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipedia

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through... more on Wikipedia
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    Newhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

    Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October... more on Wikipedia

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Alice

    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland

    Premiered1976

    Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985... more on Wikipedia
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    Flo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Flo

    Polly Holliday, Geoffrey Lewis

    Premiered1980

    Flo is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from 1980 to 1981. The series is a spin-off for... more on Wikipedia
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    Square Pegs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Square Pegs

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker

    Premiered1982

    Square Pegs is an American comedy series that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Charles in Charge

    Scott Baio, Willie Aames

    Premiered1984

    Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old... more on Wikipedia

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    Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Murphy Brown

    Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud

    Premiered1988

    Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May... more on Wikipedia
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    My Sister Sam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    My Sister Sam

    Pam Dawber, Rebecca Schaeffer

    Premiered1986

    My Sister Sam is an American situation comedy series that aired on CBS from October 1986 to... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Private Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Private Benjamin

    Craig T. Nelson, Eileen Brennan

    Premiered1981

    Private Benjamin is an American sitcom based on the movie of the same name. The show aired on... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    The Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    The Van Dyke Show

    Dick Van Dyke, Barry Van Dyke

    Premiered1988

    The Van Dyke Show is an American situation comedy, starring Dick Van Dyke and his son Barry... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Goodnight, Beantown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Goodnight, Beantown

    Tracey Gold, Bill Bixby

    Premiered1983

    Goodnight, Beantown is an American sitcom that aired on CBS for two brief seasons in 1983 and... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Filthy Rich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Filthy Rich

    Delta Burke, Slim Pickens

    Premiered1982

    Filthy Rich is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from August 1982 to July 1983. Starring... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Kate & Allie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Kate & Allie

    Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James

    Premiered1984

    Kate & Allie is an American television situation comedy which ran from March 19, 1984, to May... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Foley Square is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Foley Square

    Jon Lovitz, Héctor Elizondo

    Premiered1985

    Foley Square is a 1985-1986 United States comedic television series starring Margaret Colin... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Cavanaughs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    The Cavanaughs

    Danny Cooksey, Christine Ebersole

    Premiered1986

    The Cavanaughs is an American television situation comedy, broadcast on CBS from 1986 to... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Trial and Error is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Trial and Error

    Paul Rodriguez, John de Lancie

    Premiered1988

    Trial and Error is an American sitcom that was broadcast from March 15 to March 29, 1988. Only... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Mary is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Mary

    Mary Tyler Moore, Katey Sagal

    Premiered1985

    Mary is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1985-86 television season. The series... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Maggie Winters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Maggie Winters

    Faith Ford, Jenny Robertson

    Premiered1998

    Maggie Winters is a short-lived CBS sitcom that ran from 1998 to early 1999. The title... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Together We Stand is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Together We Stand

    Elliott Gould, Dee Wallace

    Premiered1986

    Together We Stand, also known as Nothing Is Easy, is an American television series that aired... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Charlie & Co. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Comedy Shows
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    Charlie & Co.

    Gladys Knight, Jaleel White

    Premiered1985

    Charlie & Co. is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 18, 1985 to... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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