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List Rules Vote up your favorite cult shows that aired in the '80s

Tired of being left out of nearly every conversation your friends are having? Catch up on these classic 1980s cult TV series, ranked from best to worst by your votes. It's hard to put your finger on what made a show a great 1980s cult TV series. Some of the best 80s cult TV shows are sci-fi based and others gained cult status due to their subversive humor. One thing is for sure, the top 1980s cult TV series have very loyal fans and they aren't afraid to let you know it.

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1980s cult TV series list? Pee-wee's Playhouse was a great 1980s kids' show that gained a cult following of adults because of its absurdist humor. This popular 80s cult classic aired from 1986 – 1990. Mystery Science Theater 3000 is another good cult show that aired in the 1990s.

Star Trek: The Next Generation proved to be just as popular as the original series during its seven seasons from 1987 – 1994. Other good shows that appear on this top 1980s cult TV series list include Doctor Who, SCTV and Quantum Leap.

Which 80s cult TV show is your favorite? Give the best shows a thumbs up and share some of your favorite episodes in the comments section.
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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212 88
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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202 89
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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182 81
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army personnel who escape and, while still on the run from the army, ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
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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186 114
Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman
Pee-wee's Playhouse is an American children's television program starring Paul Reubens as the childlike Pee-wee Herman which ran from 1986 to 1990 on Saturday mornings on CBS. The show was ...more

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155 109
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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142 91
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
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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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley
Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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72 36
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart
Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more

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63 48
Murder, She Wrote is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak
This show is a television mystery series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on ...more

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101 114
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu
Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
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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91 118
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts
Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

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90 125
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello
Beauty and the Beast is an American drama series which first aired on CBS in 1987. Creator Ron Koslow's updated version of the fairy tale has a double focus: the relationship between Vincent, a ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
salesgal added John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
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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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules
Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more

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Sledge Hammer! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page
Sledge Hammer! is an American satirical police sitcom produced by New World Television that ran for two seasons on ABC from 1986 to 1988. The series was created by Alan Spencer and stars David ...more

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Second City Television is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Cult TV Series
John Candy, Robin Duke, Joe Flaherty
SCTV is a Canadian television sketch comedy show offshoot from Toronto's Second City troupe that ran between 1976 and 1984.