Watchworthy
93 voters

The Best 1980s Dark Comedy TV Shows

428 votes 93 voters 3.6k views9 items

List RulesVote up your favorite black comedies that aired in the '80s

These are the best 1980s dark comedy TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. And there are a lot to pick from when it comes to the top 80s dark comedy series. Though they are extremely varied as far as subject matter is concerned, these great dark comedy shows all seem to find humor in the most taboo of subjects. Some of the best 80s dark comedy shows even use sketch comedy to poke fun at dark content.

What shows will you find on this best 1980s dark comedy TV shows list? Since its premiere in 1987, Married... With Children turned the pessimistic life of Al Bundy into comedy gold. Whether they were encountering ax murders, the man who met Andy Griffith or both, the Bundy's found humor in every situation. Beetlejuice was another good dark comedy that aired in the 80s.

Tales From the Crypt often included terrifying plotlines, but the show's host, The Cryptkeeper, introduced each tale with horrifying puns and killer jokes. Other good shows that appear on this top 1980s dark comedy TV shows list include Tales From the Darkside, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Kids in the Hall.

Do you have a favorite 80s dark comedy show? Vote the best series up to No. 1!
Photo:
...more
  • Married... with Children
    Photo: Married... With Children / Fox
    Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first prime-time television series to air on Fox, ran from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997. It was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. The show was known for handling nonstandard topics for the time period, which garnered the then-fledgling Fox network a standing among the Big Three television networks. The series' 259-episode run makes it the longest-lasting live-action sitcom on the Fox network. Its theme song is "Love and Marriage" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, performed by Frank Sinatra from the... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
    • Premiered: 1987
    37
    23
    Agree or disagree?
  • M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for CBS, follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the "4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" in Uijeongbu, South Korea during the Korean War.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi
    • Premiered: 1972
    33
    21
    Agree or disagree?

    More M*A*S*H 

    #45 of 443 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#3 of 76 The Best CBS Shows of All Time#19 of 389 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate

  • Tales from the Crypt
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel HBO for seven seasons with a total of 99 episodes. The title is based on the 1950s EC Comics series of the same name and most of the content originated in that comic or the six other EC Comics of the time. The show was produced by HBO with uncredited association by The Geffen Film Company and Warner Bros. Television. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer
    • Premiered: 1989
    23
    11
    Agree or disagree?

    More Tales from the Crypt 

    #285 of 687 The Best Cartoons of All Time#12 of 97 The Best HBO Original Series#169 of 640 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

  • Beetlejuice
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series which ran from September 9, 1989 to October 26, 1991 on ABC and, on Fox from September 9, 1991 to December 6, 1991. Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name, it was developed and executive-produced by the film's director, Tim Burton. The series focus on the life of Goth girl Lydia Deetz and her undead friend Beetlejuice as they explore The Neitherworld, a wacky afterlife realm inhabited by monsters, ghosts, ghouls and zombies. Danny Elfman's theme for the film was arranged for the cartoon by Elfman himself.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain
    • Premiered: 1989
    34
    29
    Agree or disagree?

    More Beetlejuice 

    The Strangest Things About The 'Beetlejuice' Cartoon#79 of 344 The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time#38 of 242 The Best Saturday Morning Cartoons for Mid-'80s — '90s Kids