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The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows  

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These are the best 1980s NBC comedy shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. In the 1980s, the best NBC comedy shows took on an array of topics. Some good 80s NBC comedies focussed on family life, while others were workplace comedy shows. A few of the top 1980s NBC comedy shows were even aimed towards young audiences. Network TV usually aims to have something on their roster for every demographic, and NBC in the 80s was no different.

What shows appear near the top of this best 1980s NBC comedy shows list? The crazy characters on Cheers helped to make the sitcom one of the greatest of the 80s or any decade. Ted Danson led the show's amazing cast and provided lots of laughs as ladies man Sam Malone. The Facts of Life is another good NBC comedy that aired in the 1980s.

Age ain't nothing but a number when it comes to laughs, as proven by the hilarious NBC program Golden Girls. Other great shows that are featured on this top 1980s NBC comedy shows list include Alf, Family Ties and My Two Dads.

Which 80s NBC comedy do you think is the funniest? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan
The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll
Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more
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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers
Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more
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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more
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ALF is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
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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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
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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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more
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Empty Nest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure
Empty Nest is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1988 to 1995. The series was created as a spin-off of The Golden Girls by creator and producer Susan Harris. For its first ...more
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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry
Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The series is a spin-off of a recurring series of comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show and Carol ...more
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My Two Dads is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan
My Two Dads is an American sitcom that starred Staci Keanan, Paul Reiser and Greg Evigan. It aired on NBC from 1987 to 1990 and was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions in association with ...more
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Bosom Buddies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon
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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Gimme a Break! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen, Lara Jill Miller
Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981 until May 12, 1987. The series stars Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed police chief and ...more
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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy
A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more
15
Silver Spoons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins
Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and in first-run syndication from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987. The series was produced by ...more
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The Hogan Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Luis Daniel Ponce
The Hogan Family is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from March 1, 1986 to May 7, 1990, and on CBS from September 15, 1990 until July 20, 1991. It was produced by ...more
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Punky Brewster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson
Punky Brewster is an American sitcom about a girl named Punky Brewster being raised by her foster parent. The show ran on NBC from September 16, 1984 to September 7, 1986 and again in first-run ...more
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It's Your Move is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Jason Bateman, Garrett Morris, Ernie Sabella
It's Your Move is an American sitcom starring Jason Bateman, Tricia Cast, Caren Kaye, Ernie Sabella, David Garrison, and Garrett Morris. The show originally aired on NBC from 1984 to 1985.
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227 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams
227 is an American situation comedy that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, until May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and ...more
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Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Dabney Coleman, Joanna Cassidy, Max Wright
Buffalo Bill is an American television situation comedy that featured the misadventures of an egotistical talk show host, played by Dabney Coleman and his staff at WBFL-TV, a small TV station in ...more
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Amen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford
Amen is an American television sitcom produced by Carson Productions that ran from September 27, 1986 to May 11, 1991 on NBC. Set in Sherman Hemsley's real-life hometown of Philadelphia, Amen ...more
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Rags to Riches is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Tisha Campbell-Martin, Sarah Buxton, Joseph Bologna
Rags to Riches is an American musical comedy drama series that was broadcast on NBC for two seasons from 1987 to 1988. Set in the 1960s, the series tells the story of Nick Foley, a self-made ...more
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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Harry Groener
Dear John is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1988 to 1992. The series was originally based on the British sitcom of the same name. Dear John was retitled Dear John USA when it was ...more
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Harper Valley PTA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Barbara Eden, George Gobel, Edie McClurg
Harper Valley PTA is an American television sitcom starring Barbara Eden which aired on NBC from 1981 to 1982. It is based on the 1978 film Harper Valley PTA, which was itself based on the 1968 ...more
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Day by Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Comedy Shows
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Thora Birch
Day by Day is an American sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and Thora Birch. Day by Day was telecast from ...more