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The Best 1980s NBC Shows 

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Updated April 7, 2019 4.9k votes 435 voters 9.9k views 47 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite NBC TV series that aired in the '80s

These are the best 1980s NBC shows ranked by user votes. The 1980s was a great time for NBC television programs. Really, it was just a great time for TV in general. Particularly the sitcom. Some of the best 1980s NBC shows were dramas and other good 80s NBC series were comedies. Greatness knew no genre. Many of the greatest 1980s NBC TV shows are still popular to this day with syndicated reruns.

What shows appear near the top of this best 1980s NBC shows list? Cheers was a hit for the network as soon as it premiered in 1982. Part of its success was thanks to a talented cast including Ted Danson, Shelley Long and Woody Harrelson. Family Ties is another good show that aired on NBC in the 1980s, as is the out-of-this-world comedy Alf.

St. Elsewhere used the setting of a working hospital to add drama into the plot. Other great series that appear on this top 1980s NBC shows list include Hill Street Blues, The Facts of Life and Misfits of Science.

Do you have a favorite NBC show from the 80s? Take a look at this list and give the best series a thumbs up to bump them all the way up to the top.
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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 146

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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227 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 116

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#158 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #29 of 84 The Greatest Black Sitcoms of All Time

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Empty Nest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Richard Mulligan, Dinah Manoff, David Leisure

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 170

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama

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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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 137

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Medical drama, Drama, Comedy-drama, Medical fiction

St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 144

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

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#214 of 296 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History #103 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #58 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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Amen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#363 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #137 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms

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The Hogan Family is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Luis Daniel Ponce

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 110

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Riptide is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Kelly Preston, Anne Francis, Richard Lewis

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 3

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Detective fiction

Riptide is an American TV detective series that ran on NBC from December 3, 1983 to August 22, 1986, starring Perry King, Joe Penny, and Thom Bray. It was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. ...more

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#71 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows #219 of 510 The Best '80s TV Shows #139 of 151 The Best Action-Adventure TV Shows

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Dear John is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Judd Hirsch, Jere Burns, Harry Groener

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 90

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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#460 of 590 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time #182 of 204 The Most Important TV Sitcoms #67 of 89 The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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Rags to Riches (2006) is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Rags to Riches (2006)

Premiered: 2006

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Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action

Crime Story is an American television drama, created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson, that premiered in 1986 and ran for two seasons on NBC. The executive producer was Michael Mann, who ...more

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Misfits of Science is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Courteney Cox, Kevin Peter Hall, Max Wright

Premiered: 1985

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 16

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction

Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from October 1985 to February 1986. It features super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. A ...more

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#212 of 314 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #218 of 280 The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season #275 of 510 The Best '80s TV Shows

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It's Your Move is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Jason Bateman, Garrett Morris, Ernie Sabella

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Double Trouble is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Barbara Barrie, Patricia Richardson, Anne-Marie Johnson

Premiered: 1984

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 23

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Double Trouble is an American sitcom that aired from 1984 to 1985 on NBC. The series stars identical twins Jean and Liz Sagal as Kate and Allison Foster, two teenagers living under the watchful ...more
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Father Murphy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, Timothy Gibbs

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 35

Genres (Tv): Western, Drama

Father Murphy is an American western drama series that aired on the NBC network from November 3, 1981 to September 18, 1983. Michael Landon created the series, was the executive producer, and ...more
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Love, Sidney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Tony Randall, Swoosie Kurtz, Kaleena Kiff

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Love, Sidney was an American situation comedy which ran on NBC from October 28, 1981 until June 6, 1983. The series was based on a short story written by Marilyn Cantor Baker, which was ...more
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NBC News at Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows

Premiered: 1983

Genres (Tv): News

NBC News at Sunrise was an American early morning television news program that aired on NBC from 1983 to 1999. The program featured the top news headlines of the morning, sports and weather ...more
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Baby Boom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Joy Behar, Kate Jackson, Susie Essman

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Baby Boom is an American sitcom series starring Kate Jackson. The series is based on the 1987 film Baby Boom. The pilot premiered September 10, 1988 on NBC, and the series began on November 2,
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A Year in the Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Peterson, Adam Arkin

Premiered: 1987

A Year in the Life is a 1986 Emmy Award–winning miniseries and a one-hour dramatic series that ran on NBC during the 1987–1988 television season, created by Joshua Brand and John Falsey. The ...more
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Jennifer Slept Here is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Scarpelli, Ann Jillian

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy television, Fantasy

Jennifer Slept Here is an American fantasy sitcom series that ran for one season on NBC from October 21, 1983 to September 5, 1984.
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Buffalo Bill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Dabney Coleman, Joanna Cassidy, Max Wright

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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Easy Street is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 1980s NBC Shows
Loni Anderson, jack Elam, Lee Weaver

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom

Easy Street is an American sitcom that aired for 22 episodes on NBC during the 1986-87 television season.