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The Best 1980s NBC Shows

Updated April 7, 2019 5.2k votes 471 voters 12.6k views47 items

List RulesVote 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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    Punky Brewster

    Ami Foster, Cherie Johnson
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    Cheers

    Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long
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    The Golden Girls

    Rue McClanahan, Betty White
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    Family Ties

    Justine Bateman, Meredith Baxter
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    Amazing Stories

    Charles Durning, Douglas Seale
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    Night Court

    Florence Halop, Harry Anderson
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    The Facts of Life

    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields
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    The A-Team

    Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz
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    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Edward James Olmos
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    Diff'rent Strokes

    Mary Jo Catlett, Danny Cooksey
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    ALF

    Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson
    ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was...  more

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    Knight Rider

    Rebecca Holden, Patricia McPherson
    Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to...  more

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    Saturday Night Live

    Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig
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    The Cosby Show

    Raven-Symoné, Malcolm-Jamal Warner
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    Mama's Family

    Dorothy Lyman, Allan Kayser
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    CHiPs

    Brodie Greer, Larry Wilcox
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    Silver Spoons

    Alfonso Ribeiro, Ricky Schroder
    Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986...  more
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    Gimme a Break!

    Kari Michaelson, Lara Jill Miller
    Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981...  more

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    Highway to Heaven

    Victor French, Michael Landon
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    Little House on the Prairie

    Dabbs Greer, Steve Tracy
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    Bosom Buddies

    Holland Taylor, Telma Hopkins
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    Hill Street Blues

    Taurean Blacque, James B. Sikking
    Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and...  more

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    Matlock

    Carol Huston, Kene Holliday
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    Quincy, M.E.

    Garry Walberg, Joseph Roman
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    Remington Steele

    Pierce Brosnan, James Read
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