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The Best 1980s NBC Shows

Updated June 23, 2021 4.8k votes 486 voters 13.6k views57 items

List RulesVote up the best TV series that aired new episodes between 1980 and 1989 on NBC.

These are the best NBC '80s 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. While some of the best 1980s NBC series were dramas the other good NBC '80s shows 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 list of the best NBC '80s shows? 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.

The gritty and realistic NBC '80s show 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.

What are the best NBC '80s shows? Did the shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1980s NBC shows you think are the best of the decade and see where the NBC shows of the '80s you loved to watch rank.

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  • 1

    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman
    133
    59

    Premiered1982

    GenresComedy

  • 2

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan
    122
    54

    Premiered1985

    GenresSitcom

  • 3

    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter
    117
    58

    Premiered1982

    GenresSitcom

  • 4

    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette
    110
    57

    Premiered1984

    GenresSitcom

  • 5

    The Facts of Life

    Charlotte Rae, Lisa Whelchel
    96
    58

    Premiered1979

    GenresSitcom

  • 6

    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas
    92
    59

    Premiered1984

    GenresCrime drama

  • 7

    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T
    95
    71

    Premiered1983

    GenresDrama, Action

  • 8

    Knight Rider

    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare
    90
    67

    Premiered1982

    GenresCrime drama, Fantasy

  • 9
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    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon
    69
    49

    Premiered1975

    GenresComedy

  • 10

    Diff'rent Strokes

    Conrad Bain, Gary Coleman
    74
    55

    Premiered1978

    GenresComedy

  • 11

    ALF

    Max Wright, Anne Schedeen
    81
    65

    Premiered1986

    GenresComedy

  • 12

    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad
    79
    65

    Premiered1984

    GenresSitcom

  • 13

    CHiPs

    Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada
    65
    53

    Premiered1977

    GenresAction, Crime, Drama

  • 14

    Silver Spoons

    Ricky Schroder, Joel Higgins
    60
    51

    Premiered1982

    GenresSitcom

  • 15

    Little House on the Prairie

    Michael Landon, Karen Grassle
    31
    18

    Premiered1974

    GenresDrama

  • 16

    Highway to Heaven

    Michael Landon, Victor French
    59
    51

    Premiered1984

    GenresDrama, Fantasy

  • 17

    Gimme a Break!

    Nell Carter, Dolph Sweet
    60
    54

    Premiered1981

    GenresSitcom

  • 18

    Mama's Family

    Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry
    65
    60

    Premiered1983

    GenresSitcom

  • 19

    Punky Brewster

    Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes
    60
    55

    Premiered1984

    GenresSitcom

  • 20

    Hunter

    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer
    51
    52

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1984

    GenresCrime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Action

  • 21

    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan
    53
    54

    Premiered1982

    GenresCrime drama

  • 22

    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Julie Sommars
    53
    56

    Premiered1986

    GenresDrama, Mystery

  • 23

    Quincy, M.E.

    Jack Klugman, Garry Walberg
    45
    48

    Premiered1976

    GenresCrime drama, Medical

  • 24

    Amazing Stories

    Charles Durning, Douglas Seale
    40
    41

    Premiered1985

    GenresFantasy, Mystery, Science Fiction

  • 25

    Hill Street Blues

    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren
    48
    52

    Premiered1981

    GenresCrime drama