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The Best 1980s NBC Shows

Updated April 7, 2019 5.5k votes 455 voters 11.4k 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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    Cheers
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 2
    The Golden Girls
    130
    58

    The Golden Girls

    Bea Arthur, Betty White

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 3
    Family Ties
    129
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    Family Ties

    Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 4
    Night Court
    114
    63

    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Legal

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  • 5
    The Facts of Life
    103
    64

    The Facts of Life

    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy

    The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    The A-Team
    106
    73

    The A-Team

    George Peppard, Mr. T

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Military, Adventure film, Action

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  • 7
    Miami Vice
    95
    65

    Miami Vice

    Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama

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  • 8
    Diff'rent Strokes
    83
    60

    Diff'rent Strokes

    Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 9
    Knight Rider
    94
    75

    Knight Rider

    David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare

    Premiered1982

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

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  • 10
    Saturday Night Live
    77
    57

    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

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  • 11
    ALF
    88
    71

    ALF

    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction, Puppet

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

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  • 12
    Mama's Family
    77
    63

    Mama's Family

    Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer

    Premiered1983

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Cosby Show
    85
    73

    The Cosby Show

    Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • 14
    CHiPs
    70
    57

    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

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

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  • 15
    Silver Spoons
    67
    58

    Silver Spoons

    Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Silver Spoons is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Punky Brewster
    65
    56

    Punky Brewster

    Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy

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  • 17
    Highway to Heaven
    63
    55

    Highway to Heaven

    Michael Landon, Victor French

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Fantasy

    Highway to Heaven is an American television drama series which ran on NBC from 1984 to 1989.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Gimme a Break!
    63
    59

    Gimme a Break!

    Nell Carter, Kari Michaelsen

    Premiered1981

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Gimme a Break! is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for six seasons from October 29, 1981... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Little House on the Prairie
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  • 20
    Bosom Buddies
    55
    57

    Bosom Buddies

    Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari

    Premiered1980

    Genres (Tv)Improvisational theatre, Sitcom

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  • 21
    Amazing Stories
    45
    46

    Amazing Stories

    Charles Durning, Douglas Seale

    Premiered1985

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Anthology series, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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  • 22
    Quincy, M.E.
    50
    53

    Quincy, M.E.

    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Medical fiction

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  • 23
    Hunter
    54
    59

    Hunter

    Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Action

    Hunter is an American police drama television show that was created by Frank Lupo, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Matlock
    54
    60

    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl

    Premiered1986

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama, Legal

    Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Remington Steele
    54
    62

    Remington Steele

    Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy, Detective fiction

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