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It seems like the '80s were a golden age for, well, coming-of-age stories on television. These are the best 1980s teen shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of the best 80s teen shows packed each episode with a message that kids could act on in their own lives, while others were less concerned with teaching lessons and more concerned with supplying a few laughs. There is certainly room for both on TV.

What are some examples of TV shows you can expect to find on this 1980s teen shows list? The Wonder Years, which premiered in 1988, set the standard for every teen series that followed. Though it aired in the 1980s and '90s, the plot of the show followed Arnold Family throughout the '60s and '70s. Saved By the Bell was another great young adult program that was on television in the 1980s. It's also worth bringing up the fact that before she was Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker starred as Patty Greene in another top 80s teen show, Square Pegs

So, which is the best 80s teen series? What is your opinion? Vote up your favorites and see if other Ranker voters agree with you!
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Teen Shows
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Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and their principal. Primarily focusing on lighthearted comedic situations, it occasionally touches on serious social issues, such as drug use, driving under the influence, homelessness, remarriage, death, women's rights, and environmental issues. The series starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mario Lopez. The show spawned two spin-off series: Saved by the Bell: The College Years, a primetime series that follows several ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 4

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#74 on The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

#83 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#11 on The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

#26 on The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Teen Shows
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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 spin-off of the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, the series' premise focuses on Edna Garrett as she becomes a housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, New York. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 9

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#54 on The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

#62 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#82 on The Greatest TV Shows for Women

#74 on Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Time

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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Teen Shows
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Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on ABC from September 19, 1989 to July 28, 1993, totaling 97 episodes. Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, it stars Neil Patrick Harris in the title role as a teenage physician who also faces the problems of being a normal teenager. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 4

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#95 on The Most Important TV Sitcoms

#46 on The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

#8 on The TGIF Shows You Wish Still Existed

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Head of the Class is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Teen Shows
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Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television network. The series follows a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program at the fictional Monroe High School in Manhattan, and their history teacher Charlie Moore. The program was ostensibly a vehicle for Hesseman, best known for his role as radio DJ Dr. Johnny Fever in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Hesseman left Head of the Class in 1990 and was replaced by Billy Connolly as teacher Billy MacGregor for the final season. After the series ended, Connolly appeared in a short-lived spin-off titled Billy. The series was created and executive produced by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias. Rich ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Leah Remini, Billy Connolly, Robin Givens, Brian Robbins, Howard Hesseman, + more

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 5

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#28 on The Best Sitcoms of the 1980s

#36 on The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

#43 on The Best ABC Comedies of All Time

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