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List Rules Only TV series that aired between 1980 and 1989

List of the best television shows from the '80s, as ranked by television fans. In the 1980s, sitcoms were among the most talked about and most watched shows on the air. Shows like Cheers, The Cosby Show, Murphy Brown, and The Golden Girls were always topics of conversation around the water cooler. Family sitcoms were especially popular, with the rise of shows like Family Ties, The Wonder Years, The Facts of Life, and Who’s the Boss.

Procedural crime dramas like Miami Vice, Knight Rider, and Remington Steele were popular, not only for the feather-haired hunks and uniquely '80s fashion, but also for their action-packed plots. The '80s also saw a rise in soap-style primetime television. The goings on in Dynasty and Dallas were constant topics of conversation. Many of the more popular shows lasted well into the next decade, but even some of the most well-remembered shows of the 80s only lasted a season or two, such as Max Headroom and The Greatest American Hero.

What are your favorite shows from the '80s? Take a look at this list filled with the best shows the '80s had to offer. Maybe you’ll be inspired to take out those old Betamax recordings and rewatch your favorite actually-good '80s shows that really hold up.

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1
384 209
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cheers 1982-1993

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2
281 191
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Family Ties 1982-1989

3
374 191
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

4
311 192
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992

5
305 205
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

6
283 162
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
murphycat added M*A*S*H 1972-1983

7
291 215
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Golden Girls 1985-1992

8
223 202
Newhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990

9
229 208
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Moonlighting 1985-1989

10
177 232
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Hill Street Blues 1981-1987

11
336 181
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987

12
192 170
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
looksharp added Taxi 1978-1983

13
330 193
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

14
273 208
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992

15
268 177
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Miami Vice 1984-1990

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16
195 189
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Remington Steele 1982-1987

17
315 165
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

18
119 224
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
L.A. Law 1986-1994

19
162 216
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998

20
299 160
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992

21
127 217
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

22
200 112
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

23
300 183
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986

24
206 139
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Simpsons 1989

25
234 196
ALF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
ALF 1986-1990

26
142 223
Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993

27
132 250
Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

28
121 208
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988

29
236 157
Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Who's the Boss? 1984-1992

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30
221 220
Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
WarrenMitchell added Full House 1987-1995

31
181 204
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dallas 1978-1991

32
191 180
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987

33
153 48
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Happy Days 1974

34
93 47
CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added CHiPs 1977

35
163 200
Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Mama's Family 1983-1990

36
184 85
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
slaft added Three's Company 1977

37
172 177
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

38
120 51
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

39
100 56
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

40
116 73
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988

41
84 49
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Charlie's Angels 1976

42
111 54
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

43
80 31
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show 1980

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44
103 33
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mork & Mindy 1978

45
111 59
Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

46
118 51
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

47
194 169
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988

48
65 179
The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Tracey Ullman Show 1987

49
166 181
Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Charles in Charge 1984-1990

50
118 206
Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989