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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
360 204
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cheers 1982-1993

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2
269 186
Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Family Ties 1982-1989

3
361 183
Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988

4
297 188
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992

5
290 203
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

6
273 156
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
283 210
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Golden Girls 1985-1992

8
216 198
Newhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990

9
219 207
Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Moonlighting 1985-1989

10
170 230
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Hill Street Blues 1981-1987

11
326 179
The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987

12
183 167
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
looksharp added Taxi 1978-1983

13
316 192
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

14
258 174
Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Miami Vice 1984-1990

15
262 207
The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992

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16
188 184
Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Remington Steele 1982-1987

17
117 220
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
L.A. Law 1986-1994

18
303 164
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

19
157 215
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998

20
285 159
MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992

21
191 111
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

22
122 215
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988

23
288 182
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986

24
198 135
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Simpsons 1989

25
227 193
ALF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
ALF 1986-1990

26
140 220
Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993

27
128 248
Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

28
118 207
St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988

29
226 157
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
213 217
Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
WarrenMitchell added Full House 1987-1995

31
178 200
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dallas 1978-1991

32
186 178
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987

33
145 47
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Happy Days 1974

34
157 197
Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Mama's Family 1983-1990

35
83 46
CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added CHiPs 1977

36
174 85
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
slaft added Three's Company 1977

37
169 175
The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

38
113 50
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

39
81 45
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Charlie's Angels 1976

40
94 54
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

41
111 72
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988

42
99 31
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mork & Mindy 1978

43
106 54
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

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44
76 31
The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show 1980

45
113 49
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

46
64 175
The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Tracey Ullman Show 1987

47
187 169
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988

48
100 58
Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows

49
116 199
Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989

50
161 178
Charles in Charge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Charles in Charge 1984-1990