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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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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cheers 1982-1993 Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Family Ties 1982-1989 Family Ties is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1982 until May 14, 1989. The series, created by Gary David Goldberg, reflected the move in the United States from the ...more

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Magnum, P.I. 1980-1988 Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Wonder Years 1988-1993 The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Night Court 1984-1992 Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more

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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 M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Golden Girls 1985-1992 The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more

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Moonlighting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Moonlighting 1985-1989 Moonlighting is an American television series that aired on ABC from March 3, 1985, to May 14, 1989. The network aired a total of 66 episodes. Starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis as ...more

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Newhart 1982-1990 Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October 25, 1982, to May 21, 1990. The series starred comedian Bob Newhart and actress Mary Frann as an ...more

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Hill Street Blues 1981-1987 Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
looksharp added Taxi 1978-1983 Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more

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The A-Team is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The A-Team 1983-1987 The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex–U.S. Army Special Forces personnel who, after being imprisoned as war ...more

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Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Married... with Children 1987-1997 Married... with Children is an American sitcom that aired for 11 seasons. It featured a dysfunctional family living in a fictional Chicago suburb. The series, notable for being the first ...more

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Miami Vice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Miami Vice 1984-1990 Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and ...more

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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Cosby Show 1984-1992 The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
L.A. Law 1986-1994 L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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Remington Steele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Remington Steele 1982-1987 Remington Steele is an American television series co-created by Robert Butler and Michael Gleason. The series, starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan, was produced by MTM Enterprises ...more

The Best 1980s Primetime TV Shows

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Murphy Brown 1988-1998 Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes. The program starred Candice Bergen as the eponymous Murphy ...more

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Dukes of Hazzard 1979-1985 The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
MacGyver 1985-1992 MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Knight Rider 1982-1986 Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Cagney & Lacey 1982-1988 Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars ...more

The Best 80s Nick Shows

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Designing Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Designing Women 1986-1993 Designing Women is an American television sitcom created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that aired on CBS from September 29, 1986, until May 24, 1993, producing seven seasons and 178 episodes. The ...more

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
WKRP in Cincinnati 1978 WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
ALF 1986-1990 ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Simpsons 1989 The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986-1990 Pee-wee's Playhouse is an American children's television program starring Paul Reubens as the childlike Pee-wee Herman which ran from 1986 to 1990 on Saturday mornings on CBS. The show was ...more

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St. Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988 St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama black comedy television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982, to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and ...more

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Who's the Boss? 1984-1992 Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
WarrenMitchell added Full House 1987-1995 Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Love Boat 1977-1987 The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dallas 1978-1991 Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added CHiPs 1977 CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Happy Days 1974 Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Mama's Family is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Mama's Family 1983-1990 Mama's Family is an American television sitcom starring Vicki Lawrence as Thelma Harper. The series is a spin-off of a recurring series of comedy sketches on The Carol Burnett Show and Carol ...more

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The Greatest American Hero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Greatest American Hero 1981-1983 The Greatest American Hero is an American comedy-drama television series that aired for three seasons from 1981 to 1983 on ABC. Created by producer Stephen J. Cannell, it premiered as a two-hour ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
slaft added Three's Company 1977 Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Muppet Show 1976 The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Roseanne 1988 Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Growing Pains Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long Island, New York, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), take care of ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley 1976 Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Facts of Life 1979-1988 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 ...more

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
The Jetsons 1962 The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more

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21 Jump Street is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
21 Jump Street 1987-1991 21 Jump Street is an American police procedural television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. ...more

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mork & Mindy 1978 Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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The Tracey Ullman Show is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
mclewis added The Tracey Ullman Show 1987 The Tracey Ullman Show is an American television variety show, starring English-born comedian and onetime pop singer Tracey Ullman. It debuted on April 5, 1987, as the Fox network's second ...more

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The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show 1980 The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is an animated television program produced by Filmation for MGM Television in 1980, on CBS for Saturday mornings. The show lasted two seasons and the individual ...more

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Charlie's Angels 1976 Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan ...more

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
slaft added Seinfeld 1989 Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '80s TV Shows
Dynasty 1981-1989 Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more