1980 Fall TV Schedule

by raisleygordon | created - 13 Jun 2011 | updated - 13 Jun 2011 | Public

The start of the 1980-81 season was affected by an actors' strike.

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1. Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980–1982)

60 min | Music

7.5
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Country music-variety series starring country superstar Barbara Mandrell and her sisters, Louise, and Irlene.

Stars: Barbara Mandrell, Louise Mandrell, Irlene Mandrell, Alabama

Votes: 98

NBC

2. Bosom Buddies (1980–1982)

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Two young single ad men must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon, Holland Taylor

Votes: 2,513

ABC

3. Breaking Away (1980–1981)

60 min | Drama, Family

8.2
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Four buddies live in Bloomington, Indiana, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.

Stars: Barbara Barrie, Shaun Cassidy, Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Wiggin

Votes: 90

ABC

4. Enos (1980–1981)

60 min | Action, Comedy

5.8
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The big city adventures of Officer Enos Strate of Hazzard County.

Stars: Sonny Shroyer, Samuel E. Wright, John Dehner, John Milford

Votes: 87

CBS

5. Freebie and the Bean (1980–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Series based on the Richard Rush film starring James Caan and Alan Arkin

Stars: Hector Elizondo, Tom Mason, William Daniels, George Loros

Votes: 23

CBS

6. Games People Play (1980–1981)

60 min | Sport

8.6
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A sports/variety show that introduced people to the more unusual side of sports, in some cases spotlighting activities that would later gain in popularity as cable TV brought such sports to... See full summary »

Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Adamle, Christopher Allen, Erik Estrada

Votes: 7

NBC

7. I'm a Big Girl Now (1980–1981)

30 min

7.4
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Dr. Benjamin Douglas is a cantankerous dentist dealing with life after his wife runs away with his dental partner while his grownup daughter, Diana, moves in with him after her own divorce ... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Canova, Danny Thomas, Rori King, Sheree North

Votes: 22

ABC

8. Ladies' Man (1980–1981)

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Sitcom about a male journalist working at a women's magazine.

Stars: Lawrence Pressman, Karen Morrow, Natasha Ryan, Simone Griffeth

Votes: 12

CBS

9. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.5
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The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 17,516

CBS

10. It's a Living (1980–1989)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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This series featured a group of waitresses (and a pianist, Sonny) who work at a fancy restaurant at the top of a skyscraper.

Stars: Gail Edwards, Barrie Youngfellow, Paul Kreppel, Marian Mercer

Votes: 443

ABC

a.k.a. "It's a Living"

11. Marie (1980–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.6
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Stars: Marie Osmond, Scott Baio, Jeff Conaway, Jay Johnson

Votes: 10

NBC

12. Number 96 (1980–1981)

60 min | Drama

4.0
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Soap opera of the lives of a group of residents at Number 96 Pacific Way and their dealings with sex, gossip and many personal problems.

Stars: Sharon Spelman, Barry Bartle, Phillip Avalon, Terry Kiser

Votes: 5

NBC

13. Secrets of Midland Heights (1980–1981)

60 min | Drama

6.2
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The wealthy Millington family preside over a quiet university town in the Midwest. Guy is the ruthless patriarch never having enough money or power. Various scandals and affairs occupy the Welsh, Carroll, and Wheeler households.

Stars: Robert Hogan, Melora Hardin, Martha Scott, Linda Hamilton

Votes: 17

CBS

14. The Steve Allen Comedy Hour (1980–1981)

60 min | Comedy

6.3
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Stars: Steve Allen, Joe Baker, Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding

Votes: 17

NBC

15. Those Amazing Animals (1980–1981)

60 min | Documentary, Family

7.0
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A show focusing on various animals both in the studio and in nature footage.

Stars: Burgess Meredith, Priscilla Presley, Jim Stafford

Votes: 20

ABC

16. Too Close for Comfort (1980–1987)

30 min | Comedy

6.6
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Jackie and Sarah Rush are two grown sisters who live in half of a duplex. Their parents, Henry and Muriel, live in the other half. Though one might think this proximity may be fun, both ... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock, Deborah Van Valkenburgh

Votes: 1,326

ABC