Classic 80s Television

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1. 21 Jump Street (1987–1991)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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The cases of an undercover police unit composed of young looking officers specializing in youth crime.

Stars: Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen, Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete

Votes: 9,333

2. 227 (1985–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

6.6
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This series took place in an apartment building, numbered 227. The cast would frequently be found sitting outside on a large set of stone stairs, in some discussion that would unfold into the weekly plot line.

Stars: Helen Martin, Marla Gibbs, Hal Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall

Votes: 2,045

3. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 26,344

4. Amen (1986–1991)

30 min | Comedy

6.9
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Deacon Frye, head of the First Community Church of Philadelphia, is trying to keep everything in his church firmly under control. His new assistant, Rev. Reuben Gregory, however, has some ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan

Votes: 1,111

5. Benson (1979–1986)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.1
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Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion.

Stars: Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson, Missy Gold

Votes: 2,278

6. 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: 2,515

7. Charles in Charge (1984–1990)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.1
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Charles, a college student, is a live-in housekeeper in the Powell household. Charles, along with his friend Buddy, attempts to juggle his studies, friendships and duties to the family.

Stars: Scott Baio, Willie Aames, Nicole Eggert, Josie Davis

Votes: 4,321

8. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.

Stars: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

Votes: 39,093

9. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.7
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The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 7,544

10. Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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A teenaged genius deals with the usual problems of growing up: having a girlfriend, going to parties, hanging out with his best friend, all this on top of being a licensed physician in a ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery, Lawrence Pressman

Votes: 6,800

11. Eight Is Enough (1977–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

Stars: Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham, Susan Richardson

Votes: 1,960

12. Family Ties (1982–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter, Justine Bateman

Votes: 13,091

13. Gimme a Break! (1981–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

6.4
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Carl Kanisky is chief of police in Glenlawn, California. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he asks her friend, Nell Harper, to come in to keep house and take care of his children, ... See full summary »

Stars: Nell Carter, Lara Jill Miller, Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler

Votes: 1,958

14. Growing Pains (1985–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.6
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The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Jeremy Miller

Votes: 11,222

15. Head of the Class (1986–1991)

30 min | Comedy

6.6
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A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.

Stars: William G. Schilling, Jeannetta Arnette, Dan Frischman, Robin Givens

Votes: 1,607

16. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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A probationary angel, sent back to Earth, teams with an ex-cop to help people.

Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, James Troesh, Margie Impert

Votes: 3,356

17. Kate & Allie (1984–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

6.9
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When Allie Lowell divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to New York City and moves in with her best friend, Kate McArdle, also divorced and raising a ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Frederick Koehler, Allison Smith

Votes: 1,280

18. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 24,344

19. MacGyver (1985–1992)

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

7.7
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The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Robin Mossley

Votes: 30,614

20. 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: 17,526

21. Mama's Family (1983–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the ... See full summary »

Stars: Vicki Lawrence, Beverly Archer, Ken Berry, Dorothy Lyman

Votes: 3,600

22. Miami Vice (1984–1990)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 18,837

23. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents, and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,614

24. Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Family

6.7
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The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family.

Stars: Christopher Hewett, Bob Uecker, Ilene Graff, Rob Stone

Votes: 3,008

25. My Two Dads (1987–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.1
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When Marcy Bradford dies, she leaves her teen-age daughter Nicole in the custody of a father she has never met; or rather, two fathers - Michael, a straight-laced and formal man; and Joey, ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Reiser, Greg Evigan, Staci Keanan, Florence Stanley

Votes: 2,379

26. Night Court (1984–1992)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

7.7
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An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.

Stars: Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson

Votes: 8,100

27. Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.3
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A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson, Rebeca Arthur

Votes: 7,012

28. Punky Brewster (1984–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Comedy

6.5
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Punky Brewster is a show about a girl named Penelope "Punky" Brewster. She is abandoned with her dog, Brandon, in a supermarket by her mother. She doesn't want to stay in an orphanage, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Soleil Moon Frye, George Gaynes, Cherie Johnson, Sandy

Votes: 3,704

29. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time, "leaping" into the body of a different person, in a different time period each week.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt, Dennis Wolfberg

Votes: 22,147

30. Silver Spoons (1982–1987)

30 min | Comedy, Family

6.1
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Ricky Stratton is a spoiled rich kid who lives the life that many kids dream of, but he still suffers from the problems that many teens do.

Stars: Ricky Schroder, Erin Gray, Joel Higgins, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 2,810

31. Simon & Simon (1981–1989)

60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Two brothers of disparate tastes and manners run a private detective agency.

Stars: Jameson Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mary Carver, Tim Reid

Votes: 3,397

32. Small Wonder (1985–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Father Ted Lawson creates a robot, VICI (played by Tiffany Brissette). The family--Ted, Joan and Jamie--keep VICI's identity secret, and pretend that she is their daughter. Harriet, their ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran, Tiffany Brissette

Votes: 3,755

33. The A-Team (1983–1987)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

Stars: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict

Votes: 28,667

34. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.4
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The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 27,405

35. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

7.1
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The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County.

Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 8,010

36. The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

6.8
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A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon

Votes: 4,556

37. The Fall Guy (1981–1986)

60 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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The adventures of a film stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.

Stars: Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Markie Post

Votes: 4,791

38. The Golden Girls (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Four previously married women live together in Miami, sharing their various experiences together and enjoying themselves despite hard times.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

Votes: 25,090

39. The Greatest American Hero (1981–1983)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A teacher is asked to be a superhero using a special alien suit with powers he can barely understand or control.

Stars: William Katt, Connie Sellecca, Robert Culp, Michael Paré

Votes: 3,466

40. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 9,730

41. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.1
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After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 6,807

42. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.3
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Kevin Arnold recalls growing up during the late 60s and early 70s; the turbulent social times make the transition from child to adult unusually interesting.

Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern, Alley Mills

Votes: 30,390

43. Valerie (1986–1991)

30 min | Comedy, Family

6.5
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Originally the saga of a working mom raising her three sons alone while her pilot husband is away. After star Valerie Harper left the series, her role was filled by Sandy Duncan as the boys' aunt.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Luis Daniel Ponce, Josh Taylor

Votes: 1,041

44. Webster (1983–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Family

5.7
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The post-retirement season is suddenly disrupted for football player George Papadapolis and his wife Katherine when Webster, the orphaned son of a former teammate, moves in. Laughter, and life lessons, in every episode.

Stars: Emmanuel Lewis, Alex Karras, Susan Clark, Henry Polic II

Votes: 1,967

45. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.5
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Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro

Votes: 8,525

46. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.0
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The staff of a struggling radio station has a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music.

Stars: Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman

Votes: 5,996