TOP 50 BEST 80'S T.V PROGRAMMES

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1. Miami Vice (1984–1990)

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

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: 19,935

The 80's cop show 'Miami Vice' is an absolutely brilliant T.V Programme. This cop show combined synthesized electronic music, High powered Sports cars, with, designer label clothing, style and real hard tough, in your face action and violence. This T.V show is an absolutely brilliant t.v cop programme and kicks ass against the weak film version of the show Miami Vice starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx that came out in 2006. That film was a weak film but the T.V Show Miami Vice starring Don Johnson as Detective Sonny Crockett, Phillip Michael Thomas as Detective Ricardo Tubbs and Edward James Olmos as Lieutenant Castillo was a 100 times better than the 2006 film starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.

2. Airwolf (1984–1986)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.

Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott

Votes: 8,148

This awesome 80's T.V show is an absolutely brilliant programme about a state of the art, hi-tech attack helicopter, armed with deadly weapons such as Cannons, Chain guns, Hellfire, Copperheads, Sidewinders, Sunburst, Lasers etc and equipped with cutting-edge on-board computer, surveillance and radar systems,able to fly quicker than the fastest jets, and armed with immense firepower. This T.V Show is an excellent programme starring Jan Michael Vincent as Stringfelllow Hawke, Ernest Borgnine as Dominic Santini, Jean Bruce Scott as Caitlin and Alex Cord as Archangel.

3. Street Hawk (1985)

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

A desk bound cop secretly fights crime as the test pilot for a prototype combat motorcycle.

Stars: Rex Smith, Richard Venture, Joe Regalbuto, Jeannie Wilson

Votes: 2,404

This absolutely brilliant 80's T.V show is about an ex motorcycle cop called Jesse Mach who has been destined to ride Streethawk an all terrain attack motorcycle, capable of doing speeds of up to 300 mph and armed with immense firepower. This T.V show is an excellent programme starring Rex Smith as Jesse Mach and Joe Regabultto as Norman Tuttle.

4. The A-Team (1983–1987)

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

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: 29,923

This absolutely brilliant 80's T.V show is an excellent programme about four Vietnam veterans, framed for a crime they didn't commit, on the run from the military, Today still wanted by the government, they surive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The A-Team. This is an absolutely brilliant programme that the family will enjoy.

5. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

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

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: 10,262

This absolutely brilliant T.V show is an excellent programme which is about a mild mannered scientist called Dr David Banner who after accidental exposure to gamma radiation is transformed into the uncontrollable and enraging Hulk. Dr David Banner must find cures to help him stop transforming into this huge monster. This is an absolutely brilliant T.V programme starring Bill Bixy as Dr David Banner and Bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno as The Hulk.

6. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

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

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: 25,713

This excellent T.V show about a man named Michael Knight played by David Hasselhoff and his awesome high powered, indestructible Black sports car with a system inside the car called K.I.T.T (Knight Industries Two Thousand) with awesome features such as great firepower etc enabling the car to communicate is an absolutely brilliant T.V programme.

7. Manimal (1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A man who can change himself into any animal fights crime.

Stars: Simon MacCorkindale, Melody Anderson, Reni Santoni, Michael D. Roberts

Votes: 1,309

This excellent T.V show is about a consultant for the NYPD called Jonathan Chase, who could transform himself into various animal forms such as the Eagle and the most dangreous and well know one The Black Panther. Jonathan transformed himself into animal forms such as the Black Panther to help people in need who were being held as hostages in crimes by dangerous criminals. This is an absolutely brilliant T.V programme.

8. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

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

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

Votes: 8,821

This brilliant T.V show is about The Duke Family, Cousins Bo and Luke, assisted by their sexy cousin Daisy and their Uncle Jesse, fight the system and root out the corrupt practices of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg and his bumbling Sheriff Rosco P.Coltrane.The Duke boys, a pair of 'Robin Hood' types complete with bows and arrows, are assisted in their adventures by their car, an orange coloured 1969 Dodge Charger. This is an absolutely brilliant T.V show starring Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke, John Schneider as Bo Duke, Tom Wopat as Luke Duke and Denver Pyle as Uncle Jesse Duke.

9. CHiPs (1977–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.

Stars: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine, Paul Linke

Votes: 6,351

This is an excellent T.V Show and is one that should not be missed.

10. Automan (1983–1984)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A computer-generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in the city.

Stars: Desi Arnaz Jr., Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 1,284

This is a brilliant 80's T.V show is about a policeman named Walter Nebicher. This cop is an expert in computers and he developed a highly sophisticated hologram named Automan, which helps him fight Crime. Automan has an assistant named Curser that can creat holographic objects such as a car, helicopter or any other object need by Walter or Automan to fight crime.

11. The Fall Guy (1981–1986)

60 min | Action, Adventure

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

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

Votes: 5,187

This is a brilliant 80's T.V show is about a stuntman named Colt Seavers, who picked up a little extra money by using his his special skills to track down and capture bail jumpers. This is an absolutely brilliant 80's T.V programme starring Lee Majors as Colt Seavers.

12. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino, with the help of police snitch, Huggy Bear.

Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 6,126

This is a brilliant T.V show and is one that should not be missed.

13. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

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

The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

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

Votes: 18,688

This is an excellent 80's T.V show starring Tom Selleck and is one that should not be missed.

14. Hunter (I) (1984–1991)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

Votes: 3,067

This is an excellent 80'S T.V cop show and is definitely one that should not be missed.

15. T.J. Hooker (1982–1986)

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

The weekly adventures of tough-as-nails veteran police officer Sgt. T.J. Hooker, who rides the beat with his rookie partner Vince Romano.

Stars: William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed, James Darren

Votes: 3,120

This is a brilliant 80's cop show starring William Shatner and Heather Locklear and is a cop show that should not be missed.

16. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 6,124

This is a classic 80's cop show and is one that should not be missed.

17. The Equalizer (1985–1989)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing, Mark Margolis

Votes: 3,694

This is an excellent 80's T.V cop show starring Edward Woodward and is a really good one that should not be missed.

18. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, John Karlen

Votes: 2,653

This 80's cop show about two U.S feamle cops is one cop show that also should not be missed.

19. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Votes: 4,912

This is an excellent T.V show and should not be missed.

20. Blue Thunder (1984)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.

Stars: James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Sandy McPeak, Dick Butkus

Votes: 1,174

This very good 80's T.V show about a state of the art hi-tech police helicopter called Blue Thunder is a very good programme, but it is not as good as Airwolf which is a far better programme. Blue Thunder is a Police Helicopter and Airwolf is a military with awesome firepower, deadly weapons etc and also Airwolf can slaughter Blue Thunder to death because Airwolf is a far more Sophisticated hi-tech attack helicopter.

21. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 9,945

Dallas was an excellent 80's T.V programme starring starring Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

22. Dynasty (1981–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.

Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson

Votes: 5,581

Dynasty was an excellent 80's T.V programme starring Joan Collins.

23. Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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

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

Votes: 7,059

Doogie Howser M.D was an excellent 80's/90's T.V programme starring Neil Patrick Harris and Belinda Montgomery.

24. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

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

Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis.

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

Votes: 23,123

Quantum Leap was an excellent 80's/90's T.V programme which was enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

25. The Professionals (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Bridget Brice

Votes: 2,137

The Professionals was an excellent T.V programme which starred actor Martin Shaw.

26. Kojak (1973–1978)

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

A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

Votes: 5,406

Kojak was also an excellent T.V programme.

27. The Sweeney (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal themselves, frequently violent and more often than not successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin

Votes: 1,404

The Sweeney was also an excellent programme which starred Dennis Waterman.

28. Minder (1979–1994)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »

Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster

Votes: 1,526

Minder was also an excellent T.V programme.

29. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Stars: Graham Cole, Jeff Stewart, Trudie Goodwin, Simon Rouse

Votes: 2,374

The Bill was also an excellent T.V programme which starred actors such as Todd Carty.

30. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 15,333

Murder She Wrote was also an excellent T.V programme which starred Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher.

31. Bergerac (1981–1991)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Mela White

Votes: 1,034

Bergerac was also an excellent T.V programme.

32. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michael Tucker

Votes: 3,686

L.A Law was also an excellent T.V programme.

33. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,207

Tales of The Unexpected was also an excellent T.V programme.

34. Taggart (1983–2010)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Maryhill CID investigates gruesome murders against the bleak backdrop of the city of Glasgow.

Stars: Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie, Alex Norton

Votes: 1,080

Taggart was also an excellent T.V programme.

35. Top of the Pops (1964–2016)

30 min | Music

A rundown of the latest chart hits, featuring in-studio performances from popular music artists.

Stars: The Ladybirds, Pan's People, Jimmy Savile, Lulu Cartwright

Votes: 625

Top of the Pops was also an excellent T.V programme which started in 1964 and went right through to the 80's and 90's.

The Chart Show was also an excellent T.V programme.

37. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

Votes: 948

Grange Hill was also an excellent T.V programme.

38. Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Dempsey, a tough NYPD cop, is sent to a London undercover police unit teamed up with the sophisticated, sexy, blonde Makepeace. They hunt down the top of London's underworld - when not quarreling.

Stars: Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, Ray Smith, Tony Osoba

Votes: 1,222

Dempsey and Makepeace was also an excellent T.V programme.

39. Desmond's (1989–1994)

50 min | Comedy

Desmond, his non-confirming family and the regulars of his hairdressers in Peckham, London.

Stars: Norman Beaton, Carmen Munroe, Ram John Holder, Gyearbuor Asante

Votes: 512

Desmonds was also an excellent T.V programme.

40. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

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

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

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

Votes: 28,387

The Cosby Show was also an excellent T.V programme starring Bill Cosby and Malcolm Jamal Warner.

41. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

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

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: 8,019

Diff'rent Strokes was also an excellent T.V programme.

42. The Lenny Henry Show (1987–1988)

30 min | Comedy

Sitcom version of "_The Lenny Henry Show" (1984)_, featuring the misadventures of pirate radio DJ Delbert Wilkins.

Stars: Lenny Henry, Vas Blackwood, Ellen Thomas, Michael Mears

Votes: 74

The Lenny Henry Show was an excellent T.V programme starring Lenny Henry and Vas Blackwood. Lenny's charcters Delbert Wilkins, Deakus, Lucas, Theophilus P. Wildebeeste etc are also absolutely hilarious and entertaining.



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