The Best TV Shows of the 80's

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1. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 39,562

2. Three's Company (1976–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Richard Kline

Votes: 10,814

3. 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: 8,496

4. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 10,413

5. 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: 9,515

6. 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: 5,584

7. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 43,509

8. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

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

Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 21,163

9. The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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: 5,184

10. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

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

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: 8,656

11. 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: 27,050

12. 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: 5,928

13. 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: 10,489

14. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the nineteenth century American Midwest.

Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Rachel Lindsay Greenbush

Votes: 14,806

15. Fantasy Island (1977–1984)

TV-G | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Accounts of visitors to a unique resort island in the Pacific Ocean that can fulfill literally any fantasy requested, but rarely turn out as expected.

Stars: Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett, Wendy Schaal

Votes: 6,013

16. The Love Boat (1977–1987)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The romantic and comic tales of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess.

Stars: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Fred Grandy

Votes: 7,827

17. V: The Final Battle (1984)

TV-14 | 272 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A small group of human resistance fighters fight a desperate guerilla war against the genocidal extra-terrestrials who dominate Earth.

Stars: Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Robert Englund, Faye Grant

Votes: 6,667

18. Growing Pains (1985–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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

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

Votes: 12,344

19. 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: 10,800

20. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 6,297

21. 1st & Ten (1984–1991)

30 min | Comedy, Sport

The comical exploits of the "California Bulls" (a fictional professional football team) and the organization's players.

Stars: Cliff Frazier, Prince Hughes, Donald Gibb, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 344

22. Webster (1983–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Family

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: 2,392

23. Eight Is Enough (1977–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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

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

Votes: 2,216

24. Charles in Charge (1984–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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: 4,784

25. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)

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

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: 9,794

26. Silver Spoons (1982–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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: 3,241

27. Mr. Belvedere (1985–1990)

30 min | Comedy, Family

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

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

Votes: 3,500

28. Punky Brewster (1984–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Comedy

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: 4,215

29. ALF (1986–1990)

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

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: 28,976

30. 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: 31,246

31. 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: 19,823

32. 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: 20,956

33. Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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: 7,822

34. Family Ties (1982–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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: 14,494

35. Too Close for Comfort (1980–1987)

30 min | Comedy

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: 1,526

36. It's a Living (1980–1989)

30 min | Comedy

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: 572

37. We Got It Made (1983–1988)

30 min | Comedy

Short-lived sitcom which lived two lives once on NBC and again in syndication. Two Manhattan bachelors, neat-freak attorney David Tucker and unkempt salesman Jay Bostwick, decide to hire a ... See full summary »

Stars: Teri Copley, Tom Villard, John Hillner, Ron Karabatsos

Votes: 106

38. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 4,056

39. V (1984–1985)

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

A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.

Stars: Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside, Jane Badler

Votes: 9,240

40. V (1983)

Unrated | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.

Stars: Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Faye Grant, Peter Nelson

Votes: 12,197

41. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 6,736

42. 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: 6,916

43. Mama's Family (1983–1990)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Mama's Family originated with Thelma "Mama" Harper, and her younger sister Fran living together in Mama's House.

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

Votes: 4,063

44. Square Pegs (1982–1983)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, two awkward teenage girls, are desperate to fit in at Weemawee High School.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Merritt Butrick, John Femia

Votes: 894

45. Fame (1982–1987)

60 min | Drama, Music, Musical

The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.

Stars: Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray, Debbie Allen, Albert Hague

Votes: 2,797

46. Bosom Buddies (1980–1982)

30 min | Comedy

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: 2,856

47. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983)

300 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The GI Joe Special Missions force must battle to build a counterweapon to Cobra's teleportation device.

Stars: Michael Bell, Arthur Burghardt, Christopher Collins, B.J. Ward

Votes: 1,465



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