TV Shows From the 1980’s

TV Shows From The 1980’s

The awesome 80’s were all about doing things big: big action, big drama and of course big laughs. Fancy cars, luxurious houses and wealthy, good looking people were the hallmark of any good 80’s show. The 80’s were also chock full of great memorable TV families like the Seavers, The Huxtables, The Keatons and more. Sitcoms were tops with The Facts of Life, Cheers and Golden Girls earning high ratings. Dramas also made their mark as some of the best on TV with series like Dallas, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues. But who could forget some of the most popular shows that made 80’s TV so cool, like Miami Vice, The A-Team and MacGyver.

  • L.A. Law (1986-1994) – 80’s show or 90’s? It ran longer in the 90’s, but we’re tempted to still say 80’s.
    1. $100,000 Pyramid (1973-1988)
    2. 2 Hip 4 TV (1988-?)
    3. 21 Jump Street (1987-1992)
    4. 227 (1985-1990)
    5. 3-2-1 Contact (1980-1992)
    6. A-Team, The (1983-1987)
    7. ABC Afterschool Special (1972-1997)
    8. ABC Weekend Special (1977-1997)
    9. Adderly (1986-1989)
    10. After M*A*S*H (1983-1984)
    11. Airwolf (1984-1986)
    12. ALF (1986-1990)
    13. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985-1989)
    14. Alice (1976-1985)
    15. Alien Nation (1989-1990)
    16. Amazing Stories (1985-1987)
    17. Amen (1986-1991)
    18. Archie Bunker’s Place (1979-1983)
    19. Automan (1983-1984)
    20. Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)
    21. Benji, Zax and the Alien Prince (1983-1984)
    22. Benny Hill Show, The (1969-1989)
    23. Benson (1979-1986)
    24. Best of the West (1981-1982)
    25. BJ and the Bear (1979-1981)
    26. Blacke’s Magic (1986-?)
    27. Blake’s 7 (1978-1981)
    28. Blue Thunder (1984)
    29. Body Language (1984-1986)
    30. Booker (1989-1990)
    31. Bosom Buddies (1980-1982)
    32. Boys Will Be Boys (1987-?) – originally “Second Chance”
    33. Bozo Show, The (1980-1994)
    34. Brady Brides, The (1981-?)
    35. Brain Games
    36. Bring ‘Em Back Alive (1982-1983)
    37. Brothers (1984-1989)
    38. Bumper Stumpers (1987-1990)
    39. Bustin’ Loose (1987-1988)
    40. Cagney and Lacey (1982-1988)
    41. Call to Glory (1984-1985)
    42. Calliope
    43. Capitol (1982-1987)
    44. Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987-1988)
    45. Card Sharks (1978-1981)
    46. Cavanaughs, The (1986-1989)
    47. Charles in Charge (1984-1990)
    48. Charmings, The (1987-1988)
    49. Cheers (1982-1993)
    50. Chicken Soup (1989-?)
    51. Child’s Play (1982-1983)
    52. China Beach (1988-1991)
    53. CHiPs (1977-1983)
    54. Chocky (1984-?)
    55. Code Red (1981-1982)
    56. Colbys (1985-1987)
    57. Condo (1983-?)
    58. Cosby Show, The (1984-1992)
    59. Cover Up (1984-1985)
    60. Crazy Like a Fox (1984-1986)
    61. Crime Story (1986-1988)
    62. D.C. Follies (1987-1989)
    63. Dallas (1978-1991)
    64. Dance Fever (1979-1987)
    65. Dance Party USA (1986-1991)
    66. Day by Day (1988-1989)
    67. Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The (1987-1991)
    68. Degrassi Junior High (1986-?)
    69. Dempsey & Makepeace (1985-1986)
    70. Designing Women (1986-1993)
    71. Diff’rent Strokes (1978-1986)
    72. Dirty Dancing (1988-1989)
    73. Double Dare (1985-?)
    74. Double Trouble (1984-1985)
    75. Down to Earth (1984-1987)
    76. Dreams (1984-?)
    77. Duck Factory, The (1984)
    78. Duet (1987-1989)
    79. Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985)
    80. Dumbo’s Circus (1985-?)
    81. Dynasty (1981-1989)
    82. E/R (1984-1985)
    83. Easy Street (1986-1987)
    84. Edison Twins (1982-1986)
    85. Enos (1980-1981)
    86. Equalizer (1985-1989)
    87. Evening Magazine (1976-1990) – also known as P.M. Magazine
    88. Facts of Life, The (1979-1988)
    89. Falcon Crest (1981-1990)
    90. Fall Guy, The (1981-1986)
    91. Fame (1982-1987)
    92. Family Feud – with Richard Dawson
    93. Family Ties (1982-1989)
    94. Fantasy Island (1978-1984)
    95. Fight Back! with David Horowitz (1987-?)
    96. Filthy Rich (1982-1983)
    97. Finders Keepers (1987-1990)
    98. Flamingo Road (1981-1982)
    99. Flo (1980-1981)
    100. FM (1989-1990)
    101. Fortune Dane (1986-?)
    102. Fraggle Rock (1983-1988)
    103. Frank’s Place (1987-1988)
    104. Freddy’s Nightmares (1988-1990)
    105. Free Spirit (1989-1990)
    106. Friday Night Videos (1983-1994) – Show was renamed in 1994 to “Friday Night”
    107. Friday the 13th: the Series (1987-1990)
    108. Fridays (1980-1982)
    109. Fun House (1988-?)
    110. Galactica 1980 (1980)
    111. Gimme a Break! (1981-1987)
    112. GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (1986-?)
    113. Golden Girls (1985-1992)
    114. Gong Show, The (1988-1989) – with Don Bleu
    115. Great Space Coaster, The (1981-1986)
    116. Greatest American Hero (1981-1983)
    117. Growing Pains (1985-1992)
    118. Hardcastle and McCormick (1983-1986)
    119. Hart to Hart (1979-1984)
    120. Have Faith (1989)
    121. Head of the Class (1986-1991)
    122. Headbangers Ball
    123. Hell Town (1985-?)
    124. Hello Larry (1979-1980)
    125. Hey Vern! It’s Ernest (1988)
    126. Hickory Hideout (1981-1991) – children’s show based out of Cleveland, OH.
    127. Highway to Heaven (1984-1989)
    128. Highwayman, The (1987-1988)
    129. Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)
    130. Hogan Family, The (1988-1991)
    131. Hooperman (1987-1989)
    132. Hot Potato (1984-?)
    133. Hotel (1983-1988)
    134. Hunter (1984-1991)
    135. I’m Telling (1987-1988)
    136. Incredible Hulk, The (1978-1982)
    137. It’s a Living (1980-1982) – returned 1985-1989
    138. It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (1986-1990)
    139. It’s Your Move (1984-1985)
    140. Jake and the Fatman (1987-1992)
    141. Jason of Star Command (1979-1981)
    142. Jennifer Slept Here (1983-1984)
    143. Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-1983)
    144. Just the Ten of Us (1988-1990)
    145. Kate & Allie (1984-1989)
    146. Kids Court
    147. Kids Incorporated (1983-1993)
    148. Knight Rider (1982-1986)
    149. Knots Landing (1979-1993)
    150. Late Night with David Letterman (1982-1993)
    151. Life With Lucy (1986-?)
    152. Livewire (1984-?)
    153. Living Dolls (1989)
    154. Lottery! (1983-1984)
    155. Love Boat, The (1977-1986)
    156. Love, Sidney (1981-1983)
    157. MacGruder & Loud (1985)
    158. MacGyver (1985-1992)
    159. Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection (1985-1993)
    160. Magical World of Disney (1988-1990)
    161. Magnum P.I. (1980-1988)
    162. Mama’s Family (1983-1990)
    163. Manimal (1983)
    164. Master, The (1984-?)
    165. Max Headroom (1987-1988)
    166. Me and Mrs. C. (1986-1987)
    167. Miami Vice (1984-1989)
    168. Midnight Caller (1988-1991)
    169. Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, The (1979-1981)
    170. Misfits of Science (1985-1986)
    171. Mission: Impossible (1988-1990)
    172. Moonlighting (1985-1989)
    173. Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)
    174. Morton Downey Jr. Show, The (1987-?)
    175. Mr. Belvedere (1985-1990)
    176. Mr. Merlin (1981-1982)
    177. Mr. Moon’s Magic Circus
    178. Mr. Wizard’s World (1983-?)
    179. My Secret Identity (1988-1991)
    180. My Sister Sam (1986-1988)
    181. My Two Dads (1987-1990)
    182. Nearly Departed (1989)
    183. New Adventures of Beans Baxter, The (1987-1988)
    184. New Card Sharks, The (1986-1989)
    185. New Hollywood Squares, The (1986-1989)
    186. New Munsters, The (1988-1991)
    187. New Tic Tac Dough, The (1978-1986)
    188. New York Hot Tracks
    189. Newhart (1982-1990)
    190. Nick Rocks
    191. Night Court (1984-1992)
    192. Night Flight (1983-?)
    193. Night Tracks
    194. Not Necessarily the News (1983-1990)
    195. One Day at a Time (1975-1984)
    196. One in a Million (1980-?)
    197. Open House (1989-1990)
    198. Otherworld (1985)
    199. Our House (1986-1988)
    200. Out of Control (1984-?)
    201. Out of This World (1987-1991)
    202. Pat Sajak Show, The (1989-1990)
    203. Pee Wee’s Playhouse (1986-?)
    204. People Next Door, The (1989-?)
    205. People’s Court, The (1981-1993) – It did return with Mayor Koch a few years ago.
    206. Perfect Strangers (1986-1993)
    207. Phoenix, The (1981-1982)
    208. Picture Pages (1978-1992)
    209. Pinwheel (1980-1989)
    210. Police Squad! (1982)
    211. PowerHouse (1982-?)
    212. Powers of Matthew Star, The (1982-1983)
    213. Press Your Luck (1983-1986)
    214. Private Benjamin (1981-1983)
    215. Probe (1988)
    216. Pryor’s Place (1984-1985)
    217. Punky Brewster (1984-1988)
    218. Putting on the Hits
    219. Rags to Riches (1987-1988)
    220. Real People (1979-1984)
    221. Remington Steele (1982-1987)
    222. Remote Control (1987-1989)
    223. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (1982-1986)
    224. Riptide (1984-1986)
    225. Roomies (1987-?)
    226. Ropers, The (1979-1980)
    227. Sable (1987-1988)
    228. Santa Barbara (1984-1992)
    229. Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-1987)
    230. Scrabble (1984-1990)
    231. SCTV Channel (1983-1984)
    232. Second Chance (1987-1988) – renamed “Boys Will Be Boys” in 1987
    233. Sharon Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show (1984-1988)
    234. She’s the Sheriff (1987-1989)
    235. Silver Spoons (1982-1987)
    236. Simon & Simon (1981-1988)
    237. Sister Kate (1989-1990)
    238. Slap Maxwell Story, The (1987-1988)
    239. Sledge Hammer! (1986-1988)
    240. Small Wonder (1985-1989)
    241. Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The (1988-1989)
    242. Sneak Previews (1978-1996)
    243. Solid Gold (1980-1988)
    244. Sonny Spoon (1988-?)
    245. Spector Man
    246. Spencer for Hire (1985-1988)
    247. Spitting Image (1984-1996)
    248. Square One TV (1987-?)
    249. Square Pegs (1982-1983)
    250. St. Elsewhere (1982-1988)
    251. Starcade (1983-?)
    252. Starman (1986-1987)
    253. Still the Beaver (1985-1989) – renamed “The New Leave it to Beaver” in 1986
    254. Street Hawk (1985)
    255. Super Dave (1987-?)
    256. Super Password (1984-1989)
    257. Super Sloppy Double Dare (1987-?)
    258. Superboy (1988-1990)
    259. T. and T. (1988-1990)
    260. T.J. Hooker (1982-1986)
    261. Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988)
    262. Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982-1983)
    263. Tales of the Unexpected (1979-1988)
    264. Taxi (1978-1983)
    265. Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980-?)
    266. Terrahawks (1985-?)
    267. That’s Incredible (1980-1984)
    268. Thicke of the Night (1983-1984)
    269. Third Eye, The (1983)
    270. thirtysomething (1987-1991)
    271. Three’s a Crowd (1984-1985)
    272. Three’s Company (1977-1984)
    273. Throb (1986-1988)
    274. To Tell the Truth (1987-?)
    275. Today’s Special (1981-1987)
    276. Too Close For Comfort (1980-1985)
    277. Tortellis, The (1987) – spin-off of Cheers
    278. Tour of Duty (1987-1990)
    279. Tracy Ullman Show (1987-1990)
    280. Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986)
    281. Trivia Trap (1984-1985)
    282. Turkey TV (1988-?)
    283. TV Super Dave Osborne Show
    284. TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes (1986-1988)
    285. Twilight Zone, The (1985-1988)
    286. UFO Kidnapped (1983-?)
    287. Unsub (1989)
    288. (1983-1985)
    289. Valerie (1986-1987) – after Valerie Harper left the show, the show was renamed “Valerie’s Family”. After she objected to her name in the title, it was renamed the “Hogan Family”.
    290. Voyage of the Mimi, The (1984-?)
    291. Voyagers! (1982-1983)
    292. Wally George and the Hot Seat
    293. War of the Worlds (1988-1990)
    294. We Got It Made (1983-1984) – returned 1987-1988
    295. Webster (1983-1987)
    296. Werewolf (1987-1988)
    297. What a Country (1986-1987)
    298. What’s Happenin’ Now! (1985-1988)
    299. Wheel of Fortune (1975-?) – still around, but it was an obsession back then
    300. Whiz Kids (1983-1984)
    301. Who’s the Boss? (1984-1992)
    302. Win, Lose or Draw (1987-1990)
    303. Wizard, The (1986-1987)
    304. Wizards and Warriors (1983)
    305. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
    306. Women In Prison (1987-1988)
    307. Year in the Life, A (1987-1988)
    308. You Again? (1986-1987)
    309. You Can’t Do That on Television (1979-1990)
    310. You Can’t Take It with You (1987-1988)
    311. Young Ones, The (1982-1984)

Credits: from the 80’s

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