Top 50 80’s TV Shows That Everyone Must Watch


Despite the fact that 80s decade were not best regarding TV shows and programs yet let’s not overlook that it was the 80s decade that cleared path for the brilliant 90s decade which saw numerous incredible TV shows.

Dissimilar to earlier decades which concentrated on dramatization and catastrophe network programs, the 80s ventured out and went into the activity class. There were numerous TV shows that concentrated on the activity, experience and all the more explicitly the government operative sort.

Who could overlook that it was the 80s TV show 21 Jump Street that made profession of notable on-screen character Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp as well as Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis also showed up in a few TV shows from the 80s.

On the off chance that you investigate 80s TV shows they were celebrated for their peppy music and signature tunes. Like for example the well-known show McGyver and its vivacious signature tune. Numerous children grew up watching this notable TV show and the show resembles a period case for some fans. Outstanding amongst other satire TV show Seinfeld likewise roots from the 80s decade.

So without talking more we present you the rundown of 50 biggest TV show from the 80s decade. If it’s not too much trouble note that we have included TV shows that had their pilot scene disclosed from 1980 to 1989. Here is the rundown of 80s television programs.

50. Garfield and Friends

Garfield and Friends

The star of the show was Garfield, a lethargic cat whose lone wants in life were lasagna, catnaps and kicking his hapless canine partner, Odie, off the table. The show additionally featured Garfield’s miserably single proprietor, Jon Arbuckle. Every Garfield experience highlighted Garfield’s undertakings and run-ins with the cast of semi-regulars.

49. Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock

Doc and his canine Sprocket have a gap in their divider, behind which live minimal textured animals known as Fraggles in a spot called Fraggle Rock. The Rock is likewise home to the Doozers, who are knee-high to a Fraggle and the Gorgs, who are mammoths that think they rule the Rock. One pack of Fraggles – Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober, and Red, under the direction of the infinitely knowledgeable Trash Heap, Marjorie, find out about one another and their neighbors and in the end become friends with the Doozers, the Gorgs – and even Doc and Sprocket.

48. Cagney & Lacey

Cagney & Lacey

Cagney &Laceyis a TV police dramatization featuring two female cops as accomplices. Their differentiating characters of whom one is intense and the other touchy, fortify them as a group, permitting each an alternate point of view on both individual and expert circumstances. Two female police criminologists help out one another both in their callings and in their own lives.

47. Diff’rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes

Phillip Drummond, a bereft Manhattan tycoon and leader of the super firm Trans Allied Inc., receives two African American vagrants from Harlem, 8-year-old Arnold and 12-year-old Willis. Drummond had made a guarantee to their perishing mother, his maid, that he would think about the young men after she dies; their dad had kicked the bucket years sooner. The young men, whom Drummond consistently presented as his two children, went from clothes to newfound wealth truly medium-term.

46. Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek The Next Generation

Star Trek The Next Generation revolves around the twenty fourth century endeavors of Captain Jean-Luc Picard on board the United States Service Venture. This indication of the cheered star dispatch is basically more conspicuous than the one captained by James T. Kirk a century sooner, and, in like way, it passes on a progressively conspicuous social event supplement – men, women and, impossibly, kids.

45. The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons

This TV sitcom stars George Jefferson, who has gotten well off and fruitful in the dry-cleaning business. This manages him the chance to move into a luxurious skyscraper in New York City. George is parsimonious, yet has good intentions, while his better half Louise played by Weezy is thoughtful and liberal.

44. Frasier


Frasier may not be recollected principally as a family appear – it’s anshow about Frasier, his affection for high culture, his windbaggery, and our get a kick out of over and over puncturing his pompous self-respect. Be that as it may, the manner in which the show plays out those moves, and the pith of its long circular segment toward warmth, is in Frasier’s association with his dad and his sibling. There’s something especially powerful about how much Frasier and his dad genuinely love each other, despite the fact that they totally don’t see one another.

43. Family Ties

Family Ties

Norman Lear acquainted legislative issues with the family sitcom during the 1970s. At that point in the mid-1980s, Gary David Goldberg took the All in the Family model and adjusted it for the Reagan period, giving us ultraliberal person born after WW2 guardians Steven and Elyse Keatonand their four youngsters, most quite moderate Republican Alex P. Keaton. Fox’s comedic endowments and verifiable mystique transformed Alex into the legend of the show, while additionally uncovering him to be more adaptable and receptive than one may anticipate from a person who worships Richard Nixon.

42. The Flintstones

The Flintstones

The Flintstones turned into the main vivified family show communicate in prime time, a programming achievement that sent a conclusive sign that kid’s shows – and animation families – were as much for adults as they were for kids, perhaps more so. In spite of the fact that it sought The Honeymooners for motivation, the show gave both Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty youngsters to raise. That made The Flintstones a conclusive family sitcom and one that brazenly inferred that the courtesies of rural living are available to everybody, even those living in the ancient time.

41. One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

The most well-known Lear sitcom is All in the Family, yet One Day at a Time stands its ground as a milestone in TV family life. The sitcom includes a separated from single parent bringing up her two high school little girls, and keeping in mind that shows like Andy Griffith and My Three Sons had just acquainted TV crowds with single fathers, One Day at a Time was the principal show to truly take on separation and single parenthood. Its current reboot is a cutting edge adjustment of a similar reason, however it’s nearer to the first than you may envision: In its unique structure and in its new form, One Day at a Time utilizes the soothing security of a multi-cam sitcom configuration to recount to genuine stories.

40. Family


During the 1970s, The Waltons and Little House looked to the past as a setting for family dramatization. In any case, Family was the decade’s most acclaimed portrayal of a contemporary white collar class family, one that incorporated a girl played by Kristy McNichol, whose rising-star status helped make it must-see TV. There was nothing high-idea or entangled about Family; it was a direct, unflashy relationship show, and one that was totally unashamed in regards to inclining hard into feelings. Tragedy TV like Parenthood and This Is Us owe it an obligation.

38. Home Improvement

Home Improve

The quintessence of Home Improvement is in its unironic festivity of a specific type of moronic manliness that characterized a specific type of family sitcom. He overlooks the security recommendations for how to utilize control devices, jeopardizes himself and his colleagues, and never learns his exercise or encounters any outcomes. A lot to the irritation of his significant other, it’s a similar methodology he brings to parenthood and his marriage, and generally, Home Improvement gives her a role as the bother and Tim as the thoughtful saint.

36. Soap


This wild send-up of the daytime drama publicized on ABC during the 1970s and mid ’80s, a brief timeframe after the Norman Lear–delivered cleanser parody, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, finished its run. It concentrated on Jessica Tate, who wedded into a well off family, and her common laborers sister, Mary Campbell, who used to be hitched to a hoodlum however had settled down with a subsequent spouse, Burt. This was an intriguing situation with regards to which to look at class and financial differentiations.

35. Full House

Full House

A successor to the genuineness of the absolute most punctual TV sitcom families, Full House turned into the highest quality level for family TV in the mid-eighties. It had everything: a weirdo premise – a bereft dad, his three little girls, and their two uncles all live in a house together, a charming child, catchphrases, character generalizations, and the barest whiff of sexual orientation legislative issues bundled inside a healthy half-hour aww-fest.

34. The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch

The individuals from the Brady family accomplished noticeable mainstream society status during the sitcom’s underlying run. Be that as it may, they were raised to another level by the youthful Gen-Xers who spent their evenings after school watching reruns about the beautiful woman, a man named Brady, and their brood of six. To the latchkey kids who were kept an eye on the boob tube, The Brady Bunch turned into the quintessential picture of a major, mixed family, and a definitive case of TV putting a gleaming, glad clean on rural life, to such an extent that the endeavors to cut the legends it propagated.

33. Good Times 

Good Times

One of the most significant sitcoms ever to be fixed by its own prosperity, Good Times was a side project of Maude, itself a side project of All in the Family, and the other side of The Jeffersons, anshow about upper-working class dark characters who’d made it. All were a piece of official maker Norman Lear’s smaller than normal domain of well known, pot-blending sitcoms that took on hot-button issues TV used to maintain a strategic distance from.

32. The Addams Family

The Addams Family

In view of Charles Addams’ magnificently ghastly New Yorker kid’s shows, David Levy’s sitcom The Addams Family helped attendant in another time of genuine yet intentionally spoofy TV. Both The Addams Family and The Munsters planted creepy wacky, horrendous adorable families in a back-part form of the suburbs, and both ran for two seasons on various systems, and in the two cases, the unendingly rehashed joke was that the standard individuals were the genuine crackpots.

31. Dallas


The soonest prime-time family TV appears, dating from the late ’40s and ’50s, would in general be in the sitcom style, concentrating on a home and a little nuclear family. With Dallas, family stories jumped into the prime-time cleanser field and would turn into a predecessor to everything from Dynasty to Brothers and Sisters to The OC. As a show about a fight between two families, Dallas had the option to fuse not simply the contentions and coalitions inside a gathering, yet in addition the manner in which families characterize themselves contrary to other people.

30. The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs

The principal show to endure this title was one of the primary sitcoms, just as the main significant show, to paint a warm and brazenly Jewish representation of urban life: a generally comedic however in some cases emotional take a gander at the Goldbergs of 1038 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. Initially made as a radio show by author and on-screen character Gertrude Berg, it moved to TV barely twenty years after the fact, showing up on CBS, the DuMont Network, and in syndication, and airing its last customary scene.

29. The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

Like Happy Days, this ABC show thought about a past period, after twenty years. In any case, not at all like Richie Cunningham, who lived completely in his present, Kevin Arnold was looking in reverse, by means of Daniel Stern’s portrayal, at who he, his companions, and family used to be. The Wonder Years had sentimentality heated into its reason, a methodology that would later impact The Goldbergs and Young Sheldon.

28. An American Family

An American Family

Apparently the primary unscripted television show, An American Family was additionally an amazing take a gander at exactly how far American families had originated from the times of Ozzie and Harriet in an unimportant two decades. In a voice-over to present the show, the host is certain that the Louds are not being pitched as the American family, or even an ordinary or regular American family. Be that as it may, the host is practically remorseful to educate the crowd, they are an American family.

27. Golden Girls

Golden Girls

There was some discussion about whether Golden Girls even meets all requirements for this rundown: The core of Golden Girls is extremely about the family you pick, and it’s in an accomplice of shows like Friends as much for what it’s worth with shows like Roseanne or All in the Family. However, Golden Girls totally has a place here. Dorothy is Sophia’s girl, and the proceeding with strain in their maternal relationship is an uncommon TV model for what parenthood resembles when a parent is old.

26. Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

In Michael Landon’s Little House on the Prairie, we became more acquainted with a dad who had masculine characteristics however was as yet delicate to his significant other’s and girls’ needs. All the more significantly, we got the opportunity to see family dramatization from the perspective of a little youngster developing into a lady. The ladies of Little House were survivors, and watching them consistently profoundly affected each young lady sitting before her TV with her hair twisted in Laura-like braids, including this one.

25. Roots


Still the most-watched smaller than expected show throughout the entire existence of TV, this adjustment of Alex Haley’s true to lifebook about his predecessors’ voyage from Africa faced a huge number of 1970s Americans with the frightening actualities of the slave exchange and its job in the establishing of the nation. However, at the center of Haley’s epic account was a progression of scaled down motion pictures about family and the possibility of family, and the harm that subjugation did to both.

24. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Police-procedural TV made the jump from radio with Dragnet; family sitcoms moved from radio to TV with Ozzie and Harriet. In the event that there’s a model of the quite true TV sitcom family, it’s Ozzie and Harriet, where the entirety of life’s issues can be explained by a decent talk from father and a clump of treats from mother. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is a significant bellwether show for the manner in which TV families have expected to advance.

23. Married… With Children

Married… With Children

This show about the misfortunes of the Bundy family from rural Chicago was the main hit show on the then-new Fox system, and it did a lot to build up its corporate image: disrespectful, verging on stunning; politically off base in a way that was fairly precarious, in light of the fact that you couldn’t be certain if the scholars were truly ridiculing the language and retrograde mindset of its characters or only delighting in it. The possibility that reactionary traditionalist thoughts are the new underground rock truly began to bloom here.

22. The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show

It is hard to discuss The Cosby Show without discussing Bill Cosby. In any case, guess what? We should attempt. As corrupted as our picture of Cosby is considering his supposed sexual maltreatment of many ladies, the Huxtables still remain as one of the most critical families in TV history, and the numerous great individuals beside Cosby who breathed life into them on NBC still merit credit for that.

21. Roseanne


Among the absolute best family shows ever on TV, the first nine periods of Roseanne were an amazing accomplishment. The Conner family was, from numerous points of view, a significant number of the things no TV family had been previously. The two guardians work outside the home, in a flimsy assortment of industrial occupations that changed as their locale changed. They battle with each other, and not in a delicate take it out children Ozzie and Harriet kind of way. The Conner kids experience childhood with the show, get hitched, and have their own conjugal pressures.

20. Taxi


In Marseilles, France, a pizza delivery boy named Daniel who drives a bike eventually has his fantasies work out as expected. He gets a taxi permit. Caught by the police for over speed, he helpsEmilien, who is an examiner who can’t drive, on the track of German burglars, so he doesn’t lose his permit and his fantasy work. To work off his discolored driving record, a hip cab driver must escort a failure police examiner on the path of German burglars.

19. Three’s Company

Three's Company

Three’s Company is show about the misfortunes of two ladies and one man living in one condo and their neighbors. Janet and Chrissy get Jack as a flat mate for their Santa Monica loft. Jack can cook; he’s considering to be a culinary expert and, when called to do as such, imagines he’s gay to legitimize the course of action.

18. Who’s the Boss?

Who's the Boss

Previous major-class baseball player Tony Micelli and his little girl, Samantha, land at the Connecticut family unit of official Angela Bower, where Tony has accepted a vocation as live-in maid. The Bowers are a fascinating family, without a doubt. Angela is uneasy and fixated on her work. Her child, Jonathan, is modest and needs confidence, and her mom, Mona Robinson, is an eager for man lady.

17. Happy Days

Happy Days

Cheerful Days is an adjustment of Samuel Beckett’s difficult absurdist show, a play most would consider unfilmable. Loyally holding fast to Beckett’s moderate unique, a dark farce of adoration, marriage, and our quest for importance in an incomprehensible universe, the piece comprises of yet two woeful characters.

16. WKRP in Cincinnati

WKRP in Cincinnati

WKRP in Cincinnati is an American sitcom that highlights the misfortunes of the staff of a battling anecdotal radio broadcast in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was made by Hugh Wilson and depended on his encounters working in promoting deals at Top 40 radio broadcast WQXI in Atlanta.

15. Miami Vice

Miami Vice

A case including drug masters and murder in South Florida takes an individual turn for covert criminologists Sonny Crockett played by Colin Farrell and Ricardo Tubbs played by Jamie Foxx. Strange Crockett gets included impractically with the Chinese-Cuban spouse of a dealer of arms and medications, while Tubbs manages an attack on those he adores.

14. The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard

Bo played by Seann William Scott and Luke Duke played by Johnny Knoxville are a couple of esteemed gentleman siblings who tear through provincial Hazzard County, Ga., moving moonshine for their generous Uncle Jesse played by Willie Nelson in their deceived out vehicle, the General Lee. At the point when they discover that degenerate political Boss Hogg played by Burt Reynolds is ousting ranchers so he can offer their property to an underhanded coal mining activity, the young men and their attractive cousin Daisy played by Jessica Simpson choose to retaliate.

13. Cheers


Cheers is a bar in Boston possessed by Sam Malone, a previous Boston Red Sox pitcher, whose drinking issue finished his profession. Sam is pulled in to her and makes his turn yet Diane is killed by his pompous frame of mind. In the long run they get together however separate and Diane gets another beau, therapist, Fraiser Crane.

12. Magnum, P.I.

Magnum, P.I.

On the delightful Hawaiian islands, Magnum is a P.I. Thomas Magnum, a previous Naval Intelligence official, is a private examiner. He live in Hawaii, on the home of multi-mogul creator Robin Masters. Bosses is never near, so the bequest is controlled by Higgins, a stuffy Englishman, and previous Army Sergeant Major.

11. M*A*S*H


The staff of an Army medical clinic in the Korean War find that giggling is the most ideal approach to manage their circumstance. The Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the Korean War. With little help from the conditions, in which they get themselves, they are compelled to make their very own good times.

10. The A-Team Family Ties

The A-Team Family Ties

On Thanksgiving, General Stockwells orders the A-Team to rejoin a required hooligan, A.J. Bancroft, with his young lady Ellen inside an entire day. Thus, Bancroft will give confirmation that could chop down an enormous part of the unusual government authorities in Washington. Bancroft, who is fundamentally sick, has not seen his young lady in twenty years. In any case, Ellen completely comprehends him from the papers. In any case, the old individual has another inspiration to utilize the A-Team expressly: he unveils to Murdock that Templeton Peck was imagined Richard Bancroft, his youngster.

9. Night Court

Night Court

Judge Harold T. Stone directs Night Court, a court which manages insignificant wrongdoings which can be managed in extremely common way. Constantly, the cases showing up under the watchful eye of the court are peculiar, yet that is alright on the grounds that Judge Stone isn’t your standard judge. He’s helped by a diverse group of assistants and District Attorneys who regularly make as a lot of bedlam as the lawbreakers they get for preliminary.

8. Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown is a childish, obstinate, incredibly hot-tempered yet additionally capable, ingenious, shrewd and minding moderately aged correspondent who works for FYI News Network and simultaneously attempts to bring up her kid as an unmarried, working lady. Her companions and colleagues, Corky, Jim, Frank and Miles, attempt to adjust between her upheavals of outrage and her family, character or even money related emergencies. It’s a troublesome life for Murphy however she has the guts to live it.

7. The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy

In this rigid spine chiller, a couple and their houseguest wind up trapped in a savage snare of mysteries, fixation, and retribution. It is summer, 2012. Charlie, a rich investor with an uneasy inner voice, welcomes his upset cousin Matthew to visit him and his significant other in their pure peak house.

6. Family Feud

Family Feud

Family Feud is an American TV game show made by Mark Goodson where two families fight to name the most standard responses to audit requests in order to win cash and prizes. Richard Dawson upheld this TV game-show up, which set people from two families contrary to each other. Every get-together attempted to find out the conceded consequences of survey watches out for faster and more absolutely than the other social gathering. It from the start confer on ABC, and has in like manner uncovered on CBS create also as in syndication.

5. Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo

Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo

Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo head out from town to town in their van, The Mystery Machine, tackling instances of hauntings, beasts and unexplained events. Joining the posse is Scooby’s small nephew, Scrappy-Doo. In contrast to his uncle, the little puppy is continually searching for a battle, and it is all Scooby and Shaggy can do to prevent him from rushing head-on into each phantom and beast they experience.

4. 21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street is the central command for a squad of cops who spend significant time in examinations identifying with youngsters. Every one of the Jump St. staff was chosen for their capacity to go for secondary school or understudies, enabling them to work covert in regions where it is hard for customary cops to mix in unnoticed.

3. Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

Contenders surmise concealed expressions by speculating letters each in turn. Candidates win cash or prizes, as dictated by a turn of the wheel, for each right consonant they presume. Be that as it may, they need to pay to perceive what vowels are in a riddle. The challenger that has amassed the most rewards toward the finish of a game proceeds to play the reward round, in which the player can win much more – prizes every now and again found in the reward round incorporate vehicles, excursions and more money.

2. C.O.P.S.


Cops was among the soonest reality-based law authorization shows, and stays one of the most mainstream of the class. Every week, a camera team pursued the exercises and day by day beats of the officials of an alternate city’s police division. Episodes ran from routine traffic stops that develop into accusing the subjects of medication related offenses; aggressive behavior at home; rapid pursues; and stakeouts and strikes. The achievement of Cops prompted other comparative projects, with shifting degrees of accomplishment.

1. Heathcliff


Heathcliff realizes he is the best feline around! Never have we seen such self-assurance finished off with an overwhelming portion of vanity, tricky, mercilessness and a naughty love of muffles. Scruffy Alley feline guidelines his neighborhood. Dismissed beasts drive about doing random temp jobs. Ungainly, adorable extraordinary dane gets into devilishness without significance to.

There you have it! Our rundown of the top 50 must watch 80’s TV shows, that everyone, who’s anyone from the era of great television entertainment have to witness and re-watch to kindle their nostalgic reminiscence. These shows are surely memorable ones that you’d definitely have seen them during the  time of local TV broadcast entertainment and watching them again, is sure to put a smile on your face!


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