80s TV Shows

Whether you were into drama, comedy, action, or primetime soaps, 80s TV shows had it all.

The 80s were responsible for bringing us some unforgettable characters from some now classic shows.

The sitcom soared in popularity while soap operas went primetime and asked the nation one very important question…Who shot J.R.?

80s Television Sitcoms

So many sitcoms dominated 80s TV shows that anyone could find a favorite…or two. One of the biggest was The Cosby Show. This show started the whole trend of basing a show around a comedian’s act, like Seinfeld, Roseanne, and later Everybody Loves Raymond. Three’s Company proved that a man could actually survive in one house with two women.

Growing Pains mirrored reality for many families, except without a young Leonardo DiCaprio living in the closet and a guest appearance by Brad Pitt as their daughter’s love interest.

Taxi, Cheers, Family Ties, and The Golden Girls had us in stitches, and are still classics. The Wonder Years was also a great show, as was Perfect Strangers, Who’s the Boss, and even the classic ALF.

80s Cartoons Shows

The 80s were the decade of awesome cartoons, whether new for the time or classics that made it through the 80s with equal success. To the delight of children of the 80s that now have children of their own, most of the new shows of the 80s have come back.

The Smurfs, Inspector Gadget, Danger Mouse, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were some big names and kept kids glued to the set. Shows like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Transformers were must-watch Saturday morning cartoons.

80s Drama Tv Shows

Whether it was a police show, a primetime soap opera, or something in between, there was no shortage of drama in the 80s. Dynasty and Dallas were both huge hits focusing on scheming oil tycoons, their wives, and lots of money. Falcon Crest and Knots Landing were also popular primetime dramas.

Everyone loves a good mystery or a case to solve, and there were more than enough shows during the 80s that gave us just that. Some big police/detective shows of the decade were Hart to Hart, Matlock, Magnum, P.I., and Cagney and Lacey.

With an equal amount of action and mystery, they left us some clues and we helped them lead in the television ratings.

80s Action Shows

The 80s were chock-full of awesome action shows. The A-Team kicked some serious butt, Miami Vice spawned an entire fashion trend, and MacGyver inspired a whole new generation of do-it-yourselfers.

There was Kit the talking car in Night Rider, and the nonstop action of The Fall Guy. One of the biggest hits was The Dukes of Hazzard, and it brought us the required weekly car chase, not to mention Daisy Duke and the shorts that made history.

Every decade had its popular shows, but 80s TV shows were different. They inspired fashion, made us laugh, and had us on the edge of our seats. If you flip through the hundreds of channels available today, you are sure to find quite a few of these awesome 80s classic tv shows.