Top 8 Shows of the ’80s You Enjoyed Watching

January 29, 2014

Ah, the ’80s – known for teased out hair, neon patterns and jean jackets. These 10 popular TV shows were running sometime in the 1980s and were originally aired in the USA. With long run times and entertaining characters, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 ’80s shows we loved to watch.

1. Seinfeld


Mundane humor. The dry, daily grind of New York life is what Seinfeld is chalk full of and frequent exploits that can only be described as exaggerated reality.

Based on the comedy of Jerry Seinfeld, the show is full of ridiculous characters and the everlasting search for the perfect girl with no quirks.

2. The Cosby Show


This family friendly show used the comedy of Bill Cosby to commentate on family relationships and dynamics. The show ran for 8 years from 1984 to 1992 and included the comedy of the famous childhood characters: Rudy Huxtable and Raven-Symone as Olivia.

3. Married With Children


It was one of the most successful sitcoms in the US and it ran from 1987 to 1997. A dysfunctional family living in a suburb, might come off as a bit cliche but it dealt with numerous nonstandard topics for that time, and that’s what kept it going for so long.

4. Alf


ALF aired from 1986 to 1990 and its main character was an alien from the planet Melmac who accidentally crash landed in the garage of the suburban Tanner family. Normally, the family adopted him as their pet friend, but they still needed to keep him away from cats.

5. Full House


The Olsen twins debuted as one character on this hit family sitcom. The twins were swapped out to play the young Michelle as a baby, toddler and young child.

This show was about three men brought together to raise three girls and the tough process of parenthood. This show ran for eight seasons from 1987-1995.

6. Saved By the Bell

Saved by the Bell

Starting at the very end of the 1980s, this teen sitcom featured a number of teens at Bayside High School.

Saved by the Bell included the exploits of dreamy boys, popular girls and nerds in the ’80s and ’90s.

7. Family Matters


Who doesn’t remember Steve Urkel? Family Matters featured a middle-class African-American family and their many family experiences (including the love-sick nerdy neighbor kid obsessed with their daughter Laura). This show started in 1989 and ran for nine seasons.

8. MacGyver


MacGyver was made famous for impossible troubleshooting solutions in a pinch. Often absurdly resourceful, this 1980’s character made a big impact on society during his seven seasons of action-adventure.