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Top 20 '80s TV shows (or so they say)

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 26th 2007 3:04PM

perfect strangersHenry and Matt at Brohans.com have compiled what they are absolutely, positively sure are the twenty greatest '80s television series ever. They are:

  • Mr. Belvedere
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Knight Rider
  • Night Court
  • ALF
  • Perfect Strangers
  • The Golden Girls
  • Growing Pains
  • Married ... with Children
  • Who's the Boss?
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • The Cosby Show
  • The A-Team
  • Miami Vice
  • The Wonder Years
  • MASH
  • MacGyver
  • Cheers
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation

Out of this list, I only see four I would still watch today (MASH, Magnum P.I., Doogie Howser and The Wonder Years). Shows like Knight Rider, The A-Team, ALF and The Dukes of Hazzard were fun when I was a youngster, but they're essentially live-action cartoons. Okay, I'll watch them when I don't want to think too hard about what I'm watching, but those times are rare.

A lot of these shows seem confined to the decade in which they were created, with the exception of the ones I mentioned (and it's worth pointing out that two of those shows actually take place in earlier decades). The only two shows on the list I didn't watch were Miami Vice and Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I can't fairly judge either of them. At the time, I had an aversion to aliens and unshaven narcs. I've grown since then.

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Since this list is missing 'Newhart', 'It's Your Move', 'Misfits of Science', 'Sledge Hammer!' and 'Police Squad!', it means nothing to me...

I also feel that Moonlighting, Greatest American Hero, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and Remington Steele are WAY under-appreciated...

January 27 2007 at 3:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No Dynasty
No Dallas
No Knots Landing
No Family Ties
No Pee Wee's Playhouse
No St. Elsewhere
No Moonlighting
No 227
No Designing Women
No L.A. Law
No Hill Street Blues
No Amen
No Facts of Life
No Falcon Crest
No A Different World
No Hunter
No Late Night with David Letterman

What kind of list of this? The Cosby Show should have been #1 anyway.

January 27 2007 at 1:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley

If you read their post, it's written tongue-in-cheek. They're well aware the list isn't definitive. :)

January 26 2007 at 6:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

No 'St. Elsewhere'? Am I misreading this list or something?

January 26 2007 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David D

Why can't they just say "their 20 FAVORITE shows of the 80s?" Because how can you have a "greatest" list without "Hill Street Blues"?

January 26 2007 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael C


January 26 2007 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Henry and Matt need to step away from the bong.

Mr. Belvedere & The Dukes of Hazzard?!?! If you're currently 10 I can understand liking these shows. Once you hit adulthood though the only way you could rank them that high on the list is drugs.

I grew up with the Brady Bunch, and while the occasional viewing may take me back in time (and that in itself is somewhat enjoyable) I am under no delusion that it was a "great" show.

January 26 2007 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

david - easy answer: music licensing. i wouldn't count on ever seeing the wonder years on dvd.

no moonlighting?? and how was that a chick show? bruce fucking willis, man!!!

January 26 2007 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHy the hell is the Wonder Years not on DVD yet? There has to be a reason. IT was too popular of a show not to be when retarded 1 season failures are put out right away. Its a crime.

January 26 2007 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tess Capra

That's definitely a guy's list. A chick's list would most likely include one of the following: *Remington Steele,* *Beauty and the Beast,* *Moonlighting,* or *Quantum Leap.*

January 26 2007 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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