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1. The Cosby Show (1984) Bill Cosby plays as Cliff Huxtable, an Obstetrician, living with his wife and kids in Brooklyn, New York. His wife Claire is an Attorney, and they have five kids. Even though this sitcom is hilarious it also has very dramatic moments. Teen Pregnancy, drug use and dyslexia are just a few of the deep topics this show discussed. The show was on the air for eight seasons and made two hundred (200) total episodes.
2. Married With Children (1987) Al Bundy was a ladies show salesman, his wife Peg was a lazy house wife and they had two kids. Bud was the son and Kelly, the daughter, was a complete air head. This sitcom ran for eleven (11) seasons and aired two hundred fifty nine (259) shows. Al usually had schemes that would back fire and the themes of this show were vulgar at times. It was quite vulgar when it came out in 1987. This is one reason why my mom and dad would not let me watch this show. The intro song is known worldwide and we all know what it is. Love and Marriage just like a horse and carriage.
3. Family Ties (1982) Michael J. Fox stars as Alex Keaton, his parents who are ex-hippies and their names are Stephen and Elyse. He has two sisters, Mallory and Jennifer who keep constant laughs going throughout the whole show. Republicans vs. Democrats was the humor in this family setting. The show aired one hundred eighty (180) times and had seven total seasons. The show was a comedy but, it also dealt with real life issues on occasion.
4. Cheers (1982) The show takes place at a bar called Cheers and the theme song was one that after we learned it, we sang it constantly. he show had two hundred seventy (270) episodes during it's eleven year run. Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer and Kirstie Alley shared their problems with others at the bar and solutions were found. More times than not hilarious situations would arise from their problems. There theme song says, you wanna go where everyone knows your name.
5. Full House (1987) Bob Saget plays as Danny Tanner, a widowed man with three daughters. His best friend and brother in law help Danny raise his kids in this unreal environment of constant folly. The show is full of jokes but, it dealt with serious issues now and then. An example of this, is when we discover that Danny Tanner's wife was killed by a drunk driver. The show that has normally a lot of comedy, suddenly turned serious. The show had one hundred ninety two (192) episodes and lasted eight seasons.
6. Who's The Boss (1984) Tony Danza who plays the role of a retired major league baseball player, moves to Connecticut to work as a live-in house keeper for the character played by, Judith Light. Judith Light played the successful advertising executive. She is divorced, Who's The Boss aired from September 1984 to April 1992. The title of the show kind of explained the shows comedic premise. The show challenged stereo types such as the way Italian males are portrayed. Also, it was funny throughout but, more times than not it had a moral point and ended on a heart felt note. It received a lot of positive reviews and became quite popular in the 1980s.
7. The Wonder Years (1988) The show features Fred Savage playing as Kevin Arnold in the 1968 to 1973 era of time. Kevin has an agitating older brother, Wayne and an even older sister, Karen. He lives at home with his mom, dad, brother and sister. He is in love with Winnie from his school. It was narrated by Daniel Stern throughout depicting Kevin as a grown up telling his childhood stories. It was funny at all times and gave a very unique look at a boy's childhood.
8. Mr. Belvedere (1985) This show only had six seasons but, those one hundred seventeen (117) episodes were classics to say the least. Christopher Hewitt is the wise cracking Butler for George Owens and his family played by Bob Uecker. The show is comedic till the end but, every show had a point. Episodes have dealt with issues as serious as Aids.
9. Newhart (1982) Bob Newhart played Dick Loudon who wrote books and ran the Stratford Inn. Many guests appeared on the show and the characters who frequented the inn were often bizarre in ways. The show lasted eight seasons and made one hundred eighty four (184) episodes before it concluded.
10. The Golden Girls (1985) The comedy show centers around four older women living together in the same house in Florida. It ran for seven complete seasons and two of it's stars are Betty White and Bea Arthur. The show had wacky neighbors and many guest appearances during it's run. This one of a kind and heart warming comedy series still airs reruns all over America.
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