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Best Comedy Sitcoms of the 1980s

Updated on July 4, 2016

Non Stop Laughter From The Eighties

Family Ties stars Michael J. Fox and first aired in the 1980's. The show dealt with everyday family issues.
Family Ties stars Michael J. Fox and first aired in the 1980's. The show dealt with everyday family issues. | Source
Married with Children changed the way we thought of family life. It was wild and raunchy yet we cant loom away from Al Bundy.
Married with Children changed the way we thought of family life. It was wild and raunchy yet we cant loom away from Al Bundy. | Source
Bill Cosby was the main star of The Cosby Show and the show centers around him and his wife and kids lives.
Bill Cosby was the main star of The Cosby Show and the show centers around him and his wife and kids lives. | Source
Fred Savage played as Kevin Arnold on the hit show called The Wonder Years. Also, his character narrated throughout the show.
Fred Savage played as Kevin Arnold on the hit show called The Wonder Years. Also, his character narrated throughout the show. | Source
Go to the bar on Cheers, Where everybody knows your name.
Go to the bar on Cheers, Where everybody knows your name. | Source

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Top Ten 80s Sitcoms

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.

The Golden Girls

The Golden Girls show is hilarious and it was very popular in the 1980's and the 1990's.
The Golden Girls show is hilarious and it was very popular in the 1980's and the 1990's. | Source

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© 2013 Buster Johnson

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      michaelbell2013 3 years ago

      "Designing Women," definitely. Great writing, headed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and cast (Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Meshach Taylor and Alice Ghostley for the show's first 5 seasons). Multiple Emmy nominations for Best Comedy and for Burke. Gave us hope about what "The New South" could look like. Tackled weighty issues with class (up to and including Suzanne Sugarbaker's weight).

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      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I loved the Wonder Years and The Golden Girls. There have been shows that tried to imitate The Wonder Years w/ a present voice reflecting on the character's past. However, none of them can do it as well as The Wonder.

      And Golden Girls simply can not be duplicated!

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      Frangipanni 4 years ago

      Oh you took me for another walk through memory lane! I loved the 70's and 80's! Have voted up and following. Thanks for sharing.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love the cosby show. Cosby is a hilarious man with many faces. Thumbs up for this hub

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      It was, true... but that link is to the song Alex and his gf (real life wife) danced to, remember the song? "What did you think I would do at this moment?" :)

      And Cheers, forget about it, that was MY show.

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      The theme song was a big part of the show. after hearing it you just could not change the channel Beth.

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      Haha, I was just thinking about a scene from family ties that crosses my mind nearly every time I make my kids lunches. Alex is watching his mom put an apple in their lunchboxes and he looks at her and says, "You know, we don't eat those.. right?" She says "I know, but I have to do it." Their timing was what made it so funny. Good show, lotta laughs.

      And of course the introduction to this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH4odHVfF5E&lis...

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I grew up watching alot of these shows. They all have their place in cultural history.

      My favorite would be the Wonder Years which I still consider one of the best coming of age shows of all time. I'd also add Growing Pains. Thanks for this hub, it brought back good memories!