10 Best 1980’s Family Sitcoms

The list of the 10 best 1980’s family sitcom is full of great shows. While shows in the 1970s where a voice of injustices and social unrest, shows in the 1980s were the break from daily life viewers craved. So grab some popcorn as we take a trip down memory lane.  

  1. "Punky Brewster". The show centered around the star Penelope “Punky” Brewster (Soleil Moon Frye) who was abandoned by her parents. The main plot of the show is Punky’s life and how she becomes the foster child of the man who manages the apartment building, Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), that Punky sneaks into as a place to stay.  
  2. "Small Wonder". This is another great 1980s family sitcom where the show was stolen by the young actors casted in it. The show was about a robotics engineer, Ted Lawson (Dick Christie) who created a robot designed to look like a cute human girl and then tries to pass her off as his daughter.
  3. "Alf". So what would you do a loveable and furry alien crashed landed on your garage? Well if you’re looking for laughs you’d do what the Tanner’s did, take him in! The formula for Alf was simple: hide him from the U.S. government Alien Task Force, help him understand Earth life and keep him from eating every cat in the neighborhood. Alf left Earth with two of hi fellow Melmacians in 1990, ending the series, but he’ll always have a place into 1980s family sitcom stardom.
  4. "Who's the Boss?". Who could forget the 1980s hit that threw gender roles out the window? Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) was the house keeper for advertising executive Angela Bower (Judith Light). The pair where wonderful together and the way they where always getting on each other’s nerve really fueled the show. Some fans of the show where bitterly disappointed when the show didn’t end I marriage of the pair but instead with Tony taking a job as a coach and moving away.
  5. "The Wonder Years". This was the show it was okay to watch with your parents. The story told of life in the late 60s an early 70s through the eyes of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) as he looked back on his life 20 years later (the older voice of Kevin that acted as the narrator was done by Daniel Stern.).
  6. "Growing Pains". The Seavers was the 1980s sitcom’s golden family. The oldest son and wild one of the family, Mike (Kirk Cameron) was arguably the heart of the show. With three kids and later a fourth, the Seavers had their hands full but they always kept their viewers laughing.
  7. "Newhart". There was smart, witty humor among the 1980s sitcoms and it belonged to Bob Newhart (Dick Louden). Writer Bob Newhart bought a bed and breakfast that seemed to be a magnet for colorful characters.
  8. "The Golden Girls". One of the most popular sitcoms in TV history, these unforgettable elder ladies stole hearts and laughs in the 1980s. The cast was Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), Rose Nylund (Betty White), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty).
  9. "The Cosby Show". The show was based on Bill Cosby’s stand up act and told the story of the Huxtables. It was as uplifting as it was funny. Cosby also battled some tough family problems but Huxtables always came out stronger.
  10. "Cheers". In the unlikely setting of a neighborhood bar with a group of even more unlikely friends, "Cheers" was classic 1980s comedy. Driving most of the story lines was the owner/bartender, Sam (Ted Danson), and his ever rocky dating life. The show also had one spin off, "Frasier", starring Kelsey Grammer.
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