10 Best 1980’s Sitcoms

While the 1980s are remembered for big hair and colorful clothing, the television shows of the decade are some of the most memorable ever, with these 10 best 1980s sitcoms being the cream of the crop. The 10 best sitcoms of the 1980s feature notable families, led by equally notable starring actors like Bill Cosby, Michael J. Fox, Scott Baio, Tony Danza and John Ritter. While the wacky trends from the 1980s are long forgotten, these 10 best sitcoms live on in syndication to this day.

  1. "Alf" Running from 1986 to 1990, "Alf" follows an extraterrestrial furry friend who spends his days protecting Earth and his adoptive family, the Tanners. Max Wright, Anne Schedeen, Andrea Elson and Benji Gregory starred alongside Alf, a puppet operated by series creator Paul Fusco.
  2. "Charles in Charge" In a breakout role for Scott Baio, "Charles in Charge" featured Baio as the title character, a live-in babysitter to three children. While the series originally aired in 1984 and 1985, it's perhaps best known for its long run in syndication, appearing on CBS from 1987 to 1990.
  3. "Cheers" Chronicling the "bar where everyone knows your name," "Cheers" was perhaps the best sitcom of the 1980s, featuring numerous big stars like Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman and George Wendt. "Cheers" also inspired several spin-off shows, including the long-running series "Frasier."
  4. "The Cosby Show" Another popular sitcom from the 1980s, "The Cosby Show" followed the Huxtable family as it aired from 1984 to 1992 on NBC. While Bill Cosby was already a household name, the show launched the careers of many of his co-stars, including Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Raven-Symone.
  5. "Family Ties" The Emmy Award-winning sitcom "Family Ties" brought together Meredith Baxter, Michael Gross, Michael J. Fox, Justine Bateman and Tina Yothers as the Keaton family. Airing on NBC from 1982 to 1989, the series highlighted the political and cultural shifts in the United States from the 1960s to 1980s.
  6. "Growing Pains" A mainstay on ABC from 1985 to 1992, "Growing Pains" featured Alan Thicke as Dr. Jason Seaver, a work-at-home psychiatrist, his wife Maggie (Joanna Kerns) and their children Mike (Kirk Cameron), Carol (Tracey Gold), Ben (Jeremy Miller) and Chrissy (Ashley Johnson). Though the main cast made the show wildly popular, it was the brief roles by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank that made "Growing Pains" one of the best sitcoms of the 1980s.
  7. "Night Court" Following the zany Manhattan judge Harry Stone, portrayed by Harry Anderson, "Night Court" was a staple of 1980s television. A number of quirky characters completed the cast, including John Larroquette as the narcissistic prosecutor, Markie Post as a naive public defender and Richard Moll as "Bull" the court's bailiff.
  8. "Three's Company" Though first aired in the 1970s, "Three's Company" was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1980s, with an ensemble cast of John Ritter, Suzanne Summers, Joyce DeWitt and Don Knotts. Chronicling the lives of three roommates in California and their quirky landlord Mr. Roper, the series continues to do well in syndication.
  9. "Who's the Boss" Take one retired baseball player and single dad (Tony Danza), add in a single mother (Judith Light), a couple of children (Alyssa Milano and Danny Pintauro) and a feisty grandmother (Katherine Helmond) and you have the long-running 1980s sitcom "Who's the Boss." The unconventional premise of a male housekeeper for a divorced mom was quickly accepted by fans and prompted guest appearances by Frank Sinatra, Mike Tyson and Ray Charles, among others.
  10. "The Wonder Years" Earning the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series in 1988, "The Wonder Years" consistently topped television ratings as it aired in primetime from 1998 to 1993. Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Danica McKellar, Olivia d'Abo, Jason Hervey and Josh Saviano starred in the sitcom, which highlighted the stresses and romances of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s.
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