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1980s American Sitcoms

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The Simpsons(1989-)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Kids & Family, Animation, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 3,491 votes)

Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

Directed by Matt Groening

Seinfeld(1989-1998)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Comedy
4.2/5 (with 573 votes)

A stand-up comedian and his three offbeat friends weather the pitfalls and payoffs of life in New York City in the '90s. It's a show about nothing.

Full House(1987-1995)

TV-G
| 25min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 330 votes)

After the death of his wife, Danny enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle.

The Love Boat(1977-1987)

43min per episode | Drama, Comedy
3.2/5 (with 48 votes)

Passengers who search for romantic nights aboard a beautiful ship travelling to tropical or mysterious countries, decide to pass their vacation aboard the "Love Boat", where Gopher, Dr. Bricker, Isaac, Julie, and Captain Stubing try their best to please them, and sometimes help them fall in love. Things are not always so easy, but in the end, love wins.

Cheers(1982-1993)

TV-PG
| 24min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 180 votes)

The story about a blue-collar Boston bar run by former sports star Sam Malone and the quirky and wonderful people who worked and drank there.

ALF(1986-1990)

TV-G
| 23min per episode | Kids & Family, Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 371 votes)

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.

M*A*S*H(1972-1983)

TV-PG
| 25min per episode | War & Politics, Drama, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 198 votes)

The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, administrators, and soldiers often find ways of making wartime life bearable.

Married... with Children(1987-1997)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.8/5 (with 293 votes)

Al Bundy is an unsuccessful middle aged shoe salesman with a miserable life and an equally dysfunctional family. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

The Golden Girls(1985-1992)

24min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 101 votes)

Four Southern Florida seniors share a house, their dreams, and a whole lot of cheesecake. Bright, promiscuous, clueless and hilarious, these lovely, mismatched ladies form the perfect circle of friends.

Happy Days(1974-1984)

22min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 72 votes)

In 1950s Milwaukee the Cunningham family must contend with Fonzie, a motorcycle riding Casanova.

Alice(1976-1985)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda Lavin in the title role, a widow who moves with her young son to start her life over again, and finds a job working at a roadside diner on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the episodes revolve around events at Mel's Diner.

Three's Company(1977-1984)

25min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 48 votes)

The three single roommates Janet Wood, Chrissy Snow and Jack Tripper all platonically share Apartment 201 in a Santa Monica, California apartment building owned by Mr. and Mrs. Roper.

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Who's the Boss?(1984-1992)

23min per episode | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 69 votes)

A former professional baseball player, along with his preteen daughter, moves into New York advertising executive Angela Bower's house to be both a housekeeper and a father figure to her young son. Tony 's laid-back personality contrasts with Angela's type-A behavior.

The Cosby Show(1984-1992)

TV-PG
| 24min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 126 votes)

The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.

Murphy Brown(1988-1998)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 19 votes)

Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) is a recovering alcoholic who returns to the fictional newsmagazine FYI for the first time following a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic residential treatment center. Over 40 and single, she is sharp tongued and hard as nails. In her profession, she is considered one of the boys, having shattered many glass ceilings encountered during her career. Dominating the FYI news magazine, she is portrayed as one of America's hardest-hitting (though not the warmest or more sympathetic) media personalities.

Family Ties(1982-1989)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 67 votes)

Former 1960s flower children Steven and Elyse Keaton raise their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

The Jetsons(1962-1987)

TV-G
| 30min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 135 votes)

Meet George Jetson and his quirky family: wife Jane, son Elroy and daughter Judy. Living in the automated, push-button world of the future hasn't made life any easier for the harried husband and father, who gets into one comical misadventure after another!

Laverne & Shirley(1976-1983)

25min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 22 votes)

Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, single roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a fictitious Milwaukee brewery called "Shotz Brewery."The show was a spin-off from Happy Days, as the two lead characters were originally introduced on that series as acquaintances of Fonzie. Set in roughly the same time period, the timeline started in approximately 1958, when the series began, through 1967, when the series ended. As with Happy Days, it was made by Paramount Television, created by Garry Marshall, and executive produced by Garry Marshall, Edward K. Milkis, and Thomas L. Miller.

Night Court(1984-1992)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 34 votes)

Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984 to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, unorthodox Judge Harold T. "Harry" Stone. It was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Taxi(1978-1983)

TV-PG
| 30min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 46 votes)

Louie De Palma is a cantankerous, acerbic taxi dispatcher in New York City. He tries to maintain order over a collection of varied and strange characters who drive for him. As he bullies and insults them from the safety of his “cage,” they form a special bond among themselves, becoming friends and supporting each other through the inevitable trials and tribulations of life.

Coach(1989-1997)

24min per episode | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 19 votes)

Hayden Fox, the curmudgeonly coach of Minnesota State University's Screaming Eagles football team, tries to navigate his way through the sports world, fatherhood and family life without dropping the ball.

Small Wonder(1985-1989)

21min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 55 votes)

When genius cybernetics engineer Ted Lawson brings home his top-secret invention, a Voice Input Child Identicant or V.I.C.I., life becomes anything but mechanical for the Lawson Family. With his boss and his nosy family living next door, Ted, his wife Joan and their son Jamie must pass Vicki off as a real child. It is easy for Joan, who cannot help doting on her like a daughter, but harder for precocious Jamie, who uses Vicki to do his homework and to ward off Harriet, the annoying redheaded girl next door.

Barney Miller(1975-1982)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Barney Miller is an American situation comedy television series set in a New York City police station in Greenwich Village. The series originally was broadcast from January 23, 1975 to May 20, 1982 on ABC. It was created by Danny Arnold and Theodore J. Flicker. Noam Pitlik directed the majority of the episodes.

Designing Women(1986-1993)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.6/5 (with 8 votes)

Julia Sugarbaker, Mary Jo Shively, Charlene Frazier-Stillfield and Suzanne Sugarbaker are associates at their design firm, Sugarbaker and Associates. Julia is the owner and is very outspoken and strong-willed. Mary Jo is a divorced single-parent whom is just as strong-willed as Julia, but isn't as self-confident. Charlene is the naive and trusting farm girl from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Suzanne is the self-centered ex-beauty queen whom has a number of wealthy ex-husbands.

One Day at a Time(1975-2005)

24min per episode | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

The misadventures of a divorced mother, two teenage daughters, and new building superintendent in Indianapolis.

Directed by Norman Campbell, Herbert Kenwith, Sandy Kenyon, Howard Morris, Noam Pitlik, Alan Rafkin, ...

Newhart(1982-1990)

30min per episode | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 18 votes)

Dick Loudon and his wife Joanna decide to leave life in New York City and buy a little inn in Vermont. Dick is a how-to book writer, who eventually becomes a local TV celebrity as host of "Vermont Today." George Utley is the handyman at the inn and Leslie Vanderkellen is the maid, with ambitions of being an Olympic Ski champion; she is later replaced by her cousin Stephanie, an heiress who hates her job. Her boyfriend is Dick's yuppie TV producer, Michael Harris. There are many other quirky characters in this fictional little town, including Dick's neighbors Larry, Darryl, and Darryl...three brothers who buy the Minuteman Cafe from Kirk Devane. Besides sharing a name, Darryl and Darryl never speak.

A Different World(1987-1993)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 18 votes)

A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional mixed but historically black college in the state of Virginia. After Bonet's departure in the first season, the remainder of the series primarily focused more on Southern belle Whitley Gilbert and mathematics whiz Dwayne Wayne. The series frequently depicted members of the major historically black fraternities and sororities.While it was a spin-off from The Cosby Show, A Different World would typically address issues that were avoided by The Cosby Show writers. One episode that aired in 1990 was one of the first American network television episodes to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Punky Brewster(1984-1988)

TV-G
| 23min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 28 votes)

An abandoned waif and her dog are taken in by a cranky apartment manager who becomes her guardian in this family-friendly sitcom.

Charles in Charge(1984-1990)

30min per episode | Comedy
2.9/5 (with 17 votes)

Charles in Charge is an American sitcom series starring Scott Baio as Charles, a 19-year-old student at the fictional Copeland College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who worked as a live-in babysitter in exchange for room and board. Baio directed many episodes of the show, and was credited with his full name, Scott Vincent Baio.It was first broadcast on CBS from October 3, 1984 to April 3, 1985, when it was cancelled due to a struggle in the Nielsen ratings. It then had a more successful first-run syndication run from January 3, 1987 to November 10, 1990, as 126 original episodes were aired in total. The show was produced by Al Burton Productions and Scholastic Productions in association with Universal Television, and distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution and New Line Cinema Corporation.

Sledge Hammer!(1986-1988)

25min per episode | Comedy, Crime
3.8/5 (with 26 votes)

Sledge Hammer! is an American satirical police sitcom produced by New World Television that ran for two seasons on ABC from 1986 to 1988. The series was created by Alan Spencer and stars David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer, a preposterous caricature of the standard "cop on the edge" character. Al Jean and Mike Reiss, best known for their work on The Simpsons, wrote for the show and worked as story editors.

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