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TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1980

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1980th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 980th year of the 2nd millennium, the 80th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1980s decade. ()

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage(1980)

1h per episode | Documentary
4.2/5 (with 92 votes)

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage is a thirteen-part television series written by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, and Steven Soter, with Sagan as presenter. It was executive-produced by Adrian Malone, produced by David Kennard, Geoffrey Haines-Stiles and Gregory Andorfer, and directed by the producers, David Oyster, Richard Wells, Tom Weidlinger, and others. It covered a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origin of life and a perspective of our place in the universe.

Directed by Adrian Malone - With Carl Sagan

Magnum, P.I.(1980-1988)

NR
| 45min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure
3.7/5 (with 82 votes)

A private investigator who works when he wants, lives in a beachfront estate in Hawaii, drives a posh Ferrari, runs up an unlimited tab at a swank bar, and charms attractive women in peril - that's the lifestyle of Thomas Magnum, aka Magnum, P.I.

Directed by Ray Austin, Mike Vejar, Ivan Dixon - With Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Shogun(1980)

3h per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
3.8/5 (with 44 votes)

An English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in complex political games in feudal Japan.

Directed by Jerry London - With Richard Chamberlain, Toshirō Mifune, Frankie Sakai, Michael Hordern, John Rhys-Davies

Yes Minister(1980-1982)

TV-PG
| 30min per episode | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 29 votes)

Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, continued with the same cast and followed the events of the premiership of Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10 upon the resignation of the previous PM.

With Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Galactica 1980(1980)

1h per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 20 votes)

30 years after the original Battlestar Galactica series. Upon reaching Earth, the inhabitants of the renegade starfleet take action when they realize earthlings aren't advanced enough to help battle the Cylons.

Directed by Daniel Haller, Sidney Hayers, Ron Satlof, Vince Edwards - With Lorne Greene, Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Richard Lynch, Bill McKinney, Paul Koslo, ...

Bosom Buddies(1980-1982)

25min per episode | Comedy
3.4/5 (with 11 votes)

Kip and Henry, two young studs working for a New York ad agency, must disguise themselves as women to live in the one apartment they can afford.

With Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Donna Dixon, Holland Taylor, Telma Hopkins, Wendie Jo Sperber, ...

Richie Rich(1980-)

30min per episode | Animation
2.2/5 (with 9 votes)

Richie Rich is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that aired on ABC from 1980 to 1984 and again in 1988 as part of the weekend/weekday programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, Based upon Harvey Comics' popular Richie Rich comic book characters, the series shared time slots with Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Little Rascals, and Pac-Man over its original broadcast run. The other most visible character was Richie's dog, the appropriately named Dollar. The show airs occasionally on Boomerang; Boomerang's reruns feature the theme from The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and Scrappy Too! over the closing credits.

Directed by Ray Patterson

Hammer House of Horror(1980)

52min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.3/5 (with 9 votes)

Anthology series, in which each self-contained episode featured a different kind of horror. These varied from witches, werewolves, ghosts, devil worship and voodoo, but also included non-supernatural horror themes such as cannibalism, confinement and serial killers.

Pride and Prejudice(1980)

55min per episode | Drama
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

The arrival of a young, well-off, eligible man named Mr. Bingley sends the Bennet household--with five girls of a marrying age--into a tizzy. But it's the introduction of Mr. Bingley's friend, Mr. Darcy, that sets in motion the fate of Elizabeth Bennet, resolved only after a labyrinth of social and personal complexities.

Directed by Cyril Coke - With David Rintoul, Elizabeth Garvie, Moray Watson, Priscilla Morgan, Sabina Franklyn, Natalie Ogle, ...

Arabela(1980-1981)

30min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
4.3/5 (with 8 votes)

Arabela was a children's television series produced in Czechoslovakia which aired from 1979 to 1981. The series has 13 episodes and is in the Czech language.

Directed by Václav Vorlíček - With Alena Karešová, Vladimír Menšík, Stella Zázvorková, Vladimír Dlouhý, Ondřej Kepka, Ladislav Županič, ...

Too Close for Comfort(1980-1987)

30min per episode | Comedy
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980 until May 5, 1983, and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984 until September 27, 1986. It was modeled after the British series Keep It in the Family, which premiered nine months before Too Close for Comfort debuted in the U.S. Its name was changed to The Ted Knight Show when the show was retooled for its final season.

With Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Lydia Cornell

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1980)

24min per episode | Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama
4.3/5 (with 7 votes)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a Japanese anime series, directed by Hiroshi Saitô which was aired in 1980. It is based on the well-known and popular novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. The series was broadcast on the World Masterpiece Theater, an animation staple on Fuji TV that showcased each year an animated version of a different classical book or story of Western literature, and was originally titled "Tom Sawyer no Bōken". It was the second installment of the series, after 1977's Rascal the Raccoon, to feature the work of an American author. This series was also dubbed to English by Saban International and aired on HBO circa 1988 under the title "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." It aired during the 7:30AM time slot and alternated with the later WMT version of "Little Women." Celebrity Home Entertainment released videos in the United States under the title "All New Adventures of Tom Sawyer". As of January 2011, the anime is airing in the United States on the NHK's cable channel TV Japan.

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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils(1980-1981)

30min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure
3.8/5 (with 7 votes)

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is an anime adaptation of the novel The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf. The 52 episode series ran on the Japanese network NHK from January 1980 to March 1981. The series was the very first production by Studio Pierrot. The anime was mostly fairly true to the original, apart from the appearance of Nils' pet hamster, and the greater role allowed to the fox Smirre. The music was written by Czech composer Karel Svoboda. The anime was also broadcast in Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Iceland Belgium, Greece, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, in the Arab World, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Israel, Turkey, Italy, Hong Kong, Mainland China, South Africa, and Albania, but in some countries it was cut to allow for commercials. In Germany, the animated series episodes were also combined into one full feature animated movie in 1981; the same release has also been dubbed and released in Estonia on DVD and VHS.

Thundarr the Barbarian(1980-1981)

3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Thundarr and his companions Ariel and Ookla wander a devastated future Earth and fight evil wherever they find it.

Directed by Charles August Nichols, Rudy Larriva

The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show(1980)

7min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.8/5 (with 7 votes)

The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show is an animated television program produced by Filmation for MGM Television in 1980, on CBS for Saturday mornings. The show lasted two seasons and the individual episodes were eventually added to syndicated Tom and Jerry packages, and also occasionally appeared on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Most voices were done by Frank Welker and Lou Scheimer.

Directed by Gwen Wetzler

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones(1980)

1h 36min per episode | Drama
3.9/5 (with 7 votes)

The story of the Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones and 1978 mass suicide at Jonestown.

Directed by William A. Graham - With Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, LeVar Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Randy Quaid, Veronica Cartwright, ...

Heathcliff(1980-1981)

30min per episode | Animation
3.2/5 (with 6 votes)

Heathcliff is an animated TV series that debuted on October 4, 1980. It was the first series based on the Heathcliff comic strip and was produced by Ruby-Spears Productions. It ran until September 18, 1982 with a total of 25 episodes, under two different names.

The Martian Chronicles(1980)

2h per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy
2.9/5 (with 6 votes)

The Martian Chronicles deals with the exploration of Mars and the inhabitants there.

Directed by Michael Anderson - With Rock Hudson, Roddy McDowall, Maria Schell

Hollywood(1980)

11h 16min per episode | Documentary
4.4/5 (with 5 votes)

Hollywood is a 1980 documentary series produced by Thames Television which explored the establishment and development of the Hollywood studios and its impact on 1920s culture.

Directed by Kevin Brownlow, David Gill - With James Mason

Astro Boy(1980-1981)

3.8/5 (with 5 votes)

In 2030 AD, after being abandoned by his creator, a young boy robot is rescued by an Android Advocate, Dr Elefun, who adopts him as his own and guides him in the use of his special powers to aid and protect mankind and robot-kind.

It's a Living(1980-1989)

30min per episode
3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

It's a Living is an American sitcom set in a restaurant at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. The show aired on ABC from October 30, 1980 until June 11, 1982. After the series was cancelled, new episodes aired in first-run syndication from September 28, 1985 to April 8, 1989. The series was created by Stu Silver, Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon, and produced by Witt/Thomas Productions, later in association with Golden West Television and Lorimar-Telepictures.

With Barrie Youngfellow

Auf Achse(1980-1996)

50min per episode | Action & Adventure
3.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Auf Achse was a German television series on the ARD channel. The series ran from 1977 until 1996 and 86 episodes were produced altogether.

Directed by Werner Masten - With Nada van Nie

The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and Scrappy Too!(1980-1981)

1h per episode | Animation, Kids & Family, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 3 votes)

The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and Scrappy Too! is a package show produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1980 for ABC Saturday mornings. The program contained segments from Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and Richie Rich. The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo shorts represents the sixth show in which Scooby-Doo appears. This was the only Hanna-Barbera package series for which Scooby-Doo was given second billing and also notable for Richie Rich's debut in animation.

Flamingo Road(1980-1982)

1h per episode | Soap / Telenovela
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Flamingo Road is an American prime time soap opera that aired on NBC. It was first seen as a TV movie on May 12, 1980, and as a series on January 6, 1981, after a rebroadcast of the pilot on December 30, 1980. The show is based on the 1949 movie starring Joan Crawford, which is, in turn, based on the novel by Robert Wilder. Flamingo Road was created to compete against CBS's Dallas and Knots Landing, nighttime dramas that were inspired by the daily afternoon soap operas that had been a staple of TV for years. The character of Constance Weldon ranked at #16 on E!'s list of The 50 Most Wicked Women in Primetime.

With John Beck, Woody Brown, Peter Donat, Howard Duff, Morgan Fairchild, Mark Harmon, ...

Button Moon(1980-1988)

3.7/5 (with 3 votes)

Button Moon is a quirky, popular children's television programme broadcast in the United Kingdom in the 1980s on the ITV Network. Thames Television produced each episode, which lasted ten minutes and featured the adventures of Mr. Spoon who, in each episode, travels to Button Moon in his homemade rocket-ship. All of the characters within the show are based on kitchen utensils, as well as many of the props. Once on Button Moon, which hangs in "blanket sky", they have an adventure, and look through Mr. Spoon's telescope at someone else such as the Hare and the Tortoise, before heading back to their home on 'Junk Planet'. Episodes also include Mr. Spoon's wife, "Mrs. Spoon", their daughter, "Tina Tea-Spoon" and her friend "Eggbert". The series ended in 1988 after 91 episodes.

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe(1980)

1h per episode
3.5/5 (with 3 votes)

Tenspeed and Brown Shoe is an American detective/comedy series originally broadcast by the ABC network between January and June 1980. The series was created and executive produced by Stephen J. Cannell.

With Ben Vereen, Jeff Goldblum

The David Letterman Show(1980)

1h 30min per episode | Talk-Show
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

The David Letterman Show is a live morning NBC talk show hosted by David Letterman. It ran from June 23 to October 24, 1980. The show originally lasted 90 minutes, then 60 minutes from August 4 onward.

The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show(1980-1979)

30min per episode | Animation
3.6/5 (with 2 votes)

The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show is an animated television series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions from 1979 to 1981; it was shown right after Super Friends on the ABC Network. It featured various adventures of the DC Comics superhero Plastic Man. The show features many adventures in different segments: Plastic Man, Baby Plas, Plastic Family, Mighty Man and Yukk, Fangface and Fangpuss, and Rickety Rocket. The show was repackaged by Arlington Television into 130 half-hour episodes, and released into national, first-run-off-network daily syndication in 1984. The Plastic Man Comedy Show was produced and directed by Steve Whiting and featured a live-action "Plastic Man", played by Taylor Marks.

Directed by Rudy Larriva, Charles August Nichols

Newsnight(1980-)

50min per episode | News
4.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Newsnight is a daily BBC Television current affairs programme which specialises in analysis and often robust cross-examination of senior politicians. Jeremy Paxman has been its main presenter for over two decades. Several of the programme's editors over the years have gone on to senior positions within the BBC and elsewhere. Along with Paxman, the programmes regular presenters are Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler, and Emily Maitlis. Newsnight has been broadcast on BBC Two since 1980. It goes out on weekday evenings between 10:30pm and 11:20pm. Occasionally it may have an extended edition if there is an especially significant event in the news - as happened on 7 July 2011, when closure of the News of the World led to an extended programme which continued until 11:35 pm. Recent editions are available to view and download for a limited time through the BBC iPlayer. A weekly 26-minute digest edition of Newsnight is screened on the corporation's international channel, BBC World News.

With Jeremy Paxman, Emily Maitlis

Nightline(1980-)

31min per episode | News, Documentary
3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Nightline, or ABC News Nightline, is a late-night news program that is broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. Created by Roone Arledge, the program featured Ted Koppel as its main anchor from March 1980 until his retirement from the program in November 2005. Nightline airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. Eastern Time, after Jimmy Kimmel Live!. It previously ran for 31 minutes, but in 2011, the program was reduced to 25 minutes. When the program moved to 12:37 a.m. ET, the program was expanded to 30 minutes. In 2002, Nightline was ranked 23rd on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

With Ted Koppel, Martin Bashir, Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, Bill Weir, Juju Chang, ...
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