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TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of the 1980s (1980-1989)

TV shows/series in chronological context: The 1980s (pronounced "nineteen-eighties", shortened to "the '80s" or "the Eighties") was a decade that began on January 1, 1980, and ended on December 31, 1989. The decade saw a dominance of conservatism and free market economics, and a socioeconomic change due to advances in technology and a worldwide move away from planned economies and towards laissez-faire capitalism compared to the 1970s. As economic deconstruction increased in the developed world, multiple multinational corporations associated with the manufacturing industry relocated into Thailand, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. Japan and West Germany saw large economic growth during this decade. The AIDS epidemic became recognized in the 1980s and has since killed an estimated 40.4 million people (as of 2022). Global warming theory began to spread within the scientific and political community in the 1980s. The United Kingdom and the United States moved closer to supply-side economic policies, beginning a trend towards global instability of international trade that would pick up more steam in the following decade as the fall of the USSR made right-wing economic policy more powerful. The final decade of the Cold War opened with the US-Soviet confrontation continuing largely without any interruption. Superpower ... ()

TV Shows/Series of a single year: 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989


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The Simpsons(1989-)

TV-14
| 22min per episode | Kids & Family, Animation, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 4,701 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.

Dragon Ball Z(1989-1996)

4.2/5 (with 2,100 votes)

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender, Son Goku, continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origins. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Dragon Ball(1986-1989)

4.1/5 (with 1,445 votes)

Long ago in the mountains, a fighting master known as Gohan discovered a strange boy whom he named Goku. Gohan raised him and trained Goku in martial arts until he died. The young and very strong boy was on his own, but easily managed. Then one day, Goku met a teenage girl named Bulma, whose search for the mystical Dragon Balls brought her to Goku's home. Together, they set off to find all seven and to grant her wish.

Seinfeld(1989-1998)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 881 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.

Star Trek: The Next Generation(1987-1994)

4.2/5 (with 672 votes)

Follow the intergalactic adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and his loyal crew aboard the all-new USS Enterprise NCC-1701D, as they explore new worlds.

Ranma 1/2(1989-1992)

4.3/5 (with 625 votes)

Saotome Ranma, a teenage martial artist, and his father Genma travel to the 'cursed training ground' of Jusenkyo in China. There, despite the warnings of the Chinese guard, they fall into the cursed springs. From now on, whenever Ranma is doused in cold water, he turns in to a girl, and a cute, well-built red-head at that. Hot water changes him back into a man again, but only until the next time. To make matters worse, his father engages him to Tendo Akane, a girl who hates boys.

Saint Seiya(1986-1989)

4.2/5 (with 593 votes)

Ages ago, the goddess Athena was served by fighters called Saints who channeled the power of the Cosmos within them. Now a youth named Seiya has trained to become a Saint himself by earning the mystical Cloth of Pegasus. He is joined by other Saints with Cloths of their own to fight for Athena.

Knight Rider(1982-1986)

3.8/5 (with 591 votes)

Michael Long, an undercover police officer, is shot while investigating a case and left for dead by his assailants. He is rescued by Wilton Knight, a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor who arranges life-saving surgery, including a new face and a new identity--that of Michael Knight. Michael is then given a special computerized and indestructible car called the Knight Industries Two Thousand (nicknamed KITT), and a mission: apprehend criminals who are beyond the reach of the law. The series depicts Michael's exploits as he and KITT battle the forces of evil on behalf of the Foundation for Law and Government.

ALF(1986-1990)

NR
| 23min per episode | Kids & Family, Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 514 votes)

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

Full House(1987-1995)

TV-G
| 25min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 482 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.

Married... with Children(1987-1997)

TV-PG
| 22min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 458 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 A-Team(1983-1987)

TV-PG
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Comedy, Crime
3.7/5 (with 456 votes)

A fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces personnel work as soldiers of fortune while on the run from the Army after being branded as war criminals for a "crime they didn't commit."

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ThunderCats(1985-1989)

4.1/5 (with 453 votes)

The inhabitants of the planet Thundera evacuate just before it is destroyed. They were pursued by a band of mutants. All but one of their escape ships was destroyed. Only a small group of Thunderans (Thundercats) remained. With only half engine power, the group, which was led by Jaga, had to set a course for the nearest planet. Jaga commanded their ship while the other seven were in their stasis tubes. Jaga died on their journey to Third Earth and their ship crashed there. Soon they made friends with various groups in the area and they designed a fortress. Mumm-Ra the centuries-old embodiment of evil, along with the mutants that destroyed the rest of the Thunderans are a constant threat. But Lion-O, the new leader of the Thundercats, with his weapon the "Sword of Omens" will help the Thundercats to have a standing chance.

The Wonder Years(1988-1993)

TV-PG
| 24min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family
4.2/5 (with 451 votes)

The story of Kevin Arnold facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s and 70s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin, Kevin faces the difficulties of maintaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood.

Tales from the Crypt(1989-1996)

NR
| 25min per episode | Comedy, Mystery, Crime, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 408 votes)

Cadaverous scream legend the Crypt Keeper is your macabre host for these forays of fright and fun based on the classic E.C. Comics tales from back in the day. So shamble up to the bar and pick your poison. Will it be an insane Santa on a personal slay ride? Honeymooners out to fulfill the "til death do we part" vow ASAP?

MacGyver(1985-1992)

TV-PG
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Crime, Western
3.9/5 (with 382 votes)

He's everyone's favorite action hero... but he's a hero with a difference. Angus MacGyver is a secret agent whose wits are his deadliest weapon. Armed with only a knapsack filled with everyday items he picks up along the way, he improvises his way out of every peril the bad guys throw at him. Making a bomb out of chewing gum? Fixing a speeding car's breaks... while he's riding in it? Using soda pop to cook up tear gas? That's all in a day's adventures for MacGyver. He's part Boy Scout, part genius. And all hero.

Captain Tsubasa(1983-1986)

NR
| 24min per episode | Comedy, Drama, Animation
3.9/5 (with 373 votes)

Tsubasa Ozora loves playing football since he was a little child. After moving to the japanese town of Nankatsu together with his mother, the 11-year-old boy quickly finds friends and joins the local football team of his elementary school. Together with his newly made friends and Brazilian mentor Roberto, Tsubasa starts his exciting journey to chase after his most desired dream - one day winning the FIFA World Cup.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(1987-1996)

TV-Y7
| 22min per episode | Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 328 votes)

Four turtles fall into the sewers and are befriended by Hamato Yoshi a Japanese man sent to New York who was forced to live in the sewers. One day he sees a strange green glow which transforms the four turtles into human-like creatures. Hamato (now Master Splinter) changes into a giant rat from the green glow and teaches the turtles the skills of the ninja as they team up with news reporter April O'Neil to battle against Yoshi's arch enemy Shredder and Krang, an alien warlord from Dimension X.

Quantum Leap(1989-1993)

TV-PG
| 48min per episode | Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Drama
4.1/5 (with 319 votes)

Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished... He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.

Saved by the Bell(1989-1993)

TV-G
| 23min per episode | Kids & Family, Comedy
3.9/5 (with 300 votes)

Lovable schemer Zack Morris leads his pals on adventures at California's Bayside High School. The friends navigate relationships, final exams, school dances, breakups and more while frequently frustrating their principal, Mr. Richard Belding, who does his best to keep them in check.

DuckTales(1987-1990)

3.8/5 (with 296 votes)

Scrooge McDuck finds his hands full at home when nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie move to Duckburg. Joined by their loyal pals Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose and Mrs. Beakley, the DuckTales gang never fails to deliver a wealth of adventure. Get ready for a fortune of fun with DuckTales!

Directed by Alan Zaslove

Cheers(1982-1993)

TV-PG
| 24min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 263 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.

Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers(1989-1990)

TV-G
| 22min per episode | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 230 votes)

Chip and Dale head a small, eccentric group of animal characters who monitor not only the human world, but the animal community as well, solving mysteries wherever they may be. The "Rescue Rangers" take the cases that fall through the cracks.

The Smurfs(1981-1989)

3.5/5 (with 227 votes)

Classic Saturday-morning cartoon series featuring magical blue elf-like creatures called Smurfs. The Smurfs, named for their personalities, inhabit a village of mushroom houses in an enchanted forest. These loveable creatures are led by Papa Smurf and live carefree... except for one major threat to their existance: Gargamel, an evil but inept wizard who lives in a stone-built house in the forest; and his feline companion, the equally nasty Azrael.

Baywatch(1989-2001)

TV-PG
| 42min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Crime
3.0/5 (with 214 votes)

Join the Baywatch lifeguards on their thrilling adventures filled with beautiful beaches and those iconic red swimsuits.

Agatha Christie's Poirot(1989-2013)

TV-PG
| 50min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 210 votes)

From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

Blackadder(1983-1989)

TV-PG
| 32min per episode | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 209 votes)

Cunning plans and cutting comedy as the Blackadder dynasty plot their way through British history.

Airwolf(1984-1987)

TV-PG
| 48min per episode | Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.8/5 (with 202 votes)

As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.

Miami Vice(1984-1989)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama
3.7/5 (with 188 votes)

The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.

The Cosby Show(1984-1992)

TV-PG
| 24min per episode | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 186 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.

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