TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1983

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 983rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 83rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1980s decade. 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet and the first mobile cellular telephone call. ()

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The A-Team(1983-1987)

| 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."

Captain Tsubasa(1983-1986)

| 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.


| 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.

Inspector Gadget(1983-1985)

| 22min per episode | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 176 votes)

Inspector Gadget is a clumsy, dim-witted human cyborg detective with various bionic gadgets built into his body. Gadget stumbles around working the cases while his niece and dog do most of the investigating. Gadget's arch-nemesis is Dr. Claw, the leader of an evil organisation, known as "M.A.D."

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe(1983-1984)

3.6/5 (with 157 votes)

When Adam, Prince of the planet Eternia, raises his magic sword he transforms into He-Man (the most powerful man in the universe). With his allies and friends, he battles the evil Skeletor and his minions to protect the secrets of Castle Greyskull.

Dungeons & Dragons(1983-1985)

3.9/5 (with 112 votes)

Six friends are transported into the Dungeons & Dragons realm and must try to find a way home with the help of their guide 'Dungeon Master'.

Fraggle Rock(1983-1987)

3.7/5 (with 84 votes)

The Fraggles are a fun-loving community of creatures who live in a subterranean fantasy land where they love to play, sing and dance their cares away, sharing their world with the tiny Doozers and the giant Gorgs. The series teaches empathy and tolerance and encourages children to understand people different from themselves.


3.9/5 (with 84 votes)

Automan is an American science fiction superhero television series produced by Glen A. Larson. It aired for only 12 episodes on ABC between 1983 and 1984.

The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show(1983-1984)

| 11min per episode | Animation, Mystery, Kids & Family, Comedy, Kids & Family
4.0/5 (with 68 votes)

The New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show is the sixth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon Scooby-Doo. It premiered on September 10, 1983, and ran for one season on ABC as a half-hour program made up of two eleven-minute short cartoons. The show is a return to the mystery solving format and reintroduces Daphne after a four-year absence. The plots of each episode feature her, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, and Scrappy-Doo solving supernatural mysteries under the cover of being reporters for a teen magazine.

Directed by Ray Patterson

The Thorn Birds(1983)

2h 1min per episode | Drama
3.6/5 (with 56 votes)

The story based on a novel by Colleen McCullough focuses on three generations of the Cleary family living on a sheep station in the Australian outback.

Alvin and the Chipmunks(1983-1990)

| 30min per episode | Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.4/5 (with 33 votes)

Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are adopted by human, Dave.

Wheel of Fortune(1983-)

| 25min per episode | Kids & Family, Reality-TV
3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

This game show sees contestants solve word puzzles, similar to those used in Hangman, to win cash and prizes determined by spinning a giant carnival wheel.

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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero(1983-1992)

30min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure
3.8/5 (with 32 votes)

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the successful toyline from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series in 1983 and 1984, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1986. Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four miniseries. The fourth mini-series was intended to be a feature film, but due to production difficulties was released as a television mini-series.

Around the World With Willy Fog(1983)

3.7/5 (with 29 votes)

Around the World with Willy Fog is a cartoon adaptation of Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The cartoon was produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional with animation by Japanese studio Nippon Animation. In the same vein as BRB's Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, the characters are anthropomorphisms of various animals as the species depicted are of much greater variety than in that series. The core trio are all felines being pursued by three canine foes. Willy Fog is depicted as a lion, while Rigodon is actually a cat and not a lynx because of his tail and ears and Romy a panther.

The Joy of Painting(1983-1994)

| 30min per episode | Kids & Family, Documentary
4.2/5 (with 22 votes)

The Joy of Painting was an American television show hosted by painter Bob Ross that taught its viewers techniques for landscape oil painting. Although Ross could complete a painting in half an hour, the intent of the show was not to teach viewers "speed painting". Rather, he intended for viewers to learn certain techniques within the time that the show was allotted. The show began on January 11, 1983, and lasted until May 17, 1994, a year before Ross' death.

Mama's Family(1983-1990)

25min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 21 votes)

Thelma Harper and her spinster sister Fran open their home to Thelma's recently divorced son Vinton and his teenage son and daughter. It's quite an adjustment for everyone, especially the cranky, argumentative Thelma.

Cat's Eye(1983-1985)

| 24min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Crime
3.5/5 (with 20 votes)

Cat's Eye is the most notorious group of art thieves in Japan. No one knows their identities, but for most of Tokyo, the mystery only heightens their allure.

Hardcastle and McCormick(1983-1986)

| 1h per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Crime
3.2/5 (with 19 votes)

Hardcastle and McCormick is an American action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions, shown on ABC from 1983 through 1986. The series stars Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick. The series premise was somewhat recycled from a previous Cannell series, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe.


| 55min per episode | Documentary, News, Talk-Show
3.8/5 (with 18 votes)

Since it began in 1983, Frontline has been airing public-affairs documentaries that explore a wide scope of the complex human experience. Frontline's goal is to extend the impact of the documentary beyond its initial broadcast by serving as a catalyst for change.

The Winds of War(1983)

| 2h 6min per episode | War & Politics, Drama
3.8/5 (with 17 votes)

Set against the backdrop of world events that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Victor "Pug" Henry is a career naval officer who, along with his family, learns to navigate the waters of his dangerous times in the late 1930s.

Directed by Dan Curtis - With Robert Mitchum

Scarecrow and Mrs. King(1983-1987)

1h per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
3.1/5 (with 17 votes)

Scarecrow and Mrs. King is an American television series that aired from October 3, 1983, to May 28, 1987 on CBS. The show stars Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner as divorced housewife Amanda King and top-level "Agency" operative Lee Stetson who begin a strange association, and eventual romance, after encountering one another in a train station.


3.9/5 (with 17 votes)

Kinnikuman (real name Suguru Kinniku), is a clumsy, foolish, comical superhero who discovers that he is the missing prince of the planet Kinniku (known for producing the greatest superheroes in the universe). Since he is a clumsy fool, however, he must prove himself worthy of the throne. To do so he enters wrestling competitions and battles evil Chojin.

Directed by Tetsuo Imazawa


22min per episode | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 17 votes)

Webster is an American situation comedy that aired on ABC from September 16, 1983 until May 8, 1987, and in first-run syndication from September 21, 1987 until March 10, 1989. The series was created by Stu Silver. The show stars Emmanuel Lewis in the title role as a young boy who, after losing his parents, is adopted by his NFL-pro godfather, portrayed by Alex Karras, and his new socialite wife, played by Susan Clark. The focus was largely on how this impulsively married couple had to adjust to their new lives and sudden parenthood, but it was the congenial Webster himself who drove much of the plot. The series was produced by Georgian Bay Ltd., Emmanuel Lewis Entertainment Enterprises, Inc. and Paramount Television. Like NBC's earlier hit Diff'rent Strokes, Webster featured a young African-American boy adopted by a white family.

Reading Rainbow(1983-2006)

| 30min per episode | Kids & Family
4.2/5 (with 15 votes)

Journey to exciting places and build a lasting connection with your favorite books. Each episode centers on a theme from a book, or other children's literature, which is explored through a number of segments or stories.

G.I. Joe(1983-1992)

3.8/5 (with 15 votes)

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the successful toyline from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series in 1983 and 1984, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1986. Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four miniseries. The fourth mini-series was intended to be a feature film, but due to production difficulties was released as a television mini-series.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet(1983-2004)

50min per episode | Comedy, Drama
4.1/5 (with 15 votes)

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Dusseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.


10min per episode | Animation
3.4/5 (with 13 votes)

SuperTed is a Welsh fictional anthropomorphic bear character created by Mike Young. Originally created by Young as a series of stories to help his son overcome his fear of the dark, SuperTed became a popular series of books and led to an animated series produced from 1982 to 1986.

The Hitchhiker(1983-1991)

30min per episode | Drama, Crime
3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

A young hitchhiker introduces characters who are about to experience a frightening and sometimes supernatural incident of some kind in this moody anthology series.

Jane Eyre(1983)

30min per episode | Drama
3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

A young governess falls in love with her mysterious employer, but a terrible secret puts their happiness at risk.

The Littles(1983-1985)

| 30min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family
3.2/5 (with 11 votes)

The Littles is an animated television series based on The Littles characters in a series of children's novels by American author John Peterson, the first of which was published in 1967. This cartoon was produced by a French/American/Canadian animation studio, DIC Entertainment, and as standard practice for TV cartoons of the period, the animation production was outsourced overseas to the Japanese studio TMS Entertainment. It was post-produced by a Canadian Animation studio, Animation City Editorial Services.

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