TV Shows & Series: Popular TV Shows/Series of 1988

TV shows/series in chronological context: 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1988th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 988th year of the 2nd millennium, the 88th year of the 20th century, and the 9th year of the 1980s decade. 1988 was a crucial year in the early history of the Internet—it was the year of the first well-known computer virus, the 1988 Internet worm. The first permanent intercontinental Internet link was made between the United States (NSFNET) and Europe (Nordunet) as well as the first Internet-based chat protocol, Internet Relay Chat. The concept of the World Wide Web was first discussed at CERN in 1988. The Soviet Union began its major deconstructing towards a mixed economy at the beginning of 1988 and began its gradual dissolution. The Iron Curtain began to disintegrate in 1988 as Hungary began allowing freer travel to the Western world. The first extrasolar planet, Gamma Cephei Ab (confirmed in 2002) was detected this year and the World Health Organization began its mission to eradicate polio. Global warming also began to emerge as a more significant concern, with climate scientist James Hansen testifying before the U.S. Senate on the issue. ()

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The Wonder Years(1988-1993)

| 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.

Red Dwarf(1988-2017)

| 30min per episode | Comedy, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 175 votes)

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Garfield and Friends(1988-1994)

| 23min per episode | Animation, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 165 votes)

The animated stories of Garfield the cat, Odie the dog, their owner Jon and the trouble they get into. And also Orson the Pig and his adventures on a farm with his fellow farm animals.

Directed by Jeff Hall, Tom Ray, Dave Brain, Vincent Davis, Ron Myrick


| 23min per episode | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 153 votes)

A working-class family struggles to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo(1988-1991)

| 23min per episode | Animation, Mystery, Comedy, Kids & Family, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 131 votes)

The world's favorite chicken-hearted canine, as a puppy? That's right! And the old gang is back with him. Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, and Freddy are all here as gangly kids — goofing off, solving kid-size mysteries, and having run-ins with ghouls, ghosts, and goblins.

Count Duckula(1988-1993)

22min per episode | Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 112 votes)

Count Duckula is a vegetarian vampire duck, coming into the world as an accident. Unlike his family and ancestors, he has no bloodlust, as when he was reincarnated, blood was omitted and replaced with ketchup.

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh(1988-1991)

| 23min per episode | Kids & Family, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family
3.8/5 (with 109 votes)

An American animated children's television series inspired by A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

Directed by Karl Geurs

The Storyteller(1988)

4.0/5 (with 100 votes)

The Storyteller aided by his cynical dog, narrates classic folk tales, fables, and legends.

Mission: Impossible(1988-1990)

| 1h per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
3.8/5 (with 88 votes)

Mission: Impossible is an American television series that chronicles the missions of a team of secret American government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. The show is a revival of the 1966 TV series of the same name. The only actor to return for the series as a regular cast member was Peter Graves who played Jim Phelps, although two other cast members from the original series returned as guest stars. The only other regular cast member to return for every episode was the voice of "The Tape", Bob Johnson.

Freddy's Nightmares(1988-1990)

| 1h per episode | Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 88 votes)

The evil, sinister killer of the "Nightmare On Elm Street" movies, Freddy Krueger, hosts this show, where each week, he shows us a tale of evil and death about the lives of people who live in Springwood.

Choujuu Sentai Liveman(1988-1989)

4.1/5 (with 79 votes)

"Friends, why did you do that?" Yuusuke, Jou, Megumi, Kenji, Gou and Rui are students at Academia but three decide to turn bad and join forces with the evil army Volt. When the defectors return, their three friends are forced to combat them as Choujuu Sentai Liveman. With the help of an android ally named Colon, and a few others along the way, the Liveman must save the world and their friends.

With Daisuke Shima

Unsolved Mysteries(1988-2010)

| 1h per episode | Mystery, Drama
3.9/5 (with 64 votes)

Combines four to five segments of dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates of real human and paranormal mysteries. An audience interactive call-to-action request allowed viewers to call in with tips to help solve the cases.

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RoboCop: The Animated Series(1988)

30min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

Cyborg cop Alex Murphy, with his partner Officer Anne Lewis fight to save the city of Old Detroit from assorted rogue elements, and to reclaim aspects of his humanity.


3.8/5 (with 34 votes)

In the near future, humanity has taken its first steps towards journeying into the far reaches of the galaxy. Upon doing so they discover a huge race of insectoid aliens known as "Space Monsters." These aliens seem dedicated to the eradication of mankind as they near closer and closer to discovering Earth. In response, humanity develops giant fighting robots piloted by hand-picked youth from around the world. Shortly after the discovery of the aliens, Noriko Takaya, the daughter of a famous deceased space captain, enters a training school despite her questionable talents as a pilot. There, she meets her polar opposite, the beautiful and talented Kazumi Amano, and is unexpectedly made to work together with her as they attempt to overcome the trauma of war as well as their own emotions.

Directed by Hideaki Anno

Dulce Desafío(1988-1989)

45min per episode | Drama, Soap / Telenovela
3.4/5 (with 33 votes)

Dulce Desafío is a Mexican telenovela starring Adela Noriega and Eduardo Yáñez.

Directed by Arturo Ripstein - With Adela Noriega

Murphy Brown(1988-1998)

| 24min per episode | Comedy
3.3/5 (with 31 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.

El extraño retorno de Diana Salazar(1988-1989)

22min per episode
3.8/5 (with 30 votes)

El extraño retorno de Diana Salazar is a 1988 Mexican telenovela starring Lucía Méndez and Jorge Martinez. It is an unusual example of a telenovela which addresses supernatural topics.

Home and Away(1988-)

| 20min per episode | Drama, Soap / Telenovela
3.2/5 (with 29 votes)

Home and Away is set in the fictional town of Summer Bay, a coastal town in New South Wales, and follows the personal and professional lives of the people living in the area. The show initially focused on the Fletcher family, Pippa and Tom Fletcher and their five foster children Frank Morgan, Carly Morris, Steven Matheson, Lynn Davenport and Sally Keating, who would go on to become one of the show's longest-running characters. The show also originally and currently focuses on the Stewart family. During the early 2000s, the central storylines focused on the Sutherlands and later, the Hunters. Home and Away had proved popular when it premiered in 1988 and had risen to become a hit in Australia, and after only a few weeks, the show tackled its first major and disturbing storyline, the rape of Carly Morris; it was one of the first shows to feature such storylines during the early timeslot. H&A has tackled many adult-themed and controversial storylines; something rarely found in its restricted timeslot.

In the Heat of the Night(1988-1995)

1h per episode | Crime, Drama
3.7/5 (with 26 votes)

In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. It was broadcast on NBC from 1988 until 1992, and then on CBS until 1995. Its executive producers were Fred Silverman, Juanita Bartlett and Carroll O'Connor. TGG Direct released the first season of the series to DVD on August 28, 2012.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?(1988-1999)

| 22min per episode | Comedy
3.8/5 (with 26 votes)

An un-scripted comedy show in which four guest performers improvise their way through a series of games, many of which rely on audience suggestions.

El pecado de Oyuki(1988)

30min per episode | Drama
3.9/5 (with 25 votes)

El Pecado de Oyuki is a Mexican telenovela produced by Televisa in 1988. It was based on an original story by Yolanda Vargas Dulché, who also adapted the screenplay for television. The original comic book series was in the style of the foto-novela. For the role of Oyuki, the photographer selected the Mexican Japanese Sachiko Tsuchiya. Born in Tepic, Nayarit, she became the most recognizable Asian Mexican of her time. The telenovela was shown in the United States in 1988 through Univision. Dulché's story was also adapted for Brazilian television in 1967 and as a comic published starting April 11, 1975 by Grupo Editorial Vid. The Brazilian version was called "Yoshiko, um poema de amor" and starred actors Luis Gustavo and Rosa Miake.

Denver, the Last Dinosaur(1988)

22min per episode | Animation, Action & Adventure
3.2/5 (with 23 votes)

Filled with magic, warmth and friendship, join the adventures of a fun-loving dinosaur and his group of ingenious young friends: Jeremy, Mario, Wally, Heather, Casey and Shades. Pursued by fortune seekers, Denver always finds himself in the middle of unexpected adventures!

48 Hours(1988-)

| 1h per episode | Mystery, News, Crime
3.7/5 (with 22 votes)

This newsmagazine series investigates intriguing crime and justice cases that touch on all aspects of the human experience. Over its long run, the show has helped exonerate wrongly convicted people, driven the reopening — and resolution — of cold cases, and changed numerous lives. CBS News correspondents offer an in-depth look into each story, with the emphasis on solving the mystery at its heart.

Noble House(1988)

1h 29min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Crime
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Despite its impressive history and reputation, the international trading company Struan's is in trouble. Overextended by the previous management, new tai-pan Ian Dunross has had to issue public stock to improve the company's financial standing. Even this, however, has not given him the capital he needs. As a result, he is courting a private investor, American billionaire Linc Bartlett. Bartlett decides secretly to back Dunross' arch enemy, Quillian Gornt, who will stop at nothing to destroy Struan's. When Dunross realises that Gornt is suddenly strong enough to ruin the Noble House, he must urgently forge new alliances or reshape ancient ones.

LIVE with Kelly and Mark(1988-)

| 44min per episode | Talk-Show
2.7/5 (with 19 votes)

A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments that are unrivaled on daytime television, plus spontaneous, hilarious and unpredictable talk.


| 45min per episode | Drama
3.8/5 (with 15 votes)

A dynastic struggle occurs for the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan, between the Kauravas and Pandavas, collateral branches of the clan, which causes the Kurukshetra War.

Directed by Ravi Chopra - With Nitish Bharadwaj

War of the Worlds(1988-1990)

| 1h per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure
3.2/5 (with 14 votes)

Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s. The fate of Earth may very well rest in the hands of a small yet courageous band: astrophysicist Harrison Blackwood, paraplegic computer wizard Norton Drake, microbiologist Suzanne McCullough and military man Paul Ironhorse.

American Experience(1988-)

| 55min per episode | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 14 votes)

TV's most-watched history series brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.


| 30min per episode | Kids & Family, Animation, Kids & Family
2.8/5 (with 13 votes)

A young girl embarks on a series of misadventures, causing her friends and teachers to be worrisome. Based on the children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans.

China Beach(1988-1991)

42min per episode | Drama, War & Politics
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

Dateline: November 1967. Within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen McMurphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, try to make sense of life and death in between bourbon, bullets and battles.

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