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Complete TV Show Listing for the 1980s

Here is a complete listing of prime-time TV shows of the Awesome80s (logic of this list). Note that this list only includes programs which began airing after January 1, 1980 (check our Super70s list). We also have selected British programs that were popular here.

Sitcoms Dramas Misc
227
9 to 5
AfterMASH
Alf
Amen
Annie McGuire
Anything But Love
Baby Boom
Best of the West
Better Days
Beverly Hills Buntz
Billy Crystal Comedy Hour
Bosom Buddies
Brady Brides
Breaking Away
Buffalo Bill
Bustin' Loose
Cavanaughs
Charles in Charge
Charlie & Company
Charmings
Check it Out
Cheers
Chicken Soup
Chisholms
Coach
Coming of Age
Condo
Cosby Show
Dads
Day by Day
Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Dear John
Designing Women
Different World
Dirty Dancing
Doctor, Doctor
Domestic Life
Doogie Howser MD.
Double Trouble
Dreams
Duck Factory
Duet
Easy Street
Ellen Burstyn Show
Emerald Point, N.A.S.
Empty Nest
Enos
ER
Everything's Relative
Family Matters
Family Ties
Famous Teddy Z
Fathers and Sons
Filthy Rich
Fitz and Bones
Flo
Fm
Foley Square
Foul-ups, Bleeps, & Blunders
Four Seasons
Frank's Place
Free Spirit
Fridays
Full House
George Burns Comedy Week
Gimme a Break
Gloria
Golden Girls
Goodnight Beantown
Goodtime Girls
Growing Pains
Gung Ho
Hail to the Chief
Harper Valley P.T.A.
Head of the Class
Hello Larry
Hogan Family
Homeroom
Hometown
House Calls
I Married Dora
I'm a Big Girl Now
It Takes Two
It's A Living
It's Garry Shandling's Show
It's Not Easy
It's Your Move
Jennifer Slept Here
Joanie Loves Chachi
Joe's World
Just Our Luck
Just the Ten of Us
Karen's Song
Kate & Allie
Ladies' Man
Last Resort
Lewis & Clark
Life with Lucy
Living Dolls
Lorne Greene's New Wilderness
Love, Sidney
Lucie Arnaz Show
Maggie
Major Dad
Making the Grade
Mama's Family
Married With Children
Mary
Master
Me & Mrs. C
Me and Maxx
Melba
Mr. Belvedere
Mr. Merlin
Mr. President
Mr. Smith
Mr. Sunshine
Murphy Brown
My Sister Sam
My Two Dads
Newhart
Night Court
No Soap, Radio
Nutt House
Odd Couple
Oh Madeline
One in a Million
One of the Boys
Open All Night
Open House
Perfect Strangers
Police Squad
Private Benjamin
Punky Brewster
Pursuit of Happiness
Raising Miranda
Redd Foxx Show
Report to Murphy
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Robert Guillaume Show
Ropers
Roseanne
Sara
Scarecrow and Mrs. King
SCTV Network 90
Second Chance
Shaping Up
Shell Game
Silver Spoons
Simpsons
Sister Kate
Slap Maxwell Story
Sledge Hammer
Something Is Out There
Square Pegs
Star of the Family
Stir Crazy
Stockard Channing Show
Tattingers
Teachers Only
Three's a Crowd
Today's F.B.I.
Together We Stand
Too Close for Comfort
Tracey Ullman Show
TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
Two of Us
Van Dyke Show
We Got it Made
Webster
Who's The Boss
Women in Prison
Wonder Years
You Again
21 Jump Street
A Year in the Life
Bay City Blues
Beauty and the Beast
Behind the Screen
Berrenger's
BL Stryker
Blacke's Magic
Blue Light
Blue Skies
Blue Thunder
Booker
Boone
Bronx Zoo
Buck James
Cagney & Lacey
Casablanca
Cassie & Company
China Beach
Christine Cromwell
Colbys
Contender
Cover Up
Crazy Like a Fox
Crime Story
Cutter to Houston
Dempsey & Makepeace
Devlin Connection
Diamonds
Double Dare
Downtown
Duet
Dynasty
Equalizer
Eye to Eye
Falcon Crest
Fame
Family Tree
Father Dowling Mysteries
Father Murphy
Finder of Lost Loves
Flamingo Road
For Love and Honor
Fortune Dane
Foul Play
Freebie and the Bean
From Here to Eternity
Glitter
Hardball
Hardcastle & McCormick
Hawaiian Heat
Heart of the City
Heartbeat
Hell Town
Highway to Heaven
Hill Street Blues
Hollywood Beat
Hooperman
Hot Pursuit
Hotel
Houston Knights
Hunter
In the Heat of the Night
Insiders
Island Son
Jack and Mike
Jake and the Fatman
Jessica Novak
Jessie
Kay O'Brien
Knightwatch
L.A. Law
Lady Blue
Law and Harry McGraw
Leg Work
Life Goes On
Lime Street
Lottery
MacGruder & Loud
Magnum P.I.
Man Called Hawk
Mancuso, FBI
Manimal
Masquerade
Matlock
Matt Houson
McClain's Law
Miami Vice
Midnight Caller
Mike Hammer
Mission: Impossible
Mississippi
Moonlighting
Murder, She Wrote
Murphy's Law
Nero Wolfe
Night Heat
Nightingales
Nurse
O'hara
Oldest Rookie
Our Family Honor
Our House
Outlaws
Palmerstown, U.S.A.
Paper Dolls
Partners in Crime
Peaceable Kingdom
Private Eye
Rags to Riches
Remington Steele
Renegades
Riker
Riptide
Roots: The Next Generations
Secrets of Midland Heights
Shannon
Shogun
Sidekicks
Simon & Simon
Snoops
Sonny Spoon
Spenser: For Hire
St. Elsewhere
Stingray
Stone
Street Hawk
Strike Force
T.J. Hooker
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
Thirtysomething
Top of the Hill
Tour of Duty
Trauma Center
True Blue
Tucker's Witch
TV 101
Two Marriages
Walking Tall
Wiseguy
Wolf
Yellow Rose

 

1986
48 Hours
A Current Affair
Airwolf
Alien Nation
Amazing Stories
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Most Wanted
Around the World in 80 Days (Miniseries)
A-Team
Automan
Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters
Baxters
Baywatch
Beyond Tomorrow
Blue and Gray (Miniseries)
Bret Maverick
Bring 'Em Back Alive
Byron Allen Show
Call To Glory
Chiefs (Miniseries)
Code Red
Cops
Counterattack-Crime In America
Darkroom
Dolly
Fall Guy
Games People Play
Gavilan
Gideon Oliver
Greatest American Hero
Here's Boomer
High Risk
Hitchcock Presents
JJ Starbuck
Knight Rider
Lonesome Dove (Miniseries)
MacGyver
Marie
Martian Chronicles (Miniseries)
Masada (Miniseries)
Max Headroom
Misfits Of Science
Nashville Palace
NBC Magazine
New Adventures of Beans Baxter
North and South (Miniseries)
Once a Hero
Our World
Paradise
People Do the Craziest Things
People's Court
Phoenix
Pink Lady
Pink Lady and Jeff
Powers Of Matthew Star
Primetime Live
Quantum Leap
Quest, The
Reporters
Rescue 911
Ripley's Believe It or Not
Rousters
Sable
Saturday Night Connie Chung
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Shaka Zulu (Miniseries)
Solid Gold
Speak Up America
Star Search
Star Trek TNG
Starman
Steve Allen Comedy Hour
Tales Of The Gold Monkey
That's Incredible!
Thorn Birds (miniseries)
Those Amazing Animals
Tim Conway Show
Totally Hidden Video
Twilight Zone
Unsolved Mysteries
V
Voyagers
War and Remembrance (Miniseries)
Werewolf
West 57th
Whiz Kids
Winds of War (Miniseries)
Wizard
Young Riders

 

Logic of this list

These are almost all the primetime TV shows that aired on the three major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). Exceptions are some short-lived replacement programs (though many of them are here too). Sitcoms and comedies are in the first column, dramas in the second, and everything else (variety programs like Barbara Mandrell, westerns like Bret Maverick, works of science fiction like Star Trek: The Next Generation, miniseries like Shogun, adventures like Knight Rider and newsmagazines like 48 Hours and others fall into this category.

Shows that first aired in the 1970s and continued into the 1980s are not here. They are on our 1970s site. these show did continue airing new episodes into the Super70s. Shows like Gilligan's Island, which were in rerun syndication (and still are), are not included since they were not in production on January 1st, 1980. If you cannot find your favorite program, there are three reasons:

  • It was very short lived and hasn't been covered. (Tell us about it and we'll be happy to cover it. We just need interest.)
  • It was in first-run syndication (meaning that it was likely on an independent channel in your area and not part of the primetime schedule of the Big Three (CBS, ABC, and NBC). (Tell us about it and we'll be happy to cover it. We just need interest.) We do have a section on British programs that were popular on our side of the Atlantic, mostly due to the efforts of PBS.
  • It was actually from the 1970s or 1990s. (Check our Super70s list.)
 
   
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