1980s TV Shows – The Most Watched of the Decade

At the start of the 1980s, I was 11 and 20 when they ended. We had just moved from a small town to the big city of Toronto. I lost a bit of independence in the first few years of living in the city compared to having free range in the small town. Music, reading and TV became my outlets. Many of my favourite musicians began or became solo artists and many of these 1980s TV shows helped me through my teenage years.

1980s TV Shows

1980s TV Shows

There were a variety of fun family sitcoms, action adventures with shows like Miami Vice or Knight Rider and of course music on the TV with MTV or Much Music here in Canada.

Who remembers when the TV signals ended in we hours of the morning. If you forgot to shut down the TV you would hear a very annoying sound with snowy or colourful lines across the screen,


  • Family Ties 1982-1989
  • Growing Pains 1985-1992
  • Golden Girls 1985-1992
  • Who’s The Boss 1984-1992
  • The Cosby Show 1984-1992
  • Cheers 1982-1993
  • Roseanne 1988-1997
  • Designing Women 1986-1993
  • Night Court 1984-1992
  • Three’s A Crowd 1984-1985
  • Mr. Belvedere 1985-1990
  • Perfect Strangers 1986-1993

Action Adventures and Dramas

  • MacGyver 1985-1992
  • Magnum P.I. 1980-1988
  • Moonlighting 1985-1989
  • Quantum Leap 1989-1993
  • Dynasty 1981-1989
  • Knots Landing 1979-1993
  • T.J Hooker 1982-1985
  • Simon & Simon 1981-1989

There are so many more TV shows that I didn’t mention, did I miss your favourite show? What was on your TV screen back in the 80s?

Did you know you can find some of these shows on Amazon Prime, Netflix or your local TV networks?

Some shows I have watched and loved in the past, I share with my daughter when I find them available to watch.

Check out Wikipedia for more shows listed from A-Z.

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2 Responses to 1980s TV Shows – The Most Watched of the Decade

  1. Shari G says:

    Oh thanks for linking up with comment love! You can link up again.
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  2. mamabear says:

    I know what you mean about missing some of them.. I get my fix on Netflix or some where else online where I am able to find them.

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