10 popular 80s tv shows from The A-Team to Knightrider

MarkMeets retro television feature celebrating popular culture

The 80s was a time of great change and innovation in television, and some of the most popular shows from that era have become cultural touchstones that continue to be beloved by audiences today. Here are ten of the most popular 80s TV shows, from “The A-Team” to “Knight Rider”.

  1. “The A-Team” (1983-1987) – A action-adventure show about a group of former Special Forces soldiers who use their military skills to help those in need.
  2. “Dallas” (1978-1991) – A prime-time soap opera about a wealthy Texas oil family and its various business dealings.
  3. “Knight Rider” (1982-1986) – A science fiction series about a high-tech crimefighter and his artificially intelligent car, KITT.
  4. “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-1985) – A comedy-adventure series about two good-natured but roguish cousins who drive a souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger, the General Lee, and get into all sorts of hijinks.
  5. “Magnum, P.I.” (1980-1988) – A private investigator series set in Hawaii, starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a former Navy SEAL.
  6. “Cheers” (1982-1993) – A comedy about the regulars at a Boston bar, and the witty banter that takes place among the customers and employees.
  7. “The Golden Girls” (1985-1992) – A comedy-drama series about four elderly women sharing a home in Miami.
  8. “Family Ties” (1982-1989) – A family sitcom about a conservative father, a liberal mother, and their three children in suburban Ohio.
  9. “The Cosby Show” (1984-1992) – A family sitcom about an affluent African American family in Brooklyn, New York.
  10. “Miami Vice” (1984-1990) – A stylish crime drama about two detectives working in Miami, known for its innovative cinematography and music.

These shows were hugely popular in their day and continue to be remembered and celebrated for their memorable characters, witty writing, and impact on the television landscape. Whether you’re a fan of action, comedy, drama, or science fiction, there’s something for everyone in this list of 80s TV shows.

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