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21 Jump Street, A Different World among TV's biggest anniversaries in 2017

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Television always gets the short end of the stick here at Stuck in the ‘80s. We’ve only done a handful of podcasts on the subject, and we rarely blog about our favorite shows. And yet, TV was just as important of a pop culture medium in the ‘80s as music or movies.

So what do we make of television in the year 1987? Here are some notable TV events that turn 30 years old in 2017.

It’s probably no surprise that the four biggest hits of 1987 were (in order) The Cosby Show, A Different World, Cheers and Golden Girls - all NBC icons. Rounding out the Top 10 are Growing Pains, Who’s the Boss?, Night Court, 60 Minutes, Murder She Wrote with ALF and The Wonder Years tied for 10th.

Among the more memorable series debuts in 1987 were Married … With Children, The Tracey Ullman Show and 21 Jump Street (all on the brand new Fox network), My Two Dads, Full House, A Different World, Beauty and the Beast and Star Trek: The Next Generation (which debuted in syndication). 

Shows that ended in 1987 include: The Love Boat, The A-Team, Silver Spoons, Hill Street Blues and Fame.

We're looking at you, Jim Bakker! The popular televangelist resigned as head of the PTL Satellite Network on March 19, 1987, after a series of scandals, including the revelation of a sex encounter with church secretary Jessica Hahn. In the end, a federal grand jury indicted Bakker for misusing millions of church funds, causing some to say that PTL must have stood for "Pass The Loot."

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