Best TV shows of the 80s: Nos. 61-80
Attention, 80s couch potatoes. I give you the list to end all lists. The eighth wonder of the world. A manifesto to monuments of TV history. What started out as a quest to name the 10 best TV shows of the 80s has grown to...
The 80 best TV shows of the 80s!
As always, the list -- especially the top 10 shows -- was formulated with the help of the readers of this blog. I also had the input of former Times TV critic Chase Squires -- also a guest host of the Stuck in the 80s podcast -- whose devotion to the 80s and television hasn't waned in the years since he abandoned the journalism business and fled to Denver.
The list includes shows that may have begun in the 70s or ended in the 90s. But those shows were judged only on their content during the 80s. So shows like The Simpsons (#62) and Roseanne (#78) aren't going to rank as high because so little of their show appeared during the 80s.
We'll roll out the list 20 shows at a time, starting today with shows 61 through 80. As always, I encourage you to leave comments about the selections and omissions.
TOP TV SHOWS of the 80s: Nos. 61 through 80
80. Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-87): Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner.
79. Gimme a Break (1981-1987): Nell Carter, Kari Michaelson.
78. Roseanne (1988–1997): Roseanne Barr, John Goodman.
77. Matlock (1986-95): Andy Griffith, Nancy Stafford.
76. My Two Dads (1987-90): Greg Evigan, Paul Reiser.
75. Full House (1987 to 1995): John Stamos, Bob Saget.
74. Simon & Simon (1981 to 1988): Gerald McRaney, Jameson Parker.
73. Wiseguy (1987-1990): Jonathan Banks, Ken Wahl.
72. Hooperman (1987-89): John Ritter, Jennifer Warren.
71. Crime Story (1986-88): Joseph Wiseman, Dennis Farina.
70. Who's the Boss? (1984-92): Tony Danza, Judith Light.
69. Growing Pains (1985-92): Kirk Cameron, Alan Thicke.
68. Hart to Hart (1979-84): Robert Wager, Stefanie Powers.
67. The Hitchhiker (1983-1991): Page Fletcher, Nicholas Campbell.
66. Tales from the Crypt (1989-1996): John Kassir.
65. Alien Nation (1989–1990): Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint.
64. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981): Gil Gerald, Erin Gray.
63. Sesame Street (1969— Present): Frank Oz, Jim Henson.
62. The Simpsons (1989-Present): Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright.
61. Perfect Strangers (1986-93): Mark Linn-Baker, Bronson Pinchot.
My two favorites from today's list: The Simpsons and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Least two favorites: Roseanne and Who's The Boss.
Tomorrow's list: A couple aliens invade the Top 80 list.