80’s Rewind: 80’s Tv Shows

This Post is part of a 7 Part Series I will be doing titled, “80’s Rewind”. The next 6 posts to be included in this series will cover; 80’s country music, 80’s cartoons, 80’s Tv Shows, 80’s Music, 80’s Toys, 80’s Movies, and 80’s the Era. I hope that you will Subscribe to my Page so that you won’t miss this Series continuance. Here are the links to the first two of this series in case you missed them. ’80s Country: http://angelikasworld.org/80s-rewind-country-music/

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In the 1980s, sitcoms were among the most talked about and most watched shows on the air. 80s sitcoms were some of the funniest and quirkiest TV shows ever made. These 80’s sitcoms were Trailblazers due to their content and moral lessons. The Sitcoms I have included in this Post, where all started in the ’80s and are shows that can still be seen today on Platforms like; Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Tubi Tv, Sony Crackle, Youtube, TV Guide, and local network sites. I hope you enjoy this Classic Sitcoms Rewind.

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The A-Team

1983-1987 | NBC

The A-Team is an action-adventure series about a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces personnel who work as soldiers of fortune, while on the run from the Army after being branded as war criminals for a “crime they didn’t commit”.

The A-Team, starring Dirk Benedict, George Peppard, Dwight Schulz and Mr T Sunday Mercury

The show featured Mr. T and aired on NBC from 1983 to 1987. The A-Team, television’s only tongue-in-cheek drama about the exploits of renegade Vietnam vets. The primetime series’ 1983 debut season was intentionally ludicrous, encouraging viewers to enjoy sundry talents of a colorful cast and laugh off storylines perhaps sillier than those on Charlie’s Angels. Co-created by Stephen J. Cannell (Wiseguy) and Frank Lupo (Hunter),

“Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard)

The A-Team introduced Lt. Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (George Peppard), the cocksure leader of a band of fugitive American soldiers framed for a crime in Vietnam and now thriving in Los Angeles. Hiring themselves out as soldiers of fortune, Hannibal’s crew–including Lt. Templeton “Face” Peck (baby-faced Tim Dunigan in the pilot, Dirk Benedict thereafter), Sgt. Bosco Albert “B.A. (for ‘Bad Attitude’)” Baracus (Mr. T, outfitted with his trademark gold), and, most comically, Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock (Dwight Schultz)–assist (mostly) ordinary people having a problem with bad guys. The A-Team ostensibly charges large fees, but much of the time the guys seem to be doing pro bono work for the helpless. (Classic TV)

Cast & Characters

  • George Peppard as John ‘Hannibal’ Smith
  • Dwight Schultz as ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock
  • Mr. T as B.A. Baracus
  • Dirk Benedict as Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck
  • John Ashley as Narrator (1983-1986)
  • Melinda Culea as Amy Allen (1983)
  • Lance LeGault as Colonel Roderick Decker (1983-1986)
  • Carl Franklin as Captain Crane (1983-1985)
  • Eddie Velez as Frankie Santana (1986-1987)
  • Robert Vaughn as General Hunt Stockwell (1986-1987)
  • Marla Heasley as Tawnia Baker (1983-1984)
  • Jack Ging as General ‘Bull’ Fulbright (1983-1986)

Broadcast History

  • The A-Team Title Card First Telecast: January 23, 1983
  • Last Telecast: June 14, 1987
  • Original Network:  NBC
  • Number of Seasons: 5
  • Number of Episodes: 98

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits

(Ten years ago / In 1972), a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team. (Classic TV)

If you would like to watch this show, it is available on Tubi TV at the following link. https://tubitv.com/series/3716/the_a_team


1986-1990 | NBC

ALF is an American science fiction sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1986 to 1990, created by Paul Fusco. The title character was Gordon Shumway, a friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form), who crash lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family.

“He’s just like E.T.,” says a character of the fuzzy extraterrestrial stranded on Earth in the pilot episode of ALF. But the fun of this late 1980s family sitcom is that the sardonic ALF (an acronym for Alien Life Form) is nothing like the interplanetary innocent of Steven Spielberg’s classic. With his whiplash wit and huckster sensibility, ALF (real name: Gordon Shumway from the late planet Melmac, Lower East Side) enters the lives of the Tanner family as a fully formed rascal whose spacecraft crashes into their garage one night. Worried that the feds will chop ALF up for research purposes, the Tannersfather Willie (Max Wright), a cautious civil servant who doesn’t like a lot of fuss at home; wife Kate (Anne Shedeen), and kids Lynn (Andrea Elson) and Brian (Benji Gregory)–reluctantly take ALF in like a shambling, profligate uncle who cracks wise despite having fallen on hard times. (Alf Classic TV)

Cast & Characters

  • Mihaly ‘Michu’ Meszaros as ALF
  • Max Wright as Willie Tanner
  • Anne Schedeen as Kate Tanner
  • Andrea Elson as Lynn Tanner
  • Benji Gregory as Brian Tanner
  • John LaMotta as Trevor Ochmonek
  • Liz Sheriden as Raquel Ochmonek
  • Josh Blake as Jake Ochmonek
  • JM J. Bullock as Neal Tanner (1987)
  • Anne Meara as Dorothy Halligan
  • Paul Fusco as ALF’s Voice (Gordon Schumway)

Broadcast History

  • ALF Title CardFirst Telecast: September 22, 1986
  • Last Telecast: June 18, 1990
  • Original Network:  NBC
  • Number of Seasons: 4
  • Number of Episodes: 102

Theme Song & Opening Credits

If you would like to watch Alf, you can click on the Tubi Tv link below. https://tubitv.com/series/1078/alf


1982-1993 | NBC

Cast & Characters

  • Ted Danson as Sam Malone
  • Nicholas Colasanto as Ernie “Coach” Pantusso (1982-1985)
  • Shelly Long as Diane Chambers (1982-1987)
  • Krisite Alley as Rebecca Howe (1987-1993)
  • George Wendt as Norm Peterson
  • Rhea Pearlman as Carla Tortelli LeBec
  • John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin
  • Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd
  • Kelsy Gramer as Dr. Fraiser Crane (1984-1993)
  • Bebe Neuwirth as Dr.Lilith Sternin (1986-1993)

Broadcast History

First Telecast: September 30, 1982 
Last Telecast: August 19, 1993 
Original Network:  NBC 
Number of Seasons: 11 
Number of Episodes: 269 
Original Primetime TV Schedule:

  • September 1982- December 1982, NBC, Thursday 9:00-9:30pm
  • January 1983- December 1983, NBC, Thursday 9:30-10:30pm
  • December 1983- August 1993, NBC, Thursday 9:00-9:30pm
  • February 1993- May 1993, NBC, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits

“Where Everybody Knows Your Name” by Judy Hart Angelo and Gary Portnoy, sung by Gary Portnoy.
(Classic TV)

If you would like to watch Cheers, you can find them on the following platforms.

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime
  • CBS all Access
  • Hulu
  • Youtube
  • Itunes

Doogie Howser, M.D.

1989-1993 | ABC

Doogie Howser, M.D. is a comedy-drama starring Neil Patrick Harris as a 16-year-old doctor who also faces the problems of being a normal teenager. Created by Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley, ABC aired the show from 1989 to 1993 for four seasons totaling 97 episodes.

Doogie Howser showed the coming of age of a teenage genius who was a board-certified surgeon by the time he was 16. At that tender age, Doogie (a childhood nickname for “Douglas”) has to balance life with his parents and contemporaries and the demands of a career that’s stressful even for adults. He has help and support from understanding parents Katherine and David Howser, the latter also a doctor, co-workers at the hospital who respect him despite his age, best friend Vinnie, and girlfriend Wanda. Doogie Howser, despite having a relatively short four-year run, was popular among young adults of the early 1990s. The show catapulted star Neil Patrick Harris to fame.

Cast & Characters

  • Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Douglas “Doogie” Howser
  • James B. Sikking as Dr. David Howser
  • Belinda Montgomery as Katherine Harris
  • Max Casella as Vinnie Delpino
  • Lawrence Pressman as Dr. Benjamin Canfield
  • Mitchell Anderson as Dr. Jack McGuire (1989-1991)
  • Kathryn Layng as Nurse Curly Spaulding
  • Lisa Dean Ryan as Wanda Plenn (1989-1992)
  • Lucy Boryer as Janine Stewart (1989-1992)
  • Markus Redmond as Ray,on Alexander (1990-1993)

Doogie Howser Theme song

written by Mike Post.

Broadcast History

First Telecast: September 19, 1989 
Last Telecast: July 21, 1993 
Original Network:  ABC 
Number of Seasons: 4 
Number of Episodes: 97 
Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • September 1989, ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • September 1989, ABC, Wednesday 9:30-10:00pm
  • October 1989- February 1992, ABC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • February 1992- May 1992, ABC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • May 1992- August 1992, ABC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • August 1992- March 1993, ABC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • June 1993- July 1993, ABC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00pm

If you would like to watch this great show, you can find it on the following platforms

On Tv Guide: https://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/doogie-howser-md/episodes-season-1/100126/

on Hulu, you can click the following link: https://www.hulu.com/series/doogie-howser-md-484763ed-4bf4-44b6-a018-0c1957aa1384

The Dukes Of Hazzard

1979-1985 | CBS

The Dukes of Hazzard is a comedy series that aired on the CBS from 1979 to 1985 about “The Duke Boys“, cousins Bo and Luke Duke, who live in a rural part of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia with their attractive cousin Daisy and their wise old Uncle Jesse, as they race around in their customized 1969 Dodge Charger stock car, christened (The) General Lee, evading crooked county commissioner Boss Hogg and his inept county sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, and always managing to get caught in the middle of the various escapades and incidents that often occur in the area.

The Dukes of Hazzard was part of America’s redneck fetish in the mid-to-late 1970s, otherwise evident in popular songs, movies, and television shows highlighting fast cars, truckers, citizens’ band radio, moonshine, irreverent hicks, and clueless lawmen. Created by writer-producer Gy Waldron and inspired by his own 1975 bootlegging comedy, Moonrunners, Dukes milked seven seasons of material from the tale of a Deep South family of reformed whiskey-makers and their running feud with a greedy impresario and his chief lackey, a buffoonish, venal sheriff. (Classic TV)

Cast & Characters

  • Tom Wopat as Luke Duke
  • John Schneider as Bo Duke
  • Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke
  • Denver Pyle as Uncle Jesse Duke
  • James Best as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane
  • Sorrel Booke as Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg
  • Sonny Shroyer as Deputy Enos Strate (1979 – 1980) (1982 – 1985)
  • Ben Jones as Cooter Davenport
  • Rick Hurst as Deputy Cletus (1980 – 1983)
  • Peggy Rea as Lulu Hogg
  • Nedra Volz as Miz Emma Tisdale (1981 – 1983)
  • Don Pedro Colley as Sheriff Little (1981 – 1984)
  • Lila Kent as Laverne (1981 – 1985)
  • Charlie Dell as Emery Potter (1981 – 1985)
  • Byron Cherry as Coy Duke (1982 – 1983)
  • Christopher Mayer as Vance Duke (1982 – 1983)
  • Waylon Jennings as The Balladeer (voice only)

Broadcast History

First Telecast: January 26, 1979 
Last Telecast: February 8, 1985 

Seasons: 7 
Episodes: 147 

  • January 1979 – November 1981, Friday 9:00-10:00pm
  • December 1981 – February 1985, Friday 8:00-9:90pm

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Intro

“The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)”

Written and sung by Waylon Jennings

The Dukes of Hazzard is available to watch on Amazon Prime. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07BRZVGRP

Family Ties

1982-1989 | NBC

Family Ties is a sitcom that aired on NBC for seven seasons from 1982 to 1989. The sitcom reflected the move in the United States from the cultural liberalism of the 1960s and 1970s to the conservatism of the 1980s.

FAMILY TIES — Season 1 — Pictured: (l-r) Michael Gross as Steven Keaton, Meredith Baxter as Elyse Keaton (Photo by Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

This was particularly expressed through the relationship between young Republican Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) and his ex-hippie parents, Elyse and Steven Keaton (Meredith Baxter-Birney and Michael Gross).

Though it emerged during the Reagan era, Family Ties remains as relevant as ever. Most children find their parents a little embarrassing, but what sets this sitcom apart is that former hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, (Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter-Birney), now find themselves in 1980’s America trying to raise a traditional suburban family. Son Alex P. Keaton (three-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox) is an ambitious young Republican, and his sister Mallory (Justine Bateman) is a shallow victim of the corporate culture, obsessed with music, clothes, and boys. Their only normal kid is young Jennifer (Tina Yothers), a bit of a tomboy. In later seasons, the Keatons add a fourth child, Andrew. Most of the comedy arose from the conflict between liberal parents and conservative children. It works because the Keatons obviously love each other–foibles and all. (Classic TV)

Cast & Characters

  • Micheal J. Fox as Alex P. Keaton
  • Justine Bateman as Mallory Keaton
  • Michael Gross as Steve Keaton
  • Meredith Baxter-Birney as Elyse Keaton
  • Tina Yothers as Jenifer Keaton
  • Brian Bonsall as Andrew Keaton (1986-1989)
  • Marc Price as Irwin “Skippy” Handleman
  • Tracy Pollan as Ellen Reid (1985-1986)
  • Scott Valentine as Nick Moore (1985-1989)
  • Courtney Cox as Lauren Miller (1987-1989)

Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: September 22, 1982 
Last Telecast: May 14, 1989 

Original Network: NBC

Number of Seasons: 7 
Number of Episodes: 180 
Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • September 1982- March 1983, NBC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • March 1983- August 1983, NBC, Monday 8:30-9:00pm
  • August 1983- December 1983, NBC, Wednesday 9:30-10:00pm
  • January 1984- August 1987, NBC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm
  • August 1987-September 1987, NBC, Sunday 8:00-9:00pm
  • September 1987- May 1989, NBC, Sunday 8:38-8:30pm

Family ties theme song

“Without Us,” by Jeff Barry and Tom Scott, sung by Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams.

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Full House  

1987-1995 | ABC

Set in San Francisco, family-friendly sitcom Full House centers around the adventures of a widowed father, his three children, and his two best friends. Danny (Bob Saget) is a straight-laced local television personality, Joey (David Coulier) is a fun-loving stand-up comedian, and brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) is an Elvis-obsessed rocker. Danny’s children include 11-year-old D.J. (Candace Cameron), five-year-old Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and baby Michelle (big-eyed future superstars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). Created by Jeff Franklin (Laverne and Shirley), the show ran on ABC for eight seasons.

In the pilot, “Our Very First Show,” Joey and Jesse, who are both looking for a place to live, move into Danny’s townhouse after the death of his wife (who was killed by a drunk driver). The deal is that they’ll have to help look after the kids. It’s a task for which both men are ill equipped. The fun comes from the trouble the girls get into each week and the many messes Joey and Jesse create in their attempts to set things right–particularly when it comes to cooking, cleaning, and diaper-changing–but also from the cheesy late 1980s styles on display, like Jesse’s big hair, spandex pants, and string ties.

Cast & Characters

  • Bob Saget as Danny Tanner
  • Candace Cameron as D.J. Tanner
  • Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner
  • Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen as Michelle Tanner
  • John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis
  • Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone
  • Lori Louglin as Rebecca Donaldson
  • Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler
  • Scott Weinger as Steve Hale

Broadcast History

First Telecast: September 22, 1987 
Last Telecast: May 23, 1995 
Network:  ABC 
Seasons: 8 
Episodes: 192 
Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • September 1987 , ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • September 1987 – February 1988, ABC, Friday 8:00-8:30pm
  • March 1988 – July 1989, ABC, Friday 8:30-9:00pm
  • July 1988 – September 1988, ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • August 1989 – August 1991, ABC, Friday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1991 – May 1995, ABC, Tuesday 8:00-8:30pm

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits

“Everywhere You Look” by Jesse Frederick 

How to watch the show





Amazon Prime:https://www.amazon.com/Full-House-Complete-First-Season/dp/B004ZWHPLQ

The Golden Girls  

1985-1992 | NBC

The Golden Girls is a sitcom that aired on NBC from 1985 until 1992 that centers on four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida.

Launched during the neon-lit 1980s, The Golden Girls shed light on a side of Miami ignored by Miami Vice. In other words, no drugs, no murder–just four women of “a certain age,” spending their golden years in the sun. Like the theme, “Thank You for Being a Friend,” the long-running sitcom was about friendship (not crime). As for the “girls,” they were tart-tongued Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur), former farm girl Rose (Betty White), Southern belle Blanche (Rue McClanahan), and Dorothy’s salty Sicilian mother Sophia (Estelle Getty). All were widows, with the exception of the divorced Dorothy. Created by Emmy-winning producer Susan Harris (Soap), The Golden Girls re-ignited the careers of 1970s TV veterans Arthur (All in the Family, Maude) and White (The Mary Tyler Moore Show). At the same time, it made stars of McClanahan (who co-starred on Maude), by playing a comic version of A Streetcar Named Desire’s Blanche Dubois, and the scene-stealing Getty, made to look older than her actual age (she and Arthur were born the same year).

Cast & Characters

  • Bea Author as Dorothy Zbornak
  • Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux
  • Betty White as Rose Nylund
  • Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo
  • Herb Edelman As Stan Zbornak
  • Harold Gould as Miles Webber

Broadcast History

  • The Golden GirlsFirst Telecast: September 14, 1985
  • Last Telecast: May 9, 1992
  • Original Network:  NBC
  • Number of Seasons: 7
  • Number of Episodes: 180

Original Primetime TV Schedule:

  • September 1985- July 1991, NBC, Saturday 9:00-9:30pm
  • August 1991- September 1991, NBC, Saturday 8:00-8:30pm
  • September 1991- May 1992, NBC, Saturday 9:00-9:30pm

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits

“Thank You for Being a Friend,” by Andrew Gold, sung by Cynthia Fee

How to watch the Golden Girls



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Growing Pains  

1985-1992 | CBS

Growing Pains is sitcom starring Alan Thicke about an upper-middle-class family, residing in Huntington, New York, with a working mother and a stay-at-home psychiatrist father raising three children together, that aired on ABC from 1985 to 1992. For those who grew up with the Seavers, and in need of a retro blast of ’80s nostalgia, Growing Pains will still, to quote the theme song, show you that smile again.

Cast & Characters

  • Alan Thicke as Dr. Jason Seaver
  • Joanna Kerns as Maggie Seaver
  • Kirk Cameron as Mike Seaver
  • Tracy Gold as Carol Seaver
  • Jeremy Miller as Ben Seaver
  • Kristen and Kelsey Dohring as Crissy Seaver (1988-1990)
  • Ashley Johnson as Crissy Seaver (1990-1992)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Luke Brower (1992)
  • Josh Andrew Koenig as Richard “Boner” Stabone (1985-1989)

Broadcast History

  • First Telecast: September 24, 1985
  • Last Telecast: April 25, 1992
  • Network:  ABC
  • Seasons: 7
  • Episodes: 166

Original Primetime TV Schedule:

  • September 1985- March 1986, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • May 1986- March 1988, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • March 1988-August 1990, Wednesday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1990- August 1991, Wednesday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1991- September 1991, Friday 9:30-10:00pm
  • September 1991- January 1992, Saturday 8:30-9:00pm
  • February 1992- April 1992, Saturday 9:30-10:00pm

Theme song

“As Long As We Got Each Other”

Sung by B.J. Thomas and Jennifer Warnes

How to watch Growing Pains




1985-1992 | ABC

MacGyver is an action-adventure series that ran for seven seasons on ABC and follows secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson. MacGyver prefers non-violent resolutions where possible and refuses to handle a gun. He works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. He is a resourceful agent with an encyclopedic knowledge of science, able to solve complex problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and Swiss Army knife.

Cast & Characters

  • Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver
  • Dana Elcar as Peter Thornton
  • Bruce McGill as Jack Dalton (1987-1992)
  • Elyssa Davalos as Nikki Carpenter (1987-1988)
  • John Anderson as Harry Jackson
  • Michael Des Barres as Murdoc
  • Teri Hatcher as Penny Parker

Broadcast History

  • MacGyverFirst Telecast: September 29, 1985
  • Last Telecast: May 21, 1992
  • Original Network:  ABC
  • Number of Seasons: 7
  • Number of Episodes: 139

Original Primetime TV Schedule:

  • September 1985- January 1986, ABC, Sunday 8:00-9:00pm
  • January 1986- July 1986, ABC, Wednesday 8:00-9:00pm
  • August 1986, ABC, Wednesday 9:00-10:00pm
  • September 1986- May 1987, ABC, Monday 8:00-9:00pm
  • June 1987- September 1987, ABC, Wednesday 9:00-10:00pm
  • September 1987- May 1988, ABC, Monday 8:00-9:00pm
  • June 1988- September 1988, ABC, Sunday 8:00-9:00pm
  • October 1988- August 1989, ABC, Monday 8:00-9:00pm
  • August 1989- September 1989, ABC, Sunday 8:00-9:00pm
  • September 1989- December 1991, ABC, Monday 8:00-9:00pm
  • May 1992, ABC, Thursday 8:00-9:00pm

Theme song:

Written by Randy Edelman

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Miami Vice  

1984-1989 | NBC

Miami Vice was a crime drama series that ran on NBC for five seasons from 1984 to 1989. The series starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs respectively, two Metro-Dade Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami.

This series is largely remembered for the stylish clothes Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs wore, the soundtrack, and its distinct visuals. But beneath the veneer is a surprisingly dark cop show. The cocaine boom of the 1980s framed many stories about drugs and murder, with Crockett and Tubbs often resorting to violence in the course of their work.

Cast and Characters

  • Don Johnson as Detective James “Sonny” Crockett
  • Phillip Michael Thomas as Detective Ricardo Tubbs
  • Edward James Olmos as Lt. Martin Castillo
  • Saundra Santiago as Detective Gina Navarro Calabrese
  • Olivia Brown as Detective Trudy Joplin
  • Michael Talbott as Detective Stan Switek
  • John Diehl as Detective Larry Zito (1984-1987)

Broadcast History

First Telecast: September 16, 1984 
Last Telecast: July 26, 1989 
Original Network:  NBC 
Number of Seasons: 5 
Number of Episodes: 111 
Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • September 1984, NBC, Friday 9:00-11:00pm
  • September 1984- May 1986, NBC, Friday 10:00-11:00pm
  • June 1986- March 1988, NBC, Friday 9:00-10:00pm
  • April 1988- January 1989, NBC, Friday 10:00-11:00pm
  • February 1989- May 1989, NBC, Friday 9:00-10:00pm
  • June 1989- July 1989, NBC, Wednesday 10:00-11:00pm

Theme Song & Opening Credits

Theme by Jan Hammer 

How to watch



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Roseanne: Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman, Roseanne, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert (from left)


1988-1997 | ABC

Roseanne is a sitcom that aired on ABC from 1988 until 1997 that revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. The series reached #1 in the Nielsen ratings becoming the most watched television show in the United States from 1989 to 1990 and remained in the top four for six of its nine seasons, and in the top twenty for eight.

Cast & Characters

  • Roseanne Arnold as Roseanne Conner
  • John Goodman as Dan Conner
  • Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner (1988-1992)
  • Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner (1993-1997)
  • Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
  • Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner
  • Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris
  • Natalie West as Crystal Anderson
  • Tom Arnold as Arnie Merchant (1989-1994)
  • Ned Beatty as Ed Conner (1989-1997)
  • Estelle Parsons as Bev Harris (1989-1997)
  • Michael O’Keefe as Fred (1993-1997)
  • Sandra Bernhard as Nacy (1993-1997)

Broadcast History

First Telecast: October 18, 1988 
Last Telecast: November 14, 1997 
Original Network:  ABC 
Number of Seasons: 9 
Number of Episodes: 222 
Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • October 1988- February 1989, ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • February 1989- September 1994, ABC, Tuesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • September 1994- Mrach 1995, ABC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • March 1995- May 1995, ABC, Wednesday 8:00-8:30pm
  • May 1995- November 1997, ABC, Wednesday 9:30-10:00pm

Theme song

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Small Wonder

1985-1989 | Syndication

Small Wonder is a sci-fi sitcom that aired in first-run syndication from 1985 to 1989. The show chronicles the family of a robotics engineer who, after he secretly creates a robot modeled after a real human girl, tries to pass it off as their daughter, Vikki.

Cast & Characters

  • Dick Christie as Ted Lawson
  • Marla Pennington as Joan Lawson
  • Jerry Supiran as Jamie Lawson
  • Tiffany Brissette as Vicki
  • Paul C. Scott as Reggie Williams
  • Emily Schulman as Harriet Brindle
  • Edie McClurg as Bonnie Brindle (1985-1986)
  • Daryl T. Bartley as Warren (1986-1987)
  • Lihann Jones as Jessica (1986-1988)
  • William Bogert as Brandon Brindle (1988-1989)
  • Ada Mae Brindle as (1988-1988)
  • Devon Odessa as Debbie Barnhill (1988-1989)

Broadcast History

First Telecast: September 7, 1985 
Last Telecast: February 9, 1989 
Number of Seasons: 4 
Number of Episodes: 96 
Original Network: Syndication 

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
“She’s a Small Wonder” by George Greeley and Ed Lojeskie 

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Who’s the Boss?

1984-1992 | ABC

Who’s the Boss? is a sitcom that aired on ABC 1984 until 1992 and starred Tony Danza as a retired major league baseball player who relocates to Fairfield, Connecticut to work as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced advertising executive, played by Judith Light. Also featured were Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond.

Angela Bower (Judith Light) was a single advertising exec with a son (Danny Pintauro) and Tony Micelli (Tony Danza) was a widowed ex-ballplayer with a daughter (future Charmed star Alyssa Milano). The Connecticut mansion belonged to Angela (along with the big ’80s hair and shoulder pads) and Tony wasn’t her boyfriend, but rather her housekeeper. Then there was her mother, Mona (the incomparable Katherine Helmond). The sexed-up, slightly cracked grandmother is a primetime staple, but in the former Soap matriarch’s hands, the character was a cut above (and usually got the best lines). As Angela complains to her in the pilot, “You’ve sent me a man for a housekeeper!” “Oh, don’t be sexist,” Mona replies. “A man can do meaningless, unproductive work just as well as a woman.”

Cast & Characters

  • Tony Danza as Tony Micelli
  • Judith Light as Angela Bower
  • Alyssa Milano as Samantha Micelli
  • Katherine Helmond as Mona Robinson
  • Danny Pintauro as Johnathan Bower
  • Robin Thomas as Geoffrey Wells (1986-1987)
  • Shana Lane-Block as Bonnie (1986-1991)
  • Scott Bloom as Jesse Nash (1987-1988)
  • Rhoda Gemignami as Mrs. Rossini
  • Jonathan Halyalkar as David (age 5) (1990-1991)
  • Kate Vernon as Kathleen Sawyer (1990)
  • Doug Ballard as Andy (1990)
  • Curnal Achilles Aulisio as Hank Thomopolous (1992)

Broadcast History

First Telecast: September 20, 1984 
Last Telecast: April 25, 1992 
Original Network:  ABC 
Number of Seasons: 8 
Number of Episodes: 196 
Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • September 1984, ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm
  • October 1984- April 1985, ABC, Tuesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • April 1985- July 1985, ABC, Tuesday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1985- August 1991, ABC, Tuesday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1991- September 1991, ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • September 1991- January 1992, ABC, Saturday 8:00-8:30pm
  • February 1992- March 1992, ABC, Saturday 8:30-9:00pm
  • March 1992- April 1992, ABC, Saturday 8:00-8:30pm

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
“Brand New Life” by Larry Carlton, Robert Craft, Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter.

How to watch the show

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The Wonder Years   

1988-1993 | ABC

The Wonder Years was a hit comedy-drama series that aired on ABC from 1988 until 1993 that starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, a boy facing rites of passage on his way to adulthood .

Kevin lives with his brother Wayne (Jason Hervey), his sister Karen (Olivia d’Abo), his father Jack (Dan Lauria), and his mother Norma (Alley Mills). Kevin grows up with his on-and-off girlfriend, Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar), and his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano). Storylines are told through Kevin’s reflections as an adult in his mid-30s, voiced by narrator Daniel Stern. The series depicts the social and family life of a boy in a typical American suburb from 1968 to 1973, covering his ages of 12 through 17. Each year in the series is presented as having taken place 20 years before the original air dates (1988 to 1993).

The show achieved a spot in the Nielsen Top Thirty for four of its six seasons. TV Guide named the show one of the 20 best of the 1980s. After only six episodes aired, The Wonder Years won an Emmy for best comedy series in 1988. In addition, at age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series. The show was also awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for achieving two seemingly contradictory effects: evoking a traditional family sitcom while pushing boundaries and using new modes of storytelling. In total, the series won 22 awards and received another 54 nominations for various awards. In 1997, “My Father’s Office” was ranked #29 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

Cast & Characters

  • Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold
  • Daniel Stern as Kevin’s voice
  • Josh Saviano as Paul Pfeiffer
  • Danica McKellar as Winnie Cooper
  • Jason Hervey as Wayne Arnold
  • Alley Mills as Norma Arnold
  • Dan Lauria as Jack Arnold
  • Olivia d’Abo as Karen Arnold (1988-1992)

Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: March 15, 1988 
Last Telecast: May 12, 1993 

Seasons: 6 
Episodes: 115 

Original Primetime TV Schedule: 

  • March 1988- April 1988, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • October 1988- February 1989, Wednesday 9:00-9:30pm
  • February 1989- August 1990, Tuesday 8:30-9:00pm
  • August 1990- August 1991,Wednesay 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1991- February 1992, Friday 8:30-9:00pm
  • March 1992- May 1993, Friday 8:30-9:00pm

Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Intro

“With A Little Help From My Friends” 
Written by The Beatles and sung by Joe Cocker. 

How to watch the Wonder Years


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