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Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1980s

VO: Rebecca Brayton
The 1980s were an entertainment-filled decade that kept our old boxy TV sets lit up, long before reality television overshadowed carefully planned out situational comedies for the entire family. With the genre fading away from the television landscape, now is the perfect time to rehash fond memories of the good old days, when programming was filled with loveable characters and insane situations. Join as we count down the Top 10 Sitcoms of the 1980s.

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Top Television 10 Sitcoms of the 1980's

It was a decade filled with lovable characters, insane situations and outrageous laughs. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Sitcoms of the 1980's.

Number 10: Growing Pains (1982-1992)

Kicking off our list is the series that showed us just how hard it can be to raise children! Psychologist Dr. Jason Seaver and his wife Maggie, a journalist, try their best to nurture their family. However, Mike, Ben, Carol and Crissie just can’t stop causing trouble!

Number 9: Alf (1986-1990)

The Tanner family discovers a furry and arrogant visitor from the planet Melmac. Unsure what to do, they name the Alien Life Form “Alf.” As much as the wise-cracking alien misses his home planet, he decides that there’s a lot going on for Earth, namely his new family and their tasty looking cat.

Number 8: Night Court (1984-1992)

Offbeat Judge Harold T. Stone presides over a court, which deals with petty and bizarre crimes. He's assisted by a motley crew of clerks and District Attorneys who often create as much chaos as the criminals they bring in for trial.

Number 7: Perfect Strangers (1986-1993)

Balki Bartokomous, a sheepherder from the small fictional Greek-like island of Mypos, travels to the United States in search of his relatives. There, he finds and moves in with his cousin, Larry Appleton. They quickly discover that the two could not be more dissimilar; Larry is panicky and business-like, while Balki is sunny-natured and idealistic. However, they always come together for Pig snouts and to perform the dance of joy!

Number 6: Who's The Boss? (1984-1992)

Former major-leaguer Tony Micelli and his daughter Samantha move in with the uptight executive Angela Bower, where Tony has taken a job as live-in housekeeper.

Her family includes her shy son Jonathan, and her mother Mona, a man-hungry vixen.

Despite Tony’s uphill struggle to fit in, he soon wins them over with his laid-back style, while romantic tensions surface between Angela and Tony.

Number 5: Family Ties (198-1989)

In this weekly series, a couple of leftwing ex-hippies must learn to deal with raising children with strong conservative views during the Reagan Administration. The most vocal of their kids is dashing young Republican Alex, played by Michael J. Fox.

Number 4: The Wonder Years (1988-1993) Throughout this series, an adult Kevin Arnold reminisces on his teenage years spent growing up during the 60s. In the series, we watch him go from adolescence to adulthood, alongside his best friend Paul and sometimes-girlfriend Winnie as they deal with growing up.

Number 3: Golden Girls (1985-1992)

In this beloved sitcom that predated Sex and The City, four older single women become roommates. Throughout the series, Dorothy's goal is to find a companion she can relate to, while her mother Sophia adds a comical outlook to events, Rose brings a corny sense of humor, and Blanche manages to find a new man every episode.

Number 2: The Cosby Show (1984-1992) Doctor Heathcliff and Clair Huxtable are a happily married couple raising five children. As the children get older, the family gets larger, and to the surprise of Cliff, keep coming back home when all he wants is for them to move out for good.

Number 1: Cheers (1982-1993)

Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, is a former baseball star and the owner of a bar. There, he is regularly visited by his friends as they gather to talk about their problems, laughing at each other's flaws, and trying to be there when someone needs them. "Cheers" takes the top spot for being the most loved show of the decade, and the one place where everybody knows your name.

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