From Yellowstone to Sweet Magnolias to Virgin River, there’s no shortage of excellent shows on the small screen today. That said, sometimes you just wanna go where everybody knows your name. And when that need for nostalgia strikes, it’s the perfect time to stream all the best ’80s TV shows!
Some of the sitcoms on this list are not only the best of the ’80s, but among the best sitcoms of all time, like Cheers and Golden Girls. And comforting family shows like Growing Pains and Family Ties feature some of the greatest TV sitcom dads and moms. You’ll also find top-rated crime dramas like Cagney and Lacey and Hill Street Blues that broke the mold—and the standing records for Emmy nominations.
No matter which series was your go-to back in the day, one thing’s for sure: It’s worth watching again. In fact, all of the best ’80s TV shows deserve a rewatch in 2022—and you’re in luck, because that’s easier to do than ever now that most are available to stream online. Keep reading for a rundown of all the shows from the ’80s that you can stream on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and more. Then, keep the good times going by watching the best ’90s TV shows!
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The Golden Girls
Break out the cheesecake and follow along with the hilarious adventures of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia. The Golden Girls walked so shows like Sex and the City could run.
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The Wonder Years
Narrated by Daniel Stern, this beloved coming of age series takes a nostalgic look back at the late 1960s through the eyes of a young boy named Kevin Arnold. His on-again, off-again relationship with girl next door Winnie Cooper will warm your heart, and then break it.
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Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Sam, Diane, Norm, Cliff, Carla, and the rest of the gang became an unlikely family during all those hours spent in their beloved basement bar.
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Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas made police work look cooler than ever in their famous roles as a pair of fashionable Miami detectives.
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Each character in this hilarious, Emmy-winning comedy is kookier than the last, but none more so than the Mel Tormé-loving amateur magician/judge himself.
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This unrivaled ’80s prime-time soap about a Texas oil tycoon had the whole world asking, “Who Shot J.R.?” A whopping 76 percent of all TV viewers (90 million Americans) tuned in to find out the answer to that legendary cliffhanger.
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This classic family sitcom centers around two former hippies raising their three children in the suburbs. It also happens to be the series that launched Michael J. Fox’s career.
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“If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… the A-Team”—a rag-tag group of ex-special forces soldiers who defeat evil-doers as fast as their iconic van can drive them.
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Hill Street Blues
Let’s be careful out there. This groundbreaking police procedural gave viewers a realistic glimpse into the lives and work of the officers and detectives at an inner city precinct.
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Certainly one of the more unusual sitcoms of the decade, ALF was all about a lovable furry alien named Gordon Shumway who finds a home with a typical suburban family after crashing into their garage.
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Married… with Children
When it comes to family sitcoms, this irreverent series broke the mold. The crude, rude Bundys were everything the loving Cosby family was not. In fact, the working title for Married… with Children was actually Not the Cosbys. 😂
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Show you that smile again? It’ll be hard not to when you’re binging this delightful sitcom about the Seaver family, who must adjust to a new way of life when matriarch Maggie resumes her career as a journalist.
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When it comes to getting out of sticky situations, nobody can do it quite like MacGyver. This resourceful ’80s hero always has endless tricks—and a Swiss Army knife—up his sleeve.
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This classic ’80s farce chronicles the hilarious hijinks and never-ending misunderstandings of three single roommates: Janet Wood (Joyce DeWitt), Chrissy Snow (Suzanne Somers), and Jack Tripper (John Ritter).
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Before Baywatch came along, David Hasselhoff starred in this action hit about a vigilante who fights crime with his artificially intelligent car, KITT.
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Who’s the Boss?
This award-winning sitcom flipped traditional gender roles on their head, with Tony Danza starring as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced advertising executive, played by Judith Light. One of the best parts about the show was the leads’ irresistible on-screen chemistry.
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WKRP in Cincinnati
This Emmy-nominated sitcom follows the misadventures of the staff of a struggling radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The ensemble cast of oddball characters will keep you laughing through all four seasons.
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Murder, She Wrote
Murder, she wrote, and murders, she solved on this iconic cozy mystery series that picked up several Emmy and Golden Globe awards during its 12-year run.
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Cagney and Lacey
In a genre dominated by male actors, the police procedural Cagney and Lacey offered a rare female perspective. Throughout its run from 1982 to 1988, stars Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless dominated the Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama category, trading off wins each year.
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The Facts of Life
This Diff’rent Strokes spinoff centered on Edna Garrett (Charlotte Rae), the housemother of a private all-girls school who forms a special bond with the girls in her care.
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