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Trevor Thompson
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Just a quick one: What are your favourite TV shows of the 80s?
Mine are (in no particular order):

The A - Team
Knight Rider
Airwolf
The Cosby Show
Dempsey & Makepeace
Blockbusters
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Robbie Parry
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Mine:

THE A-TEAM
KNIGHT RIDER
STREET HAWK
AIRWOLF
BLUE THUNDER
MACGYVER
T.J. HOOKER
DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE

And that's before I count cartoons such as MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and THUNDERCATS.

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Peter Martin
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Blockbusters! Now there's an unexpected choice. Quality show —was there ever a host as likeable as Bob Holness? I once even tried out for the show (and was summarily rejected in favour of one of my sixth-form peers). Great theme tune as well that even had its own dance.

My list (and I'm going to stick with shows that began in the 80s, so excluding things like Dr Who and Blake's 7):


Blackadder
Transformers
The Tripods
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
Dungeons & Dragons
Family Ties
Cheers
Moonlighting
Red Dwarf
The Young Ones


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John Byrne

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No order, and limited to shows that started in the 1980s...

MOONLIGHTING (at first)

NEWHART

NIGHT COURT

WISEGUY (for a while)

DESIGNING WOMEN (for a while)

IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW

BLACKADDER

MAGGIE BRIGGS (for as long as it lasted)

HAIL TO THE CHIEF (ditto)

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Ed Aycock
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CHINA BEACH

THE GOLDEN GIRLS

NEWHART

FALCON CREST

FAMILY TIES

CHEERS



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Doug Centers
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To make it easier on myself, shows that originated and had the majority of their run in the '80's. And shows that hold up for me when I revisit them.
No order;

MAGNUM P.I.

THE EQUALIZER

AMAZING STORIES

CHEERS

LATE NIGHT with DAVID LETTERMAN (NBC)

POLICE SQUAD

I got about ten or so that are teetering between watchable and unwatchable but can't really bump them up at the moment.


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James Best
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Tough choices, but here goes...in no particular order

CHEERS

NIGHT COURT

HILL STREET BLUES

MOONLIGHTING (briefly)

ST. ELSEWHERE

I didn't have a lot of TV watching options in high school or in college given my schedule. But those are the ones I remember enjoying the most.

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Steven Myers
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St. Elsewhere #1 by far!

Cheers
Moonlighting
Cosby Show
Family Ties
Kate & Allie (I still love you Ari!)
Police Squad 
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Brian Hague
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HILL STREET BLUES
ST. ELSEWHERE
CHEERS
FAMILY TIES
L.A. LAW
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO
POLICE SQUAD (Good call, Doug!)
DRAK PACK
SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

Those are the ones I remember being appointment television; the ones that I felt I could not miss. Whether they'd all hold up today, well... That's another story. But back in the day, I would swear to you up and down that there was nothing better on television than Alex P. Keaton and the Drak Pack. 

And as much as I feel TNG does not rate at the level of TOS, I was committed to watching as much of it as I could stand. That episode with Tasha fighting in a morningstar mitten on a small-sized jungle gym almost did me in, though...

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Brian Hague
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It's nice to see some love for HSB and ST. ELSEWHERE starting to show up. Honestly, those shows hit hard with moments that have remained deeply etched in my memory ever since. Hill and Renko in the pilot; Captain Freedom; Goldblum pulling his gun after a tire blowout in a bad part of town and his subsequent loss of temper at the station house... And St. Elsewhere... Holy cow. Nurse Shirley Daniels dealing with the rapist...? Her return to the show afterwards and the baby shower gift she left..? William Daniels' Mark Craig? The two-part episode "Time Heals" may still be one of the finest things ever aired on television.

HSB finally, finally came out with a complete series set on DVD. I truly wish the same could be done for ST. ELSEWHERE. I suspect the music rights alone, however, would be prohibitive.

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Magnum, PI was the first that jumped into my head. ST:TNG up there, too.
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Trevor Thompson
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I was too young to appreciate HSB but can appreciate it now. I've also watched a few episodes of Thirtysomething (another show I was too young to appreciate) which I quite enjoy now. Anyway there's a few shows I neglected to mention that I enjoyed back in the days including cartoons.

Alf
Streethawk
The Fall Guy
Transformers
Ulysses 31
Mysterious Cities of Gold
Thundercats



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Peter Martin
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I loved the music to Mysterious Cities of Gold, but never made it beyond the opening titles. I just couldn't commit to one of those incredibly lengthy sagas. Dogtanian had worn me out!
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Matthew Wilkie
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WIDOWS was the one series that had a massive impact on me. Have watched it again and the pace is so, so slow compared to current TV output. Intrigued as tho what time up and coming film will me like.
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Doesn't seem like there are any rules, so here's my arbitrary list in no particular order:
  • BOSOM BUDDIES
  • FAMILY TIES
  • CHEERS
  • ST. ELSEWHERE
  • HILL STREET BLUES
  • IT'S GARY SHANDLING'S SHOW
Those are the ones that still hold up as credible series to me.  There are others that I love (V: THE SERIES, MOONLIGHTING, THE FACTS OF LIFE and MAGNUM: PI among many others) that I've seen 20-30 odd years later that just don't hold up.  At all.  On any level.  MAGNUM is a slog to get through as is MOONLIGHTING.  

I base my list on series I think stand the test of time rather than those that I enjoyed nearly 30 years ago.  That would be a totally different list.
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John Byrne

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The "test of time" is not really fair, tho. We become different people as the years go by (a point lost on many comicbook fans), and expecting the same satisfaction at 40 that we had at 16 or 20 is unrealistic. Experience has taught me to enjoy my nostalgic memories and not revisit old favorites. When I have, I've mostly been disappointed.*

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* GREEN ACRES and F TROOP have held up, but both are absurdist comedies, and thus less likely to suffer from the passing years.

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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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St Elsewhere
Hill Street Blues
Star Trek The Next Generation (does this count - started in '87?)
Cheers
The Singing Detective
The A-Team
Remington Steele 
Dallas
Wiseguy


Edited by Jonathan A. Dowdell on 07 April 2018 at 1:29pm
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Michael Arndt
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CHEERS
NEWHART
MAGNUM P.I.
KNOTS LANDING
DALLAS
THE A-TEAM
IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW
SIMON & SIMON 
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Michael Penn
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  • THE BLACK ADDER
  • CHEERS
  • HILL STREET BLUES
  • IT'S GARY SHANDLING'S SHOW
  • L.A. LAW
  • NIGHT COURT
  • THIRTYSOMETHING
  • THE YOUNG ONES 

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Brian Hague
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Remington Steele! There's one I should have mentioned. I watched that religiously. I was never a fan of Doris Roberts' character and much preferred Season One's dynamic with Murphy Michaels and Miss Wolfe, who was more vulpine than lupine, so you have to forgive Remington for never getting her name right... One of my happiest memories of high school is of a good friend telling me she could see a lot of Pierce Brosnan in the way I acted and carried myself. Which looking back on it today, I think means that I was smug, mannered, and pretentious... But back then, I only saw the good side of the compliment. :-)

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Brian Miller
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Not having HBO back than, I’ve never seen an episode of IT’S GARRY SHANDLING’S SHOW. Now that I have access to HBO, THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW is on there to stream but not IGSS. I’ve long wanted to watch it. 
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KNIGHT RIDER (ignoring the last season, which stunk)
AIRWOLF (ditto *)
MAGNUM, P.I.
THE A-TEAM
DALLAS
CHEERS
MACGYVER
L.A. LAW 
NIGHT COURT
NEWHART
BOSOM BUDDIES
REMINGTON STEELE
FAMILY TIES
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
THE GOLDEN GIRLS 
DESIGNING WOMEN
ALF
GREATEST AMERICAN HERO
HEAD OF THE CLASS
MY TWO DADS
WHO'S THE BOSS?
HARDCASTLE AND MCCORMICK 

*AIRWOLF without Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine shouldn't have existed. Especially since the first episode of the last season was a major copout. The episode with Dick Van Dyke is the only one I'd even watch if given an opportunity to do so.

Incidentally, the indy wrestling promotion CHIKARA recently introduced a wrestler named Airwolf. I'm waiting for his stable mates Knight Rider and Street Hawk to show up. Possibly with a manager named Automan....

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Bill Catellier
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Cheers
Family Ties
Newhart
Remington Steele
Mcgyver
Star Trek TNG
Moonlighting
WWF Saturday Nights Main Event
Growing Pains
This Week in Baseball 

Probably a few others, but these for sure. 
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Jeff Scott
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DALLAS
DYNASTY
FLAMINGO ROAD
KNOTS LANDING
FALCON CREST
CHEERS
MOONLIGHTING
GOLDEN GIRLS
L.A. LAW
DUKES OF HAZARD
THE LOVE BOAT
THREE'S COMPANY
FANTASY ISLAND
TAXI
HAPPY DAYS
LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY
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Shane Matlock
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The A-Team
Knight Rider
Dukes of Hazard
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Hill Street Blues 
Magnum PI
Moonlighting
The Young Ones
Spider-man and His Amazing Friends

If I were going to list them based on the ones that hold up on a bit of rewatching them within the last couple of decades like Matt did, the only ones that still work, for me at least, are Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, The Young Ones, and TNG. The rest are kind of awful to me now, but younger me absolutely loved these shows.


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