There were tons of great TV shows in the 80’s. The best ones were the sitcoms. No one can forget how great some of these shows were:
The Dukes of Hazard
Married With Children
My Two Dads
Facts of Life
Who’s the Boss?
Laverne and Shirley
All of these shows were hilarious. But I definitely have a top five to help narrow it down. These, in my opinion, were the top five sitcoms of the 80’s:
2. Happy Days
3. The Cosby Show
4. Family Ties
5. Different Strokes
Honorable mention goes to the following:
Mork and Mindy
Head of the Class
Obviously Cheers was my favorite one. I really enjoyed Cheers mostly because of the characters. One of the things that made this show so great was that they could change the characters such as Coach and Diane and the show just got even better.
Norm was an awesome character. He was a permanent fixture in the bar. Everyone literally knew his name and shouted it out whenever he entered the bar.
Cliff was cool because he compensated for his lack of a life by being the bar know-it-all.
A lot of people hated the Diane character. I liked her and was sad to see her go. After all, it was because of her that Frasier was even a part of the story, and I don’t think we could have lived without that show. Diane was annoying and she drove everyone crazy with her pretentiousness, but it created a dynamic which led to a lot of funny situations. The way she interacted with Carla, the ongoing story with Sam, and the fact that everyone sort of had a crush on her.
Diane’s replacement, Rebecca was great too. She made the show even better because you still had the sexual tension between her and Sam, but the nature of her character added a power struggle. Between Sam and Diane, Sam always held all the cards. At the end of the day he was her boss.But with Rebecca, some of the time she was his boss and other times it was the other way around.
Coach was a really funny character, and then of course when his character died they brought in Woody who was even funnier because he wasn’t just dumb, he was also very naive which added a lot of humor to the show.
There was an unending slew of new characters as there is in any bar. This made for infinite possibilities, and lets your mind imagine that the bar is still there and maybe some of the characters you loved are still there. Norm of course is still sitting on that same stool.
The 80’s was full of awesome shows like these. The best, and to me the most memorable ones, were the sitcoms.