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List of 1980s TV Shows

Browse the full list of 1980s TV shows streaming online, including services like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, HBO and more. Sort by Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB rating, popularity and more to find something to watch!

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1. The Simpsons

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89/100
Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 31
Animation, Comedy

What it's about: Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family; Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Since the beginning, the series has been a pop culture icon, attracting hundreds of celebrities to guest star. The show has also made name for itself in its fearless satirical take on politics, media and American life in general.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (1%) are available to watch free online (FOX). 5 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 639 episodes (96%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Simpsons World & FOX). 664 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Seinfeld

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Comedy, Stand-up & Talk

What it's about: Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It lasted nine seasons, and is now in syndication. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as a fictionalized version of himself. Set predominantly in an apartment block in Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, the show features a handful of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, particularly best friend George Costanza, former girlfriend Elaine Benes, and neighbor across the hall Cosmo Kramer.

Where to Watch: 171 episodes (93%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 17 episodes (9%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (TBS). 171 episodes (93%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Star Trek: The Next Generation

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84/100
Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 7
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Follow the intergalactic adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and his loyal crew aboard the all-new USS Enterprise NCC-1701D, as they explore new worlds.

Where to Watch: 180 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hulu & 1 other). 180 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others).

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4. Dragon Ball Z

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 10
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese animated television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 26 volumes of the original 42 volume Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama The series Debut in 1988-1995 on Weekly Shounen Jump. Dragon Ball Z depicts the continuing adventures of Goku and his companions to defend against an assortment of villains which seek to destroy or rule the Earth.

Where to Watch: 291 episodes (78%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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5. Mystery Science Theater 3000

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75/100
Year: 1988-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 12
Comedy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A stranded spaceship pilot captured by mad scientists survives a blitz of cheesy B movies by riffing on them with his funny robot pals.

Where to Watch: 81 episodes (41%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 71 episodes (36%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 14 episodes (7%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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6. Tales from the Crypt

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73/100
Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 7
Comedy, Fantasy

What it's about: Cadaverous scream legend the Crypt Keeper is your macabre host for these forays of fright and fun based on the classic E.C. Comics tales from back in the day. So shamble up to the bar and pick your poison. Will it be an insane Santa on a personal slay ride? Honeymooners out to fulfill the "til death do we part" vow ASAP?

Where to Watch: 93 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Dragon Ball

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Year: 1986-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 10
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: Long ago in the mountains, a fighting master known as Gohan discovered a strange boy whom he named Goku. Gohan raised him and trained Goku in martial arts until he died. The young and very strong boy was on his own, but easily managed. Then one day, Goku met a teenage girl named Bulma, whose search for the dragon balls brought her to Goku's home. Together, they set off to find all seven dragon balls in an adventure that would change Goku's life forever. See how Goku met his life long friends Bulma, Yamcha, Krillin, Master Roshi and more. And see his adventures as a boy, all leading up to Dragonball Z and later Dragonball GT.

Where to Watch: 161 episodes (65%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 153 episodes (62%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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8. Quantum Leap

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished... He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.

Where to Watch: 95 episodes (97%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 73 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 98 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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9. Agatha Christie's Poirot

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 13
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions.

Where to Watch: 72 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV & BritBox). 72 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Roseanne

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71/100
Year: 1988-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 11
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A working-class family struggles to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois.

Where to Watch: 97 episodes (42%) are available to watch free online (Sony Crackle). 229 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hulu). 231 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. The Golden Girls

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Year: 1985-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the show centers on four older women sharing a home in Miami, Florida.

Where to Watch: 180 episodes (88%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 14 episodes (7%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TVLand). 180 episodes (88%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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12. Cheers

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Year: 1982-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 11
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Cheers is an American sitcom television series that ran for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993. It was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for NBC and created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. The show's theme song, written and performed by Gary Portnoy, and co-written with Judy Hart Angelo, lent its famous refrain, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name", as the show's tagline.After premiering on September 30, 1982, it was nearly canceled during its first season when it ranked last in ratings for its premiere. Cheers, however, eventually became a highly rated television show in the United States, earning a top-ten rating during 8 of its 11 seasons, including one season at #1. The show spent most of its run on NBC's Thursday night "Must See TV" lineup. Its widely watched series finale was broadcast on May 20, 1993, and the show's 275 episodes have been successfully syndicated worldwide. Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for all eleven of its seasons on the air, it has earned 28 Emmy Awards from a then-record 117 nominations. The character Frasier Crane was featured in his eponymous spin-off show, which later aired up until 2004 and included guest appearances by virtually all of the major and minor Cheers characters.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (7%) are available to watch free online (CBS & Tubi TV). 275 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hulu & 1 other). 275 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 4 others).

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13. The Wonder Years

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70/100
Year: 1988-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 6
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s and 70s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern), Kevin faces the difficulties of maintaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood.

Where to Watch: 115 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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14. Married... with Children

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 11
Comedy

What it's about: Al Bundy is an unsuccessful middle aged shoe salesman with a miserable life and an equally dysfunctional family. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Where to Watch: 256 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 262 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. Blackadder

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Comedy

What it's about: Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These situation tragedies had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 24 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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16. Red Dwarf

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Year: 1988-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Comedy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Where to Watch: 73 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 73 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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17. Sherlock Holmes

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 7
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), collectively known as Sherlock Holmes, are a series of adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories which were produced by Granada Television and originally broadcast by ITV in the United Kingdom. The series starred Jeremy Brett as Holmes and David Burke (in the Adventures series) and Edward Hardwicke (Return, Case-Book, Memoirs) as Dr. Watson. The programme adapted 42 of the original stories in 41 episodes, with 36 running for 50 minutes (in a one-hour timeslot), and five being feature-length specials.Adventures ran for two series totalling 13 episodes, from April to June 1984 and August to September 1985. Return ran for two series from July to August 1986 and April to August 1988, as well as the specials "The Sign of Four" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles", which aired on 29 December 1987 and 31 August 1988 respectively. Case-Book ran for one series from February to March 1991 and three specials which aired on 2 January 1992 and 27 January and 3 February 1993. Memoirs ran for one series from March to April 1994. A short episode was also produced as part of "The Four Oaks Mystery" which aired during the ITV Telethon in 1992. Sherlock Holmes appeared in the first part, with the casts of Van der Valk, Taggart and Inspector Wexford appearing in the second, third and fourth parts respectively.

Where to Watch: 27 episodes (60%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 13 episodes (29%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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18. Miami Vice

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end drug trafficking and prostitution, centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs - who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug cartel.

Where to Watch: 111 episodes (96%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 110 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Starz). 89 episodes (77%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz). 23 episodes (20%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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19. Inspector Morse

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Inspector Morse is a detective drama based on Colin Dexter's series of Chief Inspector Morse novels. The series starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis, as well as a large cast of notable actors and actresses.

Where to Watch: 33 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 35 episodes (95%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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20. Full House

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 8
Comedy, Family

What it's about: After the death of his wife, Danny enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters, D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle.

Where to Watch: 192 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 192 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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21. Lonesome Dove

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A pair of longtime friends and former Texas Rangers crave one last adventure before hanging-up their spurs. After stealing over a thousand head of cattle from rustlers south of the border, they recruit an unlikely crew of hands to drive the herd 3,000 miles north to the grasslands of Montana.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz).

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22. 'Allo 'Allo!

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Comedy, History

What it's about: 'Allo 'Allo! is a British sitcom broadcast on BBC One from 1982 to 1992 comprising eighty-five episodes. It is a parody of another BBC programme, the wartime drama Secret Army. 'Allo, 'Allo! was created by David Croft, who also wrote the theme music, and Jeremy Lloyd. Lloyd and Croft wrote the first six series. The remaining series were written by Lloyd and Paul Adam. The show tells the fictitious story of Rene Artois, a café owner in a small town in Nazi occupied France, who reluctantly helps the French resistance in their various schemes, the main of which is to help hide British airmen from the Germans. At the same time, he has to hide artefacts such as famous paintings for the German soldiers who frequent his café, while trying to keep his affairs with his waitresses secret from his wife. The comedy is a combination of wordplay, farce, slapstick, and sexual innuendo. Unlike most sitcoms, the episodes build on previous ones, requiring viewers to watch the series chronologically in order to fully understand the plot. In 2004, 'Allo 'Allo came 13th in Britain's Best Sitcom. A reunion special, comprising new material, archive clips and specially recorded interviews, was broadcast on 28 April 2007 on BBC Two.

Where to Watch: 85 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix).

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23. MacGyver

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Year: 1985-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 7
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the United States and various other networks abroad from 1985 to 1992. The series was filmed in Los Angeles during seasons 1, 2 and 7, and in Vancouver during seasons 3–6. The show's final episode aired on April 25, 1992, on ABC. Episode ListThe show follows secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, who works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services. Educated as a scientist, MacGyer served as a Bomb Team Technician/EOD during the Vietnam War. Resourceful and possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and Swiss Army knife. He prefers non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun, but will if necessary.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (6%) are available to watch free online (CBS). 139 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access). 139 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. The Transformers

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects.

Where to Watch: 84 episodes (84%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 66 episodes (66%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Starz). 75 episodes (75%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz). 16 episodes (16%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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25. Yes Minister

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Year: 1980-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Comedy

What it's about: Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet minister in the Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall, Yes Minister follows the ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, continued with the same cast and followed the events of the premiership of Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10 upon the resignation of the previous PM.

Where to Watch: 21 episodes (91%) are available to stream on a subscription service (BritBox). 23 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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26. The Joy of Painting

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 31
Documentary, Family

What it's about: The Joy of Painting was an American television show hosted by painter Bob Ross that taught its viewers techniques for landscape oil painting. Although Ross could complete a painting in half an hour, the intent of the show was not to teach viewers "speed painting". Rather, he intended for viewers to learn certain techniques within the time that the show was allotted. The show began on January 11, 1983, and lasted until May 17, 1994, a year before Ross' death.

Where to Watch: 299 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Prime Video & Hulu). 285 episodes (71%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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27. Knight Rider

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Year: 1982-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Michael Long, an undercover police officer, is shot while investigating a case and left for dead by his assailants. He is rescued by Wilton Knight, a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor who arranges life-saving surgery, including a new face and a new identity--that of Michael Knight. Michael is then given a special computerized and indestructible car called the Knight Industries Two Thousand (nicknamed KITT), and a mission: apprehend criminals who are beyond the reach of the law. The series depicts Michael's exploits as he and KITT battle the forces of evil on behalf of the Foundation for Law and Government.

Where to Watch: 89 episodes (97%) are available to watch free online (NBC). 84 episodes (91%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz). 92 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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28. The A-Team

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, 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".

Where to Watch: 96 episodes (97%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV). 1 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz). 99 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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29. DuckTales

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Animation, Children

What it's about: Scrooge McDuck finds his hands full at home when nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie move to Duckburg. Joined by their loyal pals Launchpad McQuack, Gyro Gearloose and Mrs. Beakley, the DuckTales gang never fails to deliver a wealth of adventure. Get ready for a fortune of fun with DuckTales!

Where to Watch: 100 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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30. Magnum, P.I.

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Year: 1980-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Magnum, P.I. is an American television series starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator living on Oahu, Hawaii. The series ran from 1980 to 1988 in first-run broadcast on the American CBS television network.According to the Nielsen ratings, Magnum, P.I. consistently ranked in the top twenty U.S. television programs during the first five years that the series was originally broadcast in the United States. Originally appearing in a prime time American network timeslot of 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursdays, Magnum, P.I. was one of the highest-rated shows on U.S. television.

Where to Watch: 18 episodes (11%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 39 episodes (24%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 162 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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31. ALF

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Year: 1986-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 4
Comedy, Family

What it's about: A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage.

Where to Watch: 103 episodes (99%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV & IMDb TV). 1 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a subscription service (ComicCon HQ). 104 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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32. Saved by the Bell

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
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What it's about: Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. The series was a retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss. The show follows the exploits of a group of friends and their principal, and although the series primarily showcases light-hearted comedic situations, it occasionally touches on serious social issues, such as drug use, driving under the influence, homelessness, divorce, death, and environmental issues. This made Saved by the Bell a precursor to later shows that introduce young audiences to critical moral dilemmas.Saved by the Bell stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Dustin Diamond, Lark Voorhies, Dennis Haskins, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, and Mario Lopez.Saved by the Bell was named one of the "20 Best School Shows of All Time" by AOL TV. The show's popularity spawned two spin-off series to follow: Saved by the Bell: The College Years, a prime time series that follows several of the original characters to college, and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, a Saturday morning series that follows a new group of students at Bayside High School. The series also spawned two TV movies and a short-lived comic book series. Saved by the Bell also aired in Australia on Channel Seven, and from 1990 until 2004 on Nickelodeon. Reruns have aired in local syndication and on MTV2.

Where to Watch: 110 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 65 episodes (59%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (NBC). 106 episodes (96%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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33. American Experience

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Year: 1988-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 32
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: TV's most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.

Where to Watch: 36 episodes (9%) are available to watch free online (PBS). 45 episodes (11%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Prime Video). 98 episodes (25%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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34. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Year: 1981-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Comedy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Don't Panic! The story of Arthur Dent, an average Englishman who life was spared by his friend, who turned out to be an alien, while the planet Earth is destroyed. His friend tells him about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a guide with anything you ever needed, and wanted to know. They travel across the galaxy, meeting friendly, and not so friendly characters in order to find the great question (the answer being 42).

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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35. Family Matters

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 9
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What it's about: A long-running dramedy centering on the Winslow family, a middle-class African American family living in Chicago, and their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel. A spin-off of Perfect Strangers.

Where to Watch: 215 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 215 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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36. 21 Jump Street

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
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What it's about: 21 Jump Street is an American police procedural crime drama television series that aired on the Fox Network and in first run syndication from April 12, 1987, to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. The series focuses on a squad of youthful-looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, and other teenage venues. It was originally going to be titled Jump Street Chapel, after the deconsecrated church building in which the unit has its headquarters, but was changed at Fox's request so as not to mislead viewers into thinking it was a religious program.Created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell, the series was produced by Patrick Hasburgh Productions and Stephen J. Cannell Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Executive Producers included Hasburgh, Cannell, Steve Beers and Bill Nuss. The show was an early hit for the fledgling Fox Network, and was created to attract a younger audience. The final season aired in first-run syndication mainly on local Fox affiliates. It was later rerun on the FX cable network from 1996 to 1998.The series provided a spark to Johnny Depp's nascent acting career, garnering him national recognition as a teen idol. Depp found this status irritating, but he continued on the series under his contract and was paid $45,000 per episode. Eventually he was released from his contract after the fourth season. A spin-off series, Booker, was produced for the character of Dennis Booker; it ran one season, from September 1989 to June 1990. A film adaptation starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was released on March 16, 2012.

Where to Watch: 103 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV & IMDb TV). 103 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 103 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & YouTube).

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37. Night Court

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
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What it's about: Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984 to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, unorthodox Judge Harold T. "Harry" Stone. It was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Where to Watch: 193 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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38. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 10
Animation, Children

What it's about: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American animated television series produced by Murakami-Wolf-Swenson. The pilot was shown during the week of December 14, 1987 in syndication as a five-part miniseries and began its official run on October 1, 1988. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created in comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comic, to make it more suitable for children and the family.The initial motivation behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series was that, upon being approached to create a toy line, Playmates Toys was uneasy with the comic book characters' small cult following. They requested that a television deal be acquired first, and after the initial five-episode series debuted, the California toy company released their first series of Ninja Turtles action figures in the summer of 1988. The two media would correspond in marketing style and popularity for many years to come.David Wise and Patti Howeth wrote the screenplay for the first five-part miniseries. When the series continued in the second season, comic artist Jack Mendelsohn joined the show as the executive story editor. Wise went on to write over seventy episodes of the series, and was executive story editor for four later seasons as well. Wise left the series partway through the ninth season, and Jeffrey Scott took over as the story editor and chief writer for the rest of the show's run.

Where to Watch: 192 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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39. Family Ties

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Year: 1982-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 7
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Former 1960s flower children Steven and Elyse Keaton raise their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (6%) are available to watch free online (CBS). 180 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access). 181 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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40. The Cosby Show

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 8
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What it's about: The Cosby Show is an American television situation comedy starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York.According to TV Guide, the show "was TV's biggest hit in the 1980s, and almost single-handedly revived the sitcom genre and NBC's ratings fortunes". Originally, the show had been pitched to ABC, which rejected it. Entertainment Weekly stated that The Cosby Show helped to make possible a larger variety of shows based on people of African descent, from In Living Color to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The Cosby Show was based on comedy routines in Cosby's standup act, which were based on his family life. Other sitcoms, such as Home Improvement and Everybody Loves Raymond, would later follow that pattern. The show spawned the spin-off A Different World, which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993.

Where to Watch: 201 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 199 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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41. Fraggle Rock

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: The Fraggles are a fun-loving community of creatures who live in a subterranean fantasy land where they love to play, sing and dance their cares away, sharing their world with the tiny Doozers and the giant Gorgs. The series teaches empathy and tolerance and encourages children to understand people different from themselves.

Where to Watch: 96 episodes (96%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO). 12 episodes (12%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO). 98 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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42. V

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 3
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: It debuted in 1983 as the two-part television miniseries V, written and directed by Johnson. It was followed in 1984 by a three-part miniseries, V: The Final Battle, and a one-hour weekly television series, V during the 1984-85 television season.A number of novels, comic books, video games and other media have been spun off from the franchise. Johnson's novel V: The Second Generation, an alternative sequel to the first miniseries which disregards V: The Final Battle and V: The Series, was released on February 5, 2008. Johnson claimed he was in negotiations for a TV adaptation of his sequel novel, but in October 2008, Warner Bros. Television announced they were producing a complete remake of V instead. This new V series ran for two truncated seasons on ABC, from November 3, 2009 to March 15, 2011.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (7%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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43. Brideshead Revisited

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Year: 1981-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In this acclaimed eleven-hours British television miniseries, Charles Ryder, an agnostic man, becomes involved with members of the Flytes, a Catholic family of aristocrats, over the course of several years between the two world wars.

Where to Watch: 11 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & BritBox). 10 episodes (91%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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44. A Different World

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Year: 1987-2019Seasons: 6
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What it's about: A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional mixed but historically black college in the state of Virginia. After Bonet's departure in the first season, the remainder of the series primarily focused more on Southern belle Whitley Gilbert and mathematics whiz Dwayne Wayne. The series frequently depicted members of the major historically black fraternities and sororities.While it was a spin-off from The Cosby Show, A Different World would typically address issues that were avoided by The Cosby Show writers. One episode that aired in 1990 was one of the first American network television episodes to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Where to Watch: 144 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 144 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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45. Hill Street Blues

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Year: 1981-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 7
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What it's about: Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama . Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police precinct in an unnamed American city, the show received critical acclaim and its production innovations influenced many subsequent dramatic television series produced in North America.

Where to Watch: 146 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 146 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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46. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: When Adam, Prince of the planet Eternia, raises his magic sword he transforms into He-Man (the most powerful man in the universe). With his allies and friends, he battles the evil Skeletor and his minions to protect the secrets of Castle Greyskull.

Where to Watch: 30 episodes (23%) are available to watch free online (YouTube). 1 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Starz). 126 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz). 131 episodes (99%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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47. The Young Ones

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Year: 1982-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
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What it's about: The Young Ones was a British sitcom, broadcast in Great Britain from 1982 to 1984 in two six-part series. Shown on BBC2, it featured anarchic, offbeat humour which helped bring alternative comedy to television in the 1980s and made household names of its writers and performers. In 1985, it was shown on MTV, one of the first non-music television shows on the fledgling channel.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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48. A Bit of Fry and Laurie

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