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List of 1980s TV Shows on TVLand

Browse the full list of 1980s TV shows streaming on TVLand. 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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92/100
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). 666 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Disney+). 12 episodes (2%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (FX & FOX). 667 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). 21 episodes (11%) 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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86/100
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. Mystery Science Theater 3000

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77/100
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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5. 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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6. 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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7. Tales from the Crypt

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75/100
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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8. '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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9. 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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10. Agatha Christie's Poirot

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 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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11. Quantum Leap

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73/100
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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12. The Golden Girls

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72/100
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). 13 episodes (6%) 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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13. 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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14. Roseanne

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72/100
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: 222 episodes (96%) are available to watch free online (Sony Crackle & Vudu). 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. The Wonder Years

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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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19. Knight Rider

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70/100
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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20. G.I. Joe

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Animation, Children

What it's about: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero is a half-hour American animated television series based on the successful toyline from Hasbro and the comic book series from Marvel Comics. The cartoon had its beginnings with two five-part mini-series in 1983 and 1984, then became a regular series that ran in syndication from 1985 to 1986. Ron Friedman created the G.I. Joe animated series for television, and wrote all four miniseries. The fourth mini-series was intended to be a feature film, but due to production difficulties was released as a television mini-series.

Where to Watch: 132 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 104 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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21. 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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22. Full House

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

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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23. 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: 97 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Disney+). 100 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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24. 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: 62 episodes (38%) 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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25. 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 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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26. Saint Seiya

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Year: 1986-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 12
Animation, Anime

What it's about: Ages ago, the goddess Athena was served by fighters called Saints who channeled the power of the Cosmos within them. Now a youth named Seiya has trained to become a Saint himself by earning the mystical Cloth of Pegasus. He is joined by other Saints with Cloths of their own to fight for Athena.

Where to Watch: 103 episodes (31%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll & Tubi TV). 112 episodes (33%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Prime Video & ConTV).

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27. Miami Vice

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama, Action & Adventure

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). 112 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Starz). 109 episodes (94%) 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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28. 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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29. Who's the Boss?

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 8
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with Hunter-Cohan Productions, and Columbia Pictures Television, the series starred Tony Danza as a retired major league baseball player who relocates to Fairfield, Connecticut to work as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced advertising executive, played by Judith Light. Also featured were Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond.The show received positive reviews throughout most of its run, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of the mid-to-late-1980s. The series was nominated for more than forty awards, including ten Primetime Emmy Award and five Golden Globe Award nominations, winning each one. Also very successful in the ratings, Who's the Boss? consistently ranked in the top ten in the final primetime ratings between the years of 1985 and 1989, and has since continued in syndication worldwide.

Where to Watch: 145 episodes (74%) are available to watch free online (Sony Crackle & IMDb TV).

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30. 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, Vudu & 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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31. Robin of Sherwood

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Year: 1984-2019Seasons: 3
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What it's about: Robin of Sherwood, was a British television series, based on the legend of Robin Hood. Created by Richard Carpenter, it was produced by HTV in association with Goldcrest, and ran from 1984 to 1986 on the ITV network. In America it was retitled Robin Hood and shown on the premium cable TV channel Showtime and on PBS. The show starred Michael Praed and Jason Connery as two different incarnations of the title character. Unlike previous adaptations of the Robin Hood legend, Robin of Sherwood combined a gritty, authentic production design with elements of real-life history, 20th century fiction, and pagan myth. The series is also notable for its haunting title music by Clannad, which won a BAFTA award.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV). 26 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hulu). 26 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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32. Sherlock Holmes

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 7
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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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33. Yes Minister

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Year: 1980-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
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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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34. Airwolf

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
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What it's about: Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and its crew as they undertake various missions, many involving espionage, with a Cold War theme.The show was created by Donald P. Bellisario. The first three seasons star Jan-Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, Alex Cord, and Jean Bruce Scott. After the original series was cancelled, a fourth season, with an entirely new cast and on a much smaller budget, was filmed in Canada for the USA Network.

Where to Watch: 75 episodes (94%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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35. Lonesome Dove

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
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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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36. A Bit of Fry and Laurie

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
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What it's about: A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 between 1989 and 1995. It ran for four series and totalled 26 episodes, including a 35 minute pilot episode in 1987.As in The Two Ronnies, elaborate wordplay and innuendo were staples of its material. It frequently broke the fourth wall; characters would revert into their real-life actors mid-sketch, or the camera would often pan off set into the studio. In addition, the show was punctuated with non-sequitur vox pops in a similar style to those of Monty Python's Flying Circus, often making irrelevant statements, heavily based on wordplay. Laurie was also seen playing piano and a wide variety of other instruments and singing comical numbers.

Where to Watch: 25 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & BritBox). 25 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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37. Fist of the North Star

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Year: 1984-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 6
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What it's about: In the year 199X, human civilization has been all but destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. In an age where the strong rule over the weak, the survivors of the fallout struggle over the remaining supply food and water left. Kenshiro, successor to an ancient, deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken (Fist of the North Star), wanders the wasteland with seven scars in the shape of the Big Dipper on his chest. This infamous style uses the body's hidden 708 pressure points to destroy opponents from within and allows practitioners to unleash 100% of their humanly strength. Accompanied by a young thief and an orphan girl, this messiah brings justice to this lawless world with the strongest fist in the world.

Where to Watch: 152 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 152 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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38. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Year: 1987-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 10
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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.

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39. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Year: 1981-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
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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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40. Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers

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Year: 1989-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 3
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What it's about: Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. Created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove, it featured the established Disney characters Chip 'n' Dale in a new setting. The series premiered on the Disney Channel on March 4, 1989, after a preview episode was aired on August 27, 1988. The series premiered with a two-hour movie special, Rescue Rangers: To the Rescue, which was later broken up into five parts to air as part of the weekday run. The final episode aired on November 19, 1990.On September 18, 1989, the series entered national syndication. From 1998 to 1999, reruns of the show were aired as a part of the Disney Afternoon line up.

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41. The A-Team

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Year: 1983-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
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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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42. 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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43. 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, Vudu & 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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44. ThunderCats

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Year: 1985-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
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What it's about: The inhabitants of the planet Thundera evacuate just before it is destroyed. They were pursued by a band of mutants. All but one of their escape ships was destroyed. Only a small group of Thunderans (Thundercats) remained. With only half engine power, the group, which was led by Jaga, had to set a course for the nearest planet. Jaga commanded their ship while the other seven were in their stasis tubes. Jaga died on their journey to Third Earth and their ship crashed there. Soon they made friends with various groups in the area and they designed a fortress. Mumm-Ra the centuries-old embodiment of evil, along with the mutants that destroyed the rest of the Thunderans are a constant threat. But Lion-O, the new leader of the Thundercats, with his weapon the "Sword of Omens" will help the Thundercats to have a standing chance.

Where to Watch: 130 episodes (96%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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45. 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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46. 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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47. Simon & Simon

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Year: 1981-2019Seasons: 8
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What it's about: Simon & Simon is an American detective television series that originally ran from November 24, 1981 to January 21, 1989. The series was broadcast on CBS and starred Gerald McRaney and Jameson Parker as two brothers who run a private detective agency together.

Where to Watch: 56 episodes (36%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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48. America's Funniest Home Videos

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