Film and TV

Top 10 ABC Sitcoms of the 1980s

The second installment of the best sitcoms of the 1980s focuses on the American Broadcasting Company (you know it as ABC). Unlike NBC, ABC struggled with scattershot primetime comedy programming in the '80s after a massively successful batch of shows in the mid and late 1970s. In the '70s, ABC's theme song was "Still the One," echoing their No. 1 ratings in the latter part of the decade. Unfortunately, that all ended when NBC took hold of the ratings war soon after the start of the next decade.

Nevertheless, ABC produced some memorable sitcoms during that era including a couple of holdovers from their glory days and a couple of gems that spawned a new wave of genre comedies. They also managed to launch the careers of some extraordinary Hollywood stars. Here are the best ABC had to offer.

Note that to qualify for the list, shows had to have spent the bulk of their lifespan in the decade of the '80s, which disqualifies wildly popular shows like Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Roseanne.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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