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Published on November 13th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie


The Best Television Series Of The 80’s


The 80’s was a era that withdrew from the realism of the previous decade. Many action series featured highly dangerous situations in which no one got hurt.

Fantasy became the dominant mood in the 80’s but it also helped to create some of the most memorable series ever produced.

MacGyver (1985-92)

MacGyver was one of the most popular TV series of the 80’s. Every boy wanted to be him and every girl wanted to be with MacGyver. No matter how bleak the situation appeared to be, MacGyver was able to find a way out.

He was the literal embodiment of positive thinking. Once he put his mind to something, the chances were he would come through on it.

The true test of the series’ popularity can be measured by noting the amount of re-runs that are on television networks. And also by the fact that so many people recognise the name, MacGyver.

The A-Team (1983-87)

Templeton 'Faceman' Peck (Dirk Benedict), John 'Hannibal' Smith (George Peppard), 'Howling Mad' Murdock (Dwight Schultz) And B.A. Baracus (Mr. T) In The A-Team

The A-Team was a thoroughly enjoyable series that followed the exploits of a wrongly accused group of commandos. The group of four, a motley collection of characters, often helped out people who were in need of their help.

One of the main aspects of the A-Team was its fantastic nature. It was very rare for anyone to die or get injured in the series despite the high stakes involved. This removal from reality was no doubt appreciated by the audience who were experiencing what would turn out to be paranoid fear of the Cold War.

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94)

Jordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), Mr. Data (Brent Spiner), Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart, Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Doctor Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) And Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) In Star Trek The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation was the gem in the Strek Trek franchise and it boldly left off from the original series in the 60’s. The quality of acting and the clever storylines made it one of the best programmes ever made. It continues to be shown on networks across the world.

Bar one or two episodes, including one highly questionable racist one, Star Trek: The Next Generation usually delivered and is fondly remembered by many of its viewers.

Cheers (1982-93)

Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley), Sam Malone (Ted Danson), Carla tortelli (Rhea Perlman), (Woody Harrelson), Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger), Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) In Cheers

Cheers was a comedy that revolved around a bar called Cheers in Boston. The likeability of the cast and the great writing ensured that they series was one of the best loved of all time.

The use of an ensemble cast gave the writers the freedom to create sub-plots and leitmotifs throughout the series. It also allowed the viewers to select favourites.

The fact that it is being constantly shown on networks across the world is testament to Cheer’s success.

The Wonder Years (1988-93)

Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano), Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) In The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years was a nostalgic series based on 60’s and 70’s America. It chartered the coming-of-age of Kevin growing up with a tough father and a bullying brother.

The success of the series lay in its human side and the charm of Kevin taking things a little too seriously. The Wonder Years was largely about teenage awkwardness and the trials and tribulations of the relationships between boys and girls.

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2 Responses to The Best Television Series Of The 80’s

  1. jss says:

    “The Wonder Years” was set in the late 1960s and early 1970s, not the 1950s. (fyi) 😉

  2. Yellow Magpie says:

    You are correct, J. We will be correcting it shortly. Thanks for your comment.

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