Are you a teacher or a doctor? Maybe you sell shoes or work as a musician. When it comes to all the types of job in the world, you'll find them in the characters of '80s sitcoms. From Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls to Jason Seaver in Growing Pains, can you match the '80s sitcom character to his or her career?
Sitcoms of the 1980s are in a class all on their own. Since the shows of the decade focused on the family, it was easy to find career people focused on providing. As is common in the real world, the TV professions heavily mirrored that of real life. You'd have your teachers, doctors, lawyers, and accountants. You might even come across your architects, business owners, and mail carriers. When it comes to the popular characters of the '80s, can you match them to their profession?
Jason Seaver from Growing Pains and Cliff Huxtable from The Cosby Show shared the same profession. George Jefferson and Howard Cunningham were both business-owners. What kind of business did they own? The long list of '80s characters ranges from those who were raking in that dough and those who were just trying to make ends meet. From extravagant jobs to day laborers, can you differentiate between these characters and their jobs? Let's find out!
Steven Keaton was the manager of WKS. The character was played by Michael Gross.
Cliff was a mail carrier who lived with his mother. The character was a security guard in the series pilot.
Dorothy was a substitute teacher. The character of Dorothy was played by Bea Arthur.
Dr. Jason Seaver was a psychiatrist who worked out of the house. The character was played by Alan Thicke.
Elyse Keaton worked independently as an architect. The character of Elyse Keaton was played by Meredith Baxter Birney.
Norm was employed off and on as an accountant. In the later years of the series, he worked as a house painter and decorator.
Heathcliff Huxtable was an obstetrician. The original concept of the show had Cliff working as a limo driver.
Rose, played by Betty White, was initially employed as a grief counselor. In later seasons, she found work as an assistant at a television station.
Maggie Seaver was a reporter. The character was played by Joanna Kerns.
Willie Tanner was a social worker. He also enjoyed amateur radio and model trains.
Jesse had a little trouble finding his niche. He believed his true calling was as a musician.
Blanche, played by Rue McLanahan, was employed at an art museum.
In the series concept, Clair was either to be a plumber or a Spanish-speaking housewife.
Danny Tanner was first a television sportscaster, then a talk show host.
Kate Tanner worked off and on in real estate. It is hinted that her true love was poetry.
Joey Gladstone was a comedian, but if you said he was in advertising, we'll accept that, too. Everyone needs a day job.
Roseanne Conner began the series working in a plastics factory. She then worked as a waitress for several seasons, finally opening her own diner.
George Jefferson owned a chain of dry cleaning stores. Their success enabled the family to "move on up."
Both Kip and Henry worked in advertising. The characters were played by Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, respectively.
Dan Conner was a drywall contractor. The family was created to represent blue-collar America.
Weezie was a homemaker and a philanthropist. The role was played by Isabel Sanford.
Jack Arnold was a manager at NORCOM. In later episodes, he buildt and sold furniture.
Angela Bower worked as a high-powered advertising executive. The character was played by Judith Light.
Laverne and Shirley, along with sidekicks, Lenny and Squiggy, worked in a brewery. Laverne and Shirley worked as bottlecappers.
Norma Arnold was a homemaker in earlier seasons. Later, she earned her degree and went to work for a software company.
Jack became a chef. The character was played by John Ritter.
Howard Cunningham owned Cunningham Hardware. He was also a cook in the U.S. Army.
Edna Garret was the show's housemother. She also dabbled a bit in business.
Carmine Ragusa owned a dance studio. He was also an occasional boxer.
Janet worked at the Arcade Flower Shop. The character was played by Joyce DeWitt.
George Papadopoulos was a television sportscaster. The character was played by former football player, Alex Karras.
Fonzie was a high school dropout, and he worked as a mechanic. He eventually went back to school and became a high school teacher.
Philip Drummond was a wealthy businessman. The role was played by Conrad Bain.
Chrissy's full name was Christmas Noelle Snow. The character was played by Suzanne Somers.
Katherine Calder-Young Papadopolis became a family psychologist. In earlier seasons, she worked as a consumer advocate.