Can You Match These '80s Sitcom Characters to Their Careers?

By: Becky Stigall
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can You Match These '80s Sitcom Characters to Their Careers?
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About This Quiz

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, the father on "Family Ties," is employed as what?
A public television station manager
Steven Keaton was the manager of WKS. The character was played by Michael Gross.
An architect
A chef
A chauffeur

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Cliff Clavin, of the sitcom "Cheers," held what job?
Doctor
Lawyer
Mail carrier
Cliff was a mail carrier who lived with his mother. The character was a security guard in the series pilot.
Secretary

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Dorothy Zbornak of "The Golden Girls" worked as what?
Lawyer
Interior decorator
Factory worker
Substitute teacher
Dorothy was a substitute teacher. The character of Dorothy was played by Bea Arthur.

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Dr. Jason Seaver, head of household on "Growing Pains," was what type of doctor?
Cardiac surgeon
Podiatrist
Psychiatrist
Dr. Jason Seaver was a psychiatrist who worked out of the house. The character was played by Alan Thicke.
Optometrist

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Elyse Keaton, the mother on "Family Ties," held what high-powered job?
Lawyer
Architect
Elyse Keaton worked independently as an architect. The character of Elyse Keaton was played by Meredith Baxter Birney.
Doctor
Cosmetologist

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Norm Peterson, a regular fixture in the "Cheers" pub, was employed doing what?
Doctor
Lawyer
Accountant
Norm was employed off and on as an accountant. In the later years of the series, he worked as a house painter and decorator.
Architect

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"The Cosby Show" character, Cliff Huxtable, was a physician in what specialty?
Obstetrics
Heathcliff Huxtable was an obstetrician. The original concept of the show had Cliff working as a limo driver.
Cardiology
Surgery
Psychiatry

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Rose Nylund, of "The Golden Girls," was employed at what job?
Fast food worker
Factory worker
Doctor
Grief counselor
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.

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The "Growing Pains" mom, Maggie Seaver, worked doing what?
Architect
Doctor
Reporter
Maggie Seaver was a reporter. The character was played by Joanna Kerns.
Lawyer

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Willie Tanner, the dad on "ALF," worked at what job?
Lawyer
Teacher
Social Worker
Willie Tanner was a social worker. He also enjoyed amateur radio and model trains.
Psychiatrist

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Jesse Katsopolis, Uncle Jesse if you will, worked as what?
Exterminator
Radio host
Advertising agent
All of the above
Jesse had a little trouble finding his niche. He believed his true calling was as a musician.

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Blanche Devereaux, of "The Golden Girls," worked in what type of establishment?
Art museum
Blanche, played by Rue McLanahan, was employed at an art museum.
Bar
School
Beauty parlor

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Clair Huxtable, the unflappable mother on "The Cosby Show," held down what high-powered job?
Court Stenographer
Doctor
School Teacher
Lawyer
In the series concept, Clair was either to be a plumber or a Spanish-speaking housewife.

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Danny Tanner, of the show "Full House," worked in what industry?
Television
Danny Tanner was first a television sportscaster, then a talk show host.
Medicine
Law
Construction

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Kate Tanner, the mother on the show "ALF," worked at what job?
Teacher
Lawyer
Real estate
Kate Tanner worked off and on in real estate. It is hinted that her true love was poetry.
Doctor

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Joey Gladstone, of "Full House" fame, worked as a ________.
Doctor
Lawyer
Comedian
Joey Gladstone was a comedian, but if you said he was in advertising, we'll accept that, too. Everyone needs a day job.
Judge

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Roseanne Conner, of the "Roseanne" show, worked at what job?
Doctor
Waitress
Roseanne Conner began the series working in a plastics factory. She then worked as a waitress for several seasons, finally opening her own diner.
Lawyer
Writer

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On "The Jeffersons," George Jefferson, owned a chain of what type of business?
Fast food restaurants
Dry cleaners
George Jefferson owned a chain of dry cleaning stores. Their success enabled the family to "move on up."
Tax preparation services
Drugstores

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Kip and Henry, of "Bosom Buddies," both worked in what field?
Construction
Medicine
Advertising
Both Kip and Henry worked in advertising. The characters were played by Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, respectively.
Law

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Dan Conner, the father on "Roseanne," worked at what job?
Doctor
Lawyer
Chef
Drywall contractor
Dan Conner was a drywall contractor. The family was created to represent blue-collar America.

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Louise Jefferson, of "The Jeffersons," worked doing what job?
Homemaker
Weezie was a homemaker and a philanthropist. The role was played by Isabel Sanford.
Doctor
Lawyer
Optometrist

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Jack Arnold, the father on "The Wonder Years," worked in what job?
Construction
Nursing
Law enforcement
Management
Jack Arnold was a manager at NORCOM. In later episodes, he buildt and sold furniture.

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TV mom Angela Robinson Bower, of "Who's the Boss," held down what job?
Advertising exec
Angela Bower worked as a high-powered advertising executive. The character was played by Judith Light.
Doctor
Lawyer
Hairstylist

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Laverne and Shirley worked at what business?
Brewery
Laverne and Shirley, along with sidekicks, Lenny and Squiggy, worked in a brewery. Laverne and Shirley worked as bottlecappers.
Restaurant
Dance studio
Advertising agency

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Norma Arnold, the matriarch of "The Wonder Years," worked doing what?
Lawyer
Doctor
Judge
Homemaker
Norma Arnold was a homemaker in earlier seasons. Later, she earned her degree and went to work for a software company.

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Jack Tripper, a character on "Three's Company," became a ____.
Doctor
Lawyer
Airline pilot
Chef
Jack became a chef. The character was played by John Ritter.

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Howard Cunningham, the head of household on "Happy Days," owned what type of business?
Restaurant
School
Employment agency
Hardware store
Howard Cunningham owned Cunningham Hardware. He was also a cook in the U.S. Army.

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What job did Mrs. Garrett hold on "The Facts of Life"?
Doctor
Lawyer
Housemother
Edna Garret was the show's housemother. She also dabbled a bit in business.
Politician

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Carmine Ragusa, Shirley's flame on "Laverne & Shirley," owned what type of business?
Restaurant
Trucking company
Advertising agency
Dance studio
Carmine Ragusa owned a dance studio. He was also an occasional boxer.

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Janet Wood, of "Three's Company," worked where?
A flower shop
Janet worked at the Arcade Flower Shop. The character was played by Joyce DeWitt.
A restaurant
A doctor's office
A courthouse

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George Papadopoulos of "Webster" worked as a ____________.
Sportscaster
George Papadopoulos was a television sportscaster. The character was played by former football player, Alex Karras.
Doctor
Lawyer
Judge

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Arthur Fonzarelli held down what job in "Happy Days"?
Restaurant cook
Newspaper delivery
Auto mechanic
Fonzie was a high school dropout, and he worked as a mechanic. He eventually went back to school and became a high school teacher.
Hairstylist

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Philip Drummond, of "Diff'rent Strokes," was a wealthy ___________.
Doctor
Lawyer
Politician
Businessman
Philip Drummond was a wealthy businessman. The role was played by Conrad Bain.

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Chrissy Snow, of "Three's Company," worked as which of the following?
Typist
Chrissy's full name was Christmas Noelle Snow. The character was played by Suzanne Somers.
Waitress
Hair stylist
Doctor

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Katherine Papadopoulos, Webster's adoptive mom, became what on the show?
Psychologist
Katherine Calder-Young Papadopolis became a family psychologist. In earlier seasons, she worked as a consumer advocate.
Lawyer
Businesswoman
Executive

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