Can You Name these 80s TV Shows from a single sentence summary?

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Can You Name these 80s TV Shows from a single sentence summary?
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"Come and knock on our door!" Rather than answering the door, answer the questions in this quiz! The 1980s as a decade that was big on sitcoms. From Cheers to The Wonder Years, can you name these '80s TV shows from a single sentence summary?

The 1980s was a big decade for the family sitcom. Viewers everywhere were settling down to watch Family Ties, Growing Pains, and The Cosby Show. When you weren't settling down for the Keaton or Seaver family, you might've been watching a group of friends in Cheers or Three's Company. The decade also included the popular medical drama M*A*S*H and the Tom Selleck crime drama of Magnum, P.I. Not only were these some of the most iconic shows of the decade, but they're still remembered thirty years later. How well do you remember them?

After Captain Kirk, can you remember the new series that showed the continuation of a space odyssey? What about the popular TV show turned film about two cops who go undercover as high school students? Do you remember the late 1980s newcomer about six students attending Bayside High School in California? If you can remember all of these '80s TV shows, you're in luck! From the star-studded cast of Full House to the wit and laughs behind The Golden Girls, let's see if you can name these 80s TV shows from a single sentence summary.

Set in a Boston bar where everybody knows your name, regulars talk about their lives while drinking and working.
Who's the Boss?
Cheers
One of the longest running TV shows of the 80s, "Cheers" ran for 271 episodes, from 1982 - 1993. Each episode was 22 minutes long.
Night Court
Life Goes On

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This show featured a Hawaii-based private investigator with a mustache.
The Equalizer
Magnum, P.I.
Premiering in 1980, "Magnum, P.I." ran for 158 episodes until 1988. The show starred actor Tom Selleck as Magnum, P.I.
Knight Rider
Robin Hood

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A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with an Earth family after crashing into their garage.
The Twilight Zone
ALF
ALF ran for 103 episodes, from 1986 - 1990. It was created by Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Jem

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After Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of officers sets off on their own mission.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" premiered in 1987 and ran for 176 episodes until 1994. It was created by Gene Roddenberry.
Knight Rider
Voltron: Defender of the Universe
The Transformers

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This is the story of four older women living together in Miami.
Empty Nest
The Golden Girls
"The Golden Girls" was a 30-minute comedy that aired for 177 episodes from 1985 - 1992. The four women were all previously married, but now single.
Silver Spoons
Miami Vice

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A lone crime-fighter battles the forces of evil with the help of an indestructible and artificially-intelligent super car.
The Greatest American Hero
Miami Vice
Hunter
Knight Rider
Featuring David Hasselhoff, "Knight Rider" premiered in 1982. It was created by Glen Larson.

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A teenager deals with everyday teenage problems, except that he's a licensed physician.
Head of the Class
My Secret Identity
Wiseguy
Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser was portrayed by actor Neil Patrick Harris. The show aired from 1989 - 1993.

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Young-looking police officers specializing in youth crime go undercover as high school students.
Street hAwk
Booker
21 Jump Street
"21 Jump Street" premiered in 1987 and ran 102 episodes through 1991. It was created by Stephen Cannell and Patrick Hasburgh.
Spenser: For Hire

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This was a comedy about an English housekeeper working for an American family.
Roseanne
Mr. Belvedere
"Mr. Belvedere" aired for 117 episodes from 1985 - 1990. It was created by Frank Dungan and Jeff Stein.
Remington Steele
The Fall Guy

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A scientist trapped in time uses the bodies of different people to travel to different time periods.
Knight Rider
Quantum Leap
"Quantum Leap" premiered in 1989 and ran 97 episodes until 1993. It was created by Donald Bellisario and featured Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett.
The Equalizer
The Wonder Years

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A probationary angel is sent back to earth and teams up with an ex-cop to help people.
Beauty and the Beast
Highway to Heaven
"Highway to Heaven" aired from 1984 - 1989. It starred Michael Landon, Victor French and James Troesh.
Charles in Charge
Moonlighting

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Jessica Fletcher uses her smarts and charm to uncover the truth behind every crime she encounters.
Hardcastle and McCormick
Murder, She Wrote
"Murder, She Wrote" aired from 1984 - 1996 for 264 episodes! Angela Lansbury played the lead role of Jessica Fletcher.
Rosanne
Remington Steele

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Corky has Down syndrome and attends an ordinary school.
The Cosby Show
The Wonder Years
Family Ties
Life Goes On
"Life Goes On" was an hour-long television show which premiered in 1989. It was created by Michael Braverman.

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A laid back teacher provides guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.
Punky Brewster
Head of the Class
Created by Michael Elias and Rich Eustis, "Head of the Class" aired for 114 episodes from 1986 - 1990. Each episode was 30 minutes long.
Who's the Boss?
Saved By The Bell

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This show focused on the cases and adventures of the police department in Sparta, Mississippi.
The A-Team
The Equalizer
In the Heat of the Night
Created by James Lee Barrett, "In the Heat of the Night" ran for 146 episodes, from 1988 - 1995!
Quantum Leap

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In search of his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.
Airwolf
"Airwolf "was an hour-long television show that ran for 55 episodes from 1984 - 1986. It featured Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord and Ernest Borgnine.
The A-Team
The Equalizer
Quantum Leap

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A girl and her dog are adopted by a man named Henry Warnimont.
Who's the Boss?
Punky Brewster
"Punky Brewster" aired from 1984 - 1988. Punky was abandoned by her mother in a supermarket.
Mr. Belvedere
My Two Dads

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A man's cousin comes to America to live with him.
Who's the Boss?
ALF
Highway to Heaven
Perfect Strangers
"Perfect Strangers" featured Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker. The show, which ran from 1986 - 1993, was created by Dale McRaven.

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This was a show about six students at Bayside High School in Palisades, California.
Saved by the Bell
Created by Sam Bobrick, "Saved by the Bell" aired from 1989 - 1992. Each of the 86 episodes was 30 minutes long.
Our House
The Kids in the Hall
Wiseguy

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A college student works as a live-in housekeeper for a family.
Charles in Charge
Charles was portrayed by actor Scott Baio. The show ran from 1984 - 1990.
Full House
Doogie Howser, MD.
Small Wonder

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Two undercover detectives make their way through the streets of Miami with music, fashion and good vibes.
Jake and the Fatman
Cagney & Lacey
Miami Vice
"Miami Vice" aired from 1984 - 1990. Each episode was 48 minutes long and featured Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas.
Moonlighting

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This show featured the Keatons - Steven, Elyse, Alex, Mallory and Jennifer.
The Cosby Show
A Different World
Family Ties
From 1982 - 1989, Michael J. Fox starred in "Family Ties." The show was created by Gary David Goldberg.
Growing Pains

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This show followed the adventures of a secret agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.
Street Hawk
In the Heat of the Night
MacGyver
"MacGyver" ran from 1985 - 1992 with 139 episodes. The title role was played by actor Richard Dean Anderson.
Magnum, P.I.

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A group of students at a black university struggle to make it through college.
A Different World
"A Different World" premiered on September 24, 1987. It was filmed at Universal Studios in California.
Growing Pains
Perfect Strangers
Head of the Class

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This show was set in the 60s and featured a family with two growing sons.
The Wonder Years
"The Wonder Years" was a popular show from 1988 - 1993. It was created by Carol Black and Neal Marlens and featured Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold.
Family Ties
The Cosby Show
Growing Pains

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Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.
Knight Rider
Matlock
The A-Team
The "A-Team" ran from 1983 - 1987. It was created by Stephen Cannell and Frank Lupo.
Tour of Duty

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A retired baseball player becomes the housekeeper of a New York advertising executive.
Designing Women
Family M atters
Murphy Brown
Who's the Boss?
"Who's the Boss?" aired from 1984 - 1992. With 196 episodes in total, the show starred Tony Danza as Tony Micelli.

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Harry Weston is a widowed pediatrician with two daughters.
Night Court
Small Wonder
Empty Nest
Featuring Richard Mulligan, "Empty Nest" aired from 1988 - 1995. It ran for 170 episodes.
Full House

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Based on a Robert Parker novel series, this show featured a private investigator in Boston who tried to solve murder mysteries.
Quantum Leap
Spenser: For Hire
Starring Robert Urich and Avery Brooks, "Spenser: For Hire" was based on the "Spenser" novels written by Robert Parker. The show lasted 65 episodes, from 1985 - 1988.
Magnum, P.I.
Knight Rider

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A desk-bound cop fights crime as the test pilot for a prototype combat motorcycle.
Airwolf
In the Heat of the Night
Magnum, P.I.
Street Hawk
Starring Rex Smith, "Street Hawk" was popular in 1985 but lasted only 13 episodes. It was an hour-long television show.

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This show portrayed the adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.
The Smurfs
Fraggle Rock
"Fraggle Rock" was created by Jim Henson and featured many of the Muppet characters. It aired from 1983 - 1987.
Garfield and Friends
Foofur

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Ted Lawson creates a robot who lives with his family.
Snorks
Full House
Doogie Howser, MD
Small Wonder
"Small Wonder" aired from 1985 - 1989. It was created by Howard Leeds.

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This show focused on an elite special missions force that fought against the terrorist forces of Cobra.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe
G.I. Joe
"G.I. Joe" premiered in 1985. It produced 85 episodes over the course of two years.
The Transformers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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This show featured a family whose father owned a home-based business and a mother who was a journalist.
Perfect Strangers
Growing Pains
"Growing Pains" aired from 1985 - 1992 over the course of 167 episodes. It was created by Neal Marlens and featured Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns.
Charles in Charge
Empty Nest

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An ex-cop is hired by the US office of a large Japanese company to investigate suspicious insurance claims.
MacGyver
Booker
"Booker" premiered on September 24, 1989. Actor Richard Grieco starred as lead character, Dennis Booker.
Spenser: For Hire
Airwolf

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