Can you name these popular '80s sitcoms?

By: Becky
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Can you name these popular '80s sitcoms?
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Feeling a bit nostalgic for classic '80s sitcoms? So are we. Get ready for a blast from the past - test your memory to see if you can remember all these great shows!
This warm and fuzzy '80s sitcom featured a wisecracking alien that looked a bit like an anteater.
ALF
"ALF," short for Alien Life Form was a popular show in the 1980s. Fun Fact: "ALF" has the honor of being the first TV show to be broadcast in Dolby Surround.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Lost in Space
Star Wars

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Hannibal led a team of crack ex-military operatives in this popular '80s show.
Alien vs. Predator
The A-Team
"The A-Team" was a surprise hit and boasts a cult following, even today. The team was made up of four crime-solving Vietnam vets.
Charlie's Angels
Magnum, P.I.

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What 1980s sitcom made Michael J. Fox a household name?
Growing Pains
Who's the Boss
Knight Rider
Family Ties
The show was a unique take on Alex P. Keaton's conservative viewpoints, compared to his hippie parents.

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KITT the talking car was the sidekick on which popular '80s sitcom?
Charlie's Angels
Knight Rider
KITT was everyone's dream car. This Pontiac Trans Am could move at up to 300 MPH. KITT and David Hasselhoff made quite a pair.
Magnum P.I.
Miami Vice

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Character Sam Malone was the bartender in this show that fostered several spin-offs.
Charlie's Angels
Cheers
"Frasier" was a long-lived spinoff of "Cheers" and featured Frasier Crane, friendly neighborhood psychiatrist.
Night Court
Married with Children

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This coming-of-age sitcom featured Kevin Arnold.
The Wonder Years
Fred Savage, the actor who portrayed Kevin Arnold, also played The Grandson in the movie, "The Princess Bride."
Family Ties
Growing Pains
Married with Children

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'80s sitcoms weren't necessarily for kids. What was the sitcom that featured four retired female roommates?
The Golden Girls
Betty White, who played the character of Rose Nylund, was born January 17, 1922.
Family Ties
Three's Company
Charlie's Angels

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What popular '80s sitcom, set in Florida, was made into a movie in 2006?
Charlie's Angels
Miami Vice
The show starred Don Johnson as James Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo Tubbs. Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith are the parents of Dakota Johnson, who stars in the "Fifty Shades" movies.
Twin Peaks
The X-Files

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This military sitcom ended its run in 1983, but remains one of the most popular shows of all time.
M*A*S*H
"M*A*S*H" was based on a 1968 novel by Richard Hooker. The show was set during the Korean War.
Cheers
Hill Street Blues
Family Ties

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Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney were roomates in this popular show.
Happy Days
Joanie Loves Chachi
Laverne & Shirley
"Laverne & Shirley" ran from 1976 to 1983 and remains popular on late-night television. An old Yiddish song was revived in the show - “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!”
Charlie's Angels

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Tom Hanks became a household name by dressing up as a woman in this sitcom.
Family Ties
Kate and Allie
Bosom Buddies
Tom Hanks dressed in drag to get cheap rent in this series. A modern reboot with the same actors would be hilarious.
Laverne and Shirley

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This sitcom, based in Cincinnati Ohio, focused on a radio station crew.
Charlie's Angels
WKRP in Cincinnati
"WKRP in Cincinnati" only ran for four years, from 1978-1982. A classic episode involved the fact that turkeys can't fly.
Taxi
Punky Brewster

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What 1980s show featured Alan Thicke as dad, Dr. Jason Seaver?
Growing Pains
Kirk Cameron, who played Mike Seaver, is the brother of Candace Cameron Bure, who starred in "Full House."
Full House
Family Ties
Miami Vice

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What sitcom was rebooted on Netflix in 2016?
Full House
The original popular sitcom was not well received by critics, but remained popular with viewers until it was canceled in 1995.
Family Ties
Growing Pains
Happy Days

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What show focuses on the lives and loves of New York City cabbies?
Cheers
Full House
Miami Vice
Taxi
"Taxi" won 18 Emmys! The outstanding cast included Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza, Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd, and many more comedic greats.

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Ricky Schroder got his start as a tyke in this 1980s sitcom.
Charlie's Angels
Family Ties
Growing Pains
Silver Spoons
Series star Ricky Schroder went on to star in several movies and television shows. These days, he prefers to go by "Rick."

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The actors in what show were "movin' on up"?
The Jeffersons
"The Jeffersons" was a spinoff of "All in the Family." Another spinoff from the show was "Maude," which in turn spun off "Good Times."
Silver Spoons
Family Ties
Miami Vice

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Soleil Moon Frye played the title character in this '80s show.
Punky Brewster
The lead character was abandoned by her mother at a shopping center! The show ran for four seasons and 88 episodes.
Growing Pains
Fresh Prince
Charlie's Angels

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Nell Carter played a character named "Nell" in what popular sitcom?
Charlie's Angels
Miami Vice
Gimme a Break!
Nell Carter began her career on Broadway in 1971. "Gimme a Break!" ran from 1981 to 1987.
Family Ties

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Jaleel White got his start on what family show?
Family Matters
Jaleel White played the beloved Urkel. Head of household Carl Winslow, played by Reginald VelJohnson, was a police officer in this show.
Full House
Family Ties
Fuller House

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What '80s sitcom was set in the offices of Sugarbaker and Associates?
Family Ties
Charlie's Angels
Designing Women
Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Jean Smart and Annie Potts made up an all-star cast.
Golden Girls

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Bo and Luke Duke were good old boys in what 1980s show?
Full House
The Dukes of Hazzard
Hazzard County Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane chased Bo and Luke down the roads of the county. The car in this show, the General Lee, may have been more popular than the show itself.
Miami Vice
Taxi

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What self-titled sitcom starred Robert Guillaume?
Benson
Benson was a popular character on the successful sitcom, "Soap," before spinning off into his own popular show.
Taxi
Cheers
Family Ties

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One of the most-loved shows of all time, this sitcom followed the lives of Richie, Potsie, Ralph and Fonzie.
Laverne & Shirley
Happy Days
"Happy Days" ran from 1974 to 1984 on ABC. This was the first show to "jump the shark," when Fonzie did so - literally.
Full House
Roseanne

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What legal sitcom featured Judge Harry T. Stone?
Night Court
"Night Court" featured actor Harry Anderson, who is also a magician.
Charlie's Angels
Miami Vice
Family Ties

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This 1980s show featured Dick and Joanna Loudon as owners of a small-town inn.
Barney Miller
Full House
Newhart
The theme song for "Newhart" was composed by Henry Mancini, winner of 20 Grammy Awards. Mancini also wrote the theme for "Pink Panther."
Miami Vice

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Comedian Paul Reiser and heartthrob Greg Evigan starred in what sitcom about two men raising one daughter?
Full House
My Two Dads
Paul Reiser is considered one of the best stand-up comedians of all time.
Family Ties
Growing Pains

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Vicki Lawrence wore support hose in what spinoff of "The Carol Burnett Show"?
Family Ties
Mama's Family
Vicki Lawrence recorded the song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" in 1973. She rose to great fame playing opposite comedian Carol Burnett.
Full House
Family Matters

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Larry Appleton and Balki Bartokomous were roommates in what "Odd Couple"-type sitcom?
Family Ties
Full House
Perfect Strangers
Bronson Pinchot, who played Balki, also starred in several movies, including "Risky Business" and "Beverly Hills Cop."
Miami Vice

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What 1980s sitcom starred Saturday Night alum, Jane Curtin?
Kate & Allie
The show starred Jane Curtin and Susan Saint James. Jane Curtin began her career on "Saturday Night Live" in 1975.
Charlie's Angels
Fuller House
The West Wing

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The Huxtables were at the center of which '80s comedy?
Full House
Fuller House
The Cosby Show
"The Cosby Show" was, for five full seasons, the highest rated show. Bill Cosby originally wanted his character to be a plumber, rather than an obstetrician.
Miami Vice

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This live-action sitcom ran for a decade and featured the wisecracking quips of Al Bundy.
Married... with Children
Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal led the show on the newly founded network, Fox. O'Neill went on to star in "Modern Family," while Sagal voiced a one-eyed beauty in "Futurama."
Family Ties
Full House
Roseanne

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Three is not a crowd in what 1980s sitcom?
Married... with Children
Three's Company
John Ritter, who played Jack Tripper, also performed roles on Broadway. Oh, and don't forget about "Clifford the Big Red Dog."
Full House
Miami Vice

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Bruce Willis got his start on what '80s show about private detectives?
Moonlighting
Cybill Shepherd was actually billed as the star of "Moonlighting." The chemistry between Shepherd and Willis made great TV.
Miami Vice
Married... with Children
Fuller House

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Exceptionally gifted students were the focus of what teen-driven sitcom?
Growing Pains
Head of the Class
"Head of the Class" ran from 1986 to 1991. Howard Hesseman, also of "WKRP" fame, starred as a substitute teacher.
Miami Vice
Fuller House

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