1980s TV

Ah, the '80s. While some parents might like to put that decade far behind them, others might want to relive the glory days by introducing kids to the fun of the Smurfs, He-Man, and the timeless rivalry between Blair and Jo. But before diving into nostalgia-land, refresh your memory on the content of these old chestnuts. Some might have elements that you've forgotten, and your kids might not be ready to see. For more ways to go back in TV time, check out our roundup of the Best '80s Movies and our '90s TV Flashback list.

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The Smurfs

age 4+

Little blue gnomes share, care, and learn.

Network: Boomerang (1981)
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DuckTales

age 5+

Fun globetrotting '80s cartoon can spark kids' curiosity.

Network: Disney Channel (1987)
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The Flintstones

age 5+

Still a classic, but times have changed.

Network: Boomerang (1960)
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

age 7+

'80s classic still holds strong messages for today's kids.

Network: qubo, Syndicated (1983)
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Laverne & Shirley

age 7+

Classic sitcom duo is still doing it their way.

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ALF

age 8+

Broad '80s sitcom boasts sci-fi elements and sarcasm.

Network: Discovery Family Channel (1986)
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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

age 8+

Popular 1980s cartoon fun, but glorifies battle, toys.

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Growing Pains

age 8+

'80s favorite offers laughs and life lessons.

Network: ION, Nickelodeon, Syndicated (1985)
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Who's the Boss?

age 8+

Classic '80s sitcom about a blended family.

Network: Nickelodeon (1984)
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Diff'rent Strokes

age 10+

Classic series with a sense of humor tackles racial issues.

Network: NBC, ABC (1978)
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The Dukes of Hazzard

age 10+

Yee haw! Original Dukes leap the generation gap.

Network: CMT (1979)
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The Facts of Life

age 11+

Wholesome '80s coming-of-age sitcom tackles serious issues.

Network: NBC (1979)
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Family Ties

age 11+

Classic 1980s sitcom's messages still ring true today.

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The Jeffersons

age 11+

Barrier-breaking sitcom mixes humor, stereotypes.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1975)
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Silver Spoons

age 10+

Cute '80s comedy sometimes touches on serious issues.

Network: NBC, Syndicated (1982)
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The Greatest American Hero

age 11+

'80s series is more comedy than drama but has heart, too.

Network: ABC (1981)
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Magnum, P.I.

age 11+

1980s heartthrob solves cases in Hawaii.

Network: Syndicated (1980)
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Quincy, M.E.

age 12+

Seventies version of CSI is entertaining, if old-fashioned.

Network: NBC (1976)
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Cheers

age 13+

Laughs are on tap in this classic sitcom.

Network: Syndicated, TV Land (1982)
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M*A*S*H

age 13+

Stellar war dramedy classic mixes humor, pathos.

Network: Hallmark Channel, Syndicated (1972)
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