Can You Match These '80s TV Show Characters to Their Jobs?

Becky Stigall

Sam Malone of "Cheers" was a bartender, but what was he before that?

Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson, was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, he had a drinking problem which ruined his career.

The "ALF" head of household, Willie Tanner, worked at what job?

Willie, played by Max Wright, was a social worker. That might explain why he'd let a furry alien live in his home.

The "Dynasty" head of household, Blake Carrington, earned his millions how?

Blake Carrington, played by John Forsythe, earned his money in the oil business. The role was originally given to actor George Peppard, who backed out because of creative differences.

Frasier Crane, "Cheers" customer extraordinaire, worked what job?

Frasier, played by Kelsey Grammer, was a psychiatrist, both on "Cheers" and on the "Cheers" spinoff, "Frasier."

Crockett and Tubbs, of "Miami Vice," hold down what jobs?

Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, played by Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, are undercover detectives.

Jack Arnold, of "The Wonder Years," brought home the bacon doing what?

Kevin Arnold's father, Jack, played by Dan Lauria, worked in middle management. As the show progressed, he went into business for himself.

The "Family Ties" dad, Steven Keaton, worked doing what?

Steven Keaton, played by Michael Gross, was the manager of a public television station.

"Who's The Boss" head of household, Angela, worked in what field?

Angela Bower, played by Judith Light, was an advertising exec.

Norm of "Cheers" fame worked at what job?

Norm Peterson, played by George Wendt, was an often unemployed accountant. In the later seasons of the show, he toyed with interior design.

"Cosby" dad, Cliff, worked doing what?

Cliff Huxtable, played by Bill Cosby, was an obstetrician who had an office in the family brownstone.

"Cosby" show mom, Clair, worked in what high-powered career?

Clair Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashad, was an attorney on the show.

Dorothy Zbornak, one of the "Golden Girls," worked at what job?

Dorothy, played by Bea Arthur, was a substitute teacher.

"Cheers" patron Cliff was employed doing what?

Cliff Clavin, played by John Ratzenberger, was a mailman.

"Family Ties" mom, Elyse Keaton, worked doing what?

Elyse Keaton, played by Meredith Baxter-Birney, was an architect.

Rose Nylund, of the "Golden Girls," worked doing what?

Rose, played by Betty White, worked in a grief counseling center, but changed jobs later in the show.

"Growing Pains" dad, Jason Seaver, worked doing what?

Jason Seaver, played by Alan Thicke, was a psychiatrist who saw patients from the family home.

"Full House" dad, Danny Tanner, worked in what field?

Danny Tanner, played by Bob Saget, was in television. He began the show as a sportscaster, then hosted a morning talk show with Becky.

The "Three's Company" roomate Jack worked doing what?

Jack Tripper, played by the late John Ritter, was in culinary school and later became a chef and eventually opened his own restaurant.

Blanche Devereaux, one of the "Golden Girls," worked where?

Blanche, played by Rue McClanahan, worked in an art museum. She was born into a wealthy family.

"Dynasty" trophy wife Krystal Carrington worked doing what before marrying Blake?

Krystal, played by Linda Evans, was Blake's former secretary. Evans starred on "The Big Valley" back in the 1960s.

Uncle Jesse on "Full House" worked doing what?

Jesse Katsopolis, played by John Stamos, had multiple jobs during the course of the show. He also worked in radio and played in a band.

"Growing Pains" mom, Maggie, held down what job?

Maggie Seaver, played by Joanna Kerns, worked as a reporter.

Sophia, one of the "Golden Girls," worked doing what?

Sophia Petrillo, Dorothy's mom, played by Estelle Getty, worked several different part-time jobs during the course of the show. Most of her jobs involved food.

"Full House" friend Joey worked in what field?

Joey Gladstone, played by Dave Coulier, was a bit of a Jack-of-all-trades. He also worked in radio.

"Three's Company" roomate Chrissy Snow worked doing what?

Chrissy Snow, played by Suzanne Somers, was a typist in the show.

"Dallas" character J.R. Ewing makes his living running what company?

J.R., played by Larry Hagman, runs Ewing Oil. Hagman starred in "I Dream of Jeannie" back in the 1960s.

"Married... With Children" patriarch, Al Bundy, worked doing what?

Al Bundy, played by Ed O'Neill, worked selling women's shoes.

Larry of "Perfect Strangers" worked in what field?

Larry Appleton, played by Mark Linn-Baker, started the show as a store clerk. Later in the show, he became a reporter, then a writer.

Joyce Davenport of "Hill Street Blues" works as what?

Joyce Davenport, played by Veronica Hamel, works as a public defender, then as an Assistant District Attorney.

"Three's Company" roomate Janet worked where?

Janet Wood, played by Joyce DeWitt, worked in, then managed, the Arcade Flower Shop.

Maddie and David of "Moonlighting" work doing what?

Maddie Hayes and David Addison, played by Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, are private detectives.

"Hill Street Blues" Frank Furillo works doing what?

Captain Francis Xavier Frank Furillo, played by Daniel J. Travanti, heads up the Hill Street Precinct.

Televison's Cagney and Lacey do what for a living?

Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, played by Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, are police detectives in New York City.

The "Roseanne" patriarch, Dan Conner, works doing what?

Dan Conner, played by John Goodman, works installing drywall.

The "Happy Days" head of household, Howard Cunningham, works where?

Howard Cunningham, played by Tom Bosley, owns Cunningham's Hardware.

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From stand-up comedian to public defender, these 1980s television show characters have held down a wide range of jobs. Take this quiz and see how many you remember.

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