Can You Name These 1980s' TV Shows?

By: Kennita Leon

"Cheers" is a television show which premiered in 1982. It follows the lives of a diverse group of employees and the regular customers of the Boston bar called Cheers. The Writers Guild of America rates it as "the 8th best-written TV series."

"The Cosby Show" is a sitcom about the Huxtable family of Brooklyn, New York. Bill Cosby portrayed Cliff Huxtable, a husband to Claire and father to three daughters and one son. From 2015 onward, the show was removed from TV stations following sexual assault accusations made against Bill Cosby.

This Star Trek science fiction television series took place on the starship, USS Enterprise-D and the space region, Alpha Quadrant. Crew members included the likes of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Steward) as the commanding officer.

This hour-long late night talk show was hosted by producer and host, David Letterman. The show featured musical performances and appearances by actors and comedians, such as George Miller and Jay Leno.

"Seinfeld" is about the life and adventures of Jerry Seinfeld and his friends, such as George Costanza and Cosmo Kramer. The show ran for nine years and nine seasons from 1989- 1998. It ranks as No. 5 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

"Magnum P.I." is about private investigator, Thomas Magnum, who incorporates his Navy Seal training into his private work as head of security at a novelist's estate in Hawaii. Tom Selleck won a Golden Globe in 1985 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series- Drama.

"The Wonder Years" is about the life of Kevin Arnold, a young American boy from the suburbs. It takes us through his life and tribulations from 12 years of age up until he was 17 years old, when the series was canceled in 1973.

This children's comedy stars Pee-wee Herman in his Playhouse in Puppet Land with his toys, puppets and anthropomorphic furniture. The series ran for five seasons until it was canceled in 1991, allegedly due to the Paul Herman's (Pee-Wee) arrest.

This comedy explores the familial relationship between lead actor, Alex Keaton, his liberal parents, fashionista sister Mallory and little sister Jennifer. From 1986-89, Michael J Fox (Alex P. Keaton) won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in the show.

This show centers around the working-class Conner family as they struggle to meet their needs. The show is set in Illinois and is named after the star of the show, Roseanne Barr, who portrays Roseanne Conner.

"The Kids in the Hall" is a sketch comedy featuring comedians Mac McKinney, Dave Foley, Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald. This Canadian show was inducted into Canada's Hall of Fame in 2008 and was nominated for the Gemini Awards' Best Comedy Series.

Murphy Brown is a sassy and hardcore news anchor and journalist, working for FYI- a fictitious television program. Candice Bergen stars as the opinionated Murphy and won the 1992 Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical.

"The A-Team" is an action series about disgraced members of a fictional unit of the U.S. Army who claim to be wrongly accused, break out of prison and become mercenaries. Lieutenant Colonel leads the other men, Templeton Peck, Captain Howlin and Sergeant Bosco Albert, on their adventures.

"The Golden Girls" is a sitcom featuring four aged single roommates, their daily lives and their bid to find companionship, love and sex. The eldest woman, Sophia Petrillo, lives with her cynical daughter Dorothy, promiscuous Blanche and ditzy Rose.

"Murder She Wrote" is a highly successful crime series featuring Jessica Fletcher as a detective and writer who is portrayed by Angela Lansbury. Lansbury has received multiple nominations and awards for her performance, including ​the 1992 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

Julia Sugarbaker, owner of a design business, works alongside her mom, Mary Jo, sister Suzanne, office manager Charlene and Anthony the delivery guy. Throughout the show, the ladies navigate through their personal and work life, with the helpful interjection of Anthony.

Angus MacGyver is a resourceful problem solver who works as a secret agent for the United States government. His knowledge of science and ability to improvise save his life and enable him to maneuver ticklish situations.

This sitcom is about the life of American dad and former football player Al Bundy, who has settled into family life with his dysfunctional wife and kids. He lives with his lazy wife, promiscuous daughter, Kelly, and his intelligent son, Bud.

"Fraggle Rock" is a children's puppet show about Jim Henson's muppets- Gorges, Fraggles and Doozers. These creatures live in Fraggle Rock which is really a hole in the wall of the home of Doc, a human inventor.

"Miami Vice" is about two men- James Crockett, also known as Sonny, and Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs- who are undercover police officers working in Miami. This crime series lasted five seasons and was the winner of the Favorite TV Dramatic Program in 1986.

"Full House" is an American sitcom which follows widowed sports anchor Danny Tanner who raises his three young daughters DJ, Stephanie and Michelle with the help of his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and best friend Joey Gladstone.

"Night Flight" is an online visual-arts magazine and variety television show which ran from 1981 to 1988. Created by Stuart S. Shapiro, this late night USA program featured a variety of B-movies, offbeat shorts and rock videos.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is an American animated series which ran for 10 seasons from December 28, 1987, to November 2, 1996. The series centers around four teenage anthropomorphic turtles who use their ninja skills to fight crime in New York City.

"ALF" is an American sitcom which follows the main character, Gordon Shumway, a friendly and sarcastic alien who befriends the suburban, middle-class Tanner family after crash-landing in their garage.

"Knight Rider," which aired from 1982 to 1986, stars David Hasselhoff as the titular character who embarks on crime-fighting adventures with his technologically advanced, artificially intelligent automobile named KITT.

"Growing Pains" is an ABC television show centering on members of the Seaver family and their everyday problems. The show stars Alan Thicke as the patriarch of the family who is forced to work at home when his wife resumes her job as a reporter.

"Night Court" is an NBC situation comedy set in the night shift of the Manhattan Criminal Court Part 2, presided over by Harold "Harry" T. Stone (Harry Anderson), a young, orthodox judge and amateur magician.

"Hill Street Blues" is an American serial police drama which aired for seven seasons from 1981 to 1987. Set in an unnamed city, the show follows the ups and downs of the staff of a police station located on the fictitious Hill Street.

"Newhart" is a 1982 American sitcom which ran on CBS until May 21, 1990. The show centers around a husband and wife, Dick and Joanna Loudon, who own and manage an inn situated in a rural Vermont town that is home to many odd characters.

L.A. Law is a 1986 legal drama series which aired on NBC for eight seasons. The show revolves around the attorneys and support staff of the fictional Los Angeles-based law firm, McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak.

"Remington Steele" is a 1982 American series starring Stephanie Zimbalist as a private investigator Laura Holt who operates a detective agency. When potential clients refuse to hire a woman, she employs a former thief and con man to pose as her male superior, Remington Steele.

"21 Jump Street" is an American police procedural television series which ran from 1987 to 1991. The show follows the adventures of a squad of police officers who investigate crimes by posing as teenagers in high school, college and other teenage venues.

"The Tracey Ullman Show," which aired from April 5, 1987, to May 26, 1990, is an American variety show starring Tracey Ullman. The show featured a blend of sketchy comedies, musical numbers, dance routines choreographed by Paula Abdul, and animated shorts.

"Dynasty" is an ABC soap opera which follows the wealthy Carrington family; oil magnate Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), new wife, Krystle (Linda Evans), and former wife, Alexis (Joan Collins).

"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" is an American animated series which ran for two seasons from 1983 to 1985. The show revolves around Prince Adam and his allies who use their powers to defend the fictional planet Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor.

"The Equalizer" is a CBS crime drama television series starring Edward Woodward as a former intelligence agent who uses the skills gained from his former career to carry out justice on behalf of innocent people who are trapped in dangerous situations.

"Perfect Strangers" is an American sitcom which aired on ABC for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to August 6, 1993. The show outlines the rocky relationship between Larry Appleton and his distant cousin, Balki Bartokomous, from eastern Mediterranean Europe.

"Inspector Gadget" is a comic sci-fi animated series which ran on CBS from 1983 to 1986. The show chronicles the adventures of the titular character, Inspector Gadget, a dimwitted and clumsy detective with bionic gadgets built into his body.

"Saved by the Bell" is a reboot of the Disney Channel series, "Good Morning, Miss Bliss." "Saved by the Bell" aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. The show revolves around a group of high school friends and their principal in the fictional Bayside High School.

"The Smurfs" is an American-Belgian animated fantasy-comedy children's television series based on the Belgian comic series of the same name. The series depicts the adventures of a colony of small, blue, humanoid creatures who live in the forest in mushroom-shaped houses.

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About This Quiz

The '80s may seem like a long time ago, but it actually wasn't. Some of the trends that were around back then are still here today and in some cases, you can even see how what people did back then, influences the way people speak, act and dress now. When it comes to television, our very favorite shows seem to have been inspired by some of the best of the '80s- some of them have even been rebooted and are on our screens today. But can you remember their names? Could you name these '80s TV shows if we show you some pictures?

Well, that's what we're going to do today. We're going to show you the likes of "Full House," "Late Night with David Letterman," "The A-Team," "Married...with Children" and "The Wonder Years." It'll be your job to correctly match each of these shows to their names. Could you do it?

Do you think you remember enough about the shows that took over the screens 30 years ago to name them from a picture? If you think you've got what it takes to ace this quiz, it's time to get started. 

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