Who doesn’t love a good ’80s throwback? There is nothing quite like the combination of shoulder pads and a wholesome suburban family. During these uncertain times, we could all use the comfort of nostalgia, right? And what says nostalgia more than ’80s TV shows?
The good news is that many of your favorites, and maybe some that you missed a few decades ago, are now available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more. So pull up a seat to the kitchen table with Dorothy Zbornak or saddle up to the bar with Norm Peterson and enjoy these classic and underrated ’80s TV shows.
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Top ’80s TV Shows to Stream Tonight for the Perfect Dose of Relaxing Nostalgia
The Wonder Years (1988-1993)
One of our favorite coming-of-age series stars Fred Savage as suburban teen Kevin Arnold. Narrated by his adult self, this is a show that will steal your heart all over again. Available to stream now on Hulu.
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt star in this beloved series about a Boston bar called Cheers, where everybody knows your name. You’ll feel right at home streaming this class. Watch it now on Netflix.
A Different World (1987–1993)
A spinoff of The Cosby Show, this series picks up after Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) leaves the family home to attend Hillman College. We can’t get enough of Dwayne Wayne’s glasses and the Patti Labelle cameo. Check it out on Amazon Prime.
Designing Women (1986-1993)
Take a trip back in time to Atlanta’s Sugarbaker & Associates interior design firm with Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, and Annie Potts. This fiery, funny all-female dream team definitely stands the test of time. Watch now on Hulu.
What is a ’90s list without a nod to everyone’s favorite working-class family? In this trailblazing sitcom, led by Roseanne Barr, the Conner family tackles everything from money, marriage, and in-laws. Available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Family Ties (1982-1989)
Follow the adventures of Steven and Elyse Keaton as they raise their children Mallory, Jennifer, and Alex in the Reagan-era. The conflict between liberal parents and their more conservative children will definitely still resonate. Available to stream on Amazon Prime.
Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996)
Angela Lansbury stars as Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer, in this crime-solving classic show set in the small Maine town of Cabot Cove. Check it out on Amazon Prime.
The Golden Girls (1985-1992)
Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty star as four older single women who end up living together in Miami. The Golden Girls forever made its mark, winning 11 Emmy Awards throughout its run, with all four actresses winning individual awards. Take a trip back in time by streaming on Hulu.
Growing Pains (1985-1992)
Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, and Jeremy Miller star as a family living in Long Island, New York. The show famously tackled tough subjects like drugs, alcohol, and suicide. Watch now on Amazon Prime.
Miami Vice (1984-1990)
Who can forget the appeal of Detectives Crockett and Tubbs? Come for the dashing duo and stay for the killer mix of ’80s fashion and music. Stream this class on Hulu.
Katie Nave is a freelance writer, producer, and mama living in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by her passion for storytelling, she is always seeking opportunities to elevate people who are working to better the world around them.
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