Our Favorite '80s TV Series to Stream Right Now

Salvation from Sam Malone, Kevin Arnold, Blanche Devereaux, and more.

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Right about now, we sure wouldn't mind being teleported back in time to, oh, 1988. So what's the next big thing we can do short of building a time machine? Watch some TV shows from the '80s for a delightful dose of entertainment and distraction from the current state of affairs with the coronavirus pandemic.

So join us for some TLC and jump into watching or rewatching some of our favorite shows from the era of big hair, bold colors, blossoming computer tech, new wave music, and so much more. Consider this our official send-off to the 1980s—let the streaming begin.


Ted Danson, our love for you will never falter. This Emmy-winning sitcom, starring Danson as bartender Sam Malone, is bound to delight for hours to come.

Watch it on Hulu here.

A Different World

Head to Hillman College in this entertaining comedy series that originally ran on NBC. Missed it airing on TV? Miss out no more.

Watch it on Amazon Prime here.

The Wonder Years

A weekend of binge-watching this drama-comedy hybrid is the chicken soup for the soul we so crave. Kevin Arnold and Winnie Cooper, these are the names we love hearing right about now.

Watch it on Hulu here.

Cagney & Lacey

Female NYPD detectives? Check. Golden Globe and Emmy wins? You betcha. We're ready to chase some thrills in this captivating drama.

Watch it on Amazon Prime here.

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Perfect Strangers

Cousins from different worlds collide in this sitcom you won't soon forget—if you didn't watch it on ABC when it originally aired, that is. Just like the show's lead characters, you'll want to jump into the "dance of joy" oh-so-frequently.

Watch it on Hulu here.

Designing Women

You'll love following the tales from Sugarbaker and Associates, a fictional Atlanta design firm in this easy-to-follow comedy series. Friends, careers, and humor come together in a show where watching one episode is always about three too few.

Watch it on Hulu here.

The Golden Girls

If it's your first time getting to know Blanche, Sophia, Rose, and Dorothy, you're in for your treat. If it's your hundredth time watching, we don't need to tell you the heartwarming comfort in store.

Watch it on Hulu here.

The Dukes of Hazzard

Gather 'round for the adventures of Luke and Bo Duke along with their cousin Daisy Duke. Ready to avoid the sheriff alongside them?

Watch it on IMDb TV here. (IMDb TV is Amazon's free streaming service supported by ads with no subscription needed)

Magnum, P.I.

Tom Selleck puts on an amazing performance as private investigator, Thomas Magnum. Whether you watched the show from day one or are meeting Mangum, P.I. for the first time, you're going to have a hard time peeling yourself away from your couch.

Watch it on Amazon Prime here.

Little House on the Prairie

Yes, like that Little House on the Prairie. Based on the celebrated young adult book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, head to the Minnesota countryside and let your worries drift away for a while.

Watch it on IMDb TV here.

Doogie Howser, M.D.

It's impossible not to fall in love with Neil Patrick Harris in this comedy that chronicles the life of a teenage doctor prodigy. We predict you'll be on the edge of your seat watching this stellar show.

Watch it on Hulu here.

Now, share your thoughts with us: Are you all about '80s TV? How about the '90s? What's your favorite show to watch as of late?

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