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The 10: Favorite 80’s Sitcoms

Class is in the process of releasing our mid-summer drop. We pay homage to a favorite sitcom of ours, “Three’s Company.” It starred John Ritter as Jack Tripper, a bachelor living with two beautiful women named Janet and Chrissy. He had to pretend to be gay to live with them because it was against the rules for a single guy to be living with two beautiful women. He had a best friend named Larry Dallas who lived in the building with him. I guess you could call him the sleaze-ball with a heart of gold? They were always getting into trouble hatching terrible plans trying to get laid.

Hilarious. I can’t explain to you why this show was everything to me, but it was. It lasted eight seasons and I have probably seen every episode a million times. Creating this next drop got me to thinking about all the nights I spent watching television when I was younger, and all the memories I have of all of the 80’s sitcoms.

I decided to do a list of my 10 favorite shows from that time period. Most of them still hold up today.

10. “Benson” is a sitcom about an African-American butler for the family of the governor, who through his charm, smarts and with manages to land a position as lieutenant governor. It starred the late Robert Guillaume as the title character.

9. “Silver Spoons” starred Ricky Schroder as a young boy who comes to live with his rich eccentric father who owns a major toy company. There is one problem, they’ve never met each other. This is one of my favorite shows because the dad was a big kid and had a toy train set that ran throughout the house that he would ride on. I wanted one so bad.

8. “Perfect Strangers” was a show about Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot) leaving his home country and moving to America to with his distant cousin Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker). He doesn’t want him to live with him at first, but Larry decides to teach Balki everything he knows about America, which isn’t that much. The two often get into trouble trying to deal with everyday life and women.

7. “Cosby Show” created by Bill Cosby, was about an African American family that lived in New York. The father, played by Bill Cosby was a doctor married to his lawyer wife played by Phylicia Rashad raising their five kids. The Huxtable clan was must-see TV for many years. It spent five seasons in a row as the number one sitcom. I know that in recent years Bill Cosby’s name is linked to the scandal, but he was a genius for this offering.

6. “A Different World” was a spinoff of “The Cosby Show.” It centered around his daughter going to an African American University and her experiences there. Both shows came on Thursday night and it was must-see television.

5. “Amen” came on Saturday nights on NBC. It starred Sherman Helmsley as a shady lawyer who happens to be the deacon of his neighborhood church. Sherman is also well known for his role as the boisterous dry cleaner owner George Jefferson on the 70’s sitcom, “The Jeffersons.”

4. “Family Ties,” told the story of ex-hippie parents who have now settled down with jobs and now living in the suburbs raising a family that consists of a dedicated republican son. Michael J Fox plays the hard-right “Alex P. Keaton.” He idolized Nixon and Reagan, so that should tell you something. He also had sisters Mallory and Jennifer. Mallory was heavy into boys and fashion. Jennifer was more of a tomboy. This eclectic blend of characters made for big laughs.

3. “Small Wonder” was about a dad who was a Robotics Engineer who created a female robot in the hopes it would help handicapped kids. He ends up bringing her home and passing her off as his daughter. It sounds crazy, but for the time it worked.

2. “Different Strokes” has to be one of my favorite shows ever! It featured Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as African-American brothers Arnold and Willis Jackson who get adopted by a wealthy businessman named Phillip Drummond (played by Conrad Baine). The two lived in Harlem and get moved to Manhattan to live with Drummond after their mother passes away. Drummond also had a teenage daughter named Kimberly who was played by Dana Plato. The show pretty much revolved around Arnold trying to make the adjustments of being from the inner city and now being wealthy and living with a White family.

1. “Bosom Buddies,” told the tale of two buddies Kip and Henry, who in order to live in a super affordable apartment in New York, disguise themselves as women to live in a “women-only” complex. It was one of the vehicles that helped to launch the careers of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari. It was only on for two seasons, but it was one of those I had to watch.

Again, these aren’t ranked, because I can’t rank them. I love them all like you love your kids. You may have one that you do like better, but you would never tell.

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