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The Best TV Shows Set in the 1980s

June 28, 2024 | Roy Dabaj

The 1980s saw the emergence of funny and fantastic hair and attire styles. It was common to sport shiny and tentacle-like hair and wear clothes of floral design. Pop culture was at its peak too. All these changes had cast their influence on the TV show producers to come up with stories based on the … Continued

The 1980s saw the emergence of funny and fantastic hair and attire styles. It was common to sport shiny and tentacle-like hair and wear clothes of floral design. Pop culture was at its peak too. All these changes had cast their influence on the TV show producers to come up with stories based on the 80s decade. It was a roller-coaster era and was truly an ideal time for some crazy TV show storylines to be based on. Let us travel back in time and recall the most famous TV shows that truly made their mark in the 1980s.

Freaks and Geeks
Known as a topper because of its down-to-earth portrayal of the times, Freaks and Geeks, the American teen comedy-drama, personifies the times of the 1980s with life and vigor. Paul Feig’s creation of the campus atmosphere, the intense portrayal by the cast, the exciting momentum built up across the show made Freaks and Geeks a great treasure house about teenagers for teenagers. It is marked for its smooth and friction-less narrative, keeping the viewers constantly guessing at the next turn and twist. All in all, it has managed to score high praise from reviewers and viewers of that fabulous age of the 80s. 

Everybody Hates Chris
This is the quintessential TV show of the 1980s for its point-blank portrayal of the troubled times faced by the Afro-American community. The saga of Chris and his parents’ empty warnings of punishment for getting into trouble is depicted so soulfully in this fun and frolic TV show of the era. The show is peppered with light comedy and even bizarre mention of teen pregnancies, without hurting anyone’s sentiments. The strongest point of this show is the value it upholds – of the parents being role models for their kids. 

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The Goldbergs
How can we overlook The Goldbergs?! The great sitcom that it is, The Goldbergs is set in Pennsylvania and is a take on the childhood life and times of the protagonist of the show. Most of the episodes of the show are woven around the hip pop culture of the times with Wawa and Willow Grove Park Mall featuring in several of the episodes. It takes us back to that era and leaves the elders of the present generation in a nostalgic mood. 
Love, Nina
Set in the 1980s, Love, Nina is a take on the troubles and pleasures of a single mother- Nina. The character played by George Bulut is narrated as a perspective of 20-something working as a nanny for Wilmers’ two sons. It is poignant and yet has its own funny side with the pranks of the two kids and the troubles Nina has to face to rein them in. 

Source: tvnz.co.nz

Stranger Things 
Well, a thriller with the right mix of drama, horror, and fiction, Stranger Things, though not an edge-of-the-seat show, has all the makings of a gripping thriller. The show, created by Duffer Brothers, details the abduction of a young lad by a stranger from the Upside Down and how his mother and the city police chief trace him back. Aided by the boy’s friends, the duo comes face to face with terrible forces before rescuing the boy. The saga continues even after with the boy exhibiting the influence of the folks from Upside Down. Nowadays the remake is probably more known – just showing how popular this series really was. 
The Americans
Made by Joe Weisberg, The Americans is a spy drama involving two KGB intelligence officers living in Washington D.C and an FBI agent. It is set in the era of Ronald Reagan’s presidency and culminates with the Soviet Union signing the Nuclear Treaty with the US.

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