What’ chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

When I was a kid, sitting in front of the television set was an awesome experience. The most amazing variety of shows appeared in my living room and captured my imagination. Let’s start at the beginning of this great decade and take you on a wild ride. Here are the Nielson Top 20 Television Shows for 1980-1981:

1. Dallas — CBS- Who killed J.R.? I DID NOT want to be a part of this family, but they kept my attention each week. lol

2. 60 Minutes — CBS- I watched this with my grandma…

3. The Dukes of Hazzard — CBS- I had the biggest crush on Bo Duke! =D

4. The Love Boat — ABC- I sooo wanted Julie’s job! =D

5. Private Benjamin — CBS- I liked the movie so much better. The show was ok…

6. M*A*S*H — CBS- This was my dad’s favorite show. So, this was a ‘must see’ every week. lol

7. House Calls — CBS-

8. The Jeffersons — CBS- Florence Johnston, the housekeeper, was my favorite! I couldn’t wait to see what she would pull on Mr. Jefferson each week. Loved this show!

9.(tie) The Two of Us — CBS-

Could not find a good image for this show. Here is the Wikipedia description of the show-

The Two of Us is an American comedy series starring Peter Cook and Mimi Kennedy which was broadcast from 1981 to 1982. It was produced by CBS as a US remake of the British LWT sitcom Two’s Company (1975–1979). Cook plays an English butler named Brentwood, who was working for a single American mother, Nan Gallagher (Kennedy). A young Dana Hill played Nan’s daughter, Gabby.

9. (tie) Little House on the Prairie — NBC- This was a favorite of mine! If you haven’t heard of it… =O

11. Alice — CBS- Flo was my favorite on this show! I loved her spunk! “Kiss My Grits!” =D

12. Real People — NBC-

Could not find a good image for this show. Here is the Wikipedia description of the show-

Real People had the format of a comedy talk show taped in front of a large studio audience. Each segment featured a news report consisting of visits to people with unique occupations or hobbies, occasionally bringing some of them in-studio to interact with the audience. In its early seasons, Real People was NBC’s most popular series, often scoring at the top of the ratings.

13. (tie) One Day at a Time — CBS- This was another favorite! I loved this little family! =D

13. (tie) The Greatest American Hero — ABC- I always wanted my super power to be flying. I remember trying to jump off my bed in hopes that I would take off. I was about as clumsy as Ralph too. Loved this show!

15. Three’s Company — ABC- The facial expressions on this show are a riot! The late John Ritter was my FAVE!

16. Magnum, P.I. — CBS- Thomas Magnum and Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III were a great team. How could you not enjoy this show? Everyone loved Tom Selleck!

17. (tie) Too Close for Comfort — ABC-

17. (tie) ABC Sunday Movie — ABC- These were always great to watch. Popcorn night! =D

19. Diff’rent Strokes — NBC- What’ chu talkin’ ’bout Willis?

20. Archie Bunker’s Place — CBS- I liked “All In The Family” better. This show just wasn’t the same…

It was so fun to research this post and remember most of these great shows! The NOSTALGIA!! TV was a great experience back then. If you don’t believe me, watch some of these and see for yourself. There is no beating the 80s!

Like Totally Yours,

Sophie Grumble

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