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Five Feel-Good 80s Shows We'd Love To See Again

From heart-warming sitcoms to adventurous dramas, the 80s brought us a plethora of feel-good TV that continues to evoke nostalgia and fond memories. In an era of reboots and revivals, here are five feel-good 80s shows that we'd love to see again:

1. "The Golden Girls" (1985-1992):

Picture it: Miami, 1985. "The Golden Girls" graced our television screens with its witty humour, endearing characters, and timeless lessons on friendship and aging gracefully. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, this beloved sitcom followed the lives of four older women sharing a house and navigating life's ups and downs together. With its sharp writing and unforgettable performances, "The Golden Girls" remains a cultural touchstone, and a revival would undoubtedly be a welcome return to the laughter and camaraderie of these iconic characters.

 

2. "Cheers" (1982-1993):

Set in the cosy confines of a Boston bar, "Cheers" became a beloved fixture of 80s television thanks to its charming ensemble cast and relatable slice-of-life storytelling. Led by Ted Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone, the show brought together a colourful cast of characters who became like family to viewers. From the witty banter between Sam and waitress Diane to the antics of the regular bar patrons, "Cheers" struck a perfect balance of humour and heart. A revival of this classic sitcom would offer audiences a chance to revisit the warmth and camaraderie of the Cheers bar, where everybody knows your name.

 

3. "Family Ties" (1982-1989):

"Family Ties" captured the essence of suburban family life in the 1980s, offering a blend of humour, heart, and social commentary. At its centre was the Keaton family, headed by former hippie parents Steven and Elyse, played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, whose liberal ideals clashed with those of their conservative son, Alex P. Keaton, portrayed by Michael J. Fox. The show's witty writing and memorable characters made it a hit with audiences, and a revival could explore how the Keatons navigate the complexities of modern family dynamics while staying true to the show's feel-good spirit.

 

4. "The Wonder Years" (1988-1993):

"The Wonder Years" took viewers on a nostalgic journey through the tumultuous years of adolescence in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Narrated by an adult Kevin Arnold, played by Fred Savage, the show chronicled the trials and triumphs of growing up in middle-class America. With its poignant storytelling and relatable characters, "The Wonder Years" struck a chord with audiences of all ages. A revival could explore a new generation's coming-of-age experiences while paying homage to the timeless themes of love, friendship, and family that made the original series so beloved.

 

5. "Punky Brewster" (1984-1988):

Punky Brewster captured the hearts of viewers with its spunky protagonist and heart-warming tales of resilience and friendship. Soleil Moon Frye starred as Punky, a spirited young girl who was taken in by the cantankerous but lovable Henry Warnimont, played by George Gaynes. Together with her friends Cherie and Allen, Punky navigated the challenges of childhood with optimism and humour. 

 

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