Readers' Poll: The 10 Best TV Shows of the 1980s

See what series managed to beat 'Alf,' 'The Wonder Years' and 'Married With Children'

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8. 'Family Ties'

Few shows are more quintessentially 1980s than Family Ties: This program revolved around a free-spirited hippie couple that winds up with a straight-laced Republican son played by Michael J. Fox. Simply put, it stacks the values of the 1960s against the values of the new decade. It's hard to imagine any show today contemplating such a thing, but Family Ties was an enormous hit and ran for seven seasons, wrapping up just months after Ronald Reagan left office. 

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