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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4. 'Married With Children'

Fox was just months old when Married With Children hit the air in April of 1987, and the series didn't do much to earn the new network a lot of critical respect. As the title suggests, it's about a married couple with children, but at the time, television had never shown anything like this. Al Bundy and his wife Peg could barely stand each other, and they certainly didn't fawn over their two kids. Instead, Al watched TV, complained about his job at a woman's shoe store and rebuffed Peg's never-ending sexual advances. Family values groups launched a bitter protest campaign, but this only led to more attention and better ratings.

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