2. 'Miami Vice'
If 1980s television had to be boiled down to a single show, it might well be Miami Vice: The edits were fast, the clothing was bright, cocaine was everywhere and the women were barely dressed. Hell, any series that casts Phil Collins as a game show host named Phil the Shill screams 1980s beyond belief. At its peak, Miami Vice was so popular that stars Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas both had music videos on MTV. It ended in 1989, right on time.