Popular TV Shows 1980

Hawaii Five-O

  • 1 season
  • Crime, Drama

The CBS television network produced and transmitted the program from September 26 (September 20 for the pilot episode "Cocoon"), 1968 to April 5, 1980. Currently, the program is aired in syndication throughout the world. Created by Leonard Freeman, Hawaii Five-O was shot on location in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, and throughout the island of Oʻahu - with occasional filming in other locales like Los Angeles, Singapore and Hong Kong as well as other Hawaiian islands.

Hawaii Five-O centers on a fictional state police force of the same name - in honor of Hawaiʻi's status as the 50th State - led by former Navy officer Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord), who was appointed by the Governor Paul Jameson (Richard Denning). Originally, McGarrett was assisted regularly by State Police officers - a young officer, Danny Williams (James MacArthur), Chin Ho Kelly (Kam Fong) and Kono Kalakaua (Zulu). Later, Honolulu Police Department Officer Duke Lukela (Herman Wedemeyer) joined the team as a regular as did Ben Kokua (Al Harrington). Occasionally, they were assisted by other officers on an "as-needed" basis. During the course of the show, the team was also assisted regularly by: the medical examiner Doc Bergman (Al Eben), the forensic specialist Che Fong (Harry Endo) and a secretary. The first secretary was May (Maggi Parker), then Jenny (Peggy Ryan) and later Luana (Laura Sode-Matteson). (At the time Hawaii was the only state without an actual statewide police agency. The Hawaii State Sheriff's Department now serves as the de facto state police.)

First aired September 20, 1968.

The Rockford Files

  • 6 seasons
  • Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama

Emmy® winner James Garner stars as the offbeat Jim Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private-investigator who would rather fish than fight but whose instinct on closed cases is more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye takes you on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles.

First aired September 13, 1974.

Barnaby Jones

  • 8 seasons
  • Drama, Mystery

Barnaby Jones began as a mid-season replacement for CBS beginning on Sunday, January 28, 1973, and continued with a successful run until its final episode aired on Thursday, April 3, 1980. 178 color episodes were filmed in Hollywood. This series focused around a retired private detective, Barnaby Jones, who had passed his private investigation business to his son, Hal. When Hal was murdered while on a case, Barnaby came out of retirement to track down his son's killer. Hal's widow, Betty, worked with Barnaby as his invaluable assistant on cases. In the fall of 1976, Barnaby's cousin Monroe was murdered while in Los Angeles for the purpose of tracking down his partner's killer. This storyline served as the backdrop for the introduction of Monroe's son, law student Jedediah Romano Jones, who preferred to be called J.R. After the case was solved, J.R. remained in Los Angeles working for Barnaby while he studied law until the end of the series. Out of all of Qui

First aired January 28, 1973.

Cosmos

  • 1 season
  • Documentary

Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end.First aired in 1980, updated segments have been added to the series to include recent discoveries and the current theories in astronomy.Winner of an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

First aired September 28, 1980.

Family

  • 5 seasons
  • Drama, Family

The show featured Sada Thompson and James Broderick as Kate and Doug Lawrence, a happily married middle-class couple living in Pasadena, California. Doug is an independent lawyer, and Kate was a housewife (she would eventually go back to school herself). They had three children: Nancy (portrayed by Elayne Heilveil in the original mini-series and later by Meredith Baxter Birney), Willie (Gary Frank), and Letitia, nicknamed "Buddy" (Kristy McNichol). (There was another son, Timothy, who had died five years previous to the series' beginning.) The show raised the profile of all of its featured actors during its run and, in particular, catapulted McNichol to stardom.

The show attempted to depict the "average" family, warts and all. Storylines were very topical, and the show was one of the first to feature shows that have recently been termed as "very special episodes." In the first episode, Nancy walked in on her husband Jeff (John Rubinstein) making love to one of her friends. During the second season she and Jeff divorced, but Jeff would continue to appear regularly as an active father, as well as finding himself involved in more of the Lawrence family's affairs. Other topical storylines included Kate having to deal with the possibility that she had breast cancer, as well as Buddy dealing with advances from boys. In the later seasons, there were instances in which Buddy had to decide whether or not to have sex; she always chose to wait, most notably in an episode with guest star Leif Garrett, who was a teen idol at the time. Another topical episode dealt with Buddy's friendship with a teacher who was revealed to be a lesbian. Family also dealt with alcoholism (Doug's sister; Buddy's old friend) as well as adoption, when the family adopted a girl named Annie Cooper (Quinn Cummings). One episode in 1979 (directed by actress Joanne Woodward) guest-starred Henry Fonda as a visiting elderly relative who was beginning to experience senility and memory loss.

First aired March 9, 1976.

Chavo del ocho, El

  • 1 season
  • Comedy

El Chavo del 8 is the history of a Mexican boy (el Chavo) who lives in a vicinity of the City of Mexico within a barrel located in the patio of the vicinity. The program explores, of humorous way, the tangles that the childrens get into, especially el chavo with their friends and neighbors like kiko, chilindrina, Don Ramon, among others.

First aired June 21, 1973.

Hammer House of Horror

  • 1 season
  • Horror

This series represents the television stage in the long and curious career of Hammer Films, which has its origins in the early years of the twentieth century. Each episode of the series stands alone and has its own cast. All achieve a high standard of psychological tension, in the best traditions of British horror. Look out for British stars of the later 1980s appearing in some of their earliest on-screen roles, including Simon MacCorkindale, Rosalyn Landor, Caroline Langrishe, and Pierce Brosnan.

First aired September 13, 1980.

Galactica 1980

  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set 30 years after Battlestar Galactica, the Galactica is guided by the mysterious teenage genius prodigy Dr. Zee. Adama, sporting a hideously fake beard, remains in command of the fleet, with Col. Boomer his second in command. Upon realizing Earth of 1980 cannot face the Cylons, and hearing Zee's warning that the Cylons followed them, Adama turns the fleet away, sending his grandson Troy (the grown up Boxey) and his wingman Dillon to explore Earth and aid in speeding up its technological development. They are helped by a reporter named Jamie Hamilton, and new technology such as personal cloaking shields and flying motorcycles.

First aired January 27, 1980.

The Ropers

  • 2 seasons
  • Comedy

This spinoff from "Three's Company" follows Stanley and Helen Roper, the owners of a new condo in a ritzy neighborhood. His neighbor, balding realtor Jeffrey P. Brooks III, felt that the earthy Roper was downgrading the neighborhood. Helen Roper, socially aspiring but ever frustrated by Stanley's crass ways, found a supporting friend in Jeffrey's wife, Anne.

First aired March 13, 1979.

The Onedin Line

  • 8 seasons
  • Drama

James Onedin (Peter Gilmore) a penniless sea captain with aspirations to greater things marries Anne Webster (Anne Stallybrass), his only motivation being the acquisition of her drunkard father’s ship. A shrewd, ambitious and often ruthless operator, James soon builds a fleet of merchant ships in which he sails the 19th century seas aided by his loyal and long suffering friend Captain Baines (Howard Lang).

First aired October 15, 1971.

Angie

  • 2 seasons
  • Comedy

Angie is Cinderella-story comedy about a pert young waitress who finds her handsome--and rich--young prince. When Brad Benson first walked into the Liberty Coffee Shop, Angie thought he was poor and began slipping him pastries. It turned out he was not only a pediatrician from the medical building across the street, bus scion of one of Philadelphia's richest families. They fell in love and were married, much to the dismay of Brad's overbearing big sister, Joyce, and stuffy father, Randall, and to the bemusement of Angie's down-to-earth mama, Theresa. Mr. Falco had walked out 19 years earlier--"He went to get the paper"--but Theresa still kept a place at the table for him. She had raised Angie and younger sister Marie by running a newstand. The Bensons had a different set of problems. Snobbish Joyce was three times divorced and undergoing therapy with a psychiatrist who hated her. DiDi was Angie's big-hearted, big-mouthed best friend at the coffee shop, and Phipps was the butler. T

First aired February 8, 1979.

Kidô senshi Gandamu

  • 1 season
  • Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

September through December in the year Universal Century 0079 the Principality of Zeon invents a gigantic human-shaped weapon called the Mobile Suit and begins its war for independence against the Earth Federation. Amuro Ray becomes the pilot of Gundam, a prototype developed by Federation Force. Through his battles against the ace pilot of Zeon, Char Aznable, and the bitter trials of the war, he becomes aware of his uniqueness as a NewType...

First aired July 23, 2001.

The Pink Panther Show

  • 1 season
  • Animation, Comedy

In 1963, movie director Blake Edwards asked David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng (who had just opened their cartoon studio, DePatie-Freleng) to design a character for the opening titles of his movie, "The Pink Panther". Of many drawings, Edwards selected the cool design by Hawley Pratt.

The opening of the movie became so famous that United Artists, the distributor of the movie, told them to make a cartoon series with the character. The cartoon series started in 1964 and became very successful, the first short called "The Pink Phink" won an Academy Award. After the success of the Pink Panther cartoons, DePatie and Freleng introduced other cartoon series like "The Inspector" and "Roland and Rattfink", however, none of them became as famous as their first creation. The last theatrically released Pink Panther cartoon, "Therapeutic Pink", was made in 1977. More cartoons were made in 1978-1979, for television distribution.

In 1984, DePatie-Freleng was already gone so Hanna-Barbera made a new cartoon series "The Pink Panther and Sons". It wasn't successful and it was cancelled soon. In September 1993, a new half-hour series made for syndication by MGM Television Animation premiered. It was simply called "The Pink Panther". In these new cartoons, Pink Panther spoke. He was voiced by Matt Frewer. In this show, two other classic DePatie-Freleng cartoons, The Ant and the Aardvark and The Dogfather were revived. New characters, Voodoo Man and Manly Man were introduced. This show ended in May 1995, after only two seasons.

First aired September 6, 1969.

Shoestring

  • 2 seasons
  • Crime, Drama

Trevor Eve starred as the rumpled Eddie Shoestring in this strong series from 1979 to 1980. Eddie was a private detective (with a history of mental illness) who took on a problem-solving phone-in programme on Radio West, a local station in Bristol, in the west of England. Erica Bayliss (played by Doran Godwin) was a lawyer and Shoestring's landlady and girlfriend, while Don Satchley (Michael Medwin) was the long-suffering boss of the radio station.

First aired September 30, 1979.

Hello, Larry

  • 2 seasons
  • Comedy, Family

Following the breakup of his marriage, radio talk-show host Larry Alder moved from Los Angeles to Portland, to get a fresh start. He got a job at a radio station KLOW, where Morgan Winslow became the producer for his phone talk show. Earl was Larry's obese engineer. Lary had been given custody of his two daughters, 13-year old Ruthie and 16-year old Diane. Glib and in total control of the air, he was much less sure of himself at home as the single parent of two maturing girls. Leona, a school teacher and neighbor, tried to bring a little of woman's touch to this chaotic household. Larry's ex-wife Marion (Shelley Fabares) also turned up occasionally. Added to the regular cast in the fall of were former Harlem Globetrotters basketball star Meadowlark Lemon, playing himself as a owner of a sporting goods store, and Tommy, a 14-year old neighbor. In February 1980 Larry's retired father, Henry, also moved in. Hello, Larry's timeslot on the NBC schedule was right after the much m

First aired January 26, 1979.

Citizen Smith

  • 4 seasons
  • Comedy

Power To The People! Citizen Smith is about a 'small group' of people who believe for freedom. The main characters are Citizen Wolfie Smith (Robert Lindsay), Ken (Mike Grady), Tucker (Tony Sullivan) and Wolfie's girlfriend Shirley (Cheryl Hall).

Wolfie and Ken live together at Shirley's mum and dad (due to being thrown out by their previous landlady!) Wolfie and Ken are unemployed. Wolfie has no intentions of finding a job even though he struggles for money, with only £16.50 a week. Details of when Ciizen Smith used t be shown are as follows:

Pilot episode - 12th April 1977

Series One - 3rd Nov to 15 Dec 1977

Christmas Special - 22nd December 1977

Series Two - 1st December 1978 to 5th January 1979, 16th August 1979

Series Three - 20th September to 1st November 1979

Series Four - 23rd May to 4th July 1980

Buon Natalie special - 31st December 1980

First aired April 12, 1977.

Huckleberry Finn and His Friends

  • 1 season
  • Action, Adventure, Drama

Huckleberry Finn And His Friends,the much loved joint German/Canadian television series based on the novel by American writer Mark Twain was so successful in the Eighties and even today this series bring back good memories to the viewers who enjoyed it back then.

First aired January 1, 1980.

Password Plus

  • 1 season

Password Plus is a remake of the familiar Password shows. Password Plus consisted of two rounds. The main round in which the teams had to guess the password using one word clues as was like the original game, however, the passwords were also clues to a puzzle that could be a person, place or thing. The person who reached $300 won the game and went on to the end round. The end round was called Alphabetics where the contestant and his or her celebrity partner were to try to guess ten passwords that began with certain letters of the alphabet (For example, the letters A-J) For every word guessed correctly, they got $100, but to get all ten within a sixty second time limit, they received $5000. An illegal clue lowered the jackpot by $1,000. Allen Ludden hosted the show until 1980, when Tom Kennedy took over. In 1984, this same format was used for Super Password starring Bert Convy.

First aired January 8, 1979.

The Sandbaggers

  • 3 seasons
  • Thriller

"The Sandbaggers" was a taut British spy series comprising twenty 50-minute episodes produced by Yorkshire Television. The stories centered on the elite covert operations section of British Intelligence, nicknamed the Sandbaggers, and their boss, Neil Burnside (Roy Marsden), himself a former Sandbagger, but now having to battle more with British bureaucracy than enemy agents. It was set contemporaneously with its original broadcast in the late '70s and early '80s when the Cold War still dominated the Western intelligence agenda. Burnside's main operative is Willie Caine, his most experienced agent. Burnside's main opponents in the series are not his KGB adversaries but the bureaucrats and functionaries of his own government, often his own superiors. He he is constatly at odds his his Deputy Chief and occasinally with the head of the Secret Service codenamed "C".

First aired September 18, 1978.

Enemy at the Door

  • 2 seasons
  • Drama

Enemy at the Door takes place during World War II in German-occupied Channel Islands and describes the relationship between the German conquerers and the English natives.

First aired January 21, 1978.