TV Series of the 1980’s: A Quiz for Couch Potatoes

Do you remember TV shows and their stars of the 1980’s? Here’s one way to find out. See how good your memory is after twenty years by taking this fun TV quiz.

1. On Bosom Buddies, the characters played by Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari dress in drag in order to reside at a women’s-only hotel. What were the names of their female alter egos?

A. Georgette and Bobbi
B. Tiffany and Candy
C. Simone and Carla
D. Buffy and Hildegarde
E. Margaret and Stacey

2. Tyne Daly, of Cagney & Lacey fame, was once married to this crime drama star of the 1970’s.

A. Georg Stanford Brown (The Rookies)
B. David Soul (Starsky and Hutch)
C. Steve Forrest (SWAT)
D. James Farentino (Police Story)
E. Burt Reynolds (Dan August)

3. On the series Cheers, Sam Malone (Ted Danson) once played this position for the Boston Red Sox:

A. catcher
B. pitcher
C. shortstop
D. second baseman
E. right fielder

4. On The Cosby Show, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable (Bill Cosby) practiced this field of medicine:

A. gynecology
B. dermatology
C. opthomology
D. pediatrics
E. psychology

5. On an episode of The Golden Girls, this famous singer was Sophia’s date for Valentine’s Day:

A. Vic Damone
B. Tony Bennett
C. Placido Domingo
D. Luciano Pavorotti
E. Julio Iglesias

6. This was President Ronald Reagan’s favorite TV show:

A. The Greatest American Hero
B. Alf
C. Family Ties
D. Night Court
E. Who’s the Boss?

7. On Miami Vice, detective Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) lived on a sailboat called:

A. St. Vitus’ Dance
B. The Moonlight Serenade
C. The Eclipse
D. The Shooting Star
E. The Beachcomber

8. This legendary country singer-songwriter composed and sang the theme song for The Dukes of Hazard.

A. Garth Brooks
B. Waylon Jennings
C. Johnny Cash
D. Charlie Pride
E. Willie Nelson

9. This future Oscar-nominated actor joined the cast of Growing Pains during its last season:

A. Johnny Depp
B. Matt Dillon
C. Leonardo DiCaprio
D. Joaquin Phoenix
E. Matt Damon

10. The Wonder Years depicted the adolescent adventures of young Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) that took place during the period:

A. 1968-1973
B. 1970-1975
C. 1972-1977
D. 1965-1970
E. 1960-1965

11. On the gritty, realistic police drama, Hill Street Blues, desk sergeant Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) always dismissed his patrolmen with this admonition:

A. “Watch your backs out there.”
B. “Let’s be careful out there.”
C. “Stay alert out there.”
D. “Make our streets safe out there.”
E. “Do a good job out there.”

12. In a Dynasty 1985 cliffhanger, a wedding attended by the Carrington family was disrupted by:

A. a jilted lover
B. a woman in labor
C. the father of the bride having a heart attack
D. a sudden tornado
E. terrorists

13. Larry Hagman, the infamous J.R. Ewing of Dallas, is the son of this famous musical star:

A. Mary Martin
B. Ethel Merman
C. Kathryn Grayson
D. June Allyson
E. Ann Miller

14. In this quirky series, the cast performed a take-off of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of The Shrew” that was performed entirely in iambic pentameter.

A. Moonlighting
B. Hart to Hart
C. Goodnight, Beantown
D. Kate & Allie
E. Newhart

15. This actor, who co-starred with Sherman Helmsley in the sitcom Amen, was also known for writing the hit song, “Never Can Say Goodbye” for the Jackson 5.

A. Mike Evans
B. Hal Williams
C. Demond Wilson
D. Clifton Davis
E. Lavar Burton


1. D
2. A
3. B
4. A
5. E
6. C
7. A
8. B
9. C
10. A
11. B
12. E
13. A
14. A
15. D

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