"The Cosby Show" starts its run of five consecutive years as the most popular show on television.

  1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
  2. Family Ties (NBC)
  3. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
  4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
  5. Cheers (NBC)
  6. Dallas (CBS)
  7. Dynasty (ABC)
  8. The Golden Girls (NBC)
  9. Miami Vice (NBC)
  10. Who's the Boss? (ABC)