Old or new, these are the series that made the best use of their place on the small screen. Today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows Of All Time. For the Top 10 Decade Defining Shows per Era, we picked series that spoke to the period in which they were made and set the standard for television during that time. These shows were chosen for how important they were in their respective era, regardless of when they started or finished.

Top 10 Decade Defining TV Shows Of All Time

11#10: “The Cosby Show” (1984-92)

Bill Cosby is one of America’s best-loved comedians, and this show is a big reason why. Cosby starred as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, an obstetrician trying to hold together his upper-middle-class family through various trials and tribulations. It was one of the TV’s biggest hit of the 1980s, bringing together family-friendly comedic style with serious subject matter, a combination that was almost solely responsible for the revival of the sitcom genre and NBC’s ratings.