1986 TV Show Debuts

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1. Blackadder II (1986)

TV-PG | 176 min | Comedy

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 40,533

2. Dragon Ball (1986–1989)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Brice Armstrong, Stephanie Nadolny

Votes: 43,286

3. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 29,642

4. Perfect Strangers (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A high strung and cynical man's life is never the same when his naive but good-natured cousin comes to America to live with him.

Stars: Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson, Rebeca Arthur

Votes: 7,997

5. The Real Ghostbusters (1986–1991)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The continuing adventures of the staff of the ghost removal service.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker, Arsenio Hall

Votes: 8,023

6. Yes, Prime Minister (1986– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

James Hacker was propelled along the corridors of power to the very pinnacle of politics - Number 10.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

Votes: 8,725

7. Saint Seiya (1986–1989)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group a young warriors known as 'Saints', each in possession of a 'cloth' guarded by a different constellation, must protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena as she attempts to keep the Earth from being destroyed by evil forces.

Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tôru Furuya, Ryô Horikawa, Kôichi Hashimoto

Votes: 8,583

8. Sledge Hammer! (1986–1988)

30 min | Action, Comedy

The adventures of a deranged and dumb police detective who always looks for the most violent solution to any problem.

Stars: David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin, Harrison Page, Leslie Morris

Votes: 5,621

9. Matlock (1986–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,888

10. Pingu (1986–2006)

TV-G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

"Pingu finds himself in tricky and comical situations, but he always learns a lesson. Pingu spends his days with his parents and baby sister, Pinga. Everyone in his town speaks ""Penguinese."" Laugh along and find out what happens.

Stars: Carlo Bonomi, David Sant, Marcello Magni

Votes: 5,289

11. The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

Oprah Winfrey hosts a live audience talk-show with celebrity guests and discusses daily stories.

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Chris Rock

Votes: 4,485

12. Dennis the Menace (1986–1988)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Good-natured, 6 y.o. Dennis is a menace to his parents and especially to his neighbor, Mr. Wilson. He has adventures with his friends and dog, Ruff. Each episode has 3 6-10 min. stories.

Stars: Brennan Thicke, Jeannie Elias, Marilyn Lightstone, Sharon Noble

Votes: 4,599

13. Il était une fois... la vie (1987– )

30 min | Animation, Family

The workings of the human body explained by animated characters.

Stars: Roger Carel, Marie-Laure Beneston, Alain Dorval, Gilles Laurent

Votes: 4,224

14. Designing Women (1986–1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of four women and their handyman running a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

Stars: Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Meshach Taylor

Votes: 4,059

15. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy, Musical

Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse.

Stars: Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 3,884

16. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama

The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michael Tucker

Votes: 4,101

17. Lovejoy (1986–1994)

50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Lovejoy is an irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. The part-time detective scours the murky salerooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find.

Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury, Phyllis Logan

Votes: 2,594

18. The Original Ghostbusters (1986–1987)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A squad of supernatural investigators are Earth's only defense against an evil ghost wizard and his minions.

Stars: Pat Fraley, Peter Cullen, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary

Votes: 2,488

19. Silver Fang (1986– )

22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An Akita-Inu puppy is destined to defend his people against a monstrous bear.

Star: Eiko Yamada

Votes: 2,366

20. Silverhawks (1986– )

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Family

A team of cyborgs protects Limbo from Mon Star and his gang.

Stars: Bob McFadden, Earl Hammond, Larry Kenney, Peter Newman

Votes: 2,493

21. Crime Story (1986–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.

Stars: Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan, Billy Campbell

Votes: 2,301

22. Casualty (1986– )

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama

The everyday lives of the people frequenting the frenetic Accident and Emergency department of Holby City hospital.

Stars: Derek Thompson, Suzanne Packer, Tony Marshall, Ian Bleasdale

Votes: 2,372

23. Ramayan (1987–1988)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, War

The Lord incarnated upon the earth nine times. The seventh was known as "Ram Avatar." Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan is the story of the incarnation. It covers the entire story in detail up to Ram's coronation.

Stars: Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia, Sunil Lahri, Arvind Trivedi

Votes: 2,776

24. The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (1986–2000)

Animation, Family, Comedy

Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, and all their cartoon friends, with the exception of Speedy Gonzales, are featured in this long-running series consisting of classic theatrical cartoons, often ... See full summary »

Stars: Mel Blanc, Julie Bennett, Jeff Bergman, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 2,440

25. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Twentieth Century Approaches (1987– )

102 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Retired Sherlock Holmes and practicing Dr. Watson come back together to solve a puzzle in the beginning of the 20th century.

Stars: Boris Klyuev, Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Aleksandr Romantsov, Elena Safonova

Votes: 2,261

26. Head of the Class (1986–1991)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.

Stars: William G. Schilling, Jeannetta Arnette, Dan Frischman, Robin Givens

Votes: 1,951

27. At the Movies (1986–2010)

TV-PG | 30 min | Talk-Show

Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert rate new movies with a thumbs up, or a thumbs down.

Stars: Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Richard Roeper, Michael Phillips

Votes: 1,735

28. Takeshi's Castle (1986–1989)

Action, Comedy, Game-Show

A game show where upwards of 100 contestants (give or take) try to get through various wet, dirty, and wild obstacles and games for a chance to win the grand prize of 1 million yen (Approx. $10,000) by defeating Takeshi and his crew.

Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Michiru Jo, Hayato Tani, Hideo Higashikokubaru

Votes: 1,275

29. Amen (1986–1991)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The new head of Philadelphia's First Community Church, Rev. Rueben Gregory, finds dealing with the headstrong, opinionated and unethical Deacon Ernest Frye - who works as a lawyer when not ... See full summary »

Stars: Sherman Hemsley, Clifton Davis, Anna Maria Horsford, Roz Ryan

Votes: 1,365

30. Centurions (1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

The Centurions are the most powerful fighting force of the 21st century. Equipped with special Exoframe suits, they are the ultimate fighting machines, as well as Earth's only defence ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat Fraley, Neil Ross, Vince Edwards, Ron Feinberg

Votes: 1,457

31. It's Garry Shandling's Show. (1986–1990)

30 min | Comedy

Garry Shandling pokes fun at sitcom conventions in his own unique fourth-wall breaking meta sitcom.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci, Scott Nemes

Votes: 1,313

32. Valerie (1986–1991)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Originally the saga of a working mom raising her three sons alone while her pilot husband is away. After star Valerie Harper left the series, her role was filled by Sandy Duncan as the boys' aunt.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Jeremy Licht, Dan Ponce, Josh Taylor

Votes: 1,281

33. Defenders of the Earth (1986– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Four of the greatest comic strip heroes join forces to battle Ming the Merciless.

Stars: Loren Lester, Lou Richards, Peter Renaday, Peter Mark Richman

Votes: 1,199

34. The New Gidget (1986–1988)

30 min | Comedy

A woman, once free spirited and now married and determined, takes care of her young niece who reminds her of younger self in many ways.

Stars: Caryn Richman, Dean Butler, William Schallert, Sydney Penny

Votes: 904

35. My Little Pony 'n Friends (1986–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The story of a human named Megan in a world of magical ponies and their adventures together in Pony Land.

Stars: Sherry Lynn, Bettina Bush, Susan Blu, Nancy Cartwright

Votes: 1,030

36. Double Dare (1986–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

One in a long-running series of game shows, where two-member teams of children compete to answer questions and complete stunts.

Stars: Marc Summers, David Faustino, Staci Keanan, John Harvey

Votes: 1,476

37. Macken (1986)

40 min | Comedy, Musical

The local authority wants to close down Roy and Roger's gas station and instead build a motorway where it is positioned. Roy and Roger try to stop it, of course. Will they succeed? Will ... See full summary »

Stars: Anders Eriksson, Jan Rippe, Knut Agnred, Claes Eriksson

Votes: 1,100

38. The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986–1989)

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Four elite Galaxy Rangers with unique abilities defend law & order among the space colonies and protect humanity from the evil Crown Empire.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Bob Bottone, Laura Dean, Doug Preis

Votes: 1,027

40. The Kickers (1986– )

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A footballer who wants to be the best striker.

Stars: Yûko Kobayashi, Tarako, Michie Tomizawa, Ikue Ôtani

Votes: 933

41. Pound Puppies (1985–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Saturday-morning cartoon series whose main characters, the wrinkled Pound Puppies, were inspired by the popular line of stuffed toys. Here, the Pound Puppies lived at the pound, but could ... See full summary »

Stars: Dan Gilvezan, Adrienne Alexander, Ruth Buzzi, Pat Carroll

Votes: 894

42. Maison Ikkoku (1986–1988)

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

The misadventures of a young student and his landlady's romance.

Stars: Kazuyo Aoki, Shigeru Chiba, Issei Futamata, Ron Halder

Votes: 848

43. Bread (1986–1991)

70 min | Comedy

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Boht, Nick Conway, Jonathon Morris, Kenneth Waller

Votes: 953

44. Journey to the West (1986–2000)

Action, Adventure

An account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Tang Shen who traveled to the "Western Regions", that is, Central Asia and India, to obtain Buddhist sacred texts (... See full summary »

Stars: Liu Xiao Ling Tong, Dehua Ma, Huaili Yan, Shaohua Xu

Votes: 870

45. Starman (1986–1987)

60 min | Sci-Fi

An alien returns to Earth years after an earlier visit to reunite with his Earth son and together, they search for the alien's human wife.

Stars: Robert Hays, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Michael Cavanaugh, Patrick Culliton

Votes: 679