"Trapper John, M.D." aired from 1979 to 1986 on CBS.
"Trapper John, M.D." alumni included Pernell Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Charles Siebert, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christopher Norris, Jessica Walter, Madge Sinclair, Timothy Busfield and Lorna Luft.
"Trapper John, M.D." was a spin-off from the 1970 motion picture "MASH".
2. Kip Wilson and Henry Desmond
Answer: Bosom Buddies
"Bosom Buddies" aired from 1980 to 1982 on ABC America.
"Bosom Buddies" alumni included Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Wendie Jo Sperber, Holland Taylor, Donna Dixon and Telma Hopkins.
3. Jan Hoffmeyer Gray and Dot Higgins
Answer: It's a Living
"It's a Living" aired from 1980 to 1982 on ABC America and 1985 to 1989 in syndication.
"It's a Living" alumni included Barrie Youngfellow, Gail Edwards, Marian Mercer, Paul Kreppell, Ann Jillan, Susan Sullivan, Louise Lasser and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
4. Theodore "TC" Calvin and Higgins
Answer: Magnum, P.I.
"Magnum, P.I." aired from 1980 to 1988 on CBS.
"Magnum, P.I." alumni included Tom Selleck, Roger E Mosley, Larry Manetti, John Hillerman, Kwan Hi Lim, Kathleen Lloyd, Jeff MacKay and Lance LeGault.
In 1984, Tom Selleck won a Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
5. Ted Koppel
"Nightline" first aired in 1980 on ABC America.
"Nightline" hosts included Ted Koppel (1980-2005), Martin Bashir (2005-2010), Terry Moran (2005-2013), Bill Weir (2010-2013), Cynthia McFadden (2005-2014), Dan Abrams (2013-2014), Byron Pitts (began in 2014), Dan Harris (began in 2013) and Juju Chang (began in 2014).
6. Blake Carrington
"Dynasty" aired from 1981 to 1989 on ABC America.
"Dynasty" alumni included John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Pamela Sue Martin, Emma Samms, John James, Heather Locklear, Gordon Thomson, Diahann Carroll, Catherine Oxenberg, Al Corley and Jack Coleman.
In 1984, "Dynasty" won a Golden Globe award for Best TV Drama Series.
7. Mary Hart
Answer: Entertainment Tonight
"Entertainment Tonight" first aired in 1981 in syndication.
"Entertainment Tonight" presenters included Mary Hart, Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier, Thea Andrews, Chris Booker, Jann Carl, Marcia Clark, Steven Cojocaru, Leeza Gibbons, Bob Goen, Samantha Harris, Leonard Maltin, Maria Menounos, Vanessa Minnillo, Julie Moran, Carlos Ponce, Mark Steines and John Tesh.
In 2014, 2015 and 2017, "Entertainment Tonight" won the Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Entertainment News Program.
8. Angela Channing
Answer: Falcon Crest
"Falcon Crest" aired from 1981 to 1990 on CBS.
"Falcon Crest" alumni included Jane Wyman, Robert Foxworth, Lorenzo Lamas, William R Moses, Jamie Rose, Abby Dalton, Susan Sullivan, David Selby and Kristian Alfonso.
9. Colt Seavers
Answer: The Fall Guy
"The Fall Guy" aired from 1981 to 1986 on ABC America.
"The Fall Guy" alumni included Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Jo Ann Pflug and Markie Post.
10. Nellie Ruth Harper
Answer: Gimme a Break!
"Gimme a Break!" aired from 1981 to 1987 on NBC.
"Gimme a Break!" alumni included Nell Carter, Dolph Sweet, Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler, Lara Jill Miller, Joey Lawrence, Howard Morton, Jonathan Silverman, Paul Sand and Rosie O'Donnell.
In 1982 and 1983, Nell Carter was nominated for a Emmy award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
11. Ralph Hinkley
Answer: The Greatest American Hero
"The Greatest American Hero" aired from 1981 to 1983 on ABC America.
"The Greatest American Hero" alumni included William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca, Faye Grant, Michael Pare, Jesse D Goins and William Bogert.
12. Stella Johnson
Answer: Harper Valley PTA
"Harper Valley PTA" aired from 1981 to 1982 on NBC.
"Harper Valley PTA" alumni included Barbara Eden, Jenn Thompson, George Gobel, Fannie Flagg, Anne Francine and Bridget Hanley.
"Harper Valley PTA" was based on the 1978 film that starred Barbara Eden.
13. Captain Frank Furillo and Joyce Davenport
Answer: Hill Street Blues
"Hill Street Blues" aired from 1981 to 1987 on NBC.
"Hill Street Blues" alumni included Daniel J Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Michael Conrad, Bruce Weitz, Joe Spano, Michael Warren, Betty Thomas, Robert Prosky, Ken Olin, Dennis Franz, Jeffrey Tambor and Jennifer Tilly.
"Hill Street Blues" won four Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series from 1981 to 1984.
14. Joseph Wapner and Marilyn Milian
Answer: The People's Court
"The People's Court" aired from 1981 to 1993 and from 1997 in syndication.
"The People's Court" judges were Joseph Wapner (1981-1993), Ed Koch (1997-1999), Jerry Sheindlin (1999-2001) and Marilyn Milian (began in 2001).
In 2014 and 2015, "The People's Court" won the Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.
15. Captain Doreen Lewis
Answer: Private Benjamin
"Private Benjamin" aired from 1981 to 1983 on CBS.
"Private Benjamin" alumni Lorna Patterson, Eileen Brennan, Joyce Little, Robert Mandan, Wendie Jo Sperber and Hal Williams.
The "Private Benjamin" television series was based on the 1980 comedy film that starred Goldie Hawn.