Each decade of television offers numerous shows that will appeal to each sign of the Zodiac. This article will select a series that exemplifies the type of storytelling, characters, and visuals that will entertain which sign the most from the 1980s.
The 1980s Television and the Rise of Cable
According to the California Cable & Telecommunications Association, 1984 was the year cable got “turned loose”. The passage of “the 1984 Cable Act established a more favorable regulatory framework for the industry, stimulating investment in cable plants and programming on an unprecedented level.” Between 1984 and 1992, the cable industry spent over 15 billion wiring the homes in America.
The industry spent many more billions developing programming, expanding channels for most Americans from essentially 4 (ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS) to over 70. From 1980 to 1989, the number of cable networks increased from 28 to 79, and subscribers reached over 50 million.
Many of the shows that emerged from this era, carried on into the 1990s. The Simpsons, which is still on the air with new episodes, arrived in 1989. Below are suggested shows for your Sun sign.
Aries – Knight Rider (1982–1986)
Aries loves shows that have a strong, individualistic hero or heroine. Numerous shows from that era fit the bill, but Knight Rider is the highest-ranked in popularity from that time.
A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.
Taurus – TJ Hooker (1982–1986)
Taurus appreciates shows with a family vibe, that uphold traditions, even when being challenged by young, “newfangled” ideas. TJ Hooker is a cop show with a heart, humor, and positive values about law enforcement.
The weekly adventures of tough-as-nails veteran police officer Sgt. T.J. Hooker, who rides the beat with his rookie partner Vince Romano.
Gemini – MacGyver (1985–1992)
Gemini will love a story where the lead character is super-intelligent and a master problem-solver. In the 80s, the best in the business was MacGyver.
The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.
Cancer – Growing Pains (1985–1992)
There is nothing a Cancer will love more than a family drama or comedy. Growing Pains was one of the best family comedies of that time period. And one of the first shows to make two working parents the staple of the show.
The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.
Leo – Dynasty (1981–1989)
Power, intrigue, beautiful people living dramatic lives, what more could a Leo ask for in his or her entertainment. The title of the show says it all, Dynasty!
The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.
Virgo – Remington Steele (1982–1987)
Virgo will appreciate a show where the real work is done by the smarter, more capable character while the showy character needs all the help, he can get to solve problems while playing the charismatic face of the detective agency Remington Steele.
The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business.
Libra – Night Court (1984–1992)
Libra appreciates legal matters and a good laugh, which Night Court will deliver. The range of characters, and the compassion of the judge, played by Harry Anderson, will hit the spot!
An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.
Scorpio – Miami Vice (1984–1989)
Scorpio enjoys moody dramas with sex, drugs, and morally compromised characters. The seedier the feel of the show, the more they will enjoy it. Miami Vice set a whole new tone for police procedurals where it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.
Resplendent with authentic 1980s music, fashion, and vibe, “Miami Vice” follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida.
Sagittarius – Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Sagittarius wants to explore the world, so it’s even better if they can explore outer space. Star Trek makes a comeback with its first syndicated show since the original from the 1960s. The Next Generation is every Sagittarian’s dream show.
Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk’s five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.
Capricorn – Doogie Howser, MD (1989–1993)
Growing up ahead of their peers; that’s a rock-solid Capricorn story. No better show to explore Capricorn ahead-of-the-curve achievement, and with humor, than Doogie Howser, MD. A teenage prodigy becomes a medical professional, played brilliantly by a young Neil Patrick Harris.
A teenage genius deals with the usual problems of growing up, on top of being a licensed physician in a difficult residency program.
Aquarius – Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999)
Aquarians love the oddball show, something that lets you feel like you are watching the circus when it is in town. What better way to grab an Aquarius’ attention than a science fiction show about being forced to watch B-rated movies and review them.
In the not-too-distant future, Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot.
Pisces – Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990)
Pisces loves something with a spiritual or mystical twist, and throw in some angst and tragedy, and you have a series that will keep them glued to their seat. If you want to see a very young Linda Hamilton (of Terminator fame) and hear the wonderful voice of Ron Perelman, then you want to watch Beauty and the Beast
The adventures and romance of a sensitive and cultured lion-man and a crusading assistant district attorney in Manhattan, New York City.