Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

We might be heading into a similar time, not unlike during the pandemic, thanks to the dual strikes from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA.)

The WGA strike began on May 2. SAG-AFTRA began its strike on July 14. Both unions have many of the same reasons for striking, among them being a more liveable wage via receiving a fair cut of streaming royalties. (An explanation on the growth of streaming compared to royalties is available below.) Additionally, both unions want regulations related to AI to prevent studios from exploiting the technology that would negatively impact writers and actors.

 

Sadly, there’s no real end of either strike in sight. Deadline caused a lot of stir with an exclusive where the outlet quoted an anonymous studio executive. This executive said regarding the WGA strike, “The endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their houses.”

Understandably, this has rejuvenated the WGA’s energy around the strike. The Hollywood Reporter has been running a featured title “Anonymous Strike Diary,” written by an anonymous WGA member. This writer wrote, in part, ” … Thank you, whoever you are. Because those quotes turbocharged us. They reminded every writer why we’re doing this.”

So, where does that leave us as consumers? It means it might be a long time until television and film production resumes. This means we all might be leaning on finding shows to binge to pass the time before we get to watch new content again.

Lucky for you, we’ve created a list to help get you started on figuring out your next show to binge. Without further ado, here are eight ’80s sitcoms that you should be streaming right now. (Plus, by binging these shows, you’ll prove the WGA and SAG-AFTRA’s point about how they should be getting a bigger cut of streaming revenue.)

  • Cheers

    Who doesn’t wish they had a special place where everybody knew their name? One of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, the unique community of Cheers is something truly special.

    Cheers is currently streaming on Paramount+.

  • 227

    It’s the series that gave us Jackée Harry and “Mary!” That alone makes 227 priceless!

    227 is currently streaming on Hulu and Tubi.

  • The Golden Girls

    The Golden Girls have grown in popularity over the years. It’s largely due to the iconic cast and the stellar writing, which still holds up decades later. Huh…it’s almost as if writers are super important. Who knew?

    The Golden Girls is currently streaming on Hulu.

  • Designing Women

    We’re sure plenty of southern belles (and maybe, also, Leon Phelps) still have a big place in their hearts for the ladies (and Anthony) of Sugarbaker & Associates.

    Designing Women is currently streaming on Hulu and Prime Video.

  • Newhart

    The charm of Bob Newhart is simply unmatched, and so is the ridiculousness of Larry, Darryl and Darryl. It also goes without saying Newhart truly has one of the best series finales of all time. Just perfection!

    Newhart is currently streaming on Prime Video.

  • Who's The Boss?

    Who really was the boss? If you ask Abed from Community, it’s clearly Angela Bower. However, perhaps you should rewatch and judge for yourself.

    Who’s the Boss is currently streaming on Tubi.

  • Night Court

    Fun fact: There really is a night court. Per the New York Post, the New York Criminal Court sees between 70-90 cases during its sessions, which run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Of course, we doubt they have as many memorable characters as the show.

    Night Court is currently streaming on Freevee.

  • Family Ties

    Hippies raising children during the wild, yuppie-tastic ’80s? What’s not to love?! Plus, the show introduced us to Michael J. Fox, and who doesn’t like Marty McFly?!

    Family Ties is currently streaming on Paramount+ and Pluto TV. (Sha la la la.)

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