The 1980s was one of the greatest time for movies and boy was TV awesome! This was the year we were introduced to Roseanne, a show many say is one of the greatest of all time. We also got The Dukes of Hazzard, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Facts of Life and Knight Rider.
The television of that decade was so good that some say that, that is when the Golden Age of Television really started. There was lots of drama, laughs and all-around entertainment. TV was now seen as having great potential to make lots of money and budgets were expanded, where they were almost non-existent before. We began to see fancier cars, bigger houses and better quality programming to boot.
What also happened in the '80s was that political leaders were now familiar enough with TV to want to use it for their benefit. Family shows re-emerged, even unconventional ones like The Golden Girls. Dramas continued to soar with the likes of Miami Vice, MacGyver and of course, the A-Team. Actors like Olivia Brown, Michael Talbot and Bill Cosby had it good. The average actor back then made $487 a week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a salary that could sustain people almost 30 years later.
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