Quiz: Can You Name the Professions of These 1980s TV Characters?
Can You Name the Professions of These 1980s TV Characters?
By: Olivia Cantor
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About This Quiz

Ever since television broadcast its very first commercial image, we have been bombarded with many kinds of characters and situations throughout the decades. We've had many great television programs since the 1950s up to today, and some that were far less memorable. Sometimes, though, some of these old TV programs get rediscovered by newer audiences, while some are adapted by modern producers for modern audiences.

What's undeniable in the TV landscape is the proliferation of very memorable characters who may be from the wrong side of life or the perfect side of it. Wherever they emerge from, we love and embrace them just the same, especially if we as audiences find ourselves relating to these characters' concerns and thoughts. And of course, one of the things we can relate to are their professions.

Do you remember a memorable TV character solely because they had such a unique job? Did you wish you also worked like them? Some of their stories prompt this natural reaction. That's why we're sure that you could still remember the jobs that some of these unforgettable characters held. Care to test that knowledge? Open this quiz up and see. Have fun!

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Grace van Owen and her fellow associates like Michael Kuzak, Victor Sifuentes and Arnie Becker all had one profession. What was it?
2 of 40
Sam Malone held which enviable job?
3 of 40
The by-the-book guy Frank Furillo worked as what?
4 of 40
When not busy being a dad, Cliff Huxtable was busy practicing which profession?
5 of 40
Maddie Hayes and David Addison both worked as what?
6 of 40
The deadpan Alex Reiger served New York City under what capacity?
7 of 40
Harry Stone was an amateur magician on the side, but what was his full-time job?
8 of 40
Vicki's "dad," Ted Lawson, works as what?
9 of 40
Colleen McMurphy served in the Vietnam War in what capacity?
10 of 40
The dapper Thomas Magnum worked in Hawaii as what?
11 of 40
The Seaver family's patriarch, Jason, held what kind of job?
12 of 40
Jean-Luc Picard held what position at the USS Enterprise?
13 of 40
Single dad Tony Micelli accepted a job doing what?
14 of 40
Johnny Depp catapulted to fame playing Tom Hanson. What did this character do?
15 of 40
Donald Westphall worked at St. Eligius. What was his position?
16 of 40
Laura Holt wanted to work as this, so she opened her own agency. What was this job?
17 of 40
Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs worked at the Metro-Dade Police Department under what capacity?
18 of 40
The appropriately named Stringfellow Hawke was good at his job. What was it?
19 of 40
Julie McCoy worked on a cruise ship doing what job?
20 of 40
The Keaton family mom, Elyse, pursued which profession?
21 of 40
Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey met while working similar jobs. What job was that?
22 of 40
Dr. Johnny Fever didn't really cure patients, but did this for a living. What's his real job?
23 of 40
J.R. Ewing held many ranking positions in Ewing Oil, but what was his highest position there?
24 of 40
Both Julia Sugarbaker and Mary Jo Shively worked in one industry. What was their job?
25 of 40
Colt Seavers was secretly a bounty hunter, but what was his Hollywood day job?
26 of 40
When she wasn't being an amateur detective, Jessica Fletcher worked as what?
27 of 40
Hannibal, Faceman, B.A., and Howlin' Mad all worked as what?
28 of 40
Aside from being an author, Dick Loudon also worked as what?
29 of 40
Former police detective Jack Killian went to another industry to work. What was his post-police job?
30 of 40
What was Charles in charge of?
31 of 40
In a boarding school, Edna Garrett held which position?
32 of 40
Doralee Rhodes worked in an office under what capacity?
33 of 40
FBI agent Vinnie Terranova worked for the agency doing what specific job?
34 of 40
It's his show all right, but what did Garry Shandling do for a living?
35 of 40
At the New York City High School for the Performing Arts, Lydia Grant worked as what?
36 of 40
Prior to arriving in America, what did cousin Balki Bartokomous do for a living in Mypos?
37 of 40
In his own show, Benson DuBois worked for the governor under what capacity?
38 of 40
39 of 40
For majority of the show, what did Kevin Arnold's mom do?
40 of 40
Titular character T.J. Hooker performed the duties of which position?
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