'70s & '80s TV Hair
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Small Screen Styles1 of 18
By Abby Gardner
In honor of the remake of the 23-year-old classic Steel Magnolias, we're looking back at some of the other awesome hairstyles of the '70s and '80s that we grew up with. And who better to start with than the incomparable Farrah Fawcett and her famous flip? Only one season on Charlie's Angels as Jill Munroe was enough to cause a hair revolution.
Dallas2 of 18
Pamela Barnes Ewing (played by Victoria Principal) might just be responsible for our redhead obsession. And did she ever wear those (very) heavy bangs well. No wonder Bobby could never leave her for too long!
The Mary Tyler Moore Show3 of 18
Ah, Mary Richards — the single girl's '70s icon. We loved that Mary was always pretty and professional, which wasn't always the case back then. MTM and her alter ego convinced us that we were indeed going to make it after all ... with really great hair to boot.
The Brady Bunch4 of 18
No doubt we could always relate to Jan's jealousy over big sister Marcia's pretty locks. (Though to be fair, Jan's weren't too shabby either.) The shine, the length, the color ... it was pretty much perfect.
WKRP In Cincinnati5 of 18
Loni Anderson's Jennifer Marlowe was the blonde bombshell receptionist at the fictional radio station, and she sure fit the part. Her platinum, feathered hair just screamed, "Look at me!" And a nation did.
Laverne & Shirley6 of 18
Almost as memorable as the show's theme song (Schlemiel, Schlimazel, anyone?) were the girls' cropped, poufy cuts. We would like to note the serious lift at the back of the crown ... it just may be making a comeback.
Married With Children7 of 18
Peg Bundy's hair was high. Very, very high. Many props to the hairstylist who teased it to architectural proportions on a regular basis. It made daughter Kelly's look tame by comparison.
Designing Women8 of 18
Four southern women with big personalities and even bigger hair? Yes, please. We looked forward to the barbs and the 'dos every week from the ladies of the Sugarbaker design firm. And we will never forget the true night the lights ... went out ... in Georgia!
The Cosby Show9 of 18
Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) was always the wild card of Claire and Cliff's brood. And she often expressed her creativity with her hair. We especially love this super-cropped cut, though the dreads she sported in later seasons were pretty groovy, too.
Dynasty10 of 18
Dynasty brought us some of the best catfights ever to be seen on television. But when Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans) weren't trying to rip each other's hair out, they were rocking big, glamorous styles that defined the '80s.
Moonlighting11 of 18
Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) looked every bit the former fashion model when she walked into the Blue Moon Detective and met her new partner, David Addison (Bruce Willis). Her hairstyle perfectly matched her previously luxe lifestyle.
China Beach12 of 18
Who says you can't sport a cute bob, while saving lives in Vietnam? Certainly not Dana Delaney's Nurse Colleen McMurphy. Though, in all seriousness, the no-fuss look really is the only option.
Who's The Boss?13 of 18
Many of us grew up wanting to be Alyssa Milano or her alter ego Samantha Micelli. This was due, in large part, to her awesome '80s hair. No one rocked a high or side ponytail quite like Sam.
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Bosom Buddies14 of 18
We couldn't complete this list without our favorite '80s cross-dressers — Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, as Buffy and Hildegarde. The wigs may have been bad, but they allowed the boys to get away with living at the Susan B. Anthony.
The Facts of Life15 of 18
Blair Warner (Lisa Whelchel) may have been a spoiled little rich girl on the early seasons of the show. But we sure did covet her hair. It made her the perfect foil to tomboy Jo (Nancy McKeon).
The Bionic Woman16 of 18
Not only did Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) have amplified hearing, a crazily strong right arm and super-human speed, but her hair was also otherworldly. What we wouldn't have given for locks that thick!
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Three's Company17 of 18
From Chrissy's pigtails to Janet's perm, and everything in between, there was no misunderstanding the fact that we loved watching the styles on this wacky sitcom. (Almost as much as we wanted to hang out at the Regal Beagle!)
The Golden Girls18 of 18
While we loved Blanche's forwardness, Dorothy's sarcasm and Sophia's candor, we also always had a soft spot for Rose's blonde 'do. Perhaps because it never, ever seemed to move.
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