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09/13/2016 03:42 pm ET Updated Sep 15, 2016

This Is What The Emmy Awards Looked Like In 1986

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Television in the ‘80s was a far cry from our current era of “peak TV,” but it was decade filled with some real classics. 

Thirty years ago, shows like “Cheers,” “Family Ties,” “Hill Street Blues,” and “Murder, She Wrote” were among the nominees at the 1986 Emmy Awards.

With this year’s awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences airing live on Sunday, let’s take a quick look back and remember the year when “Golden Girls” and “Cagney & Lacey” took home the night’s top awards and Michael J. Fox, Betty White, William Daniels and Sharon Gless were honored for their acting abilities. 

  • Michael J. Fox
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  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner and mother Pamela Warner
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  • Barbara Eden, Rhea Perlman and Gene Barry
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  • Bob and Ginny Newhart with their children
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  • Kirk and Anne Douglas
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  • Shari Lewis and Lambchop
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  • Diahann Carroll and Vic Damone
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  • Edward Herrmann
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  • Whoopi Goldberg with husband David Claessen and her daughter Alexandra Martin
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  • Vanna White
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  • Ali MacGraw
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  • Tina Yothers
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  • David Letterman
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  • Howie Mandel and Michael J. Fox
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  • Betty White
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  • Joan Collins and Peter Holm
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  • Bea Arthur
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  • Cybill Shepherd
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  • Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and Betty White
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  • Tyne Daly and Georg Stanford Brown
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  • Gary Coleman
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  • Tom Selleck, Marlo Thomas, and Robert Wagner
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  • Linda Gray and Paul Constanzo
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  • Justine Bateman and Robert Anderson
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  • Philip Michael Thomas with his mother Lulu McMorris and girlfriend Dhaima Matthews
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  • Joanna Kerns
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  • Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker
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  • Betty White and Michael J. Fox
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  • Joan Rivers
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  • John Lithgow and Mary Yeager
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The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Sharon Gless’ last name was misspelled.

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