The Most Memorable 1980s TV Bosses
by Jane Duncan, freelance writer
Nov 12 2021
Mr. Burns is the ultimate in evil bosses, yet we continue to be captivated by his immoral antics. First off he owns a nuclear power plant that is poisoning the town of Springfield - remember those three-eyed fish in the lake?
J. R. Ewing
J.R Ewing of Dallas, played by Larry Hagman, is definitely one of the most memorable bosses that has come out of 1980s television. The character was voted one of the nastiest villains of all time by TV Guide, and Ewing certainly didn’t make many friends when running his oil business. In fact he was cunning, manipulative, egocentric with psychopathic tendencies. It was no wonder that someone eventually shot him (you’ll have to watch Dallas to find out who).
Boss Hogg from The Dukes of Hazzard, played by Sorrell Brooke, was a legend on screen. He was a gluttonous villain of pantomime proportions, always dressing in a cowboy hat and an all-white suit. Boss Hogg was the man that the audience loved to hate, and he was featured in every single episode of the show.
Hogg, despite being the wealthiest man in the whole of Hazzard, always wanted more, and his main motivation in life was money. He owned the majority of businesses in Hazzard from the local hospital to the funeral parlor. Boss Hogg really was the boss, but that didn’t stop the Duke family from trying to get the better of him!
Being the perfect manager doesn’t always make good television. That’s why some of the most memorable bosses on TV in the 1980s were never going to be voted “manager of the month” by their employees. It was all good fun though, and that’s why we keep watching!