TV The Best 70s Drama Shows  

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List Rules Any drama series that premiered in the 1970s

List of the best dramas on television in the 70s, as ranked by television critics and fans. The 1970s was not just about Farrah Fawcett haircuts and skinny jean fashion. The culture was also defined by the groundbreaking dramas that were popping up on television in both the UnitedStates and United Kingdom. Trends that were once popular in the 60s were beginning to die off, such as the televised western. Bonanza and Gunsmoke were the only two westerns that survived into the 70s.

Two genres steadily rose in the 70s: crime shows and science fiction dramas. The stars of crime dramas quickly became icons, with their feathered hair and serious dispositions. Many of the detectives from these shows became legends of the genre, from Kojak’s lollipop sucking detective skills to Columbo and his cunning ways of tricking a criminal into slipping up.Science fiction shows like Wonder Woman and Battlestar Galactica worked as a foundation for a drama genre that would continue to grow over the years.

This list answers the question, “What are the best TV dramas of the 70s?” The shows on this list range from family friendly period pieces like The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie to medical dramas like Quincy,M.E. These dramas truly capture the feel of the 70s.

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43 14
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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2
30 10
Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

3
27 8
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

4
35 15
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

5
30 11
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows

6
26 8
The Streets of San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Streets of San Francisco Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins

7
28 10
The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Mod Squad Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton

8
31 13
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

9
25 9
Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

10
29 14
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

11
26 12
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

12
27 13
Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

13
23 10
Kojak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

14
24 11
Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

15
25 12
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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23 11
Roots is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

17
19 8
Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo

18
23 12
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

19
19 10
Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

20
21 13
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

21
24 16
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

22
18 11
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

23
21 14
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

24
19 13
Eight Is Enough is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Eight Is Enough Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham

25
16 12
Buck Rogers in the 25th Centur... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

26
15 11
S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
S.W.A.T. Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry

27
15 11
McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

28
15 11
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

29
14 12
Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

30
16 16
Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

31
13 13
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

32
12 14
Ironside is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Ironside Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway

33
9 15
Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

34
2 15
Flying High is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Flying High Connie Sellecca, Howard Platt, Kathryn Witt

35
3 19
The Duchess of Duke Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Duchess of Duke Street June Brown, Lalla Ward, Richard Vernon