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The Best '70s TV Shows

List Criteria: Vote up the greatest TV shows that aired between 1970 and 1979.

List of the best TV shows from the 1970s, as ranked by television fans. The '70s were when television really pushed the limits of what could be shown. Shows like "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Maude," and "Sanford and Son" changed the face of television by including social commentary in between the laughs-a-minute. These shows pushed the limits of what could be discussed on television more than ever before. They were the foundation for what shows could get away with and talk about in later decades, including subjects like poverty, racism, abortion, rape, and abuse.

 

Lighter sitcoms like "The Brady Bunch," "Three’s Company," and "Laverne & Shirley" were also huge hits due to their entertainment factor. Action shows were also extremely popular in the 70s, with shows like "Charlie’s Angels," "Ironside, and "The Six Million Dollar Man" bringing in huge ratings. Variety shows also made their mark on television, including the massive hit "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."

 

What is your favorite '70s program? Which top shows from the 1970s deserve to be remembered for years to come? This list includes the highest rated and most talked about shows that aired in the 70s.

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    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    most listed
    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor

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    Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Ed Asner, Maya Angelou, Louis Gossett

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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    Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, Richard Mulligan

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Alan Oppenheimer

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    Jack Klugman, Robert Ito, Garry Walberg

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Tanya Roberts, Julie Newmar

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    Jordana Brewster, AnnaLynne McCord, Jesse Metcalfe

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Meat Loaf, Helen Reddy, Wolfman Jack

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    Meredith Baxter, Kristy McNichol, Willie Aames

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    Ron Silver, Judd Hirsch, Valerie Harper

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    Lesley-Anne Down, Keeley Hawes, Eileen Atkins

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    Julie London, Robert Fuller, Kevin Tighe

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Erik Estrada, Heather O'Rourke, Michael Dorn

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Robert Blake, Dana Elcar, Michael D. Roberts

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    David Wayne, John Hillerman, Jim Hutton

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Pam Dawber

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    Martin Milner, Gary Crosby, Kent McCord

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    James Brolin, Pamela Hensley, Robert Young

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