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The Best 70s TV Shows

List Criteria: TV shows that aired between 1970 and 1979.

List of the best TV shows from the 1970s, as ranked by television fans. The 1970s was 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 shows from the1970s 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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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Merlin Olsen, Jason Bateman, Melissa Gilbert

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Pam Dawber

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    Malcolm McDowell, Mädchen Amick, Sylvia Sidney

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Jr.

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    Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, Richard Mulligan

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Alan Oppenheimer

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Fred Berry, Haywood Nelson, Shirley Hemphill

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    Mark Hamill, Ralph Macchio, Dick Van Patten

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    James Brolin, Pamela Hensley, Robert Young

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    Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Earl Holliman

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    Sonny Bono, Peter Cullen, The Unknown Comic

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    Ron Silver, Judd Hirsch, Valerie Harper

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    Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

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    Ironside

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    Jeffrey Tambor, Norman Fell, Patty McCormack

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