The Best '70s TV Shows TV Programs
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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 Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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  4. 4
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    Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    the people's #1 Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Jr.

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    added by Puzzler Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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    added by Puzzler Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    added by Puzzler Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    added by Puzzler Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    often listed & added by Puzzler Meredith Baxter, Kristy McNichol, Willie Aames

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Merlin Olsen, Jason Bateman, Melissa Gilbert

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    Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, Richard Mulligan

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    added by Puzzler Meat Loaf, Helen Reddy, Wolfman Jack

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    added by Puzzler Ed Asner, Maya Angelou, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    added by Puzzler Lesley-Anne Down, Keeley Hawes, Eileen Atkins

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Malcolm McDowell, Mädchen Amick, Sylvia Sidney

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    added by Puzzler Jack Klugman, Robert Ito, Garry Walberg

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Alan Oppenheimer

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    James Brolin, Pamela Hensley, Robert Young

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    added by Puzzler Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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    added by Puzzler Andréia Horta, Vinicius Zinn

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    new! Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Pam Dawber

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Ron Silver, Judd Hirsch, Valerie Harper

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    added by Puzzler Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    added by Puzzler Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    added by Puzzler Julie London, Robert Fuller, Kevin Tighe

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    added by Puzzler David Wayne, John Hillerman, Jim Hutton

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    Mark Hamill, Ralph Macchio, Dick Van Patten

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