The Best '70s TV Shows TV Programs

The Best '70s TV Shows

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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, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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    most listed
    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

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    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

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    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

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    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett

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    Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

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    James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

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    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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    Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

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    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler

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    David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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    Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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    Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

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    Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush

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    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter, J. D. Cannon

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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