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

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor

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    Merlin Olsen, Jason Bateman, Melissa Gilbert

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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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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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Jr.

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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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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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    added by Puzzler Meat Loaf, Helen Reddy, Wolfman Jack

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

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    added by Puzzler Julie London, Robert Fuller, Kevin Tighe

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    added by Puzzler Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    added by Puzzler Meredith Baxter, Kristy McNichol, Willie Aames

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    added by Puzzler Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    added by Puzzler Andréia Horta, Vinicius Zinn

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    added by Puzzler Kate Jackson, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Georg Stanford Brown

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

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    added by Puzzler Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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    added by Puzzler David Wayne, John Hillerman, Jim Hutton

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    new! & added by Puzzler Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    added by Puzzler Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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    added by Puzzler Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    added by Puzzler Jack Klugman, Robert Ito, Garry Walberg

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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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    Fred Berry, Haywood Nelson, Shirley Hemphill

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    added by Puzzler Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares

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