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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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    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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    The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Barney Miller Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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    The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

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    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

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    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Welcome Back, Kotter Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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    Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

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    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Soap is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett

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    The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Partridge Family Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

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    Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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    Dallas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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    One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

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    Good Times is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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    Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

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    Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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    The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler

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    Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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    The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Roots is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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    Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

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    Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    Night Gallery Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

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    The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush

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    Kojak is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows


    Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

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