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

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+ - 239 111
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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+ - 200 79
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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+ - 271 94
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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+ - 209 106
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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+ - 198 90
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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+ - 206 100
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

8
+ - 189 112
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

9
+ - 205 93
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

10
+ - 159 97
Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Barney Miller Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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+ - 154 81
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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+ - 175 91
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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+ - 156 83
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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+ - 161 114
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

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+ - 197 102
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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+ - 198 91
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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+ - 193 117
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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+ - 153 109
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

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+ - 160 94
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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+ - 142 97
Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett

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+ - 139 94
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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+ - 164 101
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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+ - 155 84
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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+ - 120 77
Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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+ - 159 96
Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Welcome Back, Kotter Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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+ - 139 104
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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+ - 126 61
Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

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+ - 102 75
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

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+ - 165 98
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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+ - 149 103
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

31
+ - 125 88
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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+ - 94 95
Roots is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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+ - 144 83
Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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+ - 108 81
Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

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+ - 105 45
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush

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+ - 92 27
The Scooby-Doo Show is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Scooby-Doo Show Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Don Messick

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+ - 112 70
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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+ - 85 33
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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+ - 129 103
The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Partridge Family Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

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+ - 69 86
The Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Midnight Special Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer

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+ - 85 111
Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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+ - 105 89
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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+ - 88 30
The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

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+ - 121 104
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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+ - 79 70
Baretta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Baretta Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts

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+ - 105 69
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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+ - 91 73
Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

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+ - 108 74
Alice is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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+ - 78 28
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

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+ - 83 83
Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Night Gallery Rod Serling, Gary Collins