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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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    the people's #1
    Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman

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    Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    most listed
    Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman

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    Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Eddie Murphy

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Bo Hopkins

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Abe Vigoda, Barbara Barrie, Hal Linden

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    Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    John Ritter, Judy Norton Taylor, Will Geer

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Billy Crystal, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    Fred Grandy, Gavin MacLeod, Will Geer

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    John Travolta, Marcia Strassman, Gabe Kaplan

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, Richard Denning

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Richard Anderson

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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    Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Louis Gossett

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Fabares

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Malcolm McDowell, Susan Lucci

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kevin Clash

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    Susan Lucci, Ian McShane, Priscilla Presley

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Jack Klugman, Robert Ito, Garry Walberg

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, Shelley Fabares

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    Valerie Harper, Judd Hirsch, Ron Silver

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Norman Burton

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    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    Sonny Bono, Peter Cullen, The Unknown Comic

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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    Meat Loaf, Helen Reddy, Wolfman Jack

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    Julie London, Robert Fuller, Kevin Tighe

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    Diane Ladd, Vic Tayback, Linda Lavin

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    Martin Milner, Gary Crosby, Kent McCord

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Kristy McNichol, Meredith Baxter, Willie Aames

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    Erik Estrada, Heather O'Rourke, Michael Dorn

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    Robert Blake, Dana Elcar, Michael D. Roberts

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