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List Rules 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
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
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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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally John Finnegan

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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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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler Marion Ross

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

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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette Bill Daily

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall Penny Marshall

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner Gavin MacLeod

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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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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson LaWanda Page

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt Suzanne Somers

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough Eric Scott

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson Seth Meyers

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett Jaclyn Smith

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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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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson Ann B. Davis

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams David L. Lander

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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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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley Marla Gibbs

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Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber Ralph James

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The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson Martin E. Brooks

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz Caroll Spinney

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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize Christopher Hewett

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone Amanda Blake

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Soap is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond Richard Mulligan

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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser Antonio Fargas

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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin Robert Ito

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin Pat Harrington Jr.

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval Patrick Duffy

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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner Lorenzo Music

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole Robert Reed

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland Vic Tayback

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The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Partridge Family Shirley Jones, David Cassidy Susan Dey

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Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe Julie London

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Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon Lindsay Greenbush

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner Tom Kratochvil

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter Jimmie Walker

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The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz Richard Hunt

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The Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Midnight Special Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy Donna Summer

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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord Shaaron Claridge

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke Radames Pera

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Baretta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Baretta Robert Blake, Tom Ewell Michael D. Roberts

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox Robert Pine

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McCloud is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
McCloud Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter J. D. Cannon

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The Scooby-Doo Show is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Scooby-Doo Show Casey Kasem, Frank Welker Don Messick

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The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Sonny Bono, Cher Ted Zeigler