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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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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    Janet Jackson, Esther Rolle, Jimmie Walker

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    Merlin Olsen, Jason Bateman, Melissa Gilbert

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Jr.

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    Malcolm McDowell, Mädchen Amick, Sylvia Sidney

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, Richard Mulligan

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Pam Dawber

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Alan Oppenheimer

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Fred Berry, Haywood Nelson, Shirley Hemphill

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    Mark Hamill, Ralph Macchio, Dick Van Patten

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    Sonny Bono, Peter Cullen, The Unknown Comic

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    Ron Silver, Judd Hirsch, Valerie Harper

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    James Brolin, Pamela Hensley, Robert Young

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    Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Earl Holliman

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    Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

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    Ironside

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    Jeffrey Tambor, Norman Fell, Patty McCormack

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