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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    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

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    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

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    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

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    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

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    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett

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    James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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    Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

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    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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    Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

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    Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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    Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

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    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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    Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush

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    Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler

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    David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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    Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

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    Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer

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    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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    Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter, J. D. Cannon

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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