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The Best '70s TV Shows

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, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan

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    Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Bo Hopkins

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman

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    Abe Vigoda, Barbara Barrie, Hal Linden

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    John Ritter, Judy Norton Taylor, Will Geer

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Billy Crystal, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

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    John Travolta, Marcia Strassman, Gabe Kaplan

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Fred Grandy, Gavin MacLeod, Will Geer

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Richard Anderson

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Marla Gibbs

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Fabares

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kevin Clash Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jack Klugman, Robert Ito, Garry Walberg

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    Diane Ladd, Vic Tayback, Linda Lavin

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, Richard Denning

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    Michelle Pfeiffer, Malcolm McDowell, Susan Lucci

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    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Janet Jackson, John Amos, Esther Rolle

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    Sonny Bono, Peter Cullen, The Unknown Comic

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    Julie London, Robert Fuller, Kevin Tighe

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Leslie Nielsen, David Carradine, Keith Carradine

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    Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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