The Best '70s TV Shows TV Programs

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, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

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    most listed
    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

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  4. 4
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    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

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    Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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  6. 6
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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

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    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

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  10. 10
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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

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    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

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    Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

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    Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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    ranked low on reranks
    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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    Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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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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    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

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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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    James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

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    Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

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    Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.

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    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

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    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

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    added by Puzzler
    Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

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    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

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    Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush

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    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

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    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

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    Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

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    added by slaft
    David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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    added by Grogstock
    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

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    Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

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    Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter, J. D. Cannon

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