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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, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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    James Garner, Rita Moreno, Noah Beery, Jr.

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    Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway

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    Peter Falk, Patrick McGoohan, Robert Culp

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    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Marcia Wallace

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    Rob Reiner, Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

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    Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Ed Asner

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    Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

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    Abe Vigoda, Hal Linden, Ron Glass

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    John Ritter, Will Geer, Judy Norton Taylor

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    Penny Marshall, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

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    Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd

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    Ed Asner, Maya Angelou, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    William Smith, Jack Lord, James MacArthur

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    Lee Majors, Martin Balsam, Alan Oppenheimer

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    Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, Richard Mulligan

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Robert Reed

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    Jack Klugman, Robert Ito, Garry Walberg

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    John Travolta, Ron Palillo, Gabe Kaplan

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    Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Paul Benedict

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    Danny Bonaduce, Susan Dey, Shirley Jones

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    Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Will Geer

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    Malcolm McDowell, Mädchen Amick, Sylvia Sidney

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    Meat Loaf, Helen Reddy, Wolfman Jack

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    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

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    Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, Don Knotts

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    Ron Silver, Judd Hirsch, Valerie Harper

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    Lesley-Anne Down, Keeley Hawes, Eileen Atkins

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    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

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    Rod Serling, Gary Collins

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    Burt Reynolds, James Arness, Dennis Weaver

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    Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

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    Telly Savalas, Zohra Lampert, Kevin Dobson

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    Penny Marshall, Michael McKean, Cindy Williams

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    Adrienne Barbeau, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan

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    James Brolin, Pamela Hensley, Robert Young

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    Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Pam Dawber

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