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Head back to the heyday of the sitcom with this list of 1970s ABC comedy shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best '70s ABC comedy shows were an eclectic bunch despite being almost entirely traditional sitcoms. Workplace comedies like Taxi, classic two-handers like The Odd Couple, and slapstick farces like Three's Company were all among the 1970s ABC comedies.

Which sitcoms will you find on our top '70s ABC comedy shows list? Family fun was abundant, as The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family both made the cut for this list of great 1970s ABC comedy series. Eight Is Enough, which premiered late in the decade, is another funny '70s ABC comedy show.

For comedy fans who enjoy double entendres, Three's Company offered lots of laughs from Jack Tripper and his lovely roommates. Other top 1970s ABC comedy shows that appear on this list include Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy.

Do you have a favorite '70s ABC sitcom? Vote up the best comedies so they'll climb to the top of this list and please add any great shows we may have missed. And if you're a retro ABC junkie, check out the best 1970s ABC dramas and 1960s ABC comedies.
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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross
Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more
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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers
Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more
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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more
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Soap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan
Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more
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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito
Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more
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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg
Barney Miller is an American situation comedy television series set in a New York City Police Department police station in Greenwich Village. The series originally was broadcast from January 23, ...more
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6 5
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James
Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more
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Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta
Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) is a sardonic high school teacher in charge of a racially and ethnically diverse remedial class ...more
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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange
The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more
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6 7
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall
The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970, to March 7, 1975, on ABC. It stars Tony ...more
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Love, American Style is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Jo Anne Worley, Phyllis Davis, Carol Wayne
Love, American Style is a comedic television anthology, which was produced by Paramount Television and originally aired between 1969 and 1974. For the 1971 and 1972 seasons it was a part of an ...more
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3 5
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander
Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more
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3 5
What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill
What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the ...more
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2 4
Eight Is Enough is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham
Eight Is Enough is an American television comedy-drama series that ran on ABC from March 15, 1977, until August 29, 1981. The show was modeled after syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, ...more
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The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey
The Partridge Family is an American musical television sitcom series starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones is a widowed mother, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five ...more
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The Texas Wheelers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Mark Hamill, Gary Busey, Jack Elam
The Texas Wheelers is an ABC situation comedy television series that aired in 1974 and 1975. The series, produced by MTM Enterprises, is about the cantankerous but lovable Zack Wheeler, a ...more
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2 6
Nanny and the Professor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Kim Richards, Juliet Mills, Richard Long
Nanny and the Professor is an American fantasy situation comedy created by AJ Carothers and Thomas L. Miller for 20th Century Fox Television. During pre-production, the proposed title was Nanny ...more
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1 5
The Paul Lynde Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Jerry Stiller, Paul Lynde, Anne Meara
The Paul Lynde Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC. The series stars Paul Lynde and aired for one season, with original episodes running from September 13, 1972 to March 14, 1973.
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On The Rocks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Tom Poston, Patrick Cranshaw, Hal Williams
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Temperatures Rising is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s ABC Comedy Shows
Paul Lynde, Joan Van Ark, Cleavon Little
Temperatures Rising is an American television sitcom that ran on the ABC network from September 12, 1972 to August 29, 1974. During this time it was presented in three different formats and cast ...more