The Best 1970s ABC Dramas  

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During the 1970s, ABC had several dramas airing that would become some of the most iconic shows in television history. And these are the best 1970s ABC dramas, ranked by user votes. The best ABC dramas come in many forms.  The top 1970s drama shows were surprisingly comedic, even though they delivered tons of heart. And of course, other 70s ABC dramas were action packed, like Starsky & Hutch. It goes without saying that several of the greatest 1970s ABC dramas won multiple Emmy Awards for their achievements.

What are some of the shows will you find on this best ABC dramas list? Charlie's Angels is definitely one of ABCs best offerings from the 1970s. This show provided not only great entertainment, but it also helped to inspire the fashion styles of the era. It was a true cultural phenomenon. The Love Boat and Eight is Enough also appear on this good 70s ABC dramas list.

For TV fans that like a little bit of mystery every now and then, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries was a great ABC show. Other good series that are featured on this top 70s ABC drama shows list include Fantasy Island and Baretta.

Which 70s ABC drama do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any great series you think are missing.
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Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith
Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff ...more
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
David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas
Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, ...more
Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett
Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. A revival of the series originally aired on the same network ...more
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
Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson, Pamela Sue Martin
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries is a television series which aired for three seasons on ABC. The series starred Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy as amateur sleuth brothers Frank and Joe ...more
Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton
The Mod Squad is an American drama series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August 23, 1973. It stars Michael Cole as Peter "Pete" Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, ...more
Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts
Baretta is an American detective television series which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978. The show was a milder version of a successful 1973–74 ABC series, Toma, starring Tony Musante as ...more
Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins
The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in ...more
Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo
Marcus Welby, M.D. was an American medical drama television program that aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind ...more
Robert Urich, Phyllis Davis, Greg Morris
Vega$ is an American detective television drama series that aired on ABC from 1978 until 1981. It was produced by Aaron Spelling. The series was filmed in its entirety in Las Vegas, Nevada. It ...more
Robert Stack, Jo Ann Harris, Shelly Novack
Most Wanted is an American crime drama series shown on ABC from October 16, 1976 until August 20, 1977. It stars Robert Stack, Jo Ann Harris, Shelly Novack, and Hari Rhodes. This program marks ...more
Sada Thompson, James Broderick, Gary Frank
Family is an American television drama series that aired on ABC from 1976 to 1980. Creative control of the show was split among executive producers Leonard Goldberg, Aaron Spelling and Mike ...more
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Marvin Miller
The F.B.I. is an American television series broadcast on ABC from 1965–74. It was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, and the characters almost always drove Ford vehicles in the series. Alcoa ...more
The Feather And Father Gang Stefanie Powers, Harold Gould, Edward Winter
Lucan Stockard Channing, Ned Beatty, John Randolph
Lucan is a TV drama which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1978, starring Kevin Brophy, John Randolph, Stockard Channing and Don Gordon. A 20-year old man who spent the first 10 years of his life ...more