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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Starring Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett & Jaclyn Smith (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell & Ted Lange (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser & Antonio Fargas (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize & Christopher Hewett (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady & Connie Needham (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Shaun Cassidy, Parker Stevenson & Pamela Sue Martin (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III & Peggy Lipton (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Karl Malden, Michael Douglas & Reuben Collins (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Robert Blake, Tom Ewell & Michael D. Roberts (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Robert Urich, Phyllis Davis & Greg Morris (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Robert Young, James Brolin & Elena Verdugo (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Sada Thompson, James Broderick & Gary Frank (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Robert Stack, Jo Ann Harris & Shelly Novack (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. & Marvin Miller (American Broadcasting Company)
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
Lucan Starring Stockard Channing, Ned Beatty & John Randolph (American Broadcasting Company)
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