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The Best 1970s ABC Shows 

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Updated January 13, 2019 2.3k votes 227 voters 5.5k views 37 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite ABC TV Series that aired on TV in the '70s

This list of 1970s ABC shows might surprise you with how many of your favorite shows of the '70s were on just one network. The best 1970s ABC shows include some of the top sitcoms and dramas of all time. You'll even find a game show that's still running on this '70s ABC shows list. Among all these different 1970s ABC TV shows, there's a notable trend towards family-friendly fare. Many of the most popular '70s ABC series were shows the whole family could enjoy watching together.

What are some of the best shows ABC aired in the 1970s? Your votes will decide, but based on popularity, The Brady Bunch is a contender. This '70s ABC sitcom ran from 1969 to 1974, but it has remained a part of the popular culture ever since. Other great ABC comedy series from the 1970s include Three's Company, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Taxi, and Barney Miller.

ABC also developed several top dramas in the 1970s. Mixing drama and adventure proved successful for shows like Wonder Woman and Kung Fu, as well as Starsky & Hutch and Charlie's Angels, all of which appear on this 1970s ABC shows list.

Which 1970s ABC show is your favorite? Vote up the ABC shows you remember with fondness and downvote the shows you'd never rewatch again. If there's a '70s ABC show we missed, add it, and if you're a real TV buff, rerank the list!
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Starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler & Marion Ross (Channel 4)
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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Starring John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt & Suzanne Somers (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams & David L. Lander (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson & Ann B. Davis (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Todd Bean added Starring Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers & Loretta Swi (CBS)
M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more
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Starring Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo & John Travolta (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Robin Williams, Pam Dawber & Ralph James (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway & Danny DeVito (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Al Roker, Richard Dawson & Louie Anderson (CBS)
Family Feud is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson. The show features a competition in which two families must name the most popular responses to a survey question posed to ...more
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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
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Starring Jack Klugman, Tony Randall & Penny Marshall (American Broadcasting Company)
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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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
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Starring Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda & Steve Landesberg (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Lee Majors, Richard Anderson & Martin E. Brooks (American Broadcasting Company)
The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the ...more
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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
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Starring Dick Clark (USA Network)
American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989 and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as ...more
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Starring Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner & Tom Kratochvil (CBS)
Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine of the same name. Starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and Lyle Waggoner as Steve ...more
18
Todd Bean added Starring Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond & Richard Mulligan (American Broadcasting Company)
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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Starring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy & Susan Dey (American Broadcasting Company)
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
20
Starring Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer & Shirley Hemphill (American Broadcasting Company)
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
21
Starring Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson & Christopher Stone (American Broadcasting Company)
The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more
22
Starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell & Jamie Bamber (American Broadcasting Company)
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk ...more
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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
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Starring Jo Anne Worley, Phyllis Davis & Carol Wayne (American Broadcasting Company)
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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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