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The Best 1970s Action TV Series  

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These are the best 1970s Action TV series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The legendary, great 70s action shows were genre defining, and the mark of  truly good 1970s action shows was the shows lasting impact on the cultural zeitgeist. Fun fact, a few of the greatest 1970s action TV series were even based on books and comics.

What shows will you find on this top 1970s action TV shows list? Charlie's Angels was one of the most popular action series of the decade. This girl-power crime drama had all the action and all the fashion that viewers were craving. Wonder Woman is another great female-led action TV series from the 1970s.

Dr. Who is one of the longest running series of all time and it was quite popular in the 1970s. The Third and Fourth Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker respectfully, were featured during the 70s. Other good shows on this list of the greatest 1970s action TV series include The Incredible Hulk, Thunderbirds and The Mod Squad.

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin
The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou ...more
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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
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
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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach
The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network from January 26, 1979 to February 8, 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film Moonrunners, ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
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
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The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
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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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos
The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil
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
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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine
CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on NBC from September 15, 1977, to July 17, 1983. CHiPs followed the lives of two motorcycle police ...more
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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong
Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more
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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone
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
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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more
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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson
Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. Taking the time slot of the popular Cannon ...more
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
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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Buck Rogers in the 25th Centur... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between 1979–1981, and the feature-length ...more
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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who ...more
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Alias Smith and Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel
Alias Smith and Jones is an American Western series that originally aired on ABC from January 1971 to January 1973. It stars Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Jedediah ...more
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The Streets of San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
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
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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more
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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera
Kung Fu is an American action-adventure martial arts western drama television series starring David Carradine. The series aired on ABC from October 1972 to April 1975 for a total of 63 episodes. ...more
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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat
Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name. In the UK, it was shown on the ITV networks on Sunday afternoons.
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The Persuaders! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Laurence Naismith
The Persuaders! is an action/adventure series produced by ITC Entertainment, and initially broadcast on ITV and ABC in 1971. It has been called "the last major entry in the cycle of ...more
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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more
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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Malcolm McDowell, Mädchen Amick, Sylvia Sidney
Fantasy Island is a 1998-1999 drama fantasy television program.
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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge
Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more