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The Best 1970s Action TV Series

Updated December 22, 2020 1.1k votes 205 voters 5.5k views41 items

List RulesVote up your favorite action series that aired on TV in the '70s

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

    Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno

    Premiered1977

    The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The...  more

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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more

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    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

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    Adam-12

    Martin Milner, Kent McCord

    Premiered1968

    Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles...  more

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    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

    Premiered1976

    Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22,...  more

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    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser

    Premiered1975

    Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a...  more

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    The Six Million Dollar Man

    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1974

    The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with...  more

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    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network...  more

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    The Streets of San Francisco

    Karl Malden, Michael Douglas

    Premiered1972

    The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San...  more

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    #47 of 115 The Best TV Crime Dramas#5 of 40 The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows

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    S.W.A.T.

    Steve Forrest, Robert Urich

    Premiered1975

    S.W.A.T. is an American action/crime drama series about the adventures of a Special Weapons...  more
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    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on...  more

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    CHiPs

    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

    CHiPs is an American television drama series produced by MGM Studios that originally aired on...  more

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    Fantasy Island

    Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize

    Premiered1978

    Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired on the American...  more

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    Ironside

    Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr

    Premiered1967

    Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967, to January...  more

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    Wonder Woman

    Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner

    Premiered1975

    Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine...  more

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    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Gil Gerard, Erin Gray

    Premiered1979

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series...  more

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    Thunderbirds

    Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett

    Premiered1965

    Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia...  more

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    The Bionic Woman

    Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1976

    The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three...  more

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    Kojak

    Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer

    Premiered1973

    Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York...  more

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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered1978

    Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A....  more

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    Kung Fu

    David Carradine, Keye Luke

    Premiered1972

    Kung Fu is an American action-adventure martial arts western drama television series starring...  more

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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum

    Premiered1964

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22,...  more

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    Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

    Deidre Hall, Marvin Miller

    Premiered1976

    Electra Woman and Dyna Girl is a Sid and Marty Krofft live action science fiction children's...  more
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    Logan's Run

    Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich

    Premiered1977

    Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of...  more
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    The Persuaders!

    Roger Moore, Tony Curtis

    Premiered1971

    The Persuaders! is an action/adventure series produced by ITC Entertainment, and initially...  more