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The Best 1970s Action TV Series 

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Updated June 15, 2019 785 votes 182 voters 4.5k views 41 items

List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

Premiered: 1977

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 Dr. David Bruce ...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

Premiered: 1975

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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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

Premiered: 1976

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 Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

Premiered: 1979

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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The Six Million Dollar M... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

Premiered: 1974

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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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

Premiered: 1975

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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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

Premiered: 1968

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 Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

Premiered: 1974

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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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine

Premiered: 1977

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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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Malcolm McDowell, Mädchen Amick, Sylvia Sidney

Premiered: 1998

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Buck Rogers in the 25th ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

Premiered: 1979

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 Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

Premiered: 1976

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

Premiered: 1966

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 1978

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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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

Premiered: 1959

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

Premiered: 1973

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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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat

Premiered: 1977

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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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

Premiered: 1968

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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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
David McCallum, Craig Stevens, Michael Sheard

Premiered: 1975

The Invisible Man, the second television series with this title, debuted in the USA in 1975 on NBC and starred David McCallum as the scientist Daniel Westin and Melinda Fee as his wife, Dr. Kate ...more
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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
jiszmo added David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

Premiered: 1972

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

Premiered: 1964

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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The Streets of San Franc... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins

Premiered: 1972

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Alias Smith and Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel

Premiered: 1971

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s Action TV Series
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Premiered: 1955

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