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The Best 1970s CBS Shows  

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The best 1970s CBS shows come in all shapes and sizes. That's what the best of the best is all about. It's not just one genre. With that in mind, some of the good 70s CBS series on this list are dramas while the other great shows on this list are comedies. Many of the best 1970s CBS TV series are still popular today because great entertainment that is truly great always stands the test of time. That's what greatness is.

What series will you find on this best 1970s CBS shows list? The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a hilarious sitcom which ran from 1970 – 1977. It took home multiple Emmy Awards throughout its seven season run. The Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-offs Rhoda and Phyllis also appear on this top 70s CBS TV series list.

There were also several great dramas airing on CBS throughout the 1970s including Gunsmoke, Kojak and The Waltons. Other good shows that appear on this top 70s CBS series list include The Bob Newhart Show, My Three Sons and Good Times.

Do you have a favorite 70s show that ran on CBS? Give the best series a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the ...more
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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner
All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more
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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily
The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 half-hour episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart ...more
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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
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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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
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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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady
My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and ...more
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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
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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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music
Rhoda is an American television sitcom, starring Valerie Harper, which aired a total of 109 half-hour episodes over five seasons, from 1974 to 1978. The show was a spin-off of The Mary Tyler ...more
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Maude is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain
Maude is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 23, 1978. Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, ...more
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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter
Barnaby Jones is a television detective series starring Buddy Ebsen and Lee Meriwether as a father and daughter-in-law who run a private detective firm in Los Angeles, California. The show ran ...more
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Mannix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Robert Crain added Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack
Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title ...more
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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr.
One Day at a Time is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network from December 16, 1975, until May 28, 1984. It starred Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, a divorced mother who moves ...more
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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker
Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more
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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs
The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
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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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott
The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more
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Cannon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman
Cannon is a CBS detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from March 26, 1971 to March 3, 1976. The primary protagonist is the title character, private detective Frank ...more
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Phyllis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Cloris Leachman, Henry Jones, Jane Rose
Phyllis is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 8, 1975 to March 13, 1977. Created by Ed Weinberger and Stan Daniels, it was the second spin-off series from The Mary ...more
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Medical Center is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
James Daly, Chad Everett, Chris Hutson
Medical Center is a medical drama series which aired on CBS from 1969 to 1976. It was produced by MGM Television.
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The Doris Day Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Doris Day, Rose Marie, Peter Lawford
The Doris Day Show is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS Television network from September 1968 until March 1973, remaining on the air for five seasons and 128 episodes. ...more
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The Betty White Show is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Betty White, John Hillerman, Georgia Engel
The Betty White Show is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from September 12, 1977, to January 2, 1978. Fourteen episodes were broadcast. The series was produced by MTM Enterprises.
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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
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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Here's Lucy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz
Here's Lucy is Lucille Ball's third network television sitcom. It ran on CBS from 1968 to 1974.
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Anna and the King is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s CBS Shows
Yul Brynner, Rosalind Chao, Samantha Eggar
Anna and the King is a short-lived sitcom broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1972 fall lineup.