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The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows

Updated June 14, 2019 5.3k votes 839 voters 45.4k views40 items

List RulesVote up your favorite crime dramas that aired on TV in the '70s

These are the best 1970s crime drama TV shows, ranked by user votes. There are some good 70s crime drama series that followed cops hot on the trail of criminals, there were some more focused on lawyers and trials, and still there were some others about top secret special agents! There was really something for everybody in the 70s. What are the top 1970s crime shows in your opinion? Vote up your favorites!

What shows will you find on this best 1970s crime drama TV shows list? Crime fighting women were all the rage in the 1970s with Charlie's Angels and The Mod Squad leading the pack. Starsky and Hutch was also a popular 70s crime series. Fun Fact: Starsky and Hutch was adapted into a 2004 film starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

Throughout the 1970s, Peter Falk starred as the incomparable homicide detective Columbo on the TV series of the same name. Other good shows that appear on this top 1970s crime drama TV shows list include Ironside, The Streets of San Francisco and Police Story.

Which 70s crime drama show is your favorite? Vote the best series up to the top of this list and share your opinion in the comments section.
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    The Rockford Files

    Rita Moreno, James Luisi
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    Columbo

    John Finnegan, Mike Lally
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    Hawaii Five-O

    James MacArthur, Jack Lord
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    Cannon

    William Conrad, Patrick Culliton
    Cannon is a CBS detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from March...  more
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    Kojak

    Dan Frazer, Vince Conti
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    The Streets of San Francisco

    Darleen Carr, Karl Malden
    The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San...  more

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    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser
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    Quincy, M.E.

    Garry Walberg, Joseph Roman
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    Mannix

    Robert Reed, Mike Connors
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    Barnaby Jones

    John Carter, Lee Meriwether
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    Baretta

    Robert Blake, Tom Ewell
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    Adam-12

    William Boyett, Shaaron Claridge
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    McMillan & Wife

    Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar
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    McCloud

    Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter
    McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. The series...  more

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    Police Woman

    Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn
    Police Woman is an American television police drama starring Angie Dickinson that ran on NBC...  more
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    Charlie's Angels

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

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    Ironside

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

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    S.W.A.T.

    Rod Perry, Ellen Weston
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    The Mod Squad

    Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III
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    CHiPs

    Brodie Greer, Larry Wilcox
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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Robert Vaughn, Leo G. Carroll
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    Harry O

    David Janssen, Anthony Zerbe
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    Police Story

    David Cassidy, Lloyd Bridges
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    The F.B.I.

    Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
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    It Takes a Thief

    Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne
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