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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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    John Finnegan, Mike Lally
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    Hawaii Five-O

    James MacArthur, Jack Lord
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    William Conrad, Patrick Culliton
    Cannon is a CBS detective television series produced by Quinn Martin which aired from March...  more
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    Dan Frazer, Vince Conti
    Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York...  more

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    The Streets of San Francisco

    Darleen Carr, Karl Malden
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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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    Robert Reed, Mike Connors
    Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created...  more

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    Barnaby Jones

    John Carter, Lee Meriwether
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    Robert Blake, Tom Ewell
    Baretta is an American detective television series which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978. The...  more

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    William Boyett, Shaaron Claridge
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    McMillan & Wife

    Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar
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    Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter
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    Police Woman

    Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn
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    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett
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    Johnny Seven, Gene Lyons
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    Rod Perry, Ellen Weston
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    The Mod Squad

    Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III
    The Mod Squad is an American drama series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August...  more

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    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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  • 22

    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

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