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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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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
bobwhitley3 added The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos 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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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong 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 Streets of San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
The Streets of San Francisco Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San Francisco, California, and produced by Quinn Martin Productions, with the first season produced in ...more

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Kojak 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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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas 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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Baretta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Baretta Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts Baretta is an American detective television series which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978. The show was a milder version of a successful 1973–74 ABC series, Toma, starring Tony Musante as ...more

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Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito Quincy, M.E. is an American television series from Universal Studios that aired from October 3, 1976, to September 5, 1983, on NBC. It stars Jack Klugman in the title role, a Los Angeles County ...more

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Mannix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
horseplayer added Mannix 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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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith Charlie's Angels is an American crime 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 ...more

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McCloud is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
horseplayer added McCloud Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter, J. D. Cannon McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. The series starred former Gunsmoke regular Dennis Weaver, and for six of its seven years on the air it aired ...more

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Cannon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
horseplayer added Cannon 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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Ironside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Ironside Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway Ironside is a Universal television series that ran on NBC from September 14, 1967, to January 16, 1975. The show starred Raymond Burr as a paraplegic Chief of Detectives, Robert T. Ironside. The ...more

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Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Barnaby Jones 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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Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge 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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Police Woman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
horseplayer added Police Woman Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Earl Holliman Police Woman is an American television police drama starring Angie Dickinson that ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13, 1974, to March 29, 1978.

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McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
bobwhitley3 added McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September 17, 1971, to April 24, 1977. Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James in the title roles, the ...more

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll 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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S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
S.W.A.T. Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry S.W.A.T. is an American action/crime drama series about the adventures of a Special Weapons And Tactics team operating in an unidentified California city. A spin-off of The Rookies, the series ...more

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The F.B.I. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
The F.B.I. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Marvin Miller The F.B.I. is an American television series broadcast on ABC from 1965–74. It was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, and the characters almost always drove Ford vehicles in the series. Alcoa ...more

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CHiPs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
CHiPs Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine 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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The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
The Mod Squad Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton The Mod Squad is an American crime drama series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August 23, 1973. It stars Michael Cole as Peter "Pete" Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, ...more

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It Takes a Thief is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
It Takes a Thief Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne It Takes a Thief is an American action-adventure television series that aired on ABC for three seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. It stars Robert Wagner in his television debut ...more

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Police Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows
Police Story David Cassidy, Lloyd Bridges, Cleavon Little Police Story is an anthology television crime drama that aired on NBC from 1973 through 1978. The show was the brainchild of author and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh and represented a major ...more