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The Best 1970s Crime Drama TV Shows

Updated June 14, 2019 4.7k votes 761 voters 41.4k 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 Files1
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    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

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    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

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  • Cannon3
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    Cannon

    William Conrad, Patrick Culliton

    Premiered1971

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  • Hawaii Five-O4
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    Hawaii Five-O

    Jack Lord, James MacArthur

    Premiered1968

    Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and...  more

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  • The Streets of San Francisco5
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    The Streets of San Francisco

    Karl Malden, Michael Douglas

    Premiered1972

    The Streets of San Francisco is a 1970s television police drama filmed on location in San...  more

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  • Quincy, M.E.6
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    Quincy, M.E.

    Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin

    Premiered1976

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  • Kojak7
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    Kojak

    Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer

    Premiered1973

    Kojak is an American television series starring Telly Savalas as the title character, New York...  more

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  • Starsky and Hutch8
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    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser

    Premiered1975

    Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a...  more

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  • Mannix9
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    Mannix

    Robert Reed, Mike Connors

    Premiered1967

    Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created...  more

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  • Barnaby Jones10
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    Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen

    Premiered1973

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  • McCloud11
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    McCloud

    Dennis Weaver, Terry Carter

    Premiered1970

    McCloud is an American television police drama that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1977. The series...  more

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  • Baretta12
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    Baretta

    Robert Blake, Tom Ewell

    Premiered1975

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  • Police Woman13
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    Police Woman

    Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn

    Premiered1974

    Police Woman is an American television police drama starring Angie Dickinson that ran on NBC...  more
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    Ironside

    Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr

    Premiered1967

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    McMillan & Wife

    Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar

    Premiered1971

    McMillan & Wife was a lighthearted American police procedural that aired on NBC from September...  more
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    Martin Milner, Kent McCord

    Premiered1968

    Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles...  more

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  • Charlie's Angels17
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    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

    Premiered1976

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

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  • The Mod Squad18
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    The Mod Squad

    Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III

    Premiered1968

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

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  • S.W.A.T.19
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    S.W.A.T.

    Steve Forrest, Robert Urich

    Premiered1975

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    Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox

    Premiered1977

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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.21
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    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    Robert Vaughn, David McCallum

    Premiered1964

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  • Harry O22
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    David Janssen, Anthony Zerbe

    Premiered1974

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    David Cassidy, Lloyd Bridges

    Premiered1973

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    Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne

    Premiered1968

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    Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

    Premiered1965

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