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The Best 1970s Cult TV Series

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List RulesVite up your favorite cult shows that aired in the '70s

Trying to catch up on some classic television? These are the best 1970s cult TV series, ranked from best to worst by your votes. It's hard to put your finger on what makes a show a great 1970s cult TV series. Some of the best 70s cult TV shows are sci-fi based, some are even horror, and others gained their cult status from groundbreaking humor. One thing is for sure, the top 1970s cult TV series have very loyal fans.

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1970s cult TV series list? Monty Python's Flying Circus quickly became a cult TV series during its four season run. Great sketch comedy, British wit and crazy characters kept comedy fans laughing week after week in the 1970s. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was another good cult show that aired in the 70s.

H.R. Pufnstuf may have been a children's show, but its trippy content also attracted a cult following of adults. Other good shows that appear on this top 1970s cult TV series list include Doomwatch, The Muppets Show and Dark Shadows.

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  • Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The Twilight Zone, served both as the on-air host of Night Gallery and as a major contributor of scripts, although he did not have the same control of content and tone as he had on The Twilight Zone. Serling viewed Night Gallery as a logical extension of The Twilight Zone, but while both series shared an interest in thought-provoking dark fantasy, the lion’s share of Zone‘s offerings were science fiction while Night Gallery focused on horror and the supernatural.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Rod Serling, Gary Collins
    • Premiered: 1970
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  • The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Cult TV Series
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    The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the series's proposed title during pre-production. Following three television movies aired in 1973, The Six Million Dollar Man aired on the ABC network as a regular series for five seasons from 1974 to 1978. The title role of Steve Austin was played by Lee Majors, who subsequently became a pop culture icon of the 1970s. A spin-off series, The Bionic Woman, ran from 1976 to 1978. Three television movies featuring both eponymous characters were also produced between... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks
    • Premiered: 1974
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  • The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Cult TV Series
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    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 failed to get the attention of America's network heads, Lew Grade approached Henson to produce the programme for ATV's ITV franchise in the UK. The show lasted for five series consisting of 120 episodes which were first broadcast in Britain between 5 September 1976 and 15 March 1981 over ATV and syndicated to local broadcast stations elsewhere. The programmes were recorded at ATV's Elstree Studios just north of London. The series shows a vaudeville or music hall-style song-and-dance variety show, as well... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt
    • Premiered: 1976
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  • Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Cult TV Series
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    Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows were composed of surreality, risqué or innuendo-laden humour, sight gags and observational sketches without punchlines. It also featured animations by Terry Gilliam, often sequenced or merged with live action. The first episode was recorded on 7 September and broadcast on 5 October 1969 on BBC One, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV. The show often targets the idiosyncrasies of British life, especially that of professionals, and is at times... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
    • Premiered: 1969
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