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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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  • Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Cult TV Series
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    Dark Shadows is an American gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966, to April 2, 1971. The series became hugely popular when vampire Barnabas Collins appeared a year into its run. Dark Shadows also featured werewolves, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel, and a parallel universe. A small company of actors each played many roles; indeed, as actors came and went, some characters were played by more than one actor. Major writers included Art Wallace, Ron Sproat, Malcolm Marmorstein, Sam Hall and Gordon Russell. Dark Shadows was distinguished by its vividly melodramatic performances, atmospheric interiors,... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles
    • Premiered: 1966
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  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Cult TV Series
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    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin and featured, at various times, Chelsea Brown, Johnny Brown, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Richard Dawson, Moosie Drier, Henry Gibson, Teresa Graves, Goldie Hawn, Arte Johnson, Larry Hovis, Sarah Kennedy, Jeremy Lloyd, Dave Madden, Pigmeat Markham, Gary Owens, Pamela Rodgers, Barbara Sharma, Jud Strunk, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and Jo Anne Worley. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi
    • Premiered: 1968
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  • H.R. Pufnstuf is a children's television series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft in the United States. It was the first Krofft live-action, life-size puppet program. The seventeen episodes were originally broadcast from September 6, 1969 to December 27, 1969. The broadcasts were successful enough that NBC kept it on the Saturday morning schedule until August 1972. The show was shot in Paramount Studios and its opening was shot in Big Bear Lake, California. Reruns of the show aired on ABC Saturday morning from September 2, 1972 to September 8, 1973 and on Sunday mornings in some markets from September 16, 1973 to September 8, 1974. It was syndicated by itself from 1974 to 1978 and in a... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Lennie Weinrib
    • Premiered: 1969
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  • Space: 1999 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Cult TV Series
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    Space: 1999 is a British-Italian science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons and originally aired from 1975 to 1977. In the opening episode, set in September 1999, nuclear waste stored on the Moon's far side explodes, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. The series was the last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and was the most expensive series produced for British television up to that time. The first season was co-produced by the British television ITC and the Italian television RAI, while the second season was produced solely by ITC.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate
    • Premiered: 1975
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