70s The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s  

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Talk shows have been an important part of the television landscape for decades, and these are the best 1970s talk shows, ranked from best to worst. Some of these top 1970s talk shows have become true TV icons that have remained on the air, while others made a big splash in the 70s, but longevity wasn't the cards for them. That doesn't make them any less great. Not every show is meant to be on the air forever. In fact, some of the greatest shows last only a few seasons. So, what is the best 70s talk show?

While casting your votes, what series can you expect to find on this best 1970s talk shows list? Morning television was revolutionized when Good Morning America debuted in 1975. Over the past 40+ years, the show has welcomed such notable guests as Barack Obama, Will Smith, Peyton Manning, and many more. The Dean Martin Show is another good talk show that aired in the '70s.

Throughout the decade, Dick Cavett chatted with many of the top entertainers of the day including Carol Burnett, Marlon Brando, and Katharine Hepburn. And just for posterity, some of the other great series that appear on this list include The Flip Willson Show, 20/20, and SportsCenter.

Which 1970s talk show is the best? Vote up your favorites and see if other TV fans agree with you!
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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

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The Dick Cavett Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Dick Cavett Show Leigh French

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The Mike Douglas Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Mike Douglas Show Shirley Temple, Mike Douglas

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The Flip Wilson Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Flip Wilson Show Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin

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11 5
The Dean Martin Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Dean Martin Show Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise

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11 5
The Merv Griffin Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s

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11 5
American Bandstand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
American Bandstand Dick Clark

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11 6
The Jackie Gleason Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Jackie Gleason Show Tina Louise, Bettie Page, Jackie Gleason

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10 6
The Phil Donahue Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Phil Donahue Show Phil Donahue, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton

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10 7
20/20 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
20/20 Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters

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8 6
Tonight Starring Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s

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Tom Snyder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
Monisa Montoya added Tom Snyder

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8 8
Good Morning America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
Good Morning America Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Bianna Golodryga

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9 10
The Today Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Today Show Ann Curry, Anita Colby

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8 9
SportsCenter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
SportsCenter Neil Everett, Jalen Rose, Jenn Brown

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6 7
Meet the Press is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
Meet the Press David Gregory

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5 6
Washington Week is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s

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4 5
America 2-Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
America 2-Night Charlton Heston, Rob Reiner, Gary Coleman

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4 6
Morton Downey Jr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
Monisa Montoya added Morton Downey Jr

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4 7
Face the Nation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
Face the Nation Howard K. Smith, Lesley Stahl, Martin Agronsky

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9 15
The 700 Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The 700 Club Susan Howard Chrane, Lee Webb

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2 7
The Late Late Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
The Late Late Show Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy, Gay Byrne

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Question Time is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Talk Shows of the 1970s
Question Time Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson