TV The Best 70s Drama Shows  

Ranker TV
1.2k votes 142 voters 9.3k views 35 items Embed

List Rules Any drama series that premiered in the 1970s

List of the best dramas on television in the 70s, as ranked by television critics and fans. The 1970s was not just about Farrah Fawcett haircuts and skinny jean fashion. The culture was also defined by the groundbreaking dramas that were popping up on television in both the UnitedStates and United Kingdom. Trends that were once popular in the 60s were beginning to die off, such as the televised western. Bonanza and Gunsmoke were the only two westerns that survived into the 70s.

Two genres steadily rose in the 70s: crime shows and science fiction dramas. The stars of crime dramas quickly became icons, with their feathered hair and serious dispositions. Many of the detectives from these shows became legends of the genre, from Kojak’s lollipop sucking detective skills to Columbo and his cunning ways of tricking a criminal into slipping up.Science fiction shows like Wonder Woman and Battlestar Galactica worked as a foundation for a drama genre that would continue to grow over the years.

This list answers the question, “What are the best TV dramas of the 70s?” The shows on this list range from family friendly period pieces like The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie to medical dramas like Quincy,M.E. These dramas truly capture the feel of the 70s.

list ordered by

1
46 15
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

19 Celebrities with Heterochromia Iridis The Best 1970s CBS Comedy Shows

2
32 11
Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

3
28 8
The Streets of San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Streets of San Francisco Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins

4
29 9
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

5
32 12
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows

6
33 13
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

7
36 16
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

8
27 10
Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

9
28 11
The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Mod Squad Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton

10
30 13
Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

11
28 12
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

12
25 10
Kojak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Kojak Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson

13
25 11
Roots is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

14
26 12
Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

15
29 15
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

The Best Drama Shows About Families, Ranked The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

16
25 12
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

17
26 14
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

18
20 9
Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo

19
21 11
Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

20
23 13
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

21
26 17
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

22
19 12
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

23
22 15
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

24
19 15
Eight Is Enough is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Eight Is Enough Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham

25
16 12
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

26
16 12
McMillan & Wife is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
McMillan & Wife Rock Hudson, Julie Newmar, Stefanie Powers

27
18 16
Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

28
16 14
Buck Rogers in the 25th Centur... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

29
15 13
Barnaby Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Barnaby Jones Lee Meriwether, Buddy Ebsen, John Carter

30
15 13
S.W.A.T. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
S.W.A.T. Steve Forrest, Robert Urich, Rod Perry

31
15 14
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

32
13 15
Ironside is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Ironside Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway

33
10 16
Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

34
2 16
Flying High is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
Flying High Connie Sellecca, Howard Platt, Kathryn Witt

35
3 21
The Duchess of Duke Street is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 70s Drama Shows
The Duchess of Duke Street June Brown, Lalla Ward, Richard Vernon