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The Best Sitcoms Of The '70s

Updated April 19, 2021 29.6k votes 3.4k voters 191.4k views45 items

List RulesVote up your favorite sitcoms and comedy shows that aired between 1971 and 1979.

What were the best sitcoms from the 1970s? Perhaps Mary Tyler Moore or Sanford and Sons? This list of the greatest '70s television sitcoms has all the funniest shows from the decade. Top hits from every genre, including comedy, drama, romance, and thrillers were released during the 70's, but popular sitcoms were some of the most entertaining shows on television at the time.

The war drama-comedy M.A.S.H. regularly took the top spot in the television ratings, but hits like All in the Family and Happy Days were close behind. The top television sitcoms of the '70s closely followed the culture around it: the innocence of the '50s and '60s was reflected in old shows like The Brady Bunch and Three’s Company, yet the face of an ever-changing American could be seen in shows like M.A.S.H.

Sitcoms where a family was at the center of the story were subtly being replaced with comedies like Hee Haw and The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. Whether it was Charlie’s Angels that you remember the most, or the quirky Mork and Mindy, cast your vote for the best 70s sitcoms of all time below!

What are the best '70s sitcoms? Did the sitcoms you think are best make the list? Are they still as fresh today as they were 50 years ago? Take a look and vote the best 1970s sitcoms to the top.

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    Happy Days

    Erin Moran, Henry Winkler
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    M*A*S*H

    Gary Burghoff, Alan Alda
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    All in the Family

    Sally Struthers, Carroll O'Connor
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    Sanford and Son

    Noam Pitlik, Gregory Sierra
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Jan Smithers
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    The Odd Couple

    Tony Randall, Jack Klugman
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Franklin Cover
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    Taxi

    Christopher Lloyd, Randall Carver
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    Bewitched

    Alice Pearce, Sandra Gould
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Gavin MacLeod, Betty White
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and...  more
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    The Brady Bunch

    Florence Henderson, Christopher Knight
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    The Bob Newhart Show

    Bill Daily, Suzanne Pleshette
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    Welcome Back, Kotter

    Gabe Kaplan, John Sylvester White
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    Laverne & Shirley

    David L. Lander, Phil Foster
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    I Dream of Jeannie

    Bill Daily, Hayden Rorke
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    Three's Company

    Don Knotts, Richard Kline
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    Barney Miller

    Abe Vigoda, Jack Soo
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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon
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    Mork & Mindy

    Jim Staahl, Foster Brooks
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    The Rockford Files

    Rita Moreno, James Luisi
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    Good Times

    Esther Rolle, Bern Nadette Stanis
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    The Love Boat

    Fred Grandy, Gavin MacLeod
    The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC...  more

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    Hogan's Heroes

    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer
    Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran...  more

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    Soap

    Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond
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    The Facts of Life

    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields
    The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from...  more

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