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The Best 70s TV Sitcoms  

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List Rules The best sitcoms that aired on TV between 1970 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 these 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.”

Hits where family was the main subject 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!

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
DanielL.Berry added Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott
The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more
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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
kent787 added James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos
The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more
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The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey
The Partridge Family is an American musical television sitcom series starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy. Jones is a widowed mother, and Cassidy plays the oldest of her five ...more
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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Diff'rent Strokes is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from November 3, 1978, to May 4, 1985, and on ABC from September 27, 1985, to March 7, 1986. The series stars Gary Coleman ...more
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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith
Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff ...more
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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more
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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt
Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry ...more
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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
kent787 added Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin
The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou ...more
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Hee Haw is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Roy Clark, Gunilla Hutton, Buck Owens
Hee Haw is an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with fictional rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. It aired on CBS-TV from 1969–1971 before a 20-year run in ...more
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Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
kent787 added David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas
Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, ...more
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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady
My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and ...more
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Maude is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain
Maude is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 23, 1978. Maude stars Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay, an outspoken, ...more
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What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Fred Berry, Danielle Spencer, Shirley Hemphill
What's Happening!! is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from August 5, 1976 to April 28, 1979. The show premiered as a summer series. With good ratings and reviews, and after the ...more
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Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Charo, Freddie Prinze, Della Reese
Chico and the Man is an American sitcom which ran on NBC for four seasons, from September 13, 1974, to July 21, 1978. It stars Jack Albertson as Ed Brown, the cantankerous owner of a run down ...more
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Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music
Rhoda is an American television sitcom, starring Valerie Harper, which aired a total of 109 half-hour episodes over five seasons, from 1974 to 1978. The show was a spin-off of The Mary Tyler ...more
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The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop-singer Cher and her husband Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August ...more
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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs
Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more
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Benson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Jeff Rittenour added Robert Guillaume, James Noble, Inga Swenson
Benson is an American television sitcom which aired from September 13, 1979, to April 19, 1986, on ABC. The series was a spin-off from the soap opera parody Soap; however, Benson discarded the ...more
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King of Kensington is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Jeff Rittenour added King of Kensington Mike Myers, Al Waxman, Jayne Eastwood
King of Kensington is a Canadian television sitcom which aired on CBC Television from 1975 to 1980. The show starred Al Waxman as Larry King, a convenience store owner in Toronto's Kensington ...more