70s The Best 70s TV Sitcoms  

Ranker TV
Originally by
14.9k votes 1.6k voters 80.1k views 42 items

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 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 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!

1
451 173
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

2
430 145
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH. The series, which was produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ...more

3
394 132
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

4
344 161
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns that aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. The program was a television breakthrough, with the ...more

5
344 186
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more

6
327 147
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to 1983 on NBC. The series—which won 18 Emmy Awards, including three for Outstanding Comedy Series—focuses ...more

7
278 139
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970, to March 7, 1975, on ABC. It stars Tony ...more

8
319 149
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the misadventures of the staff of a struggling fictional radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show was ...more

9
277 154
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 half-hour episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart ...more

10
257 144
Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Barney Miller Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg Barney Miller is an American situation comedy television series set in a New York City Police Department police station in Greenwich Village. The series originally was broadcast from January 23, ...more

11
271 136
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985, lasting 11 seasons and a total of 253 episodes. The show was produced by the T.A.T. ...more

12
313 127
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more

13
283 119
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Bewitched Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more

14
268 98
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
DanielL.Berry added Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim ...more

15
280 110
Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Welcome Back, Kotter Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta Welcome Back, Kotter ist eine US-amerikanische Sitcom.

16
293 121
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more

17
256 135
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

18
191 137
Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
DanielL.Berry added Hogan's Heroes Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. ...more

19
210 155
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Pat Harrington Jr. One Day at a Time is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network from December 16, 1975, until May 28, 1984. It starred Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano, a divorced mother who moves ...more

20
226 130
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

21
236 148
Soap is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was created as a night-time parody of daytime soap operas, presented as a weekly half-hour prime time comedy. ...more

22
147 63
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Arthur Williams added I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom ...more

23
187 142
The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Partridge Family 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

24
168 114
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
DanielL.Berry added The Waltons 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

25
189 140
Alice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback Alice is an American sitcom television series that ran from August 31, 1976 to March 19, 1985 on CBS. The series is based on the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The show stars Linda ...more

26
197 135
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1, 1979, on CBS. It was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Norman Lear, the series' ...more

27
190 135
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ...more

28
173 137
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith Charlie's Angels is an American crime 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 ...more

29
143 153
Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Rhoda 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

30
173 148
Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Diff'rent Strokes 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

31
157 154
Maude is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Maude 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

32
157 138
Hee Haw is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Hee Haw 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

33
165 123
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the ...more

34
129 131
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour 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

35
127 131
Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge Adam-12 is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol ...more

36
146 156
What's Happening!! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
What's Happening!! 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

37
125 134
Chico and the Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Chico and the Man 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

38
42 17
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
kent787 added The Rockford Files 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

39
76 100
Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Fawlty Towers 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

40
32 21
The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
kent787 added The Incredible Hulk 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

41
136 141
The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
The Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more

42
28 19
Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
kent787 added Starsky and Hutch 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