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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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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Premiered: 1971

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

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M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

Premiered: 1972

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

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

Premiered: 1974

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

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

Premiered: 1972

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

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Taxi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

Premiered: 1978

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The Mary Tyler Moore Sho... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

Premiered: 1970

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

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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
DanielL.Berry added Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

Premiered: 1964

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WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

Premiered: 1978

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

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

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The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

Premiered: 1975

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

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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

Premiered: 1964

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

Premiered: 1969

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

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Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

Premiered: 1975

Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) is a sardonic high school teacher in charge of a racially and ethnically diverse remedial class ...more

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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

Premiered: 1972

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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

Premiered: 1975

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

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

Premiered: 1976

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

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

Premiered: 1970

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

Premiered: 1978

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

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
DanielL.Berry added Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

Premiered: 1965

Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Bob Crane starred as ...more

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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Arthur Williams added Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

Premiered: 1965

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

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Good Times is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

Premiered: 1974

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

Premiered: 1977

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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Richard Masur

Premiered: 1975

One Day at a Time (CBS, 1975) is an American situation comedy television series created by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings. The series centers around a divorced mother (Bonnie Franklin), and the ...more

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Diff'rent Strokes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain

Premiered: 1978

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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Soap is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 70s TV Sitcoms
Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

Premiered: 1977

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