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The Best 70s TV Sitcoms

Updated February 19, 2020 31.9k votes 3.2k voters 184.6k views47 items

List RulesThe 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 Family1
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

    All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television...  more
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  • Happy Days2
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    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to...  more
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  • M*A*S*H3
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970...  more
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  • Sanford and Son4
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC...  more
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  • The Jeffersons5
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    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through...  more
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  • Taxi6
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    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

    Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to...  more
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  • Bewitched7
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    Bewitched

    Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York

    Premiered1964

    Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on...  more
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  • WKRP in Cincinnati8
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    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the...  more
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  • Gilligan's Island9
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    Gilligan's Island

    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr.

    Premiered1964

    Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United...  more
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  • The Brady Bunch10
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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

    The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from...  more
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  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show11
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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner

    Premiered1970

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and...  more
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  • The Bob Newhart Show12
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    The Bob Newhart Show

    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette

    Premiered1972

    The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired...  more
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  • Welcome Back, Kotter13
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    Welcome Back, Kotter

    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo

    Premiered1975

    Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan)...  more
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  • The Odd Couple14
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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall

    Premiered1970

    The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American...  more
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  • I Dream of Jeannie15
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    I Dream of Jeannie

    Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman

    Premiered1965

    I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara...  more
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  • Laverne & Shirley16
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    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to...  more
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  • Barney Miller17
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    Barney Miller

    Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda

    Premiered1975

    Barney Miller is an American situation comedy television series set in a New York City Police...  more
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  • Three's Company18
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on...  more
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  • Mork & Mindy19
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    Mork & Mindy

    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber

    Premiered1978

    Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams...  more
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  • Get Smart20
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    Get Smart

    Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

    Premiered1965

    Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre....  more
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  • The Rockford Files21
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    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on...  more
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  • Good Times22
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    Good Times

    BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter

    Premiered1974

    Good Times is an American sitcom that originally aired from February 8, 1974, until August 1,...  more
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    #191 of 443 The Funniest TV Shows of All Time#109 of 305 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History

  • The Love Boat23
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    The Love Boat

    Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell

    Premiered1977

    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 Heroes24
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    Hogan's Heroes

    Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer

    Premiered1965

    Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran...  more
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  • Soap25
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    Soap

    Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond

    Premiered1977

    Soap is an American sitcom that originally ran on ABC from 1977 into 1981. The show was...  more
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