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List Rules Vote up the greatest TV shows that aired between 1970 and 1979.

List of the best TV shows from the 1970s, as ranked by television fans. The '70s were when television really pushed the limits of what could be shown. Shows like "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "Maude," and "Sanford and Son" changed the face of television by including social commentary in between the laughs-a-minute. These shows pushed the limits of what could be discussed on television more than ever before. They were the foundation for what shows could get away with and talk about in later decades, including subjects like poverty, racism, abortion, rape, and abuse.

Lighter sitcoms like "The Brady Bunch," "Three’s Company," and "Laverne & Shirley" were also huge hits due to their entertainment factor. Action shows were also extremely popular in the 70s, with shows like "Charlie’s Angels," "Ironside, and "The Six Million Dollar Man" bringing in huge ratings. Variety shows also made their mark on television, including the massive hit "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour."

What is your favorite '70s program? Which top shows from the 1970s deserve to be remembered for years to come? This list includes the highest rated and most talked about shows that aired in the 70s.

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373 132
M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
M*A*S*H Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swi

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2
273 125
All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

3
231 93
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added The Carol Burnett Show Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

4
240 119
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos

5
302 101
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

6
224 103
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Columbo Peter Falk^! Mike Lally^! John Finnegan

7
212 122
The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod

8
226 115
Taxi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Taxi Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito

9
198 96
The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Bob Newhart Show Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily

10
172 90
The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added The Odd Couple Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Penny Marshall

11
178 109
Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Barney Miller Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Steve Landesberg

12
229 103
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
WKRP in Cincinnati Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

13
174 96
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

14
182 125
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott

15
220 114
Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

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16
222 130
The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Brady Bunch Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

17
216 102
Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

18
172 123
The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

19
159 104
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

20
187 104
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

21
161 108
Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett

22
182 109
Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Charlie's Angels Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

23
139 84
Quincy, M.E. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Quincy, M.E. Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito

24
178 93
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Mork & Mindy Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

25
180 106
Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Welcome Back, Kotter Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

26
154 116
Soap is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Soap Rod Roddy, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan

27
142 70
Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

28
114 105
Roots is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

29
116 88
One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added One Day at a Time Valerie Bertinelli^! Bonnie Franklin^! Pat Harrington Jr.

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30
166 117
Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Laverne & Shirley Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander

31
181 110
The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Jeffersons Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs

32
138 100
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

33
170 90
Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Starsky and Hutch David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas

34
127 93
Emergency! is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Emergency! Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London

35
134 53
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Little House on the Prairie Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush

36
81 95
The Midnight Special is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added The Midnight Special Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer

37
146 112
The Partridge Family is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Partridge Family Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey

38
95 122
Rhoda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Rhoda Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music

39
103 40
The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

40
122 98
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Rinkydink added Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

41
128 73
Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
slaft added Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

42
129 81
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
slaft added Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

43
110 33
The Scooby-Doo Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Scooby-Doo Show Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Don Messick

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136 113
Good Times is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Good Times BernNadette Stanis, Ralph Carter, Jimmie Walker

45
107 83
Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Rinkydink added Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

46
92 81
Baretta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Rinkydink added Baretta Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts

47
124 85
Alice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Alice Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback

48
94 91
Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Puzzler added Night Gallery Rod Serling, Gary Collins

49
96 49
Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows

50
73 43
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker