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The Best '70s TV Shows

Updated May 3, 2021 157.8k votes 8.1k voters 358.5k views181 items

List RulesVote 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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    884

    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers
    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970...  more
  • 2
    2,084
    750

    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler
    Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to...  more
  • 3
    1,881
    720

    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence
    The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol...  more
  • 4
    2,017
    795

    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton
    All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television...  more
  • 5
    1,585
    638

    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump
    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the...  more
  • 6
    1,465
    582

    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson
    Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC...  more
  • 7
    1,714
    697

    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.
    The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on...  more
  • 8
    1,606
    696

    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally
    Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los...  more
  • 9
    1,562
    669

    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt
    Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on...  more
  • 10
    1,441
    605

    The Six Million Dollar Man

    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson
    The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with...  more
  • 11
    1,276
    553

    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams
    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to...  more
  • 12
    1,299
    549

    Welcome Back, Kotter

    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo
    Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan)...  more
  • 13
    1,152
    347

    The Scooby-Doo Show

    Casey Kasem, Frank Welker
    The Scooby-Doo Show is the blanket name for the episodes from the third incarnation of the...  more
  • 14
    1,498
    651

    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson
    The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from...  more
  • 15
    995
    392

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz
    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by...  more
  • 16
    1,434
    631

    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway
    Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to...  more
  • 17
    1,222
    532

    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley
    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through...  more
  • 18
    1,226
    525

    Little House on the Prairie

    Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell
    Little House on the Prairie, also known as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie,...  more
  • 19
    1,429
    665

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and...  more
  • 20
    832
    286

    Schoolhouse Rock

    Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon
    Schoolhouse Rock! is an American interstitial programming series of animated musical...  more
  • 21
    1,262
    558

    Mork & Mindy

    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber
    Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams...  more
  • 22
    1,120
    477

    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser
    Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a...  more
  • 23
    1,243
    562

    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett
    Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22,...  more
  • 24
    1,300
    588

    The Odd Couple

    Jack Klugman, Tony Randall
    The Odd Couple, formally titled onscreen Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, is an American...  more
  • 25
    1,206
    587

    The Bob Newhart Show

    Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette
    The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired...  more