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The Best '70s TV Shows

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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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  • 1
    M*A*S*H is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Medical drama, Sitcom, Satire, Military

    M*A*S*H is an American television series developed by Larry Gelbart, adapted from the 1970... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    717

    Happy Days

    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Musical, Comedy, Family Film

    Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,915
    730

    The Carol Burnett Show

    Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence

    Premiered1967

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

    The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    627

    WKRP in Cincinnati

    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    WKRP in Cincinnati is an American situation comedy television series that features the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    700

    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama

    The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    586

    The Six Million Dollar Man

    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

    The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,565
    649

    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Little House on the Prairie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    488

    Little House on the Prairie

    Cameron Bancroft, Erin Cottrell

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Miniseries, Children's television series

    Little House on the Prairie, also known as Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,273
    543

    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Scooby-Doo Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    327

    The Scooby-Doo Show

    Casey Kasem, Frank Welker

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Comedy

    The Scooby-Doo Show is the blanket name for the episodes from the third incarnation of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Taxi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    634

    Taxi

    Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Taxi is an American sitcom that originally aired from 1978 to 1982 on ABC and from 1982 to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,293
    551

    Welcome Back, Kotter

    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Columbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,570
    714

    Columbo

    Peter Falk, Mike Lally

    Premiered1968

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

    Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    The Jeffersons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    529

    The Jeffersons

    Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Jeffersons is an American sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    384

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Children's television series, Live action, Comedy

    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    The Brady Bunch

    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson

    Premiered1969

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Family Film

    The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,262
    557

    Mork & Mindy

    Robin Williams, Pam Dawber

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

    Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,413
    690

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner

    Premiered1970

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show is an American television sitcom created by James L. Brooks and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    390

    Bonanza

    Lorne Greene, Michael Landon

    Premiered1959

    Genres (Tv)Western, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

    Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Schoolhouse Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    272

    Schoolhouse Rock

    Blossom Dearie, Jack Sheldon

    Premiered1973

    Genres (Tv)Education, Animation, Children's television series, Educational television, Musical

    Schoolhouse Rock! is an American interstitial programming series of animated musical... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Starsky and Hutch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
    1,132
    479

    Starsky and Hutch

    David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser

    Premiered1975

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film

    Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    570

    Charlie's Angels

    Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

    Premiered1976

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Adventure film, Action

    Charlie's Angels is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '70s TV Shows
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    414

    The Dukes of Hazzard

    Tom Wopat, John Schneider

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on the CBS television network... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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