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The Greatest Shows of the 1970s, Ranked

Updated June 23, 2021 159.8k votes 8.3k voters 366.3k views181 items

List RulesVote up the best TV series based on the episodes that aired between 1970 and 1979.

It's '70s TV shows that were when television really pushed the limits of what could be shown. This list of the best TV shows from the 1970s ranks the decade's shows from best to worst based on your votes and votes from other television fans. Shows in the '70s, 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 AngelsIronside, 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 are your favorite '70s shows? Which top series 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, so vote up the best shows of the decade.

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