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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1970s

Updated April 1, 2021 1.1k votes 249 voters 13.1k views40 items

List RulesOnly shows set in the '70s (i.e. must have been made before or after).

As opposed to most other decades, the '70s are easily one of the more celebrated and referenced decades in American history. Alongside the '60s and '80s, the 1970s brought with it unique fashion, a new take on music, and a great deal of catch phrases—can you dig it? And while there are plenty of great shows to have come out of the decade, you can't forget the numerous TV shows set in the '70s—paying tribute to the fads and times that are so definitive of this groovy era. Of all the '70s-set TV shows, which do you think are best?

Whether you're looking for great content or shows that simply represent the decade best, TV series set in the '70s make for serious entertainment. From hilarious sitcoms to period dramas, there's really something for everyone. Perhaps one of the best TV shows set in the '70s is the aptly named That '70s Show—complete with family values, humor, teen drama, and so much more. On the other side of the spectrum, you have hit dramas like Mad Men and The Deuce, not to mention animated shows like Black Dynamite. In short, you can find a long list of modern TV shows set in the '70s, all of which provide their own look into such a classic era. 

Check out the list of top shows set in the '70s below and take to to the max by voting up all of your favorites. And if you see a show's missing from the list, feel free to add it. If you're looking for more groovy content, check out the best '70s TV shows.

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    That '70s Show

    Josh Meyers, Ashton Kutcher
    That '70s Show (Fox, 2006) is an American teen period comedy sitcom created by Bonnie Turner,...  more
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    31

    F Is for Family

    Bill Burr, Laura Dern
    F Is for Family (Netflix, 2015) is an American web animated sitcom created by Bill Burr and...  more
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    32
    11

    The Get Down

    Justice Smith, Shameik Moore
    The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in...  more
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    34
    16

    The Kids Are Alright

    Santino Barnard, Sawyer Barth
    The Kids Are Alright (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Tim Doyle....  more
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    30
    16

    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and...  more
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    15
    2

    Mrs America

    Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks
    Mrs. America (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series created by Dahvi Waller. Conservative...  more
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    19
    10

    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura
    Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato,...  more
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    13
    4

    Hunters

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Logan Lerman
    Hunters (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American drama web television series created by David Weil....  more
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    13
    9

    Black Dynamite

    Snoop Dogg, Michael Jai White
    Black Dynamite (Adult Swim, 2012) is an American animated action crime comedy series created...  more
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    14
    9

    The Kennedys

    Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson
    The Kennedys is a Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the Kennedy...  more
  • 11
    Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, the second series of the Nine Network crime drama series...  more
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    11
    9

    Masters of Sex

    Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan
    This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29,...  more
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    10
    11

    When We Rise

    Rachel Griffiths, Austin P. McKenzie
    Westside is an American drama television pilot which was created by Byron Balasco and produced...  more
  • 14
    12
    16

    The Company

    Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina
    The Company is an American miniseries about the activities of the CIA during the Cold War. It...  more
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    8
    10

    Puberty Blues

    Claudia Karvan, Daniel Wyllie
    Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based...  more
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    8
    10

    Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper

    Gerard Horan, Stephen Moore
    Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper is a 1999 film directed by Gwyneth Hughes....
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    7
    10

    Our Friends in the North

    Geoffrey Hutchings, David Schofield
    Our Friends in the North is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and...  more
  • 18
    14
    21

    American Woman

    Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari
    American Woman (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American sitcom created by John Wells and John...  more
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    6
    9

    Days Like These

    Lucy Punch, Emma Pierson
    Days Like These is a British TV series remake of the popular American sitcom That '70s Show....  more
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    4
    0

    The Serpent

    Tahar Rahim, Billy Howle
    The Serpent (Netflix, 2021) is a British crime drama serial created by Richard Warlow and Toby...  more
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    10
    16

    White Teeth

    Naomie Harris, Archie Panjabi
    White Teeth is a 2002 British four-part television drama miniseries based on the novel of the...  more
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    10
    16

    Utopia

    Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach
    Utopia is a British thriller-drama action television series that debuted on Channel 4 on 15...  more
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    1
    0

    Wrong Kind of Black

    Clarence Ryan, Aaron L. McGrath
    Wrong Kind of Black (Netflix, 2018) is an Australian comedy drama series. The series follows...  more
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    0
    0

    Small Axe

    Thomas Coombes, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr
    Small Axe (Amazon Video, 2020) is a British-American anthology series, created and directed by...  more
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    2
    5

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Terry Becker, Richard Bull
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1960s American science fiction television series based on...  more