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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s  

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List Rules Only 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis
That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
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F Is for Family is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Bill Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long
F Is for Family (Netflix, 2015) is an American web animated sitcom created by Bill Burr and Michael Price. Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely ...more
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The Kids Are Alright is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Santino Barnard, Sawyer Barth, Michael Cudlitz
The Kids Are Alright (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Tim Doyle. A pair of working class parents in an Irish-Catholic family try to raise their eight kids during ...more
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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe
The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is a television drama series set in and around Times Square, New York. It tells the story of the legalization and ensuing rise of the adult industry in New York beginning ...more
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Black Dynamite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Snoop Dogg, Michael Jai White, Kym Whitley
Black Dynamite is an American animated television series based on the 2009 film of the same name, although the series follows a separate continuity, with some back-references to the film. The ...more
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The Get Down is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
The Get Down Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Jaden Smith
The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. The show's title refers to parts of disco and R&B records that could be repeated ...more
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The Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear
The Kennedys is a Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the Kennedy family, including key triumphs and tragedies it has experienced. It stars Greg Kinnear, Barry ...more
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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more
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American Woman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, Cheyenne Jackson
American Woman (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American sitcom created by John Wells and John Riggi, based on the life of Kyle Richards. Struggling to raise her two daughters after leaving her ...more
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Puberty Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Puberty Blues Claudia Karvan, Daniel Wyllie, Charlotte Best
Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based on the 1979 book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, which was also the inspiration for the 1981 film ...more
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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald
This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the series tells the story of Dr. William Masters and ...more
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Underbelly: A Tale of Two Citi... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Caroline Craig
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, the second series of the Nine Network crime drama series Underbelly, originally aired from 9 February 2009 to 4 May 2009. It is a thirteen-part series loosely ...more
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The Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina, Chris O'Donnell
The Company is an American miniseries about the activities of the CIA during the Cold War. It was based on the best-selling novel by Robert Littell. The teleplay adaptation was written by Ken
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I'm Dying Up Here is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke
I'm Dying Up Here (2017, Showtime) is an American comedy-drama television series created by David Flebotte. Set in Los Angeles in 1973, the series follows the up and coming stand up comics ...more
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Our Friends in the North is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Daniel Craig, Mark Strong, Christopher Eccleston
Our Friends in the North is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and originally broadcast in nine episodes on BBC Two in early 1996. Written by Peter Flannery, it tells the ...more
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Manhunt: The Search for the Yo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper Gerard Horan, Stephen Moore, Claire Webzell
Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper is a 1999 film directed by Gwyneth Hughes.
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Vinyl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P. J. Byrne
Vinyl (HBO, 2016) is an American period drama television series created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen, and Terence Winter. A New York music executive (Bobby Cannavale) in the 1970s ...more
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Utopia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach
Utopia is a British thriller-drama action television series that debuted on Channel 4 on 15 January 2013 and ended on 12 August 2014. The show is written by Dennis Kelly and stars Fiona ...more
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White Teeth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
White Teeth Russell Brand, James McAvoy
White Teeth is a 2002 British four-part television drama miniseries based on the novel of the same name written by Zadie Smith. The series was directed by Julian Jarrold, adapted by Simon Burke, ...more
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The Grimleys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
The Grimleys Amanda Holden, Neville Holder, Nigel Planer
The Grimleys is a nostalgic comedy-drama television series set on a council estate in Dudley, West Midlands, England in the mid-1970s. It was first broadcast by Granada TV for ITV in 1999, ...more
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He Kills Coppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Kelly Reilly, Maureen Lipman, Rafe Spall
He Kills Coppers (ITV, 2008) is a three-part television drama directed by Adrian Shergold, based on the best-selling novel by Jake Arnott.. The drama stars Mel Raido, Liam Garrigan and Rafe ...more
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Guerrilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Guerrilla
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Fosse/Verdon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Margaret Qualley
Fosse/Verdon (FX, 2019) is an American biographical miniseries, based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson. The series follows the romantic and creative partnership of filmmaker Bob Fosse (Sam ...more
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The Bronx Is Burning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
John Turturro, Oliver Platt, Daniel Sunjata
The Bronx Is Burning is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 10, 2007, after the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby. It is an eight-episode mini-series adapted from Jonathan Mahler's ...more
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Swingtown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s
Molly Parker, Jack Davenport, Grant Show
Swingtown is an American television series created by Mike Kelley as a summer replacement series for CBS. The show was a period and relationship drama about the impact of sexual and social ...more