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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1970s

Updated January 12, 2021 1.1k votes 222 voters 11.5k views39 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 Show1
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    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from...  more
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  • F Is for Family2
    59
    31

    F Is for Family

    Bill Burr, Laura Dern

    Premiered2015

    F Is for Family (Netflix, 2015) is an American web animated sitcom created by Bill Burr and...  more
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  • The Kids Are Alright3
    34
    16

    The Kids Are Alright

    Santino Barnard, Sawyer Barth

    Premiered2018

    The Kids Are Alright (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom television series created by Tim Doyle....  more
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  • The Get Down4
    28
    11

    The Get Down

    Justice Smith, Shameik Moore

    Premiered2016

    The Get Down (Netflix, 2016) is a musical drama television series set in the South Bronx in...  more
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  • The Deuce5
    30
    16

    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and...  more
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  • Mrs America6
    14
    1

    Mrs America

    Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks

    Premiered2020

    Mrs. America (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series created by Dahvi Waller. Conservative...  more
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  • Narcos7
    18
    9

    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura

    Premiered2015

    Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato,...  more
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  • Hunters8
    12
    2

    Hunters

    Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton

    Premiered2020

    Hunters (Amazon, 2020) is an American drama web television series created by David Weil. In...  more
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  • Black Dynamite9
    14
    9

    Black Dynamite

    Snoop Dogg, Michael Jai White

    Premiered2012

    Black Dynamite is an American animated television series based on the 2009 film of the same...  more
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  • The Kennedys10
    14
    9

    The Kennedys

    Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson

    Premiered2011

    The Kennedys is a Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the Kennedy...  more
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  • Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities11

    Premiered2009

    Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, the second series of the Nine Network crime drama series...  more
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  • Masters of Sex12
    12
    9

    Masters of Sex

    Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan

    Premiered2013

    This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29,...  more
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  • When We Rise13
    10
    11

    When We Rise

    Rachel Griffiths, Austin P. McKenzie

    Premiered2017

    Westside is an American drama television pilot which was created by Byron Balasco and produced...  more
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  • Puberty Blues14
    9
    10

    Puberty Blues

    Claudia Karvan, Daniel Wyllie

    Premiered2012

    Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based...  more
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  • The Company15
    12
    16

    The Company

    Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina

    Premiered2007

    The Company is an American miniseries about the activities of the CIA during the Cold War. It...  more
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  • Days Like These16
    7
    9

    Days Like These

    Lucy Punch, Emma Pierson

    Premiered1999

    Days Like These is a British TV series remake of the popular American sitcom That '70s Show....  more
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  • Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper17
    8
    10

    Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper

    Gerard Horan, Stephen Moore

    Premiered2000

    Manhunt: The Search for the Yorkshire Ripper is a 1999 film directed by Gwyneth Hughes....
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  • Our Friends in the North18
    7
    10

    Our Friends in the North

    Daniel Craig, Mark Strong

    Premiered1996

    Our Friends in the North is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and...  more
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  • Fosse/Verdon19
    5
    8

    Fosse/Verdon

    Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams

    Premiered2019

    Fosse/Verdon (FX, 2019) is an American biographical miniseries, based on the book Fosse by Sam...  more
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  • Wrong Kind of Black20
    1
    0

    Wrong Kind of Black

    Clarence Ryan, Aaron L. McGrath

    Premiered2018

    Wrong Kind of Black (Netflix, 2018) is an Australian comedy drama series. The series follows...  more
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  • Swingtown21
    14
    21

    Swingtown

    Molly Parker, Jack Davenport

    Premiered2008

    Swingtown is an American television series created by Mike Kelley as a summer replacement...  more
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  • Small Axe22
    0
    0

    Small Axe

    Thomas Coombes, Gershwyn Eustache Jnr

    Premiered2020

    Small Axe (Amazon Video, 2020) is a British-American anthology series, created and directed by...  more
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  • White Teeth23
    10
    16

    White Teeth

    Russell Brand, James McAvoy

    Premiered2002

    White Teeth is a 2002 British four-part television drama miniseries based on the novel of the...  more
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  • Utopia24
    10
    16

    Utopia

    Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach

    Premiered2013

    Utopia is a British thriller-drama action television series that debuted on Channel 4 on 15...  more
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  • Selena: The Series25
    0
    1

    Selena: The Series

    Christian Serratos, Ricardo Chavira

    Premiered2020

    Selena: The Series (Netflix, 2020) is an American biographical drama television series based...  more
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