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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1970s

Updated November 20, 2020 1.0k votes 198 voters 10.0k views38 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
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    F Is for Family
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    26

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Kids Are Alright
    33
    13

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Deuce
    31
    15

    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Masters of Sex
    20
    10

    Masters of Sex

    Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan

    Premiered2013

    This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Hunters
    11
    0

    Hunters

    Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton

    Premiered2020

    Hunters (Amazon, 2020) is an American drama web television series created by David Weil. In... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Mrs America
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    Mrs America

    Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks

    Premiered2020

    Mrs. America (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series created by Dahvi Waller. Conservative... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Get Down
    24
    19

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities

    Premiered2009

    Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, the second series of the Nine Network crime drama series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    When We Rise
    10
    10

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Narcos
    16
    17

    Narcos

    Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura

    Premiered2015

    Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Black Dynamite
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    17

    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Company
    13
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    I'm Dying Up Here
    13
    16

    I'm Dying Up Here

    Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor

    Premiered2017

    I'm Dying Up Here (2017, Showtime) is an American comedy-drama television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Days Like These
    8
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Puberty Blues
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The Kennedys
    15
    20

    The Kennedys

    Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson

    Premiered2011

    The Kennedys is a Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the Kennedy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    American Woman
    15
    21

    American Woman

    Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari

    Premiered2018

    American Woman (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American sitcom created by John Wells and John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Wrong Kind of Black
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Vietnam
    5
    6

    Vietnam

    Nicole Kidman, John Polson

    Premiered1987

    Vietnam is a (1987) Australian TV mini-series.Amazon buy button
  • 21
    Fosse/Verdon
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    The Bronx Is Burning
    13
    21

    The Bronx Is Burning

    John Turturro, Oliver Platt

    Premiered2007

    The Bronx Is Burning is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 10, 2007, after the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Swingtown
    13
    21

    Swingtown

    Molly Parker, Jack Davenport

    Premiered2008

    Swingtown is an American television series created by Mike Kelley as a summer replacement... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Small Axe
    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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
    2
    5

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Richard Basehart, David Hedison

    Premiered1964

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1960s American science fiction television series based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button