Top TV of the 1970s

by fugazi-grrl | created - 19 Nov 2011 | updated - 19 Nov 2011 | Public

Shows from the 70s that I was too young to enjoy at the time, but have since discovered in syndication and reruns. They stand the test of time and are some of the best entertainment TV ever had to offer.

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1. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

Votes: 5,002

2. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks".

Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Walt Davis

Votes: 1,481

3. Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.

Stars: Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle

Votes: 9,221

4. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 33,452

5. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 47,305

6. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 6,787

7. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 4,349

8. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 39,688

9. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a widow marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 11,242

10. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 12,616

11. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After a severely injured test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear-powered bionic limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 8,138

12. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,275

13. Kung Fu (1972–1975)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

Stars: David Carradine, Radames Pera, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn

Votes: 4,769

14. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 6,166

15. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971–1974)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned, blossoming into a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Peter Cullen

Votes: 626

16. Cannon (1971–1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator.

Stars: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman, Charles Bateman

Votes: 2,319

17. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After fully recovering from her nearly fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.

Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Ford Rainey

Votes: 5,367

18. The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)

PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy

The adventures of the fast-drivin', rubber-burnin' Duke boys of Hazzard County.

Stars: Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle

Votes: 9,603

19. The Sonny and Cher Show (1976–1977)

60 min | Comedy, Music

Cher and Sonny Bono starred in this quintessentially '70's TV comedy/variety show. Sonny and Cher's hit songs featured prominently on the show, as they would often sing and perform them ... See full summary »

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Jack L. Harrell, Ted Zeigler

Votes: 388

20. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 6,409

21. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 8,707

22. Mannix (1967–1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and Police Department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood, Ron Nyman

Votes: 2,335

23. Eight Is Enough (1977–1981)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

This comedy drama focused on a family with eight very independent children.

Stars: Dick Van Patten, Lani O'Grady, Connie Needham, Susan Richardson

Votes: 2,233



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