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Television Shows From The 70s

Below you will find a number of TV shows that were popular back in the Seventies, many are available as DVD Sets or you can find them being repeated on specialist TV stations ( Terrestrial and Cable ) that feature popular old 1970s TV Classics. Great fun , while doing the research it bought back many fond memories of my childhood. I wonder how many others found themselves humming along with the theme music.

The Streets of San Francisco

The Streets of San Francisco was 70s Television police drama featuring "Det. Lt. Mike Stone" played by Karl Malden and "Inspector Steve Keller" played by Michael Douglas filmed on location in San Francisco . Series ran from 1972 till 1977.

The Waltons

The Waltons was a TV series about a family based during the years of the great depression living in the southern United States. The series is a family based gentle way of depicting the difficulties of those difficult times and a family survived and prospered. Possibly best remembered for the closing sequence where the family wishes each other good night. Series ran from 1972 till 1981.


Chips American TV Series about two motorcycle police officers who are part of the California Highway Patrol played by Erik Estrada as Francis ("Frank") "Ponch" Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as Officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker. Series ran from 1977 - 1983.

Starsky and Hutch

Starsky and Hutch American TV Series featuring David Starsky played by Paul Michael Glaser and Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson played by David Soul chasing around the streets in a two-door Ford Gran Torino, Their underworld informant was Huggy Bear played by Antonio Fargas . Part of the appeal was the aggressive stunt driving which resulted in multiple accidents. Series ran from 1975 - 1979.

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard American TV Series featuring two cousins Bo and Luke Duke chasing around the countryside in a modified 1969 Dodge Charger, The General Lee, fighting against the corrupt Boss Hogg and the inept county sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. For any hot blooded male the car chasing and jumps only enhanced the show because of the appearance of Daisy Duke the boys pretty young cousin. Series ran from 1979 - 1985.

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show was a song-and-dance variety show created by the late great Jim Henson featuring a cast of Muppets including Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and who can forget the delightful Miss Piggy. Over the 5 seasons anyone who is anyone appeared on The Muppet Show including John Denver, Roger Moore, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Leo Sayer, Vincent Price and Rudolf Nureyev, just to name a few. What many do not know although Jim Henson was American and Sesame Street was produced in the United States the Muppet Show was produced at the ATV studios in Elstree, England. Series ran from 1976 - 1981. The Two Puppets On The Balcony Are Statler and Waldorf


Dallas American Soap opera based around The Ewings, a wealthy Texas family in the oil and cattle-ranching industries with their Southfork Ranch and large offices in Dallas, Texas. The show featured "J.R." Ewing Jr played by Larry Hagman and his brother Bobby played by Patrick Duffy and the problems between the two brothers because of the lack of scruples JR displayed when dealing with family and business. The soap opera was one of the best in class for coming up with story lines which kept the world guessing at the end of each season , possibly the best remembered was "Who shot JR" at the end of Season Two. Series ran from 1978 - 1991.

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels about three women who work for a private investigation agency headed by Charles Townsend, during the five years of the series there were a number of Angels including Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd, Series ran from 1976 - 1981.

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie TV series based on a family headed by Charles Ingalls played by Michael Landon in the Midwest region of the United States during the late 19th century loosely based on the best selling book of the same name by Laura Ingalls Wilder published in 1935. Series ran from 1974 - 1983.


Kojak TV detective series with Kojak played by actor Telly Savalas what more do I need to say than these few words "Who loves ya, baby?", "Stavros" and a love of "lollipops". Series ran from 1973 - 1978.

All In The Family

All In The Family about Archie Bunker played by Carroll O'Connor, a working-class, World War II veteran, very outspoken bigot, prejudiced against everyone and everything who had different views from his own the series Although critics and those believing it was not politically correct criticized it intensely the public loved it making it number 1 on the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976.. Series ran from 1971 - 1979.

Laverne & Shirley

Laverne & Shirley American Situation Comedy about two roommates Laverne De Fazio played by Penny Marshall and Shirley Feeney played by Cindy Williams who, work in a Milwaukee brewery. Series ran from 1976 - 1983.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple American Situation Comedy based on two divorced men sharing an apartment Felix Unger played by Tony Randall and Oscar Madison played by Jack Klugman, The two men are as different as chalk and cheese in taste on everything from TV to Women. Series ran from 1970 - 1974.

Happy Days

Happy Days American television sitcom based on life for the Cunningham family and friends in the mid fifties to early sixties starring Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli played by Henry Winkler, Howard "Mr. C." Cunningham played by Tom Bosley and Richie Cunningham played by Ron Howard. Series ran from 1974 - 1984.

Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son American television sitcom based on life of father and son who run a scrap yard in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The two principle characters were the father Fred G. Sanford played by Redd Foxx and his 30 yr old son Lamont Sanford played by Demond Wilson. The series gained great popularity making one of the top ten highest-rated series on American television every year. Series ran from 1972 - 1977.


Taxi American television sitcom winning a staggering 18 Emmy Awards about a group of Taxi drivers based in New York City. Amongst those who played starring roles were Danny DeVito, Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza and Andy Kaufman Series ran from 1978 - 1983.


Benson TV sitcom about a Head of Household played by Robert Guillaume employed by Governor Eugene Gatling to bring peace and harmony to the household. Series ran from 1979 - 1986.