The list of the top 5 television shows of the 70’s was hard to make and there are surely some titles that could have been included. However, we wanted to take into account solely the success that the shows had and the impact they had on a generation. With this in mind and without further ado,
These are our top 5 TV programs of the 70’s:
5. Sanford And Son
Sanford and Son was based on Steptoe and Son. The show aired on NBC from 1972 to 1977 and it managed to make the Time Magazine 2007 list of “100 Best TV Shows Of All Time”. The story revolved around a junk dealer living in Los Angeles along with his 30 year old son. Many see the television show as the starting point for many popular American sitcoms and its biggest success came in the 74-75 season when the show brought in a rating of 29.6.
4. Mary Tyler Moore Show
The show was also simply referred to as Mary Tyler Moore and it was created by Allan Burns and James L. Brooks. It aired between 1970 and 1977 on CBS. At that point in time the show was a complete breakthrough as the central character was an independent woman that was centered on her career. The character was different as she was not divorced, widowed or looking for a man in order to get financial support. This television show is considered to be one of the most acclaimed in US history and it received high praise from almost all critics. The Mary Tyler Moore show won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and was listed by Time Magazine as one of the “17 Shows That Changed TV.”
3. Good Times
Almost everyone has heard about or watched Good Times. This American sitcom first aired in 1974 and it stayed on TV, on CBS, until 1979. The creators were Michael Evans and Eric Monte. This show was basically a spin-off of the renowned Maude, which was also a spin-off of the well known All in the Family, in combination with The Jeffersons. It is interesting to note that Chicago was the setting of the movie but every single episode was produced in Los Angeles. Good Times landed many nominations for well known awards and won the Impact Award in 2006. This television show was the seventh-highest-rated program in the Nielsen ratings in it first season on the air.
M.A.S.H. is a name that everyone knows. It was a unique story at the time and the show ran an impressive amount of time, from 1972 to 1983. Everything was built around the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital number 4077, which was in the middle of the brutal Korean War. The television show combined elements of war movies with hospital themed movies and came up with something pretty unique. The interesting part of the program was that the group of people present were stuck in the middle of a war and did everything that they could in order to have a little fun. M.A.S.H. brought comedy to a whole new level. The revenge plots and the practical jokes made everything a delight for the audience. The series finale was the most watched television episode in American history at the time, with a record breaking 125 million viewers. M.A.S.H. also won a total of 14 Emmy Awards during its eleven year series.
1. All In The Family
We already mentioned this show before and it is also the number one on the list. It lasted between 1971 and 1979. What few people know was that there was another show, Archie Bunker’s Place. It basically continued the story of All In The Family and made it on CBS until 1983. The television show’s producers were Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear. Everything was centered on a bigot from the working class and his entire family. All In The Family was based on Till Death Us Do Part. The television show enjoyed huge success mainly because it touched on topics that were considered to be too controversial for television up until then. Examples of topics touched on were rape, racism, homosexuality, miscarriage, breast cancer and impotence. Even though these controversial issues were depicted, the series ended up as a really influential comedic program that was very popular around the world. The show was number one in the Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. It became the first television series in history to rank number one for five consecutive years.