If you’re here with the expectation of seeing ‘That 70s Show’ on the list, then profuse apologies. Jokes aside, the following list will include the very best of television in the 1970s. This was a decade of true change on the small screen, with massive numbers of people tuning in to watch their favourite shows. The decade redefined television ratings, and the shows themselves would go on to influence later efforts. There was a refreshing variety of shows as well, from variety shows, to alien conspiracies, to even puppets for children! Without further ado, here is the list of top TV shows of the 1970s:
Special Mention- Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-75)
With the show spanning for just one season on ABC that comprised of 20 episodes, ‘Kolchak’ couldn’t possibly make it onto a ‘best of’ list. This was because the television heavyweights of the 1970s all ran across several years, and had ample scope and history to build upon. Nevertheless, just like the relatively more recent space western drama ‘Firefly’ which also ran for a single season (2002-03), ‘Kolchak’ has proven to be incredibly influential, and is now a certified hidden gem.
It starred Darren McGavin as the eponymous Kolchak, an investigative reporter who probed into mysterious crimes that conventional law enforcement didn’t bother with. The show dealt frequently with strange creatures, which bordered on science fiction and the supernatural. If this premise sounds familiar, that’s because ‘The X-Files’ (1993-2002) cites this as its main influence. Overall, ‘Kolchak’ is woefully unknown and that should be rectified at the earliest chance.
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10. Happy Days (1974-1984)