Best Sitcoms of the 70s

It was hard to put these in order as so many of these shows were groundbreaking because of their subject matter (war, single women, African-American families) and the issues they tackled that were considered taboo on T.V. until these shows came along (race relations, divorce/single parents, alcoholism, women's rights, homosexuality, abortion, rape, etc. --these are all funny things, right? ). Norman Lear is to thank for this. He produced All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, and One Day at a Time.

The Top Ten

1 All in the Family

The show that really started it all in terms of pushing the envelope of what a sitcom could do. It was #1 in the ratings for five consecutive years (1971-1976). Spun-off Maude (which spun off Good Times), The Jeffersons, and Gloria. - Blue_Devereaux

This was the Beginning of a lot of today's shows Direction!

They Broke a lot of rules but they were very Successful - Curti2594

Groundbreaking and some episodes still hold up to this very day. Also Archie is hilarious and so is edith - RaeMarie

2 M*A*S*H M*A*S*H

It depicted how war could be absurd, poignant, pointless, heartbreaking, and really funny, often simultaneously. - Blue_Devereaux

3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show

First show to really tackle women's rights with a never-married, career oriented lead character. Spun-off Rhoda and Phyllis. - Blue_Devereaux

4 Sanford and Son

Sanford & Son stinks! Sweet Valley High was way more better! - playstationfan66

"Elizabeth, I comin' to join ya! " - Blue_Devereaux

5 Maude

Very, very controversial show starring Bea Arthur ("God will get you for that, Walter"). - Blue_Devereaux

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6 Good Times

The first (and only? ) to show a working-poor family (and African-American) struggling to get out of the ghetto. - Blue_Devereaux

7 The Bob Newhart Show

I love his deadpan humor. - Blue_Devereaux

8 Happy Days

In my top 5 for favorite sitcoms ever!

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9 The Brady Bunch The Brady Bunch

Yeah, yeah, I know this show wasn't controversial or clever. I suppose the whole blended family was something new. But this show has become a part of American pop culture in a way that perhaps none of the other shows on this list have. It has been airing on some network or T.V. station nearly continuously for 40 years. (And I really loved it when I was a kid, so there's that, too. ) - Blue_Devereaux

10 Three's Company

Amazing, classic sitcom filled with lots of misunderstandings and physical comedy. It was very popular in the ratings too at the time. My favourite show of all time.

The second best sitcom, in my book... - StephanTheIdiot

The Contenders

11 Laverne & Shirley

Another show set in the 50s (and 60s) with two single women as the main characters. - Blue_Devereaux

12 Taxi
13 The Good Life

How I wish I could have lived in 1975 JUST FOR THIS! - PositronWildhawk

14 The Goodies
15 Diff'rent Strokes V 1 Comment
16 Rhoda
17 The Jeffersons

Funniest show I've ever watched. I even bought the DVD sets.

18 The Monkees
19 Barney Miller
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