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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 20 TV Shows That Defined the 1970s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

We asked Rotten Tomatoes users which TV show screams “The ’70s,” and they chose a show about an Army surgical unit set during the Korean War in the 1950s. M*A*S*H took 71% of the vote, followed by Happy Days (66%), All in the Family (64%), Charlie’s Angels (605), and 1970s Saturday Night Live (50%).

Who ruled the ’70s? The M*A*S*H cast (18%), followed by Carol Burnett (13%), Farrah Fawcett (10%), Henry Winkler (9%), and Bill Murray (6%).

Read on to see which other TV titles placed in the top shows of the 1970s chosen by RT readers.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Synopsis: Brainiac Velma, jock Fred, fashionista Daphne, hippie Shaggy, and Shaggy's highstrung, talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, climb into their green van,... [More]



Roots (1977)

Synopsis: A 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's book tells the story of African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to... [More]

Synopsis: Steve Austin is an astronaut who is seriously injured when his spaceship crashes. Handsome and athletic, Austin undergoes a government-sanctioned... [More]

Taxi (1978)

Synopsis: This Emmy-winning sitcom follows the lives of a group of cabbies in New York. The employees of the Sunshine Cab... [More]

Sesame Street (1969)

Synopsis: A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, "Sesame Street" bridges many cultural and educational gaps... [More]

Columbo (1971)

Synopsis: "Columbo" isn't the typical detective whodunit TV show. On most detective shows, viewers don't know who committed the crime until... [More]
Directed By: Vincent McEveety

The Muppet Show (1974)

Synopsis: A fantastic medley of sweet and mischievous, Jim Henson's Muppets, including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, produce a weekly... [More]

Synopsis: "We're moving on up, to the East Side, to a deee-luxe apartment in the sky ... ." This spinoff from... [More]

Synopsis: Based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's series of "Little House" books, this drama series revolved around the 1870s adventures of the... [More]

Synopsis: Best friends, roommates and polar opposites Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney work together at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee and... [More]

Mork & Mindy (1978)

Synopsis: Mork, an alien from the planet Ork on a mission to Earth to study human behavior, travels to 1970s Boulder,... [More]

Synopsis: Comedian and stage actress Carol Burnett, who first gained popularity during her stint on "The Gary Moore Show," hosted this... [More]

Synopsis: Mary Richards is a thirty-something single woman who settles in Minneapolis after breaking up with a boyfriend. She lands a... [More]

The Brady Bunch (1969)

Synopsis: Here's the story ... of a man named Brady, an architect widower with three sons: oldest Greg, middle son Peter... [More]
Directed By: Sherwood Schwartz

Synopsis: Live from New York for more than four decades, celebrity hosts join an award-winning ensemble cast to perform comedic sketches,... [More]
Directed By: Lorne Michaels

Synopsis: The show that ushered in the phrase "jiggle TV" features three beautiful police academy-trained private detectives whose cases always seem... [More]
Directed By: Ivan Goff

Synopsis: "All in the Family" is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment. The lead character, Archie... [More]
Directed By: Norman Lear

Happy Days (1974)

Synopsis: Set in 1950s and 1960s Milwaukee, this series tells the story of the Cunningham family -- father Howard, mother Marion,... [More]

M*A*S*H (1972)

Synopsis: Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to... [More]

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