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1. All In The Family (1971) Archie Bunker played by Caroll O'Connor is a bigot who has a wife, daughter and son in law living with him. The show is hilarious at times but, it is also the most serious sitcom ever. Topics dealt with on this show included different subjects such as: racism, sexism, rape, abortion and breast cancer. This show ranked number one in the Nielsen ratings for five straight years. The sitcom produced several spin off shows including, Maude, and The Jefferson's. All In The Family, was on the air from 1971-1979 and then the show Archie's Place took the place of All In The Family and stayed on the air until 1983. Archie's Place is the show that is post Edith's death. It is really hard to believe that she is gone.
2. Happy Days (1974) Richie Cunningham played by Ron Howard is a teenager living in the 1950s era with his parents and sister. He hangs with his friends at the diner with the juke box. Fonzie is the cool, motorcycle riding dude in the show. The show spawned several other hits including Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley. In general, the show had a moral compass and the episodes ended on positive notes. Richie is known for hi slicked back, greasy looking black hair. He is also well known for his black shoes and leather jacket white wearing white socks and a white T-shirt. I remember Happy Days but, I really remember Laverne and Shirley. This was a classic in and of itself.
3. Sanford and Son (1972) Fred Sanford played by actor (Redd Foxx) and his son Lamont played by actor, (Desmond Wilson) live together and run a junk business. The junk yard is all over the front yard. The show ran for six seasons and each episode featured very seriously laugh out loud comedy. When Lamont would bring a date home, Sanford always tries to embarrass Lamont. Sanford usually has hair brained schemes that blow up in his face. The show has lots of wise cracks and is kind of a African American version of All In The Family. It has hilarious moments and it can also be a raunchy comedy as well.
4. Three's Company (1976) Jack Tripper played by actor, (John Ritter) lives with two female roommates, Janet and Chrissy. In order to live with the ladies, Jack pretends to be gay in front of the landlord. Every episode features sly sexual themes and comical misunderstandings. The landlord in later years was none other than Don Knotts who played as Ralph Furley. Prior to him the landlords were Stanley Roper and his wife, Helen. This is a great show to watch and the re-runs are letting us catch up on episodes that I didn't see as a child because, I was too young. These episodes are still entertaining to us today even if they are re-runs.
5. Good Times (1974) Good Times was a spin off of Maude and had major success. The show is set in Chicago and centers on the lives of a poor family. J.J.(Jimmie Walker), his sister and parents live in an apartment and the laughs constantly come rolling in. John Amos was the father, James and Janet Jackson got her Hollywood start on this sitcom.
6. The Jeffersons (1975) Movin' On Up!! We finally got a piece of the pie!! George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) and his wife Louise are an upper middle class couple that lives in New York City. This show spawned from All in the family lasted eleven (11) seasons and made two hundred fifty three (253) episodes. The show dealt with issues such as: Racism, Suicide and Gun Control to go with it;s special brand of humor. This show was a great addition to the shows of that time.
7. Laverne and Shirley (1976) This sitcom was a spin off from Happy Days as Laverne and Shirley were friends of Fonzie. They were together through thick and thin. It ran for eight (8) seasons and featured the two ladies working in a bottle topping factory. The show also had some crazy characters that were constantly into something. They were Lenny, Suiggy and of course The Big Ragoo.
8. Mork and Mindy (1978) This is the first ever science fiction sitcom ever and it starred Robin Williams as the alien named Mork. The show only lasted four (4) seasons and had ninety one (91) episodes. Having said that, the shows were off the hook with Robin Williams weird behavior all the time. The show was a spin off from Happy Days and as corny as the show was, it was actually as funny as all get out.
9. Mash (1972) This show is set during the Korean War and follows the daily lives of doctors during the war. Laugh tracks were omitted from operating room scenes. Although the show was a comedy it was obviously serious as well. The show ran for a total of 11 seasons and the cast of characters included: Hot Lips, Hawk Eye and who can forget Clinger and Radar.
10. Mary Tyler Moore (1970) This is the first sitcom to feature an unmarried working class woman. It ran for 7 seasons and the show focuses on Mary's job with the news on network T.V. Everyone has completely different personalities and views which make for some very funny and memorable moments.
Black and White Sitcom Classics
Andy Griffith Show
I Love Lucy
Leave it To Beaver
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Dick Van Dyke Show
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