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Top 5 Favorite TV Shows (1970s)

Updated on August 17, 2012

As you might have guessed from the title of this Hub, I was born in the 1970s and there were a number of television shows which I enjoyed watching during that era. I thought it would be fun to share a few of those with you.

Although this took me a little while to arrange (there are so many that I loved to watch), I have narrowed it down to my top five favorite which are: Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids, Good Times, Little House on the Prairie, The Brady Bunch and The Jeffersons.

Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids

Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was one of my favorite cartoons running in close proximity to The Jackson 5ive during this era. It aired on television for 13 years (1972-1985) and was the mastermind of world renowned comedian Bill Cosby.

"Hey, Hey, Hey" became one of my favorite phrases and I know it drove my mom bananas but she didn't complain. I think it was mainly because the house was extra quiet and I wasn't on her dress tail asking tons of questions at that moment.

Good Times

Good Times (1974-1979) was one of those shows that just kept me laughing. It was mainly because of actor/comedian Jimmie Walker who portrayed J.J. Evans. "Dyn-o-mite" was another one of the catchy phrases that I loved to say around the house and once again my mom didn't seem to complain.

I think my mom was immune to hearing those catchy phrases and I wasn't saying anything bad so we were good. It also helped that we watched the show as a family which was one of my highlights growing up.

Pictured: Actor Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls)
Pictured: Actor Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls) | Source

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983) will always be a classic, inspirational show to me. I can honestly tell you that to this day I will watch re-runs of this fantastic television show. It was created and based on the "Little House" books written by author Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Michael Landon (1936-1991), Melissa Gilbert, Karen Grassle and Melissa Sue Anderson were just a few of the great actors that made this show turn into such a phenomenon. It showcased real life issues and solutions - I figured that out as I got older. The Ingalls, Olesons & Walnut Grove have definitely made me a lifelong fan of this iconic television show.

The Brady Bunch

Although the Brady Bunch began airing in the late 1960s, it aired long enough for me to enjoy the antics of the blended Brady children. This sitcom aired for five years from 1969 through 1974 and there was even a movie released in 1995 based on the show.

Florence Henderson and Mike Reed (1932-1992) portrayed parents Carol and Mike Brady respectively on the television series. The Brady siblings included Greg (Barry Williams), Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Peter (Christopher Knight), Jan (Eve Plumb), Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and Cindy (Susan Olsen).

You can count on the fact that there was never a dull moment in this household. Another added bonus to this dynamic was housekeeper Alice Nelson (Ann B. Davis) who kept you laughing until your stomach hurt. I think this was one of the best television comedies out during that time.

Pictured (counterclockwise): Actors Sherman Hemsley (George), Isabel Sanford (Louise) & Mike Evans (Lionel)
Pictured (counterclockwise): Actors Sherman Hemsley (George), Isabel Sanford (Louise) & Mike Evans (Lionel) | Source

The Jeffersons

Last but certainly not least, The Jeffersons (1974-1985). I am not even sure where to start with this one ... I guess we can begin with two words - George Jefferson. Portrayer Sherman Hemsley (1938-2012) worked his actor skills in such a comical way which made you fall in love with his sometimes controversial character. The Jeffersons became a hit show and had a great run for eleven years on television.

I am not sure if most people know that George and Louise Jefferson (Isabel Sanford) actually began their television stint on All in the Family two years prior to their spin-off series. The Jeffersons along with live-in maid Florence (Marla Gibbs), Tom Willis (Franklin Cover), Helen Willis (Roxie Roker), neighborhood Mr. Bentley (Paul Benedict) and doorman Ralph Hart (Ned Wertimer) never failed to make you laugh, cry and even dance a little.

Here are some other mentionable shows that I loved:

  • All in the Family (1971-1979)
  • The Waltons (1971-1981)
  • Sanford & Son (1972-1977)
  • Six Million Dollar Man (1974-1978)
  • Happy Days (1974-1984)
  • The Bionic Woman (1976-1978)
  • Charlie's Angels (1976-1981)

I hope that you have enjoyed reading about my top five favorite shows of the 1970s. Please feel free to comment and share with me which were some of your favorite shows during the era. Until next time ...

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      f. 3 years ago

      you missed gilligan's island ; three's company; mork and mindy ; laverne and shirley; love boat

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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the comments & vote penlady. Yes, I do miss the 70s. All of the shows that you mentioned I loved to pieces as well and still watch them on TV Land until this day.

      Ah Memories :o)

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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Don't you just miss the '70s? Television was a whole lot cleaner and more entertaining. I loved Good Times as well. It's still great today; a true classic. I was also a fan of The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son.

      I too was born in the early 1970s and I must say that's an era truly gone and sorely missed - particularly for entertainment.

      Thanks for the memories and hub. Voted up and interesting.

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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      That is pretty cool that we were watching the same shows :o) I do agree that TV was our prime entertainment "back in the day" ... Thanks for the vote and warm welcome.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      It looks like we were watching the same shows back in the 1970s. I remember back then network tv was the prime source of entertainment....and all of these shows were watched by millions and millions of people every week.

      I remember when Jimmie Walker became one of the biggest stars when Good Times took off....he was the talk of my school. Your list of other shows is also pretty impressive. Voted up and very interesting....welcome to HubPages.