Greatest Comedy Shows of the 1970s

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1. What's Happening!! (1976–1979)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

A trio of black youths learn about life, love, friendship, credit cards, gambling, and a variety of other things while growing up in an inner city.

Stars: Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson, Danielle Spencer, Fred Berry

Votes: 2,675

2. Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A compassionate teacher returns to his inner city high school of his youth to teach a new generation of trouble making kids.

Stars: Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta, Robert Hegyes

Votes: 4,844

3. The Jeffersons (1975–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A nouveau riche, African-American family who move into a luxury apartment building develop close, if occasionally fractious, relationships with other tenants.

Stars: Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Roxie Roker

Votes: 6,840

4. Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain, Dana Plato

Votes: 8,536

5. The Facts of Life (1979–1988)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A group of girls, attending a boarding school, tackle issues throughout teenage life and later adulthood.

Stars: Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn, Nancy McKeon

Votes: 5,212

6. Good Times (1974–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A poor family make the best of things in the Chicago housing projects.

Stars: Ja'net DuBois, Ralph Carter, BernNadette Stanis, Jimmie Walker

Votes: 5,228

7. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a widow marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 11,176

8. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley

Votes: 6,952

9. Happy Days (1974–1984)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Votes: 14,513

10. Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.

Stars: Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander, Eddie Mekka

Votes: 5,634

11. Sha Na Na (1977– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

A comedy variety show featuring the retro rock and roll group.

Stars: Sha-Na-Na, Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Milton Berle, Frank Gorshin

Votes: 226

12. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 4,079

13. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,271

14. Three's Company (1976–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Richard Kline

Votes: 10,882

15. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A working class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 12,928

16. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 8,698

17. One Day at a Time (1975–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a divorced mother, her family, and their building superintendent in Indianapolis.

Stars: Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli, Pat Harrington Jr., Mackenzie Phillips

Votes: 3,241

18. Alice (1976–1985)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures and trials of an aspiring singer and her co-workers at a greasy spoon diner.

Stars: Linda Lavin, Beth Howland, Vic Tayback, Philip McKeon

Votes: 3,433

19. The Odd Couple (1970–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.

Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Penny Marshall

Votes: 4,712

20. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the staff of a struggling Top 40 rock radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Stars: Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman

Votes: 7,045

21. Soap (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

Stars: Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Votes: 5,437

22. That's My Mama (1974–1975)

30 min | Comedy

Clifton likes being a barber in Washington, D.C., where he works in the business started by his father. He also enjoys being single, but his widowed mama Eloise has other ideas, and wants ... See full summary »

Stars: Clifton Davis, Theresa Merritt, Ted Lange, Teddy Wilson

Votes: 333

23. Rhoda (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music, David Groh

Votes: 1,897

24. Love, American Style (1969–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.

Stars: Stuart Margolin, Barbara Minkus, William Callaway, Mary Grover

Votes: 1,625

25. Barney Miller (1975–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

The Captain of the NYPD 12th Precinct and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come into the squad room.

Stars: Hal Linden, Abe Vigoda, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg

Votes: 4,299

26. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 4,345

27. Chico and the Man (1974–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The relationship between a cranky old mechanic and a twentysomething Chicano.

Stars: Jack Albertson, Scatman Crothers, Freddie Prinze, Della Reese

Votes: 697

28. Flip (1970–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Music

One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by African American comic actor Flip Wilson, this show ... See full summary »

Stars: Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin, Roy Clark

Votes: 870

29. The Richard Pryor Show (1977– )

60 min | Comedy

An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor

Stars: Richard Pryor, Jimmy Martinez, Edie McClurg, Robin Williams

Votes: 331

30. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 6,163

31. Maude (1972–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

"All In The Family" spin-off centered around Edith's cousin, Maude Findlay, a liberal, independent woman living in Tuckahoe, NY.

Stars: Bea Arthur, Bill Macy, Conrad Bain, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 3,031

32. The Partridge Family (1970–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The humorous adventures of a family of pop musicians.

Stars: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce

Votes: 3,033

33. Carter Country (1977–1979)

30 min | Comedy

The comic exploits of a redneck sheriff and his educated black deputy in a small Georgia town.

Stars: Victor French, Kene Holiday, Guich Koock, Barbara Cason

Votes: 156

34. Fish (1977–1978)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy

A grumpy New York cop and his wife adopt five rowdy foster children.

Stars: Abe Vigoda, Florence Stanley, Barry Gordon, John Cassisi

Votes: 255

35. Hot l Baltimore (1975)

30 min | Comedy

Somewhat steamy/racy (for the time) carryings on in a ruined old hotel (the "E" burned out some time before and was never repaired).

Stars: James Cromwell, Richard Masur, Conchata Ferrell, Al Freeman Jr.

Votes: 208



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