Film and TV

Top 10 ABC Sitcoms of the 1970s

While NBC was floundering in its attempts at comedy in the '70s, ABC was dominating. By the end of the decade, they had rolled out a marketing campaign with the theme "Still the One" just to remind everyone who was king. Of course, that all came to a fairly swift and abrupt end once the '80s rolled around and ABC has never really recovered in the world of sitcoms. But, prior to that, they ruled the roost.

Among their shows of that era are some of the most beloved TV programs of all time and they spanned the entire decade. Yes, some on the list were cheesy and the network did tend to play it safe for the most part, but there is no denying their record of hit shows.

Note that to qualify for the list, shows had to have spent the bulk of their lifespan in the decade of the '70s, which disqualifies wildly popular shows like Three's Company and Taxi.

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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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