From the time television entered mainstream culture, TV programing has mirrored our lives, evolving and shifting as society has grown and changed. In the ’50s and ’60s, there were crime dramas like “Dragnet,” Westerns such as “Bonanza,” and of course, sitcoms like “I Love Lucy” and “The Honeymooners.” And while comedy series have always been a big part of the world of television broadcasting, the comedies of the 1970s were something special.
Television of the ’70s opened up topics that were previously off-limits, such as sexuality and racism, pushing out the more mundane Westerns and family-centric shows of the ’60s for series that were more in tune with the changes taking place in the world. Comedy TV also evolved, from escapist fun like “Mork & Mindy” to satirical comedies that dealt with real-world problems, as seen in “Maude” or “Soap.”
While modern-day comedy is great, it’s also fun to take a look at hits from the past, especially those classic comedy shows from the ’70s. Stacker compiled data on all comedy TV shows from 1970-1979 and ranked them according toIMDb user rating, with ties broken by votes. To qualify, the show had to have at least 1,000 votes. Only English-language shows were considered.
Take a look at the best comedy TV shows of the ’70s.
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