MASH, (back, l to r): William Christopher, Gary Burghoff, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, (front): Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, 1972-83, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved, Courtesy: Everett Collection
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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 20 TV Shows That Defined the 1970s

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

We asked Rotten Tomatoes users which TV show screams “The ’70s,” and they chose a show about an Army surgical unit set during the Korean War in the 1950s. M*A*S*H took 71% of the vote, followed by Happy Days (66%), All in the Family (64%), Charlie’s Angels (605), and 1970s Saturday Night Live (50%).

Who ruled the ’70s? The M*A*S*H cast (18%), followed by Carol Burnett (13%), Farrah Fawcett (10%), Henry Winkler (9%), and Bill Murray (6%).

Read on to see which other TV titles placed in the top shows of the 1970s chosen by RT readers.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Synopsis: Four teens and a scaredy-cat Great Dane investigate mysteries in Hanna-Barbera cartoons about the Mystery Inc. gang. They spawned numerous... [More]

#19
Synopsis: L.A. junk dealer Fred Sanford was Norman Lear's black counterpart to Archie Bunker. The gravel-voiced widower hurled outrageous one-liners at... [More]

Roots (1977)
88%

#18
Synopsis: The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom... [More]

Synopsis: Injured astronaut Steve Austin gains amazing powers to battle crime after receiving experimental limbs in this cult series, which inspired... [More]

Taxi (0)

#16
Synopsis: The classic sitcom set at New York's Sunshine Cab Co. won three straight Emmys as Outstanding Comedy Series and had... [More]

Sesame Street (1969)

#15
Synopsis: Muppets teach preschoolers basic educational and social concepts.... [More]

Columbo (0)

#14
Synopsis: The classic whodunit about the razor-sharp detective with a rumpled raincoat.... [More]

The Muppet Show (0)
100%

#13
Synopsis: Jim Henson's fanciful creations, headed by host Kermit the Frog, cavort on-stage and backstage with celebs in this classic family... [More]

#12
Synopsis: The popular 'All in the Family' spin-off about a couple movin' on up from the Bunkers' modest Queens neighborhood to... [More]

Synopsis: Heartwarming saga of a frontier family's struggles and triumphs on a farm near Walnut Grove, Minn., in the 1870s. Based... [More]

#10
Synopsis: Long-running slapstick sitcom (with a great theme song) about two single Milwaukee women sharing an apartment and working at a... [More]

Mork & Mindy (1978)
95%

#9
Synopsis: The smash spin-off from a `Happy Days' episode about a wacky alien from the planet Ork and the sweet-natured woman... [More]

Synopsis: Great skits (especially the movie parodies), music and celebrity guests add up to a classic series with the gifted, versatile... [More]

Synopsis: One of the medium's most beloved, sharply written and performed sitcoms, about the newswoman who could turn the world on... [More]

The Brady Bunch (1969)
78%

#6
Synopsis: A widower with three sons marries a widow with three daughters. It's a sitcom family for the ages, with plenty... [More]

Synopsis: Live from New York, celebrity hosts join an ensemble cast to perform comedy on Saturday nights. Capturing the pop-culture zeitgeist,... [More]

#4
Synopsis: Aaron Spelling's jiggly classic about gorgeous gumshoes working for an unseen boss garnered as much derision as it did male... [More]

#3
Synopsis: The groundbreaking, multi-Emmy-winning sitcom about bigoted Archie Bunker ended TV's innocence. Its protagonist was simultaneously lovable and pathetic and, series... [More]

Happy Days (1974)

#2
Synopsis: A sentimental, long-running sitcom about life in the 1950s centered on the squeaky-clean Cunningham family in Milwaukee and their relationship... [More]

M*A*S*H (1972)

#1
Synopsis: Series about Army surgeons trying to save lives, while clinging to their own sanity, in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital... [More]


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