There were many memorable TV sitcoms in the 1970’s written by talented writers, not like those of today where unscripted reality TV programs or game shows can be found on almost any channel at almost any given time. Those are fun and entertaining, but sometimes we just want to see some good-hearted, funny characters. Here is a list of 10 popular sitcoms you might remember. We’ll start with number 10 in our series.
10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977 168 episodes
The show’s star Mary Tyler Moore, portrayed by Mary Richards, was a 30-year-old single woman who takes a job in Minneapolis as associate producer of the Six O’Clock News and eventually becomes producer, showing how powerful women have become in the workplace. The character was faced with controversial issues such as equal pay for women, homosexuality, pre-marital sex, marital infidelity and divorce. Time magazine put out an article in 2007 called “17 Shows That Changed TV” which listed The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
9. Mork & Mindy
1978 - 1982 91 episodes
A spinoff of Happy Days, Mork & Mindy is about an extraterrestrial named Mork played by Robin Williams from the planet Ork who befriends and becomes roommates with a human named Mindy played by Pam Dawber. Fans of the show are not likely to forget Mork’s common greeting: “Na-Nu Na-Nu!” accompanied by his highly recognizable and unique hand gesture. His misunderstandings of human behavior brings comedy to the show and frustration to Mindy
1972 - 1983 251 episodes
Set during the Korean War, this show was based on true stories by real life MASH surgeons in South Korea. Each episode marries silliness with drama making the show entertaining and addicting. The show won many awards and remained one of the most beloved shows of its decade. Although creators wanted to omit the commonly used laugh track during the series, CBS was originally against it. They came to a compromise and refrained from using it during the operating room scenes.
7. Happy Days
1974 - 1984 225 episodes
Happy Days was set in the mid-1950’s to mid-1960’s in Wisconsin. Although the show follows the Cunningham family, mainly Richie, The Fonz (or Fonzie) stole the show after the first season. This fun family show definitely brought laughter and nostalgia to those who missed the 50’s and introduced the 70’s generation to the times of the past.
6. The Odd Couple
1970 - 1975 114 Episodes
This show stars Felix and Oscar, two divorced men living in Manhattan who were so different from each other that it put them in highly comical situations. Felix being the cleanly, organized one, while Oscar was the sloppy, careless one. In 2015, CBS came out with a remake of The Odd Couple sitcom with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.
We hope you enjoyed our list so far. Stay tuned for our next article with the next 5 popular TV sitcoms of the 70's!