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Published on March 19th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie


70’s TV Comedies: The Art Of Making People Laugh


1970’s TV comedies were a glorious blend of original and cutting-edge comedy. Many had a poignant quality to them while others were simply just funny.

Fawlty Towers (1975-79)

Fawlty Towers was a place were you could be guaranteed things would not go according to plan. Set in a hotel that was run by an owner who hated people, Fawlty Towers was a place were guests were nearly always left dissatisfied.

The greatest strength of the series was John Cleese’s acting strengths, his character was permanently unhinged and his social mask would nearly always crumble with funny consequences.

Taxi (1978-82)

Taxi was a series set in New York which documented the lives of cab drivers as they waited to take their fares. Taxi featured a motley collection of characters who were subject to the control of the devious dispatcher, Louie.

Featuring a wonderful introduction and theme music, Taxi set the bar for comedies in the 70’s.

M*A*S*H (1972-83)

M*A*S*H (Mobile Assistance Surgical Hospital) was a Korean War-based dark comedy that featured an odd-ball collection of wry surgeons and medics as they dealt with huge amounts of casualties.

The series was an allegory for the Vietnam War and had some truly poignant moments as well as a haunting theme tune. It is still being shown on television networks across the globe.

Mork And Mindy (1978-82)

Mork And Mindy was a spin-off of Happy Days. It featured an alien from the planet Ork called Mork. The series was largely reliant on Robin Williams’s talent and he virtually carried the show.

A highly memorable series, Mork And Mindy was adored by a large number of teenagers and children.

The Odd Couple (1970-75)

The Odd Couple was a 70’s series based on a 60’s film of the same name. Felix and Oscar were poles apart, one was neat, and mannerly, the other was a slob who didn’t much care for social affectations. Together the duo were fascinating to watch and the eternal conflict between the two always resulted in comedy.

Complete with a memorable soundtrack, The Odd Couple was one of the most successful series during the 70’s.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970- 77)

Set in Minneapolis, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the standout comedy series of the 1970’s. The series was different from many of its predecessors. For the first time, here was a prime-time TV series that had a woman in the lead, not as married housewife, but as a single, independent professional content to make her own way through life.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show had a great supporting cast in Ed Asner as Lou and Valerie Harper as Rhoda.

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