Published on November 20th, 2010 | by Yellow Magpie0
The Best Television Series Of The 70’s
Television in the 70’s was quite a sophisticated affair. Better writing and more drama was a feature of many of these TV series as boundaries were pushed aside.
Many of these programmes were a better reflection on what real life was about than their 60’s counterparts.
Little House On The Prairie (1974-83)
Little House On The Prairie was a family drama that looked at the lives of the Wilder household. Like many other series, the show was set in old America, an exciting place that was only beginning to tap into the potential of its wilderness.
Full of values and pleasant people, Little House On The Prairie was both engaging and entertaining.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was quite different from anything else on TV at the time. The series starred Mary Tyler Moore playing an independent, professional woman.
The liberating aspects of the series were greatly appreciated by the audience and contributed to its longeivty. This was also aided by the empathetic nature of Mary’s character.
M*A*S*H*, or Mobile Assistance Surgical Hospital, was a dark comedy. Set during the Korean War, it featured a group of army doctors and nurses trying to save soldiers.
An allegory for the Vietnam War, the series featured many real events that happened in the Korean War. It gained a huge following during its 11-year run.
Dallas may not have been eveyone’s cup of tea but there is no doubting its popularity. It starred a family of rich texans whose wealth was derived from oil. There were many powerplays and much manipulation as the characters tried to get the better of each other.
Virtually every nation broadcast the series and newspapers ran headlines when one of the lead characters, J.R. Ewing, was shot.
Happy Days (1974-84)
Happy Days was a comedy featuring a group of people growing up in secondary school (high school). The hero of the series was The Fonz, a leather and jeans clad mechanic who seemed to have all the answers on problems of looking cool.
Although The Fonz was the star of the show, the tremendous support class helped in making the series as successful as it was.