As with previous articles of the 2000’s, 90’s and 80’s, the majority but not all of the shows on this list I watched when they first aired. Most of these that I did watch, I have seen since so it is not necessarily just the sentimental memories driving their rankings.
I just want to mention that for the most part I left animation series including anime off the list. In the case of Starblazers, which began in the 70’s, I have elected not to include it because I never watched the third season with its limited release. As with all my shows, I have to have watched a vast majority of the episodes if not all of them and so this does not qualify. If I had it would have been in the top 5.
Just for the record, mini series, such as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy would be on my list for the 80's but because it is a mini series, I have not included it. Moonbase 3 on this list only lasted 6 episodes but it wasn't meant to go just that long therefore I include it even though it should be lower on the list. I had also moved Blake’s 7 from this list to the 80’s mostly because my 80’s list is much weaker.
6- Kolchak the Night Stalker( 1974-1975) – Speaking of scary, this show was that. Today it may not seem as bad but at the time people were puking scared at this series. The show set the stage for The X-Files and others.
5 – The Incredible Hulk (1977-1982) – This was one of the better formats for a series during this time period. The traveling David Banner encounters the usual troubles of shifty businesses, mean old thugs and other corrupt people trying to keep the innocent working class down. In comes the good hearted Banner who ends up taking care of the situation by turning into the Hulk and beating up all the bad guys. The formula does get repetitive and very easy to predict. David Banner walks into a bar and there are some rowdies in the corner – oh, I can see this coming a mile away!!
4 – The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-1978) – This was my definitive 70’s TV show. I watched this with a passion and was able to view some episodes in later years seeing that the show holds up fairly well. This show had lots of fun and action but even my memory remembers some level of silliness in the later seasons. Again, scary comes into play with Big Foot. At least he was scary back then, not as much these days.
3. Doctor Who (1970-1979) – For the most part I watched very little Doctor Who in the 70’s. Most of this decade I watched a few years later. For many, the 70’s was the pinnacle of Doctor Who. It had most of Tom Baker and some of the best stories of the entire series. It certainly deserves this high ranking. With stories such as “Terror of the Autons”, “The Daemons”, “The Sea Devils”, “Genesis of the Daleks”, “Pyramids of Mars”, “The Robots of Death”, and “Talons of Weng-Chiang” one can easily see this was one of the best times for Doctor Who.
Some very heavy hitters in the 70's with quite a few that I really enjoy not on the list. The 70's include the majority of what I grew up with although I did watch many 60's shows, some of which you will see in the next part.