Can You Match the '70s TV Character to Their Show?

By: J.P. Naomi

"The Partridge Family" premiered on September 25, 1970 and ran for four seasons, until March 23, 1974. Its theme song for seasons two through four was the memorable, "C'mon, Get Happy."

"Dallas" premiered on April 2, 1978, on CBS. It ran for 14 seasons, until May 3, 1991. It was created by television writer David Jacobs, who is also known for his work on "Knots Landing."

"M*A*S*H" ran for a total of 11 seasons from 1972 - 1983. The series was based on the 1970 film of the same name.

"All in the Family" was developed by Norman Lear and starred Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner. It ran on CBS from 1971 - 1979.

"The Facts of Life" was created by Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon. It ran on NBC from 1979 - 1988 with a total of 209 episodes. It was a spin-off of "Diff'rent Strokes."

"The Rockford Files," a detective show, aired on NBC from 1974 - 1980 for six seasons and a total of 122 episodes. Sergeant Dennis Becker was portrayed by actor Joe Santos.

"Happy Days" premiered on January 15, 1974, on ABC. It ran for a total of 11 seasons with 255 episodes until September 24, 1984. Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie, became a big star because of the show.

"What's Happening!! " was created by Eric Monte and based on Cooley High School. It premiered on August 5, 1976, and ran for three seasons until April 28, 1979.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was a sitcom created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns. Its opening theme was "Love is All Around." It aired on CBS from 1970 - 1977.

"Taxi" premiered on September 12, 1978, and ran for five seasons, with a total of 114 episodes, until June 15, 1983. Actor, Judd Hirsch, played the role of Alex Reiger.

Walter Findlay was portrayed by actor Bill Macy. Macy was born in Revere, Massachusetts, in 1922 and had a long career as a television, film and stage actor.

"The Odd Couple" premiered on September 24, 1970, on ABC. It aired for five seasons with a total of 114 episodes until 1975. "The Odd Couple" starred actors Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.

Detective Stan Wojciehowicz was nicknamed "Wojo." He was portrayed by actor Max Gail and appeared in all eight seasons of the show, from 1975 - 1982.

"WKRP in Cincinnati" featured a cast of Gary Sandy, Howard Hesseman, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and Frank Bonner. Arthur Carlson was portrayed by Gordon Jump.

"The Waltons" aired on CBS from 1972 - 1981. There were a total of 221 episodes. The show takes place in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World war II.

"Three's Company" was based on the story of three single roommates. They were: Janet Wood, portrayed by Joyce DeWitt; Chrissy Snow, portrayed by Suzanne Somers and Jack Tripper, portrayed by John Ritter.

"The Brady Bunch" aired for five seasons from 1969 - 1974. Created by Sherwood Schwartz, there were a total of 117 episodes. The series was about a blended family with six children.

"Sanford and Son" premiered on January 14, 1972, and aired on NBC until March 25, 1977. Fred Sanford was portrayed by actor Redd Foxx. It was based on a BBC sitcom.

"The Love Boat" aired on ABC from 1977 - 1986. Captain Merrill Stubing was portrayed by actor Gavin MacLeod. The action mostly took place on a luxury cruise ship.

"Hawaii Five-O" aired on CBS from 1968 - 1980. Detective Steve McGarrett was portrayed by actor Jack Lord. He was a main character for all 12 seasons.

"The Six Million Dollar Man" premiered on March 7, 1973, and aired for five seasons until March 6, 1978. It was based on "Cyborg" by Martin Caidin.

"Fantasy Island" was created by Gene Levitt and aired on ABC from 1977 - 1984. Mr. Roarke was portrayed by actor Ricardo Montalbán. On the show, people could pay to love out their wildest dreams.

"Charlie's Angels" aired on ABC from 1976 - 1981. The show starred actresses Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Jaclyn Smith. They worked as crime-fighters for a detective agency.

"Quincy, M.E." aired on NBC for seven seasons with a total of 148 episodes from 1976 - 1983. Dr. Asten was portrayed by actor John S. Ragin.

"Mork & Mindy" premiered in 1978 and ran for four seasons until 1982. Mindy was portrayed by actress Pamela Dawber. Mork, an alien, was played by Robin Williams.

"Welcome Back, Kotter" aired for four seasons on ABC from 1975 - 1979. John Travolta portrayed Vinnie Babarino, a role that marked Travolta's first major television role.

Actor Bill Bixby played the role of David Bruce Banner in "The Incredible Hulk." The show aired on CBS from 1977 - 1982.

"Eight Is Enough" aired for five seasons on ABC from 1977 - 1981. Character Tom Bradford was portrayed by actor Dick Van Patten. It was based on a true story.

"Sesame Street" has aired for an astounding 49 seasons. It was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. Most American kids have seen the show by the time they are three.

"One Day at a Time" was created by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings. It aired for nine seasons with a total of 209 episodes from 1975 - 1984. Ann Romano was portrayed by actress Bonnie Franklin.

"Lavern & Shirley" aired on ABC from 1976 - 1983. Laverne DeFazio was portrayed by actress Penny Marshall, and Shirley Feeney was portrayed by actress Cindy Williams.

"The Jeffersons" aired on CBS from 1975 - 1985 for a total of 253 episodes over 11 seasons. Lionel Jefferson was portrayed by actors Mike Evans and Damon Evans (no relation.) It was a spin-off of "All in the Family."

"Gunsmoke" aired on CBS from 1955 - 1975. Character Matt Dillon was portrayed by actor James Arness. He died in 2011 at the age of 88. It was an extraordinarily popular radio (and then TV) Western.

"Starsky and Hutch" aired on ABC from 1975 - 1979 for a total of four seasons with 93 episodes. It was created by William Blinn.

Charles Ingalls was portrayed by actor Michael Landon. Landon was born in 1936 and died of pancreatic cancer in 1991 at the age of 54.

Starring Valerie Harper, "Rhoda" aired on CBS from 1974 - 1978. Brenda Morgenstern was portrayed by actress Julie Kavner. Kavner is most well-known for her voice-over work on "The Simpsons."

"The Muppet Show" premiered on September 13, 1976. Its final episode was on March 15, 1981. The show was created by the legendary Jim Henson.

"Kung Fu" aired on ABC from 1972 - 1975 for a total of 63 episodes over three seasons. Kwai Chang Caine was portrayed by David Carradine as an adult, Keith Carradine as a teenager and Radames Pera as a young boy.

Character Mel Sharples was portrayed by actor Vic Tayback. "Alice" ran from 1976 - 1985 on CBS. It was based on the movie, "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore."

"Adam-12" aired on NBC from 1968 - 1975. It was created by R. A. Cinader and Jack Webb and starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord. It was a police drama.

"Night Gallery" was created and presented by Rod Serling. The show aired on NBC from 1969 - 1973. Steven Spielberg made his directing debut on "Night Gallery."

Created by Stephen J. Cannell, "Baretta" aired on ABC from 1975 - 1978. Detective Tony Baretta was portrayed by actor Robert Blake.

"Good Times" was a sitcom created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans. It aired on CBS from 1974 - 1979. Florida Evans was portrayed by actress Esther Rolle.

"Bonanza" aired on NBC from 1959 - 1973. There were a total of 431 episodes over 14 seasons. Adam Cartwright was portrayed by actor Pernell Roberts. It was NBC's longest-running Western.

Officer Jon Baker was portrayed by actor Larry Dee Wilcox. He was born on August 8, 1947, in San Diego, California and is also a decorated Marine veteran.

"The Dukes of Hazzard" aired on CBS from 1979 - 1985. Luke Duke was portrayed by actor Tom Wopat. It was loosely based on the movie, "Moonrunners."

"The Bionic Woman" was created by Kenneth Johnson. It aired from 1976 - 1978 for a total of 58 episodes. Lindsay Wagner plays the role of Jaime Sommers. It was a spin-off of the show, "The Six Million Dollar Man."

"Kojak" appeared on CBS from 1973 - 1978 for a total of 118 episodes. Captain Francis "Frank" McNeil was portrayed by actor Dan Frazer. The show is named after the title character, Theo Kojak.

"Diff'rent Strokes" aired from 1978 - 1986 for a total of eight seasons with 189 episodes. It was created by Jeff Harris and Bernie Kukoff. The show was known for "special episodes" that covered controversial topics.

"Benson" aired on ABC from 1979 - 1986. Eugene X. Gatling was portrayed by actor James Noble. The show was a spin-off of the comedy series, "Soap."

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About This Quiz

Do you remember the name of the pig on "Green Acres?" Do you know who the "Dukes of Hazzard" were or which Brady girl was the youngest? Prove your 70s TV character mastery with our quiz!

The 70s was a true turning point in TV. Sure, there were still plenty of silly comedies and fish-out-of-water series, but there were also plenty of shows that pushed social boundaries, reflecting sweeping cultural changes that came about during the decade. Shows like "All in the Family," "Good Times" and "Sanford and Son" boldly dove into once-forbidden TV topics like poverty, rape and racism. "The Brady Bunch" took a lighthearted look at divorce and blended families, while "Mary Tyler Moore" proved that an independent working woman could get by just fine without a husband.

Of course, not all 70s shows were necessarily pushing the limits. Action series also ruled the decade, thanks to "Charlie's Angels." Viewers enjoyed a down-home look at the Waltons and the Ingalls families, and the rural TV obsession, featuring the Clampetts, the Douglases and the Cartwrights, was winding down by the early part of the decade. 

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