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We'll Give You Three Characters, You Give Us the '70s TV Show
by Torrance Grey
ABC

How you feel about 1970s television is going to have a lot to do with your tolerance for camp and/or cheesiness. Let's face it: The 1970s weren't a high point for American television. The "golden age" of stage-style shows hosted by polished Hollywood stars - Dean Martin or Sid Caesar, for example - was over, but American audiences weren't ready for serious, socially-relevant shows (or, at least, networks weren't ready to provide them). Those would have to wait for the 1980s, with the advent of "Hill Street Blues," "St. Elsewhere" and the like. 

What did 1970s audiences get instead? Laugh tracks, scantily-clad women, unrealistic police shows in which cops drove their own muscle cars (on stakeouts, no less), and endlessly-repeated catchphrases like "Dyn-O-Mite!" and "Kiss my grits!" A few shows made shaky first attempts to deal with race and feminism; other social problems like divorce or anorexia were dealt with in "very special episodes." And what was the weird obsession with truckers?

And yet, somehow, people have a great fondness for '70s television. Long-running shows like "Starsky & Hutch" have been lovingly recreated in 2000s movies. Not to mention what Ron Moore and David Eick did, brilliantly, with "Battlestar Galactica." 

If you've got a similar fondness for '70s TV, we've got a quiz for you! We'll give you three characters, and you tell us the TV show. Show off your vintage TV savvy now!

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