Complete list of 1970s detective shows

Below is a list of American detective shows from the 1970s. This includes shows that started in the 1960s and continued into the 70s, as well as shows that started in the 1970s and continued into the 80s.

Eventually, I hope to reorganize this list more chronologically rather than alphabetically, and to add more details about each show.

If you are interested in reading more about detective shows of the 1970s, you might enjoy my blog post about my impressions of some of the more popular 1970s detective shows.

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  • Adam-12 (1968-1975)
  • Adams of Eagle Lake
  • The American Girls
  • Amy Prentiss (1974-1975)
  • The Andros Targets
  • Archer
  • Banacek (1972-1974)
  • Banyon (1972-1973)
  • Baretta (1975-1978)
  • Barnaby Jones (1973-1980)
  • Bert D’Angelo/Superstar (1976)
  • Big Shamus, Little Shamus (1979)
  • The Blue Knight (1975)
  • Bronk (1975-1976)
  • Cade’s County (1971-1972)
  • Cannon (1971-1976)
  • Caribe (1975)
  • Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981)
  • Chase (1973-1974)
  • CHiPs (1977-1983)
  • Chopper One (1974)
  • City of Angels (1976)
  • Columbo (1968-1978, 1989-2003)
  • Cool Million (1972)
  • The D.A.
  • Dan August (1970-1971)
  • David Cassidy–Man Undercover (1978-1979)
  • Dear Detective
  • Delvecchio (1976-1977)
  • Dog and Cat
  • Dragnet (1951-1959, 1967-1970, 1989-1991, 2003-2004)
  • The Duke
  • The Eddie Capra Mysteries
  • Eischeid
  • Ellery Queen
  • Faraday and Company
  • The F.B.I.
  • The Feather and Father Gang
  • Get Christie Love!
  • Griff
  • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
  • Harry O
  • Hart to Hart
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Hawkins
  • Hec Ramsey
  • Ironside
  • Jigsaw
  • Jigsaw John
  • Joe Forrester
  • Kate McShane
  • Kaz
  • Khan!
  • Kingston: Confidential
  • Kodiak
  • Kojak
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker
  • Lanigan’s Rabbi
  • The Law
  • The Lawyers
  • Longstreet
  • Madigan
  • The Magician
  • The Manhunter
  • Mannix
  • Matt Helm
  • McCloud
  • McCoy
  • McMillan and Wife
  • McNaghton’s Daughter
  • The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
  • Mobile One
  • The Mod Squad
  • The Most Deadly Game
  • Most Wanted
  • Mrs. Columbo
  • Nakia
  • The Name of the Game
  • Nashville
  • The New Adventures of Perry Mason
  • O’Hara, United States Treasury
  • Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law
  • Paris
  • Petrocelli
  • Police Story
  • Police Woman
  • The Protectors
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • Richie Brockleman, Private Eye
  • The Rockford Files
  • The Rookies
  • Rosetti and Ryan
  • Sam
  • Sarge
  • Serpico
  • Shaft
  • The Silent Force
  • The Snoop Sisters
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Storefront Lawyers
  • Strange Report
  • The Streets of San Francisco
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Switch
  • Sword of Justice
  • Tenafly
  • Toma
  • Vega$
  • The Young Lawyers

If you believe that there are any shows that are missing from this list, please let me know in the comments.

[This page was last updated on January 11th, 2020.]

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