1970s American detective show database

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Below is a complete list of American detective/mystery/crime 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.

Source acknowledgement: The list below was compiled largely by referring to David Martindale’s excellent reference book Television Detective Shows of the 1970s.

The list also includes information on where you can watch/stream the show online or whether you can purchase it on DVD. The final column also includes any additional notes and comments about the show, or links to any blog posts I have made about it.

A

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Adam-121968-1975[stream here]All seasons, from Season 1 through the Final Season are available individually on DVD.
Adams of Eagle Lake1975
The American Girls1978
Amy Prentiss1974-1975Spin-off of Ironside. Read my thoughts about it here.
The Andros Targets1977
Archer1975

B

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Banacek1972-1974[stream here][complete DVD set][read my thoughts about it here]
Banyon1972-1973
Baretta1975-1978[Season 1 DVD]
Barnaby Jones1973-1980[complete DVD collection][read my thoughts about it here]
Bert D’Angelo/Superstar1976
Big Shamus, Little Shamus 1979
B. J. and the Bear1979-1981(comedy)
The Blue Knight1975Inspired by the 1973 TV film of the same name.
The Bold Ones: The Protectors, a.k.a. Deadlock and The Law Enforcers1969-1970[complete DVD set]
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1968-1972[complete DVD set]
Bronk1975-1976[complete DVD set]

C

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Cade’s County1971-1972
Cannon1971-1976[complete DVD set][read my thoughts about it here]
Caribe1975
Charlie’s Angels1976-1981[stream here][complete DVD set]
Chase1973-1974
CHiPs1977-1983[stream here][complete DVD collection][read my thoughts about it here]
Chopper One1974
City of Angels1976
Columbo1968, 1971-1978, 1989-1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003[stream here][Complete DVD Set][view my posts about it here]
Cool Million1972

D

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The D. A.1971-1972
Dan August1970-1971[complete DVD collection]
David Cassidy–Man Undercover1978-1979
Dear Detective1979[Read my thoughts about it here.]
Delvecchio1976-1977
Dog and Cat1977
Dragnet 19671967-1970[stream here][Season 1 DVD] [Season 2 DVD] [Season 3 DVD] [Season 4 DVD]
The Duke1979

E-F

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Eddie Capra Mysteries1978-1979
The Edge of Night1956-1984(a mystery soap opera, originally meant to be an adaptation of the Perry Mason radio series)
Eishied1979-1980
Ellery Queen1975-1976[stream here][Complete DVD set][Read my thoughts on it here.]
Faraday and Company1973-1974
The F.B.I.1965-1974Most seasons are available on DVD starting with Season 1 Part 1
The Feather and Father Gang1976-1977

G-H

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Get Christie Love!1974-1975[stream here]Only the pilot TV movie has been released.[Read my thoughts about it here.]
Get Smart1965-1970[stream here][Complete DVD set]
Griff1973-1974
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977-1979[stream here][Complete DVD collection][Read my thoughts about it here.]
Harry O1974-1976[Complete DVD collection]
Hart to Hart1979-1984, 1993+[stream here][Complete DVD set]
Hawaii Five-O1968-1980[stream here][Complete DVD set]
Hawkins1973-1974
Hec Ramsey1972-1974

I-J

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Ironside1967-1975[Seasons 1-4 DVD set]
Jigsaw1972-1973
Jigsaw John1976
Joe Forrester1975-1976

K

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Kate McShane1975[Watch the pilot episode on YouTube][Read my thoughts about it here.]
Kaz1978-1979
Khan!1975
Kingston: Confidential1977
Kodiak1974
Kojak1973-1978[stream here]All seasons are available individually on DVD, starting with [Season 1] through [Season 5]. There is also a DVD complete movie collection.[Read my thoughts about it here.]
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1974-1975[stream here]The complete series is available on BluRay and DVD.

L

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Lanigan’s Rabbi1977
The Law1975
The Lawyers, a.k.a. The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1969-1972
Longstreet1971-1972[Complete DVD collection]

M-N

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Madigan1972-1973Based on the 1968 film of the same name.
The Magician1973-1974[complete DVD collection]
The Manhunter1974-1975
Mannix1967-1975[complete DVD set]
Matt Helm1975-1976
McCloud1970-1977[stream here][Seasons 1 and 2 available on DVD]
McCoy1975-1976
McMillan and Wife, a.k.a. McMillan1971-1977[stream here][complete DVD collection][Read my thoughts about it here.]
McNaughton’s Daughter1976
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1979-1981
Mission: Impossible1966-1973, 1988-1990[stream here] OR [stream here][Original series DVD set]
[Original series Blu-ray set]
[80s revival DVD set]
Mobile One1975-1976
The Mod Squad1968-1973[Complete DVD set]
The Most Deadly Game1970-1971
Most Wanted1976-1977
Mrs. Columbo (renamed to Kate Columbo, then Kate the Detective, then Kate Loves a Mystery) 1979-1980[Watch all episodes on YouTube][Read my thoughts about it here.]

N-O

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Nakia1974
The Name of the Game1968-1971
Nashville 991977
The New Adventures of Perry Mason (or simply The New Perry Mason)1973-1974
O’Hara, U.S. Treasury1971-1972
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1971-1974

P

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Paris1979-1980
Petrocelli1974-1976[Complete DVD set.][Read my thoughts about it here.]
Police Story1973-1978, 1979, 1980, 1987[Season 1 DVD; Season 2 DVD; Season 3 DVD]
Police Woman1974-1978[Complete DVD collection][Read my thoughts about it here.]
The Protectors1972-1974[stream here][Complete DVD set]

Q-R

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Quincy, M.E. 1976-1983Individual seasons are available starting with Season 1 and ending with The Final Season[Read my thoughts about it here.]
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye1978
The Rockford Files1974-1980[stream here][Complete DVD set][Read my thoughts about it here.]
The Rookies1972-1976
Rosetti and Ryan1977

S

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Sam 1977-1978
Sarge1971-1972
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
1969-1970, 1978[stream here][complete BluRay set]
Serpico1976-1977Based on the 1973 film of the same name.
Shaft1971, 1972, 1973, 1973-1974[TV movie collection]
The Silent Force1970-1971
The Snoop Sisters1973-1974[Complete DVD set][Read my thoughts about it here.]
Starsky and Hutch1975-1979[stream here][Complete DVD set]
Storefront Lawyers, a.k.a. Men at Law1970-1971
The Streets of San Francisco1972-1977[Complete DVD set][Read my thoughts about it here.]
S.W.A.T.1975-1976[stream here]
Switch1975-1978[Read my thoughts on it here.]
Sword of Justice1978-1979

T-Z

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Tenafly1973-1974
Toma1973-1974
Vega$1978-1981[Complete DVD set]
The Young Lawyers1969-1971[DVD set]

If you know of a show that is missing from the list above, or if you have any other additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments!

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