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.


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
The Andros Targets1977


Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Banacek1972-1974[stream here][complete DVD set][read my thoughts about it here]
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]


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]
Charlie’s Angels1976-1981[stream here][complete DVD set]
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


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
Dog and Cat1977
Dragnet 19671967-1970[stream here][Season 1 DVD] [Season 2 DVD] [Season 3 DVD] [Season 4 DVD]
The Duke1979


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)
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


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.
Get Smart1965-1970[stream here][Complete DVD set]
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977-1979[stream here][Complete DVD collection]
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]
Hec Ramsey1972-1974


  • Ironside (1967-1975)
  • Jigsaw (1972-1973)
  • Jigsaw John (1976)
  • Joe Forrester (1975-1976)
  • Kate McShane (1975)
  • Kaz (1978-1979)
  • Khan! (1975)
  • Kingston: Confidential (1977)
  • Kodiak (1974)
  • Kojak (1973-1978) [stream here]
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974-1975) [stream here]
  • Lanigan’s Rabbi (1977)
  • The Law (1975)
  • The Lawyers, a.k.a. The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969-1972)
  • Longstreet (1971-1972)


  • Madigan (1972-1973)
  • The Magician (1973-1974)
  • The Manhunter (1974-1975)
  • Mannix (1967-1975)
  • Matt Helm (1975-1976)
  • McCloud (1970-1977) [stream here]
  • McCoy (1975-1976)
  • McMillan and Wife, a.k.a. McMillan (1971-1977) [stream here]
  • McNaughton’s Daughter (1976)
  • The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979-1981)
  • Mission: Impossible (1966-1973, 1988-1990)
  • Mobile One (1975-1976)
  • The Mod Squad (1968-1973)
  • The Most Deadly Game (1970-1971)
  • Most Wanted (1976-1977)
  • Mrs. Columbo (renamed to Kate Columbo, then Kate the Detective, then Kate Loves a Mystery) (1979-1980)
  • Nakia (1974)
  • The Name of the Game (1968-1971)
  • Nashville 99 (1977)
  • The New Adventures of Perry Mason (or simply The New Perry Mason) (1973-1974)


  • O’Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971-1972)
  • Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971-1974)
  • Paris (1979-1980)
  • Petrocelli (1974-1976)
  • Police Story (1973-1978, 1979, 1980, 1987)
  • Police Woman (1974-1978)
  • The Protectors (1972-1974) [stream here]
  • Quincy, M.E. (1976-1983)
  • Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978)
  • The Rockford Files (1974-1980) [stream here]
  • The Rookies (1972-1976)
  • Rosetti and Ryan (1977)


  • Sam (1977-1978)
  • Sarge (1971-1972)
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969-1970) [stream here]
  • Serpico (1976-1977)
  • Shaft (1971, 1972, 1973, 1973-1974)
  • The Silent Force (1970-1971)
  • The Snoop Sisters (1973-1974)
  • Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979) [stream here]
  • Storefront Lawyers, a.k.a. Men at Law (1970-1971)
  • The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977)
  • S.W.A.T. (1975-1976) [stream here]
  • Switch (1975-1978)
  • Sword of Justice (1978-1979)
  • Tenafly (1973-1974)
  • Toma (1973-1974)
  • Vega$ (1978-1981)
  • The Young Lawyers (1969-1971)

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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