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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 Title Air Dates Available to stream? Available on DVD? Other notes Adam-12 1968-1975 [ stream here] All seasons, from Season 1 through the Final Season are available individually on DVD. Adams of Eagle Lake 1975 The American Girls 1978 Amy Prentiss 1974-1975 spin-off of Ironside The Andros Targets 1977 Archer 1975 B
Show Title Air Dates Available to stream? Available on DVD? Other notes The Eddie Capra Mysteries 1978-1979 The Edge of Night 1956-1984 (a mystery soap opera, originally meant to be an adaptation of the Perry Mason radio series) Eishied 1979-1980 Ellery Queen 1975-1976 [ stream here] [ Complete DVD set] [ Read my thoughts on it here.] Faraday and Company 1973-1974 The F.B.I. 1965-1974 Most seasons are available on DVD starting with Season 1 Part 1 The Feather and Father Gang 1976-1977 G-H
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) M-N
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-R
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) S-Z
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!