Sci-Fi Television in the 1970s

by mike_sean | created - 06 Mar 2011 | updated - 28 Dec 2014 | Public

Notable science fiction television shows from the seventies (1970-1979). List order is chronological.

See also: Sci-Fi Television in the 1950s | 1960s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s

Related sci-fi list: Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1970s

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1. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 5,441

2. Doomwatch (1970–1993)

50 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

7.3
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Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for ... See full summary »

Stars: John Paul, Joby Blanshard, Simon Oates, Vivien Sherrard

Votes: 99

3. Phoenix Five (1970– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A low-budget science fiction series that followed the adventures of the crew of the galactic patrol ship Phoenix Five, 'the most sophisticated craft in the Earth Space Control Fleet.' This ... See full summary »

Stars: Patsy Trench, Damien Parker, Stuart Leslie, Mike Dorsey

Votes: 21

4. Timeslip (1970– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Simon and Liz were teenage friends who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century, where they encounter all sorts of adventures. Many of them ... See full summary »

Stars: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell

Votes: 120

5. UFO (1970–1973)

45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.0
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The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

Votes: 2,093

6. The Guardians (1971– )

60 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.5
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In a declining England of the 1980s, the UK has broken up, and England is ruled by a fascist military force called "The Guardians".

Stars: Gwyneth Powell, Cyril Luckham, Derek Smith, David Burke

Votes: 48

7. Moonbase 3 (1973– )

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 103

8. Star Trek (1973–1975)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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The further adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise, as they explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, George Takei

Votes: 4,656

9. The Starlost (1973– )

60 min | Sci-Fi

6.5
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A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction.

Stars: Keir Dullea, Gay Rowan, Robin Ward, William Osler

Votes: 378

10. The Tomorrow People (1973–1979)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.4
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The Tomorrow People are British teens who have special powers. They can communicate to each other using telepathy. They can also transport themselves (they call it "Jaunting"). With the ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicholas Young, Philip Gilbert, Elizabeth Adare, Peter Vaughan-Clarke

Votes: 498

11. Planet of the Apes (1974)

47 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes.

Stars: Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard

Votes: 3,235

12. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.1
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After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 6,798

13. The Changes (1975– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Children's drama set in modern-day England - but with a major difference: everyone has rebelled against modern technology (electricity, engines, trains etc) and gone back to a ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Williams, Keith Ashton, Rafiq Anwar, Marc Zuber

Votes: 100

14. Far Out Space Nuts (1975–1976)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.6
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The misadventures of two maintenance workers who are accidentally launched into space.

Stars: Bob Denver, Chuck McCann, Patty Maloney, Michael Hawes

Votes: 151

15. The Lost Saucer (1975–1976)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.3
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A flying saucer lands on modern day earth, and the two characters who fly it, Fi and Fum, invite a young boy and his babysitter to take a little trip with them. Unfortunately, something ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Nabors, Ruth Buzzi, Alice Playten, Jarrod Johnson

Votes: 120

16. Return to the Planet of the Apes (1975–1976)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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While on a mission, three astronauts in their spaceship get caught in a time vortex. They return to Earth in the year 3979 A.D. and discover that intelligent apes are now the highest form of life.

Stars: Austin Stoker, Philippa Harris, Henry Corden, Richard Blackburn

Votes: 1,163

17. Sky (1975– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild, Sky is helped on his quest to find a way home by three ... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Harrison, Stuart Lock, Cherrald Butterfield, Richard Speight

Votes: 68

18. Survivors (1975–1977)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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When a genetically engineered virus kills 99.99 percent of the world's population, the survivors must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. "Survivors" is a study of man vs. ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill, Stephen Dudley

Votes: 858

19. Ark II (1976–1979)

25 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Three young scientists travel around the country in the 25th century after the world has been ravaged by pollution. In their hi-tech RV (called Ark II), they study the land and help out those in need.

Stars: Terry Lester, Jean Marie Hon, José Flores, Adam

Votes: 303

20. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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After fully recovering from her nearly fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.

Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Ford Rainey

Votes: 4,447

21. Future Cop (1976– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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A veteran patrol officer gets an android for a partner.

Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Michael Shannon, John Amos, Herbert Nelson

Votes: 62

22. Star Maidens (1976– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.6
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A planet from another solar system drifts into Earth's system and is detected by some Earth scientists who investigate. The surface of this planet is no longer habitable and the residents ... See full summary »

Stars: Lisa Harrow, Christian Quadflieg, Christiane Krüger, Judy Geeson

Votes: 137

23. The Fantastic Journey (1977– )

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean becomes lost in the Bermuda Triangle and washes up on an uncharted island. They meet up with travelers from other times, planets and dimensions... See full summary »

Stars: Jared Martin, Carl Franklin, Ike Eisenmann, Katie Saylor

Votes: 317

24. Logan's Run (1977–1978)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.3
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In a futuristic society where reaching the age of 30 is a death sentence, a rebellious law enforcement agent goes on the run in search of Sanctuary.

Stars: Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat, Randy Powell

Votes: 1,425

25. 1990 (1977– )

55 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.9
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In a dystopian future, Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Public Control Department (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Robert Lang, Tony Doyle, Paul Hardwick

Votes: 75

26. Quark (1977– )

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.2
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The misadventures of an outer space garbage collector and his crew.

Stars: Richard Benjamin, Tim Thomerson, Patricia Barnstable, Cyb Barnstable

Votes: 424

27. Space Academy (1977–1979)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

7.2
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The adventures of the students of an outer space military school.

Stars: Jonathan Harris, Pamelyn Ferdin, Ric Carrott, Ty Henderson

Votes: 215

28. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.1
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After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 11,400

29. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell

Votes: 2,665

30. Jason of Star Command (1978–1981)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

6.8
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A young Space Command officer fights the evil space lord Dragos and his minions in his jurisdiction of the universe.

Stars: Craig Littler, Sid Haig, Charlie Dell, Susan Pratt

Votes: 277

31. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents, and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James, Conrad Janis

Votes: 7,610

32. Project U.F.O. (1978–1979)

60 min | Sci-Fi

7.3
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Two agents of the U.S. Government's Project Blue Book project investigate sightings of extraterrestrials and unidentified flying objects.

Stars: Caskey Swaim, Edward Winter, William Jordan, Aldine King

Votes: 257

33. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 5,792

34. Quatermass (1979– )

204 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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In the near future, civilisation has broken down to the barest fragment of recognisable life. Young people are forming gangs and dominating the wrecks of cities like London. But the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Mills, Simon MacCorkindale, Ralph Arliss, Paul Rosebury

Votes: 542

35. Salvage 1 (1979– )

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.6
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Harry runs a salvage operation, in which he and his partners reclaim trash and junk and sell it as scrap (or as other things). Harry also has a home-made spaceship which he sometimes uses to reclaim junk satellites.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Joel Higgins, Trish Stewart, J. Jay Saunders

Votes: 249

36. Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982)

30 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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A special force of interdimensional operatives protect the universe from evil forces trying to gain a foothold by disrupting the timeline. The strange energy beings are assigned to cases, ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Joanna Lumley, David Collings, Gerald James

Votes: 992

37. The Secret Empire (1979– )

20 min | Fantasy, Western

7.3
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In this homage to the cliffhanger serials of the '30s and '40s, 19th Century Wild West Marshal Jim Donner stumbled upon a secret underground city known as Chimera while chasing a gang of ... See full summary »

Stars: Geoffrey Scott, Carlene Watkins, David Opatoshu, Stepfanie Kramer

Votes: 34

38. Time Express (1979– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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Jason and Margaret Winters were the sophisticated hosts of the Time Express, a train whih took its passengers back in time to relive a momentous moment of their lives.

Stars: Vincent Price, Coral Browne, Woodrow Parfrey, William Phipps

Votes: 26