Sci-Fi TV of the 70's

by Samson65 | created - 17 May 2012 | updated - 12 Jun 2012 | Public

Science Fiction on television took off in a major way in the 1970's and here are some of my favorites as a young boy.

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1. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

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: 5,529

This will always be on the top of my list. Filming began in late 1973 and finally made it to our screens in 1975. Best known for the special effects which still stand up today, George Lucas even said he wanted effects on par with this show for "Star Wars". Unfortunately it "jumped the shark" with the extreme changes for the second season although Maya is still a fan favorite today. Keep an eye out for the new "Space 2099" series coming your way soon... for better or worse.

2. UFO (1970–1973)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

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: 2,122

Far in the future of the 1980s, aliens were here to steal the body organ's of humans in order to survive. SHADO was there to protect mankind in secret from their moonbase with the super sexy, purple haired women to the command center base under a British movie studio lot. When ratings started to drop in the US, the second series found rebirth as "Space 1999". Keep an eye out for the big screen remake of this series announced yet still stuck in development.

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

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: 6,934

"Astronaut Steve Austin, a man barely" alive after crashing his test plane. "Rebuilt" with a bionic arm, eye and two legs for an extraordinary six million dollars, he pays back the debt by saving the world time and again with his amazing strength... although he seemed to only run in slow motion. Spawning the "Bionic Woman" series which also did amazingly well, Steve did "jump the shark" when he buddied up with Big Foot.

4. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 4,541

Jamie Summers, Steve Austin's girlfriend has a parachuting accident and she's rebuilt into the Bionic Women. Great spinoff but I'm sure she came in much more expensive than Steve did with the recession of the 70s. There was a reboot of the series that lasted for a very short time.

5. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 11,531

First of the series to jump on the "Star Wars" band wagon, it was even sued by Lucas and ABC dropped it without giving it a full chance although it remained top in ratings. Another "jump the shark" when they attempted to bring it back as "Galactica 1980" which failed miserably.

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

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 5,874

Producer Larson took on this serial favorite from early film and comic strip sci-fi after production on "Battlestar Galactica" went off the air, using many of the same sets and costumes. Starting off quite promising it also 'jumped the shark" when it took Buck on a trip to the stars on board a space ship with a half hawk, half man buddy.

7. The Starlost (1973– )

60 min | Sci-Fi

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: 382

A group of survivors on a giant space ship break out of their area to find various communities from their lost world. Harlen Ellison created the series but dropped his name from the show before the first episode even aired due to production conflict. Great story but never found it's way.

8. Planet of the Apes (1974)

47 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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: 3,268

After running it's course as a series of movies, the series brought back Roddy McDowall as the star with a new set of astronauts to explore their future world with. Although shortly lived, it did have many good episodes.

9. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 3,221

Truly a great series with Darrin McGavin in one of his best roles. He even recognized the limited stories that could come of the series it only lasted one season by his own request. This was sited as the driving force behind "X-Files".

10. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 5,307

Lynda Carter shines as the female hero protecting America. Campy throughout it truly shined when she fought those evil Nazi's of WWII. Who didn't do the spinning effect of changing into her costume as a kid... boys and girls alike.

11. Star Maidens (1976– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

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: 140

Breaking out of it's orbit on a trip to Earth, the female ruled planet tries bring back a group of escapes who embrace the new world they've discovered. A bit cheesy at times but still a good premise.

12. Logan's Run (1977–1978)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 1,455

Spawned from the movie, this series let us travel with the escapees from the dome world living past their 30 year expiration date discovering the outside world. Not a bad spinoff if I remember correctly.

13. The Fantastic Journey (1977– )

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

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: 328

Roddy McDowall's other series, a group of scientist, aliens and others travel through various worlds discovered in the Bermuda Triangle. Campy yet fun... it never really got a chance to grow beyond it's first series.

14. Quark (1977– )

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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

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

Votes: 427

A short lived comedy series with Richard Benjamin, was just silly yet fun.

15. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 9,839

16. Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)

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

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: 7,709

Nanoo, Nanoo... Robin Williams breakthrough series which was a spinoff from "Happy Days" of all things. Lots of fun....

17. Project U.F.O. (1978–1979)

60 min | Sci-Fi

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: 261

Series based on the real life "Project Bluebook" in which the US Air Force investigated UFO sightings. I remember watching it but not if it was any good... somehow I'm thinking it wasn't.

18. Salvage 1 (1979– )

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

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: 252

I did like this series with Andy Griffith. All the different salvage junkets was lots of fun but again, this series wasn't given a proper chance.