The 2021 Holiday Contest: Guess My Favorite Sitcom Seasons of the 1970s

Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday and the launch of our annual holiday contest! Seeing as we just left the 1970s (again) on this blog, I thought it would be fun now to reveal my top five favorite sitcom seasons — e.g., RHODA (S2), BARNEY MILLER (S4), etc. — of each TV year between 1970-’71 and 1979-’80, based on the shows we’ve covered so far on Sitcom Tuesdays and Wildcard Wednesdays. So, this year’s contest is about guessing my answers before I share them next week. Interested? Here are the official rules of the game. (Read them!)

  1. The contest begins NOW and closes at 12:00 PM EST on Tuesday, December 21. Leave all your guesses in the comment section of this post. I will respond in receipt of your response. The results, along with my selections, will be posted in next week’s Wildcard Wednesday, and I will also go back and score your answers here.
  2. You are guessing my top five favorite sitcom seasons per TV year in the 1970s, based on what we’ve covered. Use the template below (EXHIBIT C), while considering the options available for each season (EXHIBIT A). 
  3. Keep in mind that the answers under each annual heading are ranked. That is, I’m asking you to not only guess my five favorite sitcom seasons from 1970-’71; you should also try guessing my top favorite, second favorite, third favorite, fourth favorite, and fifth favorite from that year… in order. See the example below (EXHIBIT B)
  4. In terms of scoring, every correct answer but in the wrong placement gets two points. Every correct answer in the right placement gets five points, with the exception of my #1 favorite season per TV year — getting that answer correct, in the correct spot, gets 10 points. (Also — if you get all five answers in a TV year correct but they’re not all in the correct order, I will boost your score for that section to give you a minimum of 15, assuming you’re not already higher. It’s the “scrambled special.”) So, your maximum possible score is 30 points x 10 years or 300 points total. The person with the highest score wins. (If you’re confused about scoring, check out EXHIBIT B below.)
  5. Everyone who participates and gets a minimum of 40/300 points will receive the opening prize — access to five of my favorite episodes from one of the currently unreleased sitcoms on my list. I think you’ll want these!
  6. Anyone who scores 150/300 points or more will receive access to an entire season from the same currently unreleased sitcom on my list.
  7. The person with the highest score will receive access to all of the above PLUS the 1979 SOAP Retrospective. (This is super rare!)
  8. This game is for subscribers only. Please subscribe to this blog in order to play.
  9. I will answer any question you have about the rules, but no specifics about the answers.
  10. Below are the three exhibits referenced above. Please consult them!

EXHIBIT A – Here are all the sitcom seasons in contention for each TV year from the 1970s. They’re listed by the order in which I covered them — all official Sitcom Tuesday options first, then the Wildcard possibilities after. (HINT: Not every sitcom formally covered here on Tuesdays made my selections, but at least two Wildcard options did.)

EXHIBIT B – Here is an example of how your guesses will be scored, using three hypothetical years from the 1960s. You’ll see my answers, followed by the sample guesses, scored with 10 pts, 5 pts, 2 pts, or 0 pts each. If you have questions about this, ask below!

EXHIBIT C – Here is a template you can use for your guesses. Copy, paste, and submit below!

1970-1971

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1972-1973

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1974-1975

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1975-1976

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1976-1977

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1977-1978

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1978-1979

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1979-1980

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Lastly, I just want to say that it’s been over six years since I first discussed many of these shows, and my thoughts have evolved. In fact, I went back in 2021 and revisited most of the options above so I could make honest choices, particularly for a ranking. My answers reflect where I stand today on every series in relation to each other, and while I don’t think there are any curveballs, please know that there’s no science to how you should go about guessing — posts from 2015 will only tell you so much. If anything, consider topics that have come up in my recent work and go with your gut, based both on episodic samples and overall seasonal quality. (I’ve factored in both when making my choices.) To that point, remember that not all TV years are created equally; that is, the standards for 1976-’77 are higher than 1977-’78, given the competition, so be sure to consider that as well. (In another example, just because the third season of The Andy Griffith Show is a big improvement over the second doesn’t necessarily mean I would rank it higher in its respective TV year, for 1962-’63 is a more competitive space than 1961-’62!) And most importantly, have fun! As long as you get 20 answers right (not even in the right order), you’ll earn a great prize as a show of gratitude. Happy guessing! 

 

 

Come back next week for a new Wildcard! And stay tuned Monday for a new musical rarity!

44 thoughts on “The 2021 Holiday Contest: Guess My Favorite Sitcom Seasons of the 1970s

  1. 1970-1971
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 4
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY Season 2
    3. THE ODD COUPLE Season 1
    4. GREEN ACRES Season 6
    5. BEWITCHED Season 7
    1971-1972
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY Season 2
    2. THE ODD COUPLE Season 2
    3. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 2
    4. NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW Season 1
    5. SANFORD AND SON Season 1
    1972-1973
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY Season 3
    2. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 3
    3. SANFORD AND SON Season 2
    4. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW Season 1
    5. MAUDE Season 1
    1973-1974
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 4
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY Season 4
    3. SANFORD AND SON Season 3
    4. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW Season 2
    5. NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW Season 3
    1974-1975
    1. RHODA Season 1
    2. MAUDE Season 3
    3. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 5
    4. THE JEFFERSONS Season 1
    5. GOOD TIMES Season 2
    1975-1976
    1. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW Season 4
    2. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 6
    3. ALL IN THE FAMILY Season 6
    4. RHODA Season 2
    5. THE JEFFERSONS Season 2
    1976-1977
    1. BARNEY MILLER Season 3
    2. MAUDE Season 5
    3. MARY TYLER MOORE Season 7
    4. LAVERNE & SHIRLEY Season 2
    5. THE PRACTICE Season 2
    1977-1978
    1. SOAP Season 1
    2. MAUDE Season 6
    3. THE JEFFERSONS Season 4
    4. THREE’S COMPANY Season 2
    5. BARNEY MILLER Season 4
    1978-1979
    1. SOAP Season 2
    2. WKRP IN CINCINNATI Season 1
    3. TAXI Season 1
    4. THREE’S COMPANY Season 3
    5. RHODA Season 5
    1979-1980
    1. TAXI Season 2
    2. SOAP Season 3
    3. WKRP IN CINCINNATI Season 2
    4. THE ASSOCIATES Season 1
    5. THREE’S COMPANY Season 4

  2. 1970-1971

    1. Mary Tyler Moore – 1

    2. All in the Family – 1

    3. Odd Couple – 1

    4. Here’s Lucy – 3

    5. Governor & JJ – 2

    1971-1972

    1. All in the Family – 2

    2. Sanford & Son – 1

    3. Odd Couple – 2

    4. Partners – 1

    5. Mary Tyler Moore – 2

    1972-1973

    1. Sanford & Son – 2

    2. Mary Tyler Moore – 3

    3. All in the Family – 3

    4. Bob Newhart – 1

    5. Maude – 1

    1973-1974

    1. Maude – 2

    2. All in the Family – 4

    3. Bob Newhart – 2

    4. Sanford & Son – 3

    5. Mary Tyler Moore – 4

    1974-1975

    1. Bob Newhart – 3

    2. Mary Tyler Moore – 5

    3. All in the Family – 5

    4. Maude – 3

    5. Rhoda – 1

    1975-1976

    1. Bob Newhart – 4

    2. Jeffersons – 2

    3. Good Times – 3

    4. Maude – 4

    5. All in the Family – 6

    1976-1977

    1. Bob Newhart – 5

    2. Jeffersons – 3

    3. Barney Miller – 3

    4. All in the Family – 7

    5. Laverne & Shirley – 2

    1977-1978

    1. Soap – 1

    2. Three’s Company – 2

    3. All in the Family – 8

    4. Barney Miller – 4

    5. Betty White Show – 1

    1978-1979

    1. Three’s Company – 3

    2. WKRP in Cincinnati – 1

    3. Taxi – 1

    4. Soap – 2

    5. Barney Miller – 5

    1979-1980

    1. Soap – 3

    2. Associates – 1

    3. WKRP in Cincinnati – 2

    4. Taxi – 2

    5. Jeffersons – 6

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  3. 1970-1971
    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show S1
    2. All in the Family S2
    3. Here’s Lucy S3
    4. The Odd Couple S1
    5. The Governor and J.J. S2

    1971-1972
    1. All in the Family S2
    2. The Odd Couple S2
    3. Mary Tyler Moore Show S2
    4. Sanford and Son S1
    5. Here’s Lucy S4

    1972-1973
    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show S3
    2. All In The Family S3
    3. The Odd Couple S3
    4. Sanford and Son S2
    5. The Bob Newhart Show S1

    1973-1974
    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show S4
    2. The Bob Newhart Show S2
    3. Maude S2
    4. Sanford and Son S3
    5. New Dick Van Dyke Show S3

    1974-1975
    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show S5
    2. Rhoda S1
    3. Maude S3
    4. The Bob Newhart Show S3
    5. The Jeffersons S1

    1975-1976
    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show S6
    2. The Bob Newhart Show S4
    3. The Jeffersons S2
    4. All in the Family S6
    5. Phyllis S1

    1976-1977
    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show S7
    2. Barney Miller S3
    3. Maude S5
    4. Laverne and Shirley S2
    5. The Tony Randall Show S1

    1977-1978
    1. Soap S1
    2. Three’s Company S2
    3. Laverne and Shirley S3
    4. Barney Miller S4
    5. The Jeffersons S4

    1978-1979
    1. WKRP in Cincinnati S1
    2. Taxi S1
    3. Soap S2
    4. Three’s Company S3
    5. Barney Miller S5

    1979-1980
    1. Taxi S2
    2. Soap S3
    3. WKRP in Cincinnati S2
    4. Three’s Company S4
    5. The Jeffersons S6

  4. 1970-1971

    1. All in the Family (Season One)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season One)

    3. Bewitched (Season Seven)

    4. That Girl (Season Five)

    5. The Odd Couple (Season One)

    1971-1972

    1. All in the Family (Season Two)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Two)

    3. Sanford and Son (Season One)

    4. The Odd Couple (Season Two)

    5. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (Season One)

    1972-1973

    1. All in the Family (Season Three)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Three)

    3. Sanford and Son (Season Two)

    4. The Odd Couple (Season Three)

    5. The Bob Newhart Show (Season One)

    1973-1974

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Four)

    2. All in the Family (Season Four)

    3. The Bob Newhart Show (Season Two)

    4. Sanford and Son (Season Three)

    5. Maude (Season Two)

    1974-1975

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Five)

    2. Rhoda (Season One)

    3. Maude (Season Three)

    4. The Bob Newhart Show (Season Three)

    5. All in the Family (Season Five)

    1975-1976

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Six)

    2. The Bob Newhart Show (Season Four)

    3. Maude (Season Four)

    4. The Jeffersons (Season Two)

    5. Rhoda (Season Two)

    1976-1977

    1. Maude (Season Five)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Seven)

    3. The Bob Newhart Show (Season Five)

    4. The Practice (Season Two)

    5. Barney Miller (Season Three)

    1977-1978

    1. Soap (Season One)

    2. Three’s Company (Season Two)

    3. Maude (Season Six)

    4. The Bob Newhart Show (Season Six)

    5. The Jeffersons (Season Four)

    1978-1979

    1. Soap (Season Two)

    2. Three’s Company (Season Three)

    3. Taxi (Season One)

    4. WKRP in Cincinatti (Season One)

    5. The Jeffersons (Season Five)

    1979-1980

    1. Taxi (Season Two)

    2. Soap (Season Three)

    3. WKRP in Cincinatti (Season Two)

    4. Three’s Company (Season Four)

    5. The Associates (Season One)

  5. 1970-1971
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S1)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S1)
    3. THE ODD COUPLE (S1)
    4. HERE’S LUCY (S3)
    5. BEWITCHED (S7)

    1971-1972
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S2)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S2)
    3. SANFORD AND SON (S1)
    4. THE ODD COUPLE (S2)
    5. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (S1)

    1972-1973
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S3)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S3)
    3. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (S1)
    4. SANFORD AND SON (S2)
    5. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (S2)

    1973-1974
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S4)
    2. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (S2)
    3. SANFORD AND SON (S3)
    4. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S4)
    5. LOTSA LUCK (S1)

    1974-1975
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S5)
    2. RHODA (S1)
    3. MAUDE (S3)
    4. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S5)
    5. SANFORD AND SON (S4)

    1975-1976
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S6)
    2. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (S4)
    3. RHODA (S2)
    4. PHYLLIS (S1)
    5. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S6)

    1976-1977
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (S7)
    2. MAUDE (S5)
    3. BARNEY MILLER (S3)
    4. RHODA (S3)
    5. THE PRACTICE (S2)

    1977-1978
    1. THREE’S COMPANY (S2)
    2. SOAP (S1)
    3. MAUDE (S6)
    4. RHODA (S4)
    5. ALL IN THE FAMILY (S8)

    1978-1979
    1. SOAP (S2)
    2. TAXI (S1)
    3. THREE’S COMPANY (S3)
    4. WKRP IN CINCINNATI (S1)
    5. THE JEFFERSONS (S5)

    1979-1980
    1. TAXI (S2)
    2. THREE’S COMPANY (S4)
    3. SOAP (S3)
    4. WKRP IN CINCINNATI (S2)
    5. BARNEY MILLER (S6)

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  6. 1970-1971

    1.The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S1)

    2. All In The Family (S1)

    3. Here’s Lucy (S3)

    4. The Odd Couple (S1)

    5. The Governor and J.J. (S2)

    1971-1972

    1. All In The Family (S2)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S2)

    3. The Odd Couple (S2)

    4. Sanford & Son (S1)

    5. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S1)

    1972-1973

    1. All In The Family (S3)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S3)

    3. Sanford & Son (S2)

    4. Maude (S1)

    5. The Bob Newhart Show (S1)

    1973-1974

    1.The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S4)

    2. All In The Family (S4)

    3. Sanford & Son (S3)

    4. Maude (S2)

    5. The Bob Newhart Show (S2)

    1974-1975

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S5)

    2. Maude (S3)

    3. All In The Family (S5)

    4. The Bob Newhart Show (S3)

    5. Rhoda (S1)

    1975-1976

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S6)

    2. The Bob Newhart Show (S4)

    3. The Jeffersons (S2)

    4. All In The Family (S6)

    5. Phyllis (S1)

    1976-1977

    1. Maude (S5)

    2. The Bob Newhart Show (S5)

    3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S7)

    4. The Jeffersons (S3)

    5. All In The Family (S7)

    1977-1978

    1. Soap (S1)

    2. Three’s Company (S2)

    3. The Jeffersons (S4)

    4. Maude (S6)

    5. The Bob Newhart Show (S6)

    1978-1979

    1. Soap (S2)

    2. Three’s Company (S3)

    3. WKRP In Cincinnati (S1)

    4. Taxi (S1)

    5. The Jeffersons (S5)

    1979-1980

    1. Taxi (S2)

    2. WKRP in Cincinnati (S2)

    3. Soap (S3)

    4. Three’s Company (S4)

    5. The Jeffersons (S6)

  7. 1970-1971
    1. All in the Family Season 1
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 1
    3. The Governor and JJ Season 2
    4. The Odd Couple Season 1
    5. Green Acres Season 6

    1971-1972
    1. All in the Family Season 2
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 2
    3. The New Dick Van Dyke Show Season 1
    4. The Odd Couple Season 2
    5. Sanford & Son Season 1

    1972-1973
    1. All in the Family Season 3
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 3
    3. The Bob Newhart Show Season 1
    4. Sanford & Son Season 2
    5. Here’s Lucy Season 5

    1973-1974
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show S4
    2. All in the Family Season 4
    3. The New Dick Van Dyke Show Season 3
    4. Sanford & Son Season 3
    5. The Bob Newhart Show Season 2

    1974-1975
    1. Rhoda Season 1
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 5
    3. Maude Season 3
    4. The Jeffersons Season 1
    5. Good Times Season 2

    1975-1976
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 6
    2. Rhoda Season 2
    3. Phyllis Season 1
    4. The Jeffersons Season 2
    5. Happy Days Season 3

    1976-1977
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 7
    2. Barney Miller Season 3
    3. Rhoda Season 3
    4. Maude Season 5
    5. The Tony Randall Show Season 1

    1977-1978
    1. Soap Season 1
    2. Barney Miller Season 4
    3. Maude Season 6
    4. Three’s Company Season 2
    5. Laverne & Shirley Season 3

    1978-1979
    1. Three’s Company Season 3
    2. Soap Season 2
    3. Taxi Season 1
    4. Rhoda Season 5
    5. Barney Miller Season 5

    1979-1980
    1. Taxi Season 2
    2. Soap Season 3
    3. Three’s Company Season 4
    4. The Jeffersons Season 6
    5. Archie Bunker’s Place Season 1

  8. 1970-1971

    1. All In The Family (S1)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S1)

    3. Here’s Lucy (S3)

    4. The Odd Couple (S1)

    5. The Governor And J.J (S2)

    1971-1972

    1. All In The Family (S2)

    2. Sanford And Son (S1)

    3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S2)

    4. The Odd Couple (S2)

    5. Here’s Lucy (S4)

    1972-1973

    1. all In The Family (S3)

    2. Sanford and son (S2)

    3. Mary Tyler Moore (S3)

    4. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S2)

    5. Here’s Lucy (s5)

    1973-1974

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S4)

    2. Sanford and Son (S3)

    3. All In The Family (S4)

    4. Here’s Lucy (S6)

    5. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S3)

    1974-1975

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S5)

    2. Rhoda (S1)

    3. The Bob Newart Show (S3)

    4. Maude (S3)

    5. Good Times (S2)

    1975-1976

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S6)

    2. The Bob Newhart Show (S2)

    3. The Jeffersons (S2)

    4. Happy Days (S3)

    5. The Practice (S1)

    1976-1977

    1. Maude (S5)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S7)

    3. Barney Miller (S3)

    4. The Jeffersons (S3)

    5. Laverne and Shirley (S2)

    1977-1978

    1. Soap (S1)

    2. Rhoda (S4)

    3. Three’s Company (S2)

    4. The Bob Newart Show (S6)

    5. Barney Miller (S4)

    1978-1979

    1. Three’s Company (S3)

    2. Taxi (S1)

    3. Laverne And Shirley (S4)

    4. WKRP In Cincinnati (S1)

    5. Good Times (S6)

    1979-1980

    1. Taxi (S2)

    2. WKRP In Cincinnati (S2)

    3. The Jeffersons (S6)

    4. The Associates (S1)

    5. Soap (S3)

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  9. Here are my guesses (if I get 1/4-1/2 right, I’ll be happy!!) from the best era of sitcoms to date!!!

    Hope the format is right!

    Keep up the great work!!

    Jeff Alexander

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    1970-1971

    1. Here’s Lucy (S3)

    2. Mayberry R.F.D. (S3)

    3. The Governor and J.J. (S2)

    4. That Girl (S5)

    5. All In The Family (S1)

    1971-1972

    1. The Odd Couple (S1)

    2. Sanford and Son (S1)

    3. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S1)

    4. All In the Family (S2)

    5. The Partners (S1)

    1972-1973

    1. Mary Tyler Moore Show (S3)

    2. Sanford and Son (S2)

    3. The Bob Newhart Show (S1)

    4. The Odd Couple (S3)

    5. Bridget Loves Bernie (S1)

    1973-1974

    1. All In the Family (S4)

    2. Maude (S2)

    3. The Odd Couple (S4)

    4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S4)

    5. Lotsa Luck (S1)

    1974-1975

    1. Rhoda (S1)

    2. The Bob Newhart Show (S3)

    3. Happy Days (S2)

    4. Good Times (S2)

    5. All In the Family

    1975-1976

    1. The Jeffersons (S2)

    2. The Practice (S1)

    3. When Things Were Rotten (S1)

    4. Maude (S5)

    5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S6)

    1976-1977

    1. Barney Miller (S3)

    2. Happy Days (S4)

    3. All In the Family (S7)

    4. Good Times (S3)

    5. CPO Sharkey (S1)

    1977-1978

    1. Soap (S1)

    2. Three’s Company (S2)

    3. Rhoda (S4)

    4. The Tony Randall Show (S1)

    5. Laverne and Shirley (S3)

    1978-1979

    1. Taxi (S1)

    2. WKRP in Cincinnatti (S1)

    3. All In the Family (S9)

    4. Angie (S1)

    5. The Jeffersons (S5)

    1979-1980

    1. Soap (S2)

    2. Taxi (S2)

    3. The Associates (S1)

    4. Laverne and Shirley (S5)

    5. Happy Days (S7)

    • Hi, Jeff! Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Yes — the format is exactly right! Just a few points I want to double-check.

      There are a few matches of series and season that don’t fit within the TV year:

      1971-1972: “1. The Odd Couple (S1)” / this would have been (S2)
      1974-1975: “5. All In the Family” / this isn’t specified, but I assume you mean (S5)
      1975-1976: “4. Maude (S5)” / this would have been (S4)
      1976-1977: “4. Good Times (S3)” / this would have been (S4)
      1977-1978: “4. The Tony Randall Show (S1)” / this would have been (S2)
      1979-1980: “1. Soap (S2)” / this would have been (S3)

      I will score your answers as if you intended to refer to the show only (and the seasonal specification is irrelevant to the TV year under which it’s listed), unless you tell me otherwise.

      If any of the above is an unforced error (i.e., the seasonal specification is informing the way you cited and ranked the shows, rendering much of this list unreflective of your genuine choices), you can resubmit and I will score the second version instead. Just let me know!

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  10. You are exactly right, I am wrong on all my season answers. However, I do mean for the shows to be my guesses within the season I put them (e.g., 1971-72, The Odd Couple as No. 1 for that year; 1975-76, Maude as No. 4 for that year).
    My apologies on that. I should know better.
    Thanks!!!

  11. 1970-1971
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY (1)
    2. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (1)
    3. THE ODD COUPLE (1)
    4. BEWITCHED (7)
    5. THAT GIRL (5)

    1971-1972
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY (2)
    2. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (2)
    3. THE ODD COUPLE (2)
    4. SANFORD AND SON (1)
    5. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (1)

    1972-1973
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY (3)
    2. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (3)
    3. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (1)
    4. SANFORD AND SON (2)
    5. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (2)

    1973-1974
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (4)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (4)
    3. SANFORD AND SON (3)
    4. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (2)
    5. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (3)

    1974-1975
    1. RHODA (1)
    2. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (5)
    3. MAUDE (3)
    4. GOOD TIMES (2)
    5. THE JEFFERSONS (1)

    1975-1976
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (6)
    2. THE JEFFERSONS (2)
    3. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (4)
    4. ALL IN THE FAMILY (6)
    5. HAPPY DAYS (3)

    1976-1977
    1. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW (7)
    2. BARNEY MILLER (3)
    3. MAUDE (5)
    4. RHODA (3)
    5. THE TONY RANDALL SHOW (1)

    1977-1978
    1. SOAP (1)
    2. BARNEY MILLER (4)
    3. ALL IN THE FAMILY (8)
    4. THREE’S COMPANY (2)
    5. LAVERNE & SHIRLEY (3)

    1978-1979
    1. TAXI (1)
    2. SOAP (2)
    3. THREE’S COMPANY (3)
    4. WKRP IN CINCINNATI (1)
    5. RHODA (5)

    1979-1980
    1. TAXI (2)
    2. SOAP (3)
    3. WKRP IN CINCINNATI (2)
    4. THREE’S COMPANY (4)
    5. BARNEY MILLER (6)

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  12. 1970-1971
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 1)
    2. The Odd Couple (Season 1)
    3. All in The Family (Season 1)
    4. That Girl (Season 5)
    5. Here’s Lucy (Season 3)
    1971-1972
    1. The Odd Couple (Season 2)
    2. All in the Family (Season 2)
    3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 2)
    4. The New Dick van Dyke Show (Season 1)
    5. Here’s Lucy (Season 4)
    1972-1973
    1. All in The Family (Season 3)
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 3)
    3. The Odd Couple (Season 3)
    4. The Bob Newhart Show (Season 1)
    5. Here’s Lucy (Season 5)
    1973-1974
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 4)
    2. All in The Family (Season 4)
    3. The Odd Couple (Season 4)
    4. The Bob Newhart Show (Season 2)
    5. Here’s Lucy (Season 6)
    1974-1975
    1. Maude (Season 3)
    2. Rhoda (Season 1)
    3. The Jeffersons (Season 1)
    4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 5)
    5. The Odd Couple (Season 5)
    1975-1976
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 6)
    2. Rhoda (Season 2)
    3. The Bob Newhart Show (Season 4)
    4. The Jeffersons (Season 2)
    5. Phyllis (Season 1)
    1976-1977
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season 7)
    2. Maude (Season 5)
    3. The Bob Newhart Show (Season 5)
    4. Laverne & Shirley (Season 2)
    5. Barney Miller (Season 3)
    1977-1978
    1. Three’s Company (Season 2)
    2. Soap (Season 1)
    3. The Bob Newhart Show (Season 6)
    4. Maude (Season 6)
    5. Laverne & Shirley (Season 3)
    1978-1979
    1. WKRP In Cincinnati (Season 1)
    2. Soap (Season 2)
    3. Taxi (Season 1)
    4. Rhoda (Season 4)
    5. Barney Miller (Season 5)
    1979-1980
    1. WKRP In Cincinnati (Season 2)
    2. Taxi (Season 2)
    3. Three’s Company (Season 4)
    4. Soap (Season 3)
    5. Archie Bunker’s Place (Season 1)

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  13. 1970-1971
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S1)
    2. All in the Family (S1)
    3. Bewitched (S7)
    4. The Odd Couple (S1)
    5. The Governor and J.J. (S2)

    1971-1972
    1. All in the Family (S2)
    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S2)
    3. The Odd Couple (S2)
    4. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S1)
    5. Sanford And Son (S1)

    1972-1973
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S3)
    2. All in the Family (S3)
    3. The Bob Newhart Show (S1)
    4. Sanford and Son (S2)
    5. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S2)

    1973-1974
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S4)
    2. Sanford and Son (S3)
    3. The Bob Newhart Show (S2)
    4. All in the Family (S4)
    5. Here’s Lucy (S6)

    1974-1975
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S5)
    2. Maude (S3)
    3. Rhoda (S1)
    4. The Bob Newhart Show (S3)
    5. The Jeffersons (S1)

    1975-1976
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S6)
    2. The Bob Newhart Show (S4)
    3. The Jeffersons (S2)
    4. Rhoda (S2)
    5. All in the Family (S6)

    1976-1977
    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S7)
    2. Maude (S5)
    3. Barney Miller (S3)
    4. All in the Family (S7)
    5. The Tony Randall Show (S1)

    1977-1978
    1. Soap (Season 1)
    2. Three’s Company (S2)
    3. Barney Miller (S4)
    4. Laverne & Shirley (S3)
    5. All in the Family (S8)

    1978-1979
    1. Soap (S2)
    2. Taxi (S1)
    3. WKRP In Cincinnati (S1)
    4. Three’s Company (S3)
    5. Barney Miller (S5)

    1979-1980
    1. Taxi (S2)
    2. Soap (S3)
    3. Three’s Company (S4)
    4. WKRP In Cincinnati (S2)
    5. The Jeffersons (S6)

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  14. 1970-1971
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (1)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (1)
    3. HERE’S LUCY (3)
    4. THE ODD COUPLE (1)
    5. THAT GIRL (5)

    1971-1972
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (2)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (2)
    3. THE ODD COUPLE (2)
    4. SANFORD AND SON (1)
    5. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (1)

    1972-1973
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (3)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (3)
    3. THE ODD COUPLE (3)
    4. SANFORD AND SON (2)
    5. MAUDE (1)

    1973-1974
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (4)
    2. MAUDE (2)
    3. THE ODD COUPLE (4)
    4. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (2)
    5. ALL IN THE FAMILY (4)

    1974-1975
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (5)
    2. RHODA (1)
    3. THE JEFFERSONS (1)
    4. MAUDE (3)
    5. ALL IN THE FAMILY (5)

    1975-1976
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (6)
    2. ALL IN THE FAMILY (6)
    3. THE JEFFERSONS (2)
    4. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW (4)
    5. RHODA (2)

    1976-1977
    1. MARY TYLER MOORE (7)
    2. BARNEY MILLER (3)
    3. MAUDE (5)
    4. RHODA (3)
    5. ALL IN THE FAMILY (7)

    1977-1978
    1. ALL IN THE FAMILY (8)
    2. SOAP (1)
    3. THREE’S COMPANY (2)
    4. THE JEFFERSONS (4)
    5. MAUDE (6)

    1978-1979
    1. TAXI (1)
    2. SOAP (2)
    3. THREE’S COMPANY (3)
    4. RHODA (5)
    5. WKRP IN CINCINNATI (1)

    1979-1980
    1. TAXI (2)
    2. SOAP (3)
    3. WKRP IN CINCINNATI (2)
    4. THREE’S COMPANY (4)
    5. LAVERNE & SHIRLEY (5)

  15. 1970-1971

    1. All in the Family (S1)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S1)

    3. The Odd Couple (S1)

    4. That Girl (S5)

    5. Bewitched (S7)

    1971-1972

    1. All in the Family (S2)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S2)

    3. The Odd Couple (S2)

    4. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (S1)

    5. Sanford and Son (S1)

    1972-1973

    1. All in the Family (S3)

    2. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S3)

    3. Maude (S1)

    4. The Odd Couple (S3)

    5. Sanford and Son (S2)

    1973-1974

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S4)

    2. Sanford and Son (S3)

    3. All in the Family (S4)

    4. Maude (S2)

    5. The Bob Newhart Show (S2)

    1974-1975

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S5)

    2. Rhoda (S1).

    3. The Bob Newhart Show (S3)

    4. Maude (S3)

    5. The Jeffersons (S1)

    1975-1976

    1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S6)

    2. The Jeffersons (S2)

    3. The Bob Newhart Show (S4)

    4. Rhoda (S2)

    5. Phyllis (S1)

    1976-1977

    1. Barney Miller (S3)

    2. All in the Family (S7)

    3. The Bob Newhart Show (S5)

    4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (S7)

    5. The Jeffersons (S3)

    1977-1978

    1. Soap (S1)

    2. Three’s Company (S2)

    3. All in the Family (S8)

    4. Barney Miller (S4)

    5. The Jeffersons (S4)

    1978-1979

    1. Soap (S2)

    2. Taxi (S1)

    3. Three’s Company (S3)

    4. WKRP in Cincinnati (S1)

    5. Rhoda (S5)

    1979-1980

    1. Taxi (S2)

    2. Soap (S3)

    3. Three’s Company (S4)

    4. WKRP in Cincinati (S2)

    5. Barney Miller (S6)

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