The Results Are In: My 50 Favorite Sitcom Episodes of the 1970s

Welcome to another Wildcard Wednesday! I’m happy to announce that we have a winner in our first ever That’s Entertainment contest! Out of five players, the average score was 30.8. (That’s 15/50 episodes guessed correctly.) With a grand total of 50 points (or 25/50 episodes), Jeff is our grand prize winner! He wins:

  • An original script for The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s classic “Chuckles Bites The Dust”  — autographed by MTM herself
  • A complete series set of The Associates (1979-80, ABC)
  • A $25 Barnes & Noble gift card

Jeff, I’ll be emailing you at your AOL account to get your mailing address. But our other four participants aren’t “going home empty-handed” either. Through email, they’ll be receiving .pdf copies of the above mentioned “Chuckles Bites The Dust” script!


Thank you to all who played — Track, Beau, Nat, Elaine, and Jeff. I wish there were more participants, but I’m so grateful for your readership and the effort you put into making your selections. I know it was a difficult contest, and I’m very glad you took the time to play. It means a lot that I can share my passions with you! Now, for the official list of my favorite sitcom episodes of the 1970s . . .



1. HERE’S LUCY: “Lucy Meets The Burtons”


3. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Meet The Bunkers”


4. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “The Election Story”

5. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Cousin Maude’s Visit”

6. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Edith’s Problem”

7. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Sammy’s Visit”


8. THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW: “The Former Mr. Preston”

9. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “The Bunkers And The Swingers”

10. MAUDE: “Maude’s Dilemma (I)”

11. THE ODD COUPLE: “Password”

12. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW: “Bob & Emily & Howard & Carol & Jerry”

13. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “My Brother’s Keeper”

14. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Archie Is Branded”

15. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “Put On A Happy Face”


16. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “The Lars Affair”

17. LOTSA LUCK: “Stanley And The Librarian” [a.k.a. “The Librarian”]

18. SANFORD AND SON: “The Members Of The Wedding” [a.k.a. “The Engagement”]

19. SANFORD AND SON: “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe”

20. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Lionel’s Engagement”


21. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “Will Mary Richards Go To Jail?”

22. MAUDE: “The New Housekeeper”

23. MAUDE: “Lovers In Common”

24. RHODA: “Rhoda’s Wedding (II)”

25. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “You Try To Be A Nice Guy”


26. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “Chuckles Bites The Dust”

27. THE BOB NEWHART SHOW: “Over The River And Through The Woods”

28. PHYLLIS: “Phyllis And The Little People”

29. THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW: “The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home”

30. THE JEFFERSONS: “Lunch With Mama”

31. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “Joey’s Baptism”


32. MAUDE: “Vivian’s First Funeral”

33. RHODA: “Together Again For The First Time”

34. THE PRACTICE: “The Dream”

35. PHYLLIS: “Mother Dexter’s Wedding”

36. THE TONY RANDALL SHOW: “Case: Franklin In Love”

37. THE JEFFERSONS: “A Case Of Black And White”

38. MAUDE: “Feminine Fulfillment”


39. SOAP: Episode 1

40. THE JEFFERSONS: “Once A Friend”

41. MAUDE: “The Gay Bar”

42. SOAP: Episode 20


43. SOAP: Episode 32

44. WKRP IN CINCINNATI: “Turkeys Away”

45. ALL IN THE FAMILY: “California, Here We Are (II)”

46. THREE’S COMPANY: “The Bake-Off”

47. WKRP IN CINCINNATI: “Fish Story”


48. SOAP: Episode 48

49. TAXI: “Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey”

50. THE ASSOCIATES: “The Censors”


The only episodes unanimously guessed correctly were: “Archie Is Branded,” “Chuckles Bites The Dust,” “Vivian’s First Funeral,” “Turkeys Away,” and “Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey.” Four of the players got: “Sammy’s Visit,” “Password,” and “The Lars Affair.” Meanwhile, the incorrect episodes that got more than two guesses were: “The Puerto Ricans Are Coming!,” “The Last TV Show,” and “The Weekend.” All three of those offerings, along with both “The Analyst” [a.k.a. “Maude Bares Her Soul”] and “Rhoda Meets The Ex-Wife,” were fantastic guesses and probably would have made a list of my 55 favorites!




Come back next Wednesday for another Wildcard post! And tune in tomorrow for the last ever Xena Thursday!