It Was a Decade of the Good (the Godfather), the Bad (Donny and Marie) and the Just Plain Dy-No-Mite! Yes, We Love the ... '70S

By Szaroleta, Tom | The Florida Times Union, August 18, 2003 | Go to article overview

It Was a Decade of the Good (the Godfather), the Bad (Donny and Marie) and the Just Plain Dy-No-Mite! Yes, We Love the ... '70S


Szaroleta, Tom, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Tom Szaroleta, Times-Union staff writer

Quick, think back to the 1970s, or what you can remember of them. What's the first image that comes to mind?

John Travolta in that white Saturday Night Fever suit, right?

But there was so much more going on during that turbulent decade. Watergate. The Godfather. Archie Bunker. Leisure suits. Gas rationing. Vietnam protests. Saturday Night Live's Not Ready for Primetime Players. Disaster movies. Charlie's Angels. The Bicentennial. The Fonz. The list goes on and on.

At 9 tonight, cable music network VH1 will launch a prequel to its addictive series I Love the '80s, when I Love the '70s debuts.

To celebrate the decade of lava lamps and bell bottoms, we've compiled our ideas of the best and worst of the '70s.

Groovy TV

-- The Carol Burnett Show

-- Hee Haw

-- Mary Tyler Moore Show

-- The Jeffersons

-- The Odd Couple

-- All in the Family

-- M*A*S*H

-- Saturday Night Live

-- Barney Miller

-- What's Happening!!

-- Roots

Bummer TV

-- The Brady Bunch

-- Donny and Marie

-- Carter Country

-- CHiPS

-- Three's Company

-- The Love Boat

-- Love American Style

-- The Partridge Family

-- The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

-- B.J. and the Bear

Groovy songs

-- ABC, by The Jackson 5

-- Superstitious, by Stevie Wonder

-- Desperado, by the Eagles

-- Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin

-- Midnight Train to Georgia, by Gladys Knight and the Pips

-- Freebird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

-- Smoke on the Water, by Deep Purple

-- Reelin' in the Years, by Steely Dan

-- School's Out, by Alice Cooper

-- Let's Stay Together, by Al Green

Bummer songs

-- Afternoon Delight, by The Starland Vocal Band

-- Disco Duck, by Rick Dees

-- Brand New Key, by Melanie

-- Muskrat Love, by The Captain & Tenille

-- One Tin Soldier, by Coven

-- Horse With No Name, by America

-- Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree, by Tony Orlando & Dawn

-- Seasons in the Sun, by Terry Jacks

-- Kung Fu Fighting, by Carl Douglas

-- Saturday Night, by The Bay City Rollers

Groovy cars

-- Starsky's red-and-white Gran Torino, from Starsky and Hutch

-- Burt Reynolds' Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit

-- Jim Rockford's Firebird from The Rockford Files

-- The school bus from The Partridge Family

-- The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard

-- The Deathmobile from Animal House

Bummer cars

-- AMC Gremlin

-- AMC Pacer

-- Ford Mustang II

-- Ford Pinto

-- Chevrolet Vega

-- Chrysler K Car

-- Conversion vans with airbrushed sunsets and shag carpeting

Icons

-- Muhammad Ali

-- Howard Cosell

-- Evel Knievel

-- Elton John's glasses

-- Richard Pryor

-- Reggie Jackson

-- The Big Red Machine

-- The Steel Curtain

-- The peace sign

-- The smiley face

Hunks

-- David Soul

-- Freddie Prinze Sr.

-- Billy Dee Williams

-- Peter Frampton

-- Burt Reynolds

-- John Travolta

-- Richard Roundtree

-- Paul Newman

-- Robert Redford

-- David Cassidy

Babes

-- Farrah Fawcett-Majors

-- Pam Grier

-- Valerie Bertinelli

-- Bo Derek

-- Suzanne Somers

-- Linda Ronstadt

-- Stevie Nicks

-- Tina Turner

-- Loni Anderson

-- Susan Dey

-- Maureen McCormick

Trends and fads

-- Streaking

-- Pet rocks

-- CB radios

-- Mood rings

-- Afros and perms

-- Lava lamps

-- Beanbag chairs

-- Disco

-- Punk rock

-- Polyester leisure suits

Headlines

-- Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's career home run record.

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