Humanities › History & Culture Feminism in 1970s Sitcoms Share Flipboard Email Print Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images History & Culture Women's History Feminism & Pop Culture History Of Feminism Important Figures Key Events Women's Suffrage Women & War Laws & Womens Rights Feminist Texts American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century View More By Linda Napikoski Journalist J.D., Hofstra University B.A., English and Print Journalism, University of Southern California Linda Napikoski, J.D., is a journalist and activist specializing in feminism and global human rights. our editorial process Linda Napikoski Updated November 05, 2019 During the Women’s Liberation Movement, U.S. television audiences were offered a dose of feminism in several 1970s situation comedies. Moving away from the “old-fashioned” nuclear family-oriented sitcom model, many 1970s sitcoms explored new and sometimes controversial social or political issues. While still creating humorous shows, television producers provided audiences with feminism in the 1970s sitcoms by using social commentary and strong female protagonists, with or without a husband. Here are five 1970s sitcoms that are worth watching with a feminist eye: 01 of 05 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images The lead character, played by Mary Tyler Moore, was a single woman with a career in one of the most acclaimed sitcoms in television history. 02 of 05 All in the Family (1971-1979) Fotos International/Getty Images Norman Lear’s All in the Family starring Carroll O'Connor did not shy away from controversial topics. The four main characters, Archie, Edith, Gloria, and Mike, held wildly varying opinions on most issues. 03 of 05 Maude (1972-1978) Lee Cohen/Liaison Maude was a spinoff from All in the Family that continued tackling tough issues in its own way, with Maude’s abortion episode being one of the most famous. 04 of 05 One Day at a Time (1975-1984) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Another show developed by Norman Lear, One Day At A Time featured a recently divorced mother, played by Bonnie Franklin, raising two teenage daughters, Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli. It tackled many social issues revolving around relationships, sexuality, and families. 05 of 05 Alice (1976-1985) Fotos International/Bob V. Noble/Getty Images At first glance, it may not seem particularly “feminist” to watch three waitresses slogging away in a greasy spoon diner, but Alice, loosely based on the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, explored the difficulties faced by a widowed working mother as well as the camaraderie among a group of working-class characters.