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15 TV Guide covers from the 1970s that will take you down memory lane

This was the decade when Mary Tyler Moore reigned supreme.

There was a time when people relied on TV Guide to figure out what they were going to watch. Because so many people received it every week, the cover was coveted real estate to promote a show. We've gathered some of the most iconic covers of the 1970s to sum up the decade in which television got a little bigger and a little edgier. 

It's funny Tiger gets the top spot on the Brady's pyramid. Soon after this issue ran in April 1970, he disappeared completely from the show.

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Tony Randall and Jack Klugman hilariously pose for the cover in February 1971.

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This July 1971 cover boasted The Mod Squad's Michael Cole, Peggy Lipton and Clarence Williams III.

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While The Mary Tyler Moore Show was riding high, its star was front and center on the cover to TV Guide in February 1972.

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Just like Moore posed for her eponymous TV show, Carol Burnett did the same in July 1972.

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Before she was one of TV's premier journalists, Walters was an anchor on the TODAY show. She appeared on this December 1972 cover, a full year before she was named the first female co-host of TODAY.

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Twenty years after his birth captivated the entire country, Desi Arnaz, Jr. posed with him mom, Lucille Ball, for this March 1973 cover.

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Remember child star Mason Reese? He appeared on this December 1973 cover.

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Two years into M*A*S*H's 10-year run, TV Guide drew up this cartoon of the show's characters in February 1974. They appeared in a similar cover later that year.

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Valerie Harper appeared on the October 12, 1974 cover of TV Guide, two weeks before her character Rhoda got married and smashed almost every television record in the 1970s. When it aired, the episode was watched by 52 million people, second only to Little Ricky's birth on I Love Lucy in 1953.

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Here's Telly Sevalas appearing on this February 1975 cover to promote Kojak.

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Cloris Leachman got the spotlight in October 1975 when she premiered in her own spin-off, Phyllis.

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When The Fonz's popularity started to pick up on Happy Days, he was promoted to a main cast member and appeared alongside Richie Cunningham in this January 1976 issue.

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To ring in 1977, John Travolta ditched his Welcome Back, Kotter costars to appear solo on this January issue.

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The Incredible Hulk broke through to become a smash hit in 1979. Stars Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby appeared on this July cover.

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