Quiz: Can You Name the Professions of These 1970s TV Characters?
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Can You Name the Professions of These 1970s TV Characters?
By: Monica Lee
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About This Quiz

What occupations make for great comedy? What professions make for heartfelt dramas? Some livelihoods are inherently exciting, like surgeons, wardens, firemen, detectives, and police officers. And the stories around those characters are equally adrenaline pumping.  Fish-out-of-water comedies, like "Mork & Mindy," or putting together complete opposites like "The Odd Couple," got their laughs from how aggravating the characters were, as well as how they shared some of the same personality traits.

The occupations of TV characters of the 1970s also reflected the reality of the times when gender roles were being redefined for future generations. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first prime time TV show whose central character was an unmarried, independent woman without children, "making it on her own." In the 1970s, women filled over a quarter of the workforce and were generally employed at new, lower- paying jobs in offices and the service industry. 

You may see patterns to the jobs your favorite characters held among the different TV shows, or you may just recall how funny or emotionally moving the jobs were that made these shows your favorites. Take a walk down memory lane and see if you recall the professions of these 1970s TV characters. Challenge yourself now!


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What's the occupation of this guy in Adam-12"?
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What did Archie Bunker do for a living?
3 of 40
What did Darren Stevens do for his livelihood?
4 of 40
What job does Bob Hartley have in "The Bob Newhart Show"?
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What did Ben Cartwright do for a living on "Bonanza"?
6 of 40
What was this angel's profession?
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What profession does J. R. Ewing have?
9 of 40
What did Maxwell Smart do for a living?
10 of 40
What did Oliver Wendell Douglas do once he went to Green Acres?
11 of 40
What occupation did Matt Dillion of "Gunsmoke" have?
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What did Howard Cunningham do for a living?
13 of 40
On "Hawaii Five-O," what did Steve McGarrett do?
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What was Ralph Kramden's job on "The Honeymooners"?
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What occupation did Tony Nelson have in "I Dream of Jeannie"?
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What did George Jefferson do for an occupation?
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What occupation did Gary Ewing hold in "Knots Landing"?
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What occupation did Paul Martin have on "Lassie"?
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What occupation did Laverne De Fazio have on "Laverne and Shirley"?
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What occupation did Issac Washington have on "The Love Boat"?
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How did Marcus Welby make a living?
22 of 40
What was Julie McCoy's job on "The Love Boat"?
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What occupation did Maxwell Klinger have in the TV show, "M*A*S*H"?
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What was Walter's occupation in the TV show, "Maude"?
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What's was Barney Collier's job in "Mission: Impossible"?
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What was Mindy's occupation in "Mork & Mindy"?
28 of 40
What job did Steven Douglas have on "My Three Sons"?
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What was Felix Unger's job in the TV show, "The Odd Couple"?
30 of 40
How does Kate Bradley bring home the bacon in "Petticoat Junction"?
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How did Fred G. Sanford earn a living?
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What was Louie's job on "Taxi"?
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How did Jack Tripper bring home the bacon?
34 of 40
How did John Walton Sr. support his family on "The Waltons"?
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How did Mr. Kotter earn his keep?
36 of 40
How did Dr. Johnny Fever bring home the big bucks?
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What job was assigned Schultz in "Hogan's Heroes"?
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How did Dano earn his livelihood in Hawaii?
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What job did Vince Carter have in the TV show, "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C."?
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