Who are these crime show characters using the telephone in the 1970s?

Do these faces ring a bell?

Do you miss using telephones? Not the flat computers in your pocket, we're talking actual telephones. A handset attached to a heavy base with a curly cord. A rotary dial or plastic buttons to push. An actual metal bell that rings inside a molded plastic body.

The 1970s were truly the peak era of curly-corded telephones. At least, they were affordable and ubiquitous enough for everyone to have one ā€” if not two or three. And it was the era just before cordless phones took off in the 1980s with their retractable antennae. 

Perhaps this explains why just about every publicity shot for a TV crime show depicted its main character talking into the phone. These heroes solved crimes through connections and wit, not mere fists.

We gathered a bunch of pictures of '70s television characters talking on the phone. See if you can recognize them all!
  1. Does his face ring a bell?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  2. In 1973ā€“74, he played this character named Griff. But you know him best from which Western?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  3. Detectives on telephones even appeared on the boxes for board games.
    Image: Arrow Games
  4. Who is this fellow on the telephone?
  5. Police on the phone could be funny, too.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  6. This couple hardly had communication problems.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  7. As Banacek in the '70s, he had a car phone. He later appeared in which '80s action show?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  8. Here are the stars of 'Baretta' and 'Mobile One.' What do they have in common?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  9. Even Hanna-Barbera got into the detectives-on-telephones action with this cartoon.
    Image: The Everett Collection
  10. You certainly know Burt Reynolds, but do you know the character he played from 1970ā€“71?
    Image: The Everett Collection
  11. Ron Leibman won an Emmy for playing this title character.
    Image: The Everett Collection
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JamesMLong 27 days ago
A bit clunky to say the least but our skill set and experience won the day. Poor ref with no regard to offside and he bottled it on the sin bin, red card all day long if it had been on sky
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LeeHarper 27 days ago
You got 11 out of 11
Thanks for answering the call! And hopefully some questions correctly.
BrendaGast 27 days ago
10/11. Never heard of Kaz!
Alanakt BrendaGast 25 days ago
I never heard of Kaz, either, so I got 10/11
AlanGuynes 27 days ago
Bring the Our Gang/Little Rascals back to Saturday mornings please.
CouchPotato19 28 days ago
Will-yum Conrad was hot!!!! I had the hots for him even when I was a wee lass in the 70's! I know that sounds weird, but I'm a fool for the fat man!
Ooooo Jake and the Fat Man would be a good addition to MeTV
Zoshchenko 29 days ago
I can't believe I recognized William Conrad even with his face blotted out.

The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle!!!
Barry22 29 days ago
10/11, missed the last one. Jackie Cooper I know as a child actor, but was he a Little Rascal?
daDoctah Barry22 28 days ago
Yes. He was the biggest name in the group during the period between the original kids who started out in the silents but before they brought in Spanky, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat.
garykevinware daDoctah 28 days ago
He thought that Miss Crabtree was even prettier than Miss McGillicuddy.
djw1120 Barry22 28 days ago
I knew Jackie Cooper was a "Little Rascal", but I never knew that Robert Blake was.
CouchPotato19 Barry22 28 days ago
I wish MeTV would air the Little Rascals!
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