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The Best 1960s ABC Shows 

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Updated October 13, 2018 1.9k votes 233 voters 3.5k views 62 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite ABC TV Series that aired on TV in the '60s

The '60s were the heyday of network TV, and as this list of 1960s ABC shows makes clear, many of the most popular series of the decade aired on the American Broadcasting Company. The best 1960s ABC shows include dramas, sitcoms, and westerns. Several game shows also appear on this top '60s ABC shows list. There are even animated series. In fact, one of the best cartoon shows of all time premiered on ABC in 1960.

What are some of the best series that you will find on this top 1960s ABC shows list? The Flintstones was a hugely popular '60s ABC series and its influence extends well into the current day. The Bugs Bunny Show is another great animated series that ran on ABC in the 1960s.

ABC aired tons of sitcoms in the 1960s, as well. Bewitched, The Donna Reed Show, and The Addams Family are all prime examples of 1960s ABC comedies. When it came to dramas, the best '60s ABC shows included The Fugitive and The Mod Squad, both of which were later remade as films.

Which 1960s ABC shows are your favorites? Your votes determine the list order from best to worst, so vote up the best and downvote the worst. If we missed any shows, add them, and if you've seen them all, then rerank to create your own list of '60s ABC shows!
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Starring Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, American Broadcasting Company)
The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more
Starring Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus (Nicktoons, CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between August ...more
Starring Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier (ITV4)
Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two heroes who defend ...more
Starring William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
This film is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more
Starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent (American Broadcasting Company)
Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more
Starring John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy (American Broadcasting Company)
The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more
Starring Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady (CBS, American Broadcasting Company)
My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and ...more
Starring Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman (ITV, Thames Television)
The Avengers is a spy-fi British television series created in the 1960s. The Avengers initially focused on Dr. David Keel and his assistant John Steed. Hendry left after the first series and ...more
Fred Wolfstar added Starring Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard (CBS)
Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin Allen, filmed by 20th Century Fox Television, and broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, ...more
Starring Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway (American Broadcasting Company)
McHale's Navy is an American sitcom that aired 138 half-hour episodes over four seasons, from October 11, 1962, to April 12, 1966, on the ABC network. The series was filmed in black and white ...more
Starring Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry (American Broadcasting Company)
This sitcom is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in ...more
Starring James Darren, Robert Colbert, Whit Bissell (American Broadcasting Company)
The Time Tunnel is a 1966–1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series, written around a theme of time travel adventure. The show was creator-producer Irwin Allen's third science fiction television ...more
Starring Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert (American Broadcasting Company)
The Patty Duke Show is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 27, 1966, with reruns airing through August 31. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty ...more
Starring Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Robert Dowdell (American Broadcasting Company)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a 1960s American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the movie's sets, ...more
Starring Bob Hilton, Charlie O'Donnell, Johnny Jacobs (Game Show Network, American Broadcasting Company)
The Newlywed Game is an American television game show that pits newly married couples against each other in a series of revealing question rounds to determine how well the spouses know or do not ...more
Starring Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo (American Broadcasting Company)
Marcus Welby, M.D. was an American medical drama television program that aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind ...more
Starring Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood (American Broadcasting Company)
The Flying Nun is an American sitcom produced by Screen Gems for ABC based on the 1965 book The Fifteenth Pelican, by Tere Rios. It starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrille. The series originally ...more
Starring Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore (American Broadcasting Company)
Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret ...more
Starring Chuck Woolery, Brad Sherwood, Jim Lange (American Broadcasting Company)
The Dating Game is an ABC television show. It first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s. ABC dropped ...more
Starring Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual (Showtime, Syfy, American Broadcasting Company)
The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more
Starring Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton (American Broadcasting Company)
The Mod Squad is an American drama series that ran on ABC from September 24, 1968 to August 23, 1973. It stars Michael Cole as Peter "Pete" Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, ...more
Starring Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz (American Broadcasting Company)
The Donna Reed Show is an American situation comedy starring Donna Reed as the middle-class housewife Donna Stone. Carl Betz co-stars as her pediatrician husband Dr. Alex Stone, and Shelley ...more
Starring Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert (American Broadcasting Company)
Combat! is an American television program that originally aired on ABC from 1962 until 1967. The show covered the grim lives of a squad of American soldiers fighting the Germans in France during ...more
The Courtship of Eddie's Father Starring Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki (American Broadcasting Company)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is an American television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on the book written by Mark Toby. It tells the story of a widower, Tom ...more
Starring Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter (American Broadcasting Company)
Gidget is an American sitcom about a surfing, boy-crazy teenager called "Gidget" and her widowed father Russ Lawrence, a UCLA professor. Sally Field stars as Gidget with Don Porter as ...more