The Best 1960s CBS Dramas  

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These are the best 1960s CBS drama shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. From some good 60s CBS drama TV series that  were based in the classic office setting to some others that found some juicy family-issue plot lines, CBS had a little something for everybody in the 1960s. Some of the best 1960s CBS drama shows were also sci-fi, and even fantasy.

What series will you find on this best 1960s CBS drama shows list? It's hard to classify The Twilight Zone in any particular genre, but it certainly had a great deal of drama during its five season run. This great CBS drama is still very popular to this day in reruns. Lost in Space was another great CBS drama that aired in the 60s.

One of CBS' most popular characters on a drama never even uttered a line of dialogue. Lassie was a must-see program throughout the 50s and 60s. Other good shows that appear on this top 1960s CBS dramas list include The Prisoner, and Gunsmoke.

Which 60s CBS drama is your favorite? Give the best shows a thumbs up and share your opinions in the comments section.
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong
Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris
Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more
Mannix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Robert Reed, Mike Connors, Nancy Kovack
Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title ...more
Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray
Rawhide is an American Western TV series starring Eric Fleming and Clint Eastwood that aired for eight seasons on the CBS network on Friday nights, from January 9, 1959 to September 3, 1965, ...more
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin
Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer ...more
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard
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
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more
Route 66 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett
Route 66 is an American television drama that premiered on CBS on October 7, 1960, and ran until March 20, 1964, for a total of 116 episodes. The series was created by Herbert B. Leonard and ...more
Wanted: Dead or Alive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Steve McQueen
Wanted: Dead or Alive is an American Western television series starring Steve McQueen as the bounty hunter Josh Randall. It aired on CBS for three seasons in 1958–61. The black-and-white program ...more
The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick
The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series first broadcast in the United Kingdom from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined ...more
Gentle Ben is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Dennis Weaver, Clint Howard, Beth Brickell
Gentle Ben is a children's novel by author Walt Morey, first published in 1965. The book concerns the friendship between the title character who is an Alaska brown bear, and a young boy named ...more
Daktari is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Dramas
Erin Moran, Ross Hagen, Marshall Thompson
Daktari is an American children's drama series that aired on CBS between 1966 and 1969. The series, an Ivan Tors Films Production in association with MGM Television, stars Marshall Thompson as ...more