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The Best 1960s CBS Shows 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite CBS TV Series that aired on in the '60s

The 60s was a decade of classic, unforgettable television and these are the best 1960s CBS shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. From good 60s CBS series that were dramas to other great shows from the decade that were comedies. It's worth noting that many of the best 1960s CBS TV series are still popular today when they air in syndication as reruns. Which is the mark of a great television show. 

What series will you find on this best 1960s CBS shows list? The Twilight Zone appeared to be ahead of its time when it aired on CBS from 1959-1964. This great 60s CBS TV series was created by Rod Serling, who also hosted the program. Perry Mason was another good drama show that appeared on CBS in the 1960s.

Comedies were in ample supply on CBS in the 1960s with such great shows as Mr. Ed, Gilligan's Island and The Beverly Hillbillies all airing in the decade. Other good shows that appear on this top 60s CBS series list include The Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters.

Which 60s CBS show is your favorite? Vote the best series to the top of this list and please add any great shows that we may have missed.
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The Andy Griffith Show ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts
The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo
The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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

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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus
Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim ...more

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The Beverly Hillbillies ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan
The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS from September 26, 1962 to March 23, 1971, starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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

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Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Jim Nabors, William Christopher, Allan Melvin
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot ...more

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The Dick Van Dyke Show ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie
The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more

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Mister Ed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines
Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, ...more

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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady
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

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester
Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat ...more

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt
Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry ...more

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The Red Skelton Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton
The Red Skelton Show is an American variety show that was a television staple for two decades, from 1951 to 1971. It was second to Gunsmoke and third to The Ed Sullivan Show in the ratings ...more

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner
Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Bob Crane starred as ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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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

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Petticoat Junction is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet
Petticoat Junction is an American situation comedy produced by Wayfilms that originally aired on CBS from September 1963 to April 1970. The series is one of three interrelated shows about rural ...more

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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

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The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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Ed Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul
The Ed Sullivan Show was an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948 to Sunday June 6, 1971, and was hosted by New York entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. It was ...more

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My Favorite Martian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Bill Bixby, Ray Walston, J. Pat O'Malley
My Favorite Martian is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963, to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes. The show starred Ray Walston as Uncle Martin and Bill Bixby as ...more

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Family Affair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Brian Keith, Nancy Walker, Anissa Jones
Family Affair is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to March 4, 1971. The series explored the trials of well-to-do civil engineer and bachelor Bill Davis as he ...more

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Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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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

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Have Gun – Will Travel ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western television series that aired on CBS from 1957 through 1963. It was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first ...more

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Dennis the Menace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
Mary Wickes, Charles Lane, Jay North
Dennis the Menace is an American sitcom based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name and preceded The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday evenings on CBS from October 1959 to July 1963. The ...more

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The Smothers Brothers Co... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1960s CBS Shows
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Sally Struthers, Tom Smothers, John Hartford
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