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The Best 1960s Cult TV Series 

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Updated July 23, 2019 852 votes 195 voters 5.3k views 15 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite cult shows that aired in the '60s

These are the best 1960s cult TV series, ranked from best to worst by your votes. It's hard to put your finger on what made a show a great 1960s cult TV series. Some of the best 60s cult TV shows were all time classic sci-fi shows, and others gained cult status through never before seen, genre-bending plot lines. One thing is for sure, the top 1960s cult TV series have very loyal fans.

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1960s cult TV series list? The original Star Trek series is the epitome of a great 60s cult show. Viewers have went on to follow this series through many incarnations, but nothing beats the original. The Avengers is another good cult TV show that aired in the 1960s.

Ernie Kovacs' unique approach to comedy helped The Ernie Kovacs Show to develop a cult following. Other good shows that appear on this top 1960s cult TV series list include The Twilight Zone, Doctor Who and The Prisoner.

Which 60s cult TV series is your favorite? Vote the best shows up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1960s Cult TV Series
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Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series to distinguish the show within the media franchise that it began. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, roughly during the 2260s. The ship and crew are led by Captain James T. Kirk, first officer and science officer Spock, and chief medical officer Leonard McCoy. Shatner's voice-over introduction during each episode's opening credits stated the starship's purpose: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1960s Cult TV Series
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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, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 5

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1960s Cult TV Series
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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 Steed became the main character, partnered with a succession of assistants. Steed's most famous assistants were intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, and later Tara King. Later episodes increasingly incorporated elements of science fiction and fantasy, parody and British eccentricity. The Avengers ran from 1961 until 1969, screening as one-hour episodes its entire run. The pilot episode, "Hot Snow," aired on 7 January 1961. The final episode, "Bizarre," aired on 21 May ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

Premiered: 1961

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Alfred Hitchcock Present... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1960s Cult TV Series
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October 2, 1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades. Time magazine named Alfred Hitchcock Presents one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME". The Writers Guild of America ranked it #79 on their list of the 101 Best Written TV Series tying it with Monty Python's Flying Circus, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Upstairs, Downstairs. A series of literary anthologies with the running title Alfred Hitchcock Presents were issued to capitalize on the success of the television series. One ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams

Premiered: 1955

Number of Seasons: 10

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