The sixties were a much simpler time in television. Especially when compared to today's multi-platform, basic cable, premium cable, cord-cutting complexities. Back then, the talk show reigned supreme. These are the best1960s talk shows, ranked from best to worst. Some of these talk shows aired in late-night, while others had A.M. time slots. A few of the very best 60s talk shows went on to become cultural phenomenons and changed the way TV is thought about and made forever..
What series will you find on this best 1960s talk shows list? The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson premiered in 1962 and continued to be a favorite with viewers for the next 30 years. It set the bar for generations of late-night shows to follow. The Merv Griffin Show was another good talk show that aired in the 1960s. Meet the Press has been a go-to source for political pundits from 1947 to this day.Do you have a favorite talk show from the 1960s? What, in your opinion, is the best 60s talk show?Vote up your choices!
- 1The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The... moreJohnny Carson, Ed McMahon
- 2The Dick Cavett Show was the title of several talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various... moreLeigh French
- 3The Jack Paar Show is a television program.Jack Paar
- 4The Mike Douglas Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that... more
The Mike Douglas ShowShirley Temple, Mike Douglas
- 5Tonight Starring Steve Allen is a talk show hosted by Steve Allen. It was the first version of... more
- 6The Dean Martin Show, also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show, is a TV variety-comedy... moreDean Martin, Sandahl Bergman
- 7American Bandstand is an American music-performance show that aired in various versions from... moreDick Clark
- 8The Merv Griffin Show was an American television talk show, starring Merv Griffin. The series... morenm0871546
- 9The Jackie Gleason Show is the name of a series of popular American network television shows... moreTina Louise, Bettie Page
- 10The Phil Donahue Show, also known as Donahue, is an American television talk show hosted by... morePhil Donahue, Sammy Davis Jr.
- 11The Steve Allen Show was an American variety show hosted by Steve Allen from June 1956 to June... morePeggy Lee, Steve Allen
- 12Firing Line was an American public affairs show founded and hosted by conservative William F.... moreWilliam F. Buckley, Jr.
- 13Today is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program... moreAnn Curry, Anita Colby
- 14Face the Nation is an American Sunday morning political interview show that is broadcast on... moreHoward K. Smith, Lesley Stahl
- 15Joan Rivers
- 16The Joey Bishop Show is an American sitcom starring entertainer Joey Bishop. The series... moreDon Knotts, Marlo Thomas
- 17Meet the Press is a weekly American television news/interview program that is broadcast on... moreDavid Gregory
- 18Washington Week—previously Washington Week in Review—is an American public affairs television... more
- 19The Las Vegas Show is an American late night television program broadcast on the short-lived... more
The Las Vegas ShowBill Dana
- 20The Late Late Show, with its title often shortened to The Late Late, is the world's... morePat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy