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The Best Talk Shows of the 1960s

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Vote up the best talk shows that aired in the '60s

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!
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  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
    1
    Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson
    • Premiered: October 1, 1962
  • The Merv Griffin Show
    2
    • Premiered: 1962
  • The Dick Cavett Show
    3
    • Premiered: March 4, 1968
  • American Bandstand
    4
    • Premiered: October 7, 1952
  • The Mike Douglas Show
    5
    Shirley Temple, Mike Douglas
    • Premiered: December 11, 1961
  • The Dean Martin Show
    6
    Ruth Buzzi, Foster Brooks
    • Premiered: September 16, 1965
    • Premiered: July 29, 1957
  • The Steve Allen Show
    9
    Peggy Lee, Steve Allen, Al Flosso
    • Premiered: March 5, 1968
  • The Jackie Gleason Show
    10
    Tina Louise, Bettie Page, Jackie Gleason
    • Premiered: September 20, 1952
  • The Phil Donahue Show
    11
    Phil Donahue, Sammy Davis Jr., Dolly Parton
    • Premiered: November 6, 1967
  • Firing Line
    12
    William F. Buckley, Jr.
    • Premiered: 1966
  • The Joan Rivers Show
    13
    • Premiered: September 16, 1968
  • The Today Show
    14
    Ann Curry, Anita Colby
    • Premiered: January 14, 1952
  • Face the Nation
    15
    Howard K. Smith, Lesley Stahl, Martin Agronsky
    • Premiered: November 7, 1954
  • The Joey Bishop Show
    16
    Joey Bishop, Abby Dalton, Joe Besser
    • Premiered: September 20, 1961
  • Meet the Press
    17
    David Gregory
    • Premiered: November 6, 1947
  • The Late Late Show
    19
    Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubridy, Gay Byrne
    • Premiered: January 5, 2015
  • The Las Vegas Show
    20
    • Premiered: 1967