TV The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s  

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List Rules Drama series that aired on television during the 1960s

Television dramas really got their start in the 1960s. Although there were a few dramatic programs in the 1950s, they didn’t really catch on until the 60s, when hour-long programming began to grow more popular. Many of the biggest shows of the decade were more dramatic than the ever-popular sitcoms. Westerns were huge in the 60s, with hit dramas like "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke," and "Have Gun—Will Travel." These western programs lasted longer than most TV shows in history. Bonanza aired for 14 seasons, while "Gunsmoke" lasted 20.

Other popular genres of television in the 60s included spy and police dramas, with programing like "Mission Impossible," "Ironside," and "I Spy." Science fiction first made its television debut in the 60s and became one of the most popular genres, with the introduction of shows like "Lost in Space" and "Star Trek."

What are the best 1960s drama series? This list of the top dramas that aired in the 60s, from 1960 to 1969 has been voted on and ranked by the community. Cast your votes for the best drama series from the 1960s below.

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

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26 6
Columbo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Columbo Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

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19 7
Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Hawaii Five-O Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

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17 7
Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo

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18 8
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

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18 8
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Avengers Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman

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18 8
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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18 8
Dragnet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Dragnet Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross

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16 7
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Lassie June Lockhart, Andy Clyde, Pamelyn Ferdin

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16 7
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Bonanza Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

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22 13
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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15 8
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

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15 9
The Rifleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Rifleman Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix

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17 12
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

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13 9
I Spy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
I Spy Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey

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12 8
Adam-12 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Adam-12 Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge

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12 9
Have Gun – Will Travel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Have Gun – Will Travel Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham

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12 9
Ironside is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Ironside Bruce Lee, Raymond Burr, Don Galloway

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11 8
Flipper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Flipper Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden, Brian Kelly

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14 12
The Prisoner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Prisoner Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick

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13 11
Dark Shadows is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Dark Shadows Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles

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12 10
Route 66 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Route 66 Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett

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10 8
Rawhide is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Rawhide Clint Eastwood, John Ireland, Charles Gray

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9 7
The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Defenders Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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14 13
The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Untouchables Robert Stack, Jerry Paris, Walter Winchell

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13 14
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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10 12
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Lost in Space Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard

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9 12
The Mod Squad is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
The Mod Squad Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton

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9 12
Combat! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
Combat! Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert

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6 12
77 Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s
77 Sunset Strip Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith