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The Greatest Dramas of the 1960s

Updated March 15, 2020 1.6k votes 217 voters 8.6k views34 items

List RulesDrama 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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