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List of the best television programs from the 1960s, as ranked by television fans. It was in the 60s that television first began to produce "water cooler" programs. These were shows that needed to be discussed right away. If you missed a certain program, it was possible that you’d miss out on a huge cultural event. Shows like "Dragnet," "The Fugitive," and "The Avengers" offered suspense and action to large audiences. Sitcoms, and those who starred in them, were huge phenomenons.  

Shows like "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Donna Reed Show" and "The Andy Griffith Show" were showcases for the biggest talents in the United States. Other sitcoms like "Gilligan’s Island," "I Dream of Jeannie," and "Bewitched" were huge hits that were remembered for decades to come. "The Carol Burnett Show" was the beginning of the variety and sketch show trend that would continue into the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

What are your favorite shows from the 60s? What were the most memorable programs from that era? This list features the top television shows of the1960s, that would go on to be remembered in television history.

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1966
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 ...more
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1959
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, ...more
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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1960
The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960, to April 1, 1966, on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera. The ...more
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The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1960
The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, starred Andy ...more
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The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1962
The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS from September 26, 1962 to March 23, 1971, starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max ...more
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708 285
Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1964
Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was created by Sol Saks under executive director Harry Ackerman, and ...more
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621 345
I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1965
I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara Eden as a 2,000-year-old genie, and Larry Hagman as an astronaut who becomes her master, with whom ...more
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696 264
Batman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1966
Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin — two heroes who defend ...more
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727 243
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1964
Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim ...more
10
557 203
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added 1962
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more
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687 236
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1964
The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons. The 30-minute series was shot in black-and-white and aired for two seasons on ...more
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627 228
Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added 1965
Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry ...more
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617 210
The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1961
The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961, until June 1, 1966. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose ...more
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578 192
The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1967
The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner. It originally ran on CBS from September 11, ...more
15
523 238
Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1959
Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and ...more
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466 281
Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1965
Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat ...more
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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1965
Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. Bob Crane starred as ...more
18
518 192
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1966
Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more
19
490 203
Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added 1957
Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often naïve boy named Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver and his adventures at home, in school, ...more
20
409 213
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1955
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more
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401 219
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1961
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 ...more
22
410 170
The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added 1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. ...more
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632 188
The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1964
The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign monsters. It stars Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster. The ...more
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415 246
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1968
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is an American sketch comedy television program that ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to March 12, 1973, on the NBC television network. It was hosted by ...more
25
368 214
McHale's Navy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
1962
McHale's Navy is an American sitcom that aired 138 half-hour episodes over four seasons, from October 11, 1962, to April 12, 1966, on the ABC network. The series was filmed in black and white ...more