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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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Twilight Zone 1959 The Twilight Zone is an 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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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Star Trek: The Original Series 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 Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Andy Griffith Show 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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I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
I Dream of Jeannie 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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Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Bewitched 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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The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Flintstones 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 Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Beverly Hillbillies 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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Batman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Batman 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 crime-fighting heroes ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Addams Family 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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Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Gilligan's Island 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

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Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added Get Smart 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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The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Dick Van Dyke Show 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

The Best Talk Shows of the 1960s

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Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Bonanza 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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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added The Jetsons 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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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Mission: Impossible 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

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The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Carol Burnett Show 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

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Green Acres is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Green Acres 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

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

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Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added Leave It to Beaver 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

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Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Hogan's Heroes 1965 Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network. ...more

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The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Munsters 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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Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In 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

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Gunsmoke 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

The Best 1960s Medical TV Shows

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The Tonight Show Starring John... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 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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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Fugitive 1963 The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added The Wild Wild West 1965 The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from September 17, 1965 to April 4, 1969. Two television movies were made with the original cast in 1979 and ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Avengers 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

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color is a action adventure biography TV series.

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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McHale's Navy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
McHale's Navy 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

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
slaft added Perry Mason 1957 Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more

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My Three Sons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
IanHarvey added My Three Sons 1960 My Three Sons is an American situation comedy. The series ran from 1960 to 1965 on ABC, and moved to CBS until its end on August 24, 1972. My Three Sons chronicles the life of widower and ...more

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The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show 1959 The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show is an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks. Produced by Jay ...more

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Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
slaft added Hawaii Five-O 1968 Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and Leonard Freeman. Set in Hawaii, the show originally aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980, and ...more

The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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Wild Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
RobLein added Wild Kingdom 1963 Wild Kingdom, sometimes known as Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, is an American television show that features wildlife and nature. It was originally produced from 1963 until 1988, and was ...more

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The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Brady Bunch 1969 The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that originally aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with ...more

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Flipper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Flipper 1964 Flipper, from Ivan Tors Films in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television, is an American television program first broadcast on NBC from September 19, 1964, until April 15, 1967. Flipper, ...more

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who ...more

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The Dean Martin Show is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
RobLein added The Dean Martin Show 1965 The Dean Martin Show, also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show, is a TV variety-comedy series that ran from 1965 to 1974 for 264 episodes. It was broadcast by NBC and hosted by entertainer ...more

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Monkees 1966 The Monkees is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 1966 to March 1968. The series follows the adventures of four young men trying to make a name for themselves as rock ...more

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A Charlie Brown Christmas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
A Charlie Brown Christmas A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. The series featured dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. By the time the show premiered on October ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Lost in Space 1965 Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin Allen, filmed by 20th Century Fox Television, and broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, ...more

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F Troop is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
F Troop 1965 F Troop is a satirical American television sitcom about U.S. soldiers and American Indians in the Wild West during the 1860s that originally aired for two seasons on ABC-TV. It debuted in the ...more

Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies

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It's the Great Pumpkin, Charli... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown 1966 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third ...more

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The Big Valley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added The Big Valley 1965 The Big Valley is an American western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969. The show stars Barbara Stanwyck, as the widow of a wealthy nineteenth century ...more

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Mister Ed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Mister Ed 1961 Mister Ed is an American television situation comedy produced by Filmways that first aired in syndication from January 5 to July 2, 1961, and then on CBS from October 1, 1961, to February 6, ...more

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The Lucy Show is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Lucy Show 1962 The Lucy Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962–68. It was Lucille Ball's follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the 1965–66 season divides the ...more

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The Bob Newhart Show is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
The Bob Newhart Show 1972 The Bob Newhart Show is an American situation comedy produced by MTM Enterprises, which aired 142 half-hour episodes on CBS from September 16, 1972, to April 1, 1978. Comedian Bob Newhart ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
nja1229 added The Outer Limits 1995 The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more

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Petticoat Junction is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
IanHarvey added Petticoat Junction 1963 Petticoat Junction is an American situation comedy produced by Wayfilms that originally aired on CBS from September 1963 to April 1970. The series is one of three interrelated shows about rural ...more

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Scooby-Doo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
Greer Baudreau added Scooby-Doo 1969 Scooby-Doo is an American animated cartoon franchise, comprising several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day. The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was ...more