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The Greatest Shows of the 1960s, Ranked

Updated June 23, 2021 120.4k votes 6.7k voters 238.9k views187 items

List RulesVote up the best TV series based on the episodes that aired between 1960 and 1969.

This list of the best '60s TV shows ranks the decade's shows from best to worst based on your votes and votes from other television fans. It was in the 1960s 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 phenomena.  

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 the 1960s? This list features the top television shows of the '60s that would go on to be remembered in television history, so vote up the best shows of the decade.

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