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The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

Updated October 13, 2020 115.5k votes 6.1k voters 218.1k views190 items

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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 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 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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  • 1
    The Flintstones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsAlan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

    The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    555

    ActorsRod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsBob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film

    Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsWilliam Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    The Andy Griffith Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsAndy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom, which originally ran on CBS from October 3, 1960... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    The Carol Burnett Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsCarol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

    The Carol Burnett Show is an American variety/sketch comedy television show starring Carol... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsJohn Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

    The Addams Family is an American television series based on the characters in Charles Addams'... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Walt Disney's Wonderful World  is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsWalt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Anthology, Anthology series, Variety show

    Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color is a action adventure biography TV series.amazon buy button
  • 9
    Get Smart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsDon Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Crime, Sitcom, Comedy

    Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    The Beverly Hillbillies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsBuddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast for nine seasons on CBS... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    The Munsters is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsFred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy

    The Munsters is an American television sitcom depicting the home life of a family of benign... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Bewitched is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
    1,401
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    ActorsElizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Sitcom, Comedy, Family Film, Fantasy

    Bewitched is an American TV situation comedy fantasy which was broadcast for eight seasons on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsGeorge O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Science Fiction

    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Hogan's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsBob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Military, Comedy

    Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner during WWII. It ran... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    The Dick Van Dyke Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsDick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Batman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    Batman

    1966

    ActorsAdam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Sitcom, Comedy, Action, Camp

    Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Leave It to Beaver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsJerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Leave It to Beaver is an American television situation comedy about an inquisitive and often... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Bonanza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
    1,007
    426

    ActorsLorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker

    Genres (Tv)Western, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

    Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    The Wild Wild West is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsAgnes Moorehead, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Charles Aidman

    Genres (Tv)Western, Espionage, Action/Adventure, Steampunk, Drama

    The Wild Wild West is an American television series that ran on CBS for four seasons from... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    The Ed Sullivan Show is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsEd Sullivan, Bern Bennett, Ralph Paul, Art Hannes

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Variety show, Comedy, Family Film, Reality television

    The Ed Sullivan Show was an American TV variety show that ran on CBS from Sunday June 20, 1948... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsRobert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll

    Genres (Tv)Espionage, Spy-fi, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series broadcast on NBC from September 22,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    I Dream of Jeannie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
    1,277
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    ActorsBarbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Fantasy

    I Dream of Jeannie is an American sitcom with a fantastical premise. The show starred Barbara... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    The Tonight Show Starring John is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s

    ActorsJohnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety show, Late night television

    The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsDavy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Musical, Comedy

    The Monkees is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from September 1966 to March... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Hawaii Five-O is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Shows That Aired in the 1960s
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    ActorsJack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama

    Hawaii Five-O is an American police procedural drama series produced by CBS Productions and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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