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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1960s

Updated April 15, 2021 1.8k votes 385 voters 17.7k views57 items

List RulesVote up the best shows set in the 1960s. If you're adding an item to the list, be sure it's a period piece set in the '60s, not a series released during that decade.

The 1960s were a wild time to be alive, which is shown in the best TV shows set in the '60s. From the birth of classic rock as we know it to the cool fashion, and even the whole hippie movement, remnants of this eclectic era can be found everywhere. In fact, a wide variety of TV series set in the '60s give us some pretty cool perspective on just what life was like back then. Regardless, these '60s-set shows have provided some great entertainment over the years. 

When it comes to modern TV shows set in the '60s, no series has done it better than Mad Men. The hit drama starring Jon Hamm provides a glimpse into the corporate world of the 1960s, with plenty of entertaining content to keep things interesting. Then you have the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley, not to mention the exciting crime series Aquarius—featuring the character of a pre-murderous Charles Manson. While the era didn't make for a great deal of decade-based shows, like shows about the future, there are certainly some good TV shows based in the '60s. 

What do you think are the top shows set in the '60s? Check out the list of shows below and vote up your favorites. Feel free to vote shows down and add any others that may be missing from the list—so long as they aren't TV shows from the '60s.

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    Mad Men

    Ben Feldman, Jon Hamm
    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner....  more
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    12

    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp
    The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama miniseries based on the 1983 novel by...  more
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    101
    31

    11.22.63

    James Franco, Sarah Gadon
    11.22.63 (Hulu, 2016) is an American science fiction thriller miniseries developed by Bridget...  more
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    35
    23

    The Astronaut Wives Club

    Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable
    The Astronaut Wives Club is an upcoming American drama television series that was originally...  more
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    36
    24

    Laverne & Shirley

    David L. Lander, Phil Foster
    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to...  more
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    29
    17

    American Dreams

    Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica
    American Dreams was an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television...  more
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    36

    American Horror Story: Asylum

    Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes
    American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the FX horror television series American...  more
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    20
    8

    Why Women Kill

    Lucy Lui, Ginnifer Goodwin
    Why Women Kill (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American dark comedy-drama anthology television...  more
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    29
    22

    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart
    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The...  more
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    24
    15

    China Beach

    Concetta Tomei, Brian Wimmer
    China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during...  more
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    29
    23

    American Horror Story: Murder House

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott
    American Horror Story: Murder House is the first season of the FX television series American...  more
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    25
    19

    Aquarius

    Emma Dumont, Whitney Rose Pynn
    Aquarius (NBC, 2015) is an American period crime drama television series created by John...  more
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    25
    20

    Masters of Sex

    Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan
    This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29,...  more
  • 14
    21
    16

    The Thorn Birds

    Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward
    The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author. In...  more
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    18
    13

    Sabrina, The Teenage Witch

    Don Messick, Larry Storch
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch is an American low-budget animated sitcom television series produced...  more
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    20
    16

    The Outsiders

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Bob Thornton
    The Outsiders is an American drama series that aired from March to July 1990 on Fox. Based on...  more
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    17
    13

    The Company

    Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina
    The Company is an American miniseries about the activities of the CIA during the Cold War. It...  more
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    15
    11

    Public Morals

    Donal Logue, Louis Ferreira
    Public Morals is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network in October 1996....  more
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    13
    9

    Delta House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill
    Delta House is an American sitcom that was adapted from the 1978 film National Lampoon's...  more
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    13
    9

    State of Grace

    Mae Whitman, Faye Grant
    State of Grace is an American comedy-drama series that ran for two seasons on the Fox...  more
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    15
    12

    Any Day Now

    Jeff Dunham, Annie Potts
    Any Day Now is an American drama series that aired on the Lifetime network from 1998 to 2002....  more
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    16
    14

    The Playboy Club

    Randy Steinmeyer, Eddie Cibrian
    The Playboy Club is an American television series that ran on NBC from September 19 to October...  more
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    21
    22

    Dirty Dancing

    Constance Marie, Melora Hardin
    Dirty Dancing is a 1988 television series on the CBS network. It is based on the film Dirty...  more
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    12
    10

    Tour of Duty

    Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey
    Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from...  more
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    15
    15

    Breathless

    Catherine Steadman, Zoe Boyle