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The 1960s were a wild time to be alive, and some of the best TV shows set in the '60s can weigh in here. 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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Laverne & Shirley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, David L. Lander Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, ...more

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11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
11.22.63 James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay

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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Dirty Dancing Constance Marie, Melora Hardin, Paul Feig Dirty Dancing is a 1988 television series on the CBS network. It is based on the film Dirty Dancing but had none of the original cast or staff. It stars Patrick Cassidy as Johnny and Melora ...more

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American Horror Story: Asylum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the FX horror television series American Horror Story. It originally aired from October 17, 2012 to January 23, 2013. The season begins in ...more

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American Dreams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica, Brittany Snow American Dreams was an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television network, produced by Once A Frog and Dick Clark Productions in association with Universal Network ...more

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Roots: The Next Generations is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Marlon Brando, James Earl Jones, Henry Fonda Roots: The Next Generations is a television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from 1882 to the 1960s, the fictionalized story of the family of Alex Haley and their life in Henning, ...more

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during Vietnam. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was nicknamed ...more

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The Thorn Birds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author. In 1983 it was adapted as a TV mini-series that, during its television run 27–30 March, became the ...more

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Aquarius is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Emma Dumont^! Whitney Rose Pynn^! Claire Holt Aquarius (NBC, 2015) is an American period crime drama television series created by John McNamara. The show aired from May 28, 2015, to September 10, 2016. In 2015, the series was among seven ...more

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The Astronaut Wives Club is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable, Joanna García The Astronaut Wives Club is an upcoming American drama television series that was originally scheduled to air on ABC during the 2013–14 American television season. It was officially ordered ...more

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Bob Thornton, David Arquette The Outsiders is an American drama series that aired from March to July 1990 on Fox. Based on the characters from the 1967 novel of the same title by S. E. Hinton, the series' executive producer ...more

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American Horror Story: Murder ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters American Horror Story: Murder House is the first season of the FX television series American Horror Story, aired between October 5, 2011, through December 21, 2011. It centers on the Harmon ...more

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the series tells the story of Dr. William Masters and ...more

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Joanie Loves Chachi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Scott Baio, Erin Moran, Al Molinaro Joanie Loves Chachi is an American television spin-off of the American sitcom Happy Days that was originally broadcast on ABC from March 23, 1982 to May 24, 1983. It stars Erin Moran and Scott ...more

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The Playboy Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Randy Steinmeyer, Eddie Cibrian, David Krumholtz The Playboy Club is an American television series that ran on NBC from September 19 to October 3, 2011. Set in 1961, the series centers on the employees of the original Playboy Club operating in ...more

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Magic City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Olga Kurylenko, Elena Satine, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Magic City is an American drama television series created by Mitch Glazer for the Starz network. Starz previewed the premiere episode on March 30, 2012. It premiered on April 6, 2012. Starz ...more

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Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Dennis Farina, Bill Smitrovich, Steve Ryan Crime Story is an American television drama, created by Gustave Reininger and Chuck Adamson, that premiered in 1986 and ran for two seasons on NBC. The executive producer was Michael Mann, who ...more

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Rags to Riches is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Tisha Campbell-Martin, Sarah Buxton, Joseph Bologna Rags to Riches is an American musical comedy drama series that was broadcast on NBC for two seasons from 1987 to 1988. Set in the 1960s, the series tells the story of Nick Foley, a self-made ...more

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The Company is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina, Chris O'Donnell The Company is an American miniseries about the activities of the CIA during the Cold War. It was based on the best-selling novel by Robert Littell. The teleplay adaptation was written by Ken

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Any Day Now is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Jeff Dunham, Annie Potts, Lorraine Toussaint Any Day Now is an American drama series that aired on the Lifetime network from 1998 to 2002. The show stars Annie Potts and Lorraine Toussaint, who are best friends despite the difference in ...more

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Public Morals is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Donal Logue, Louis Ferreira, Peter Gerety Public Morals is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network in October 1996. Created and executive produced by Steven Bochco, the series was poorly received and was canceled ...more

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Brewster Place is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Oprah Winfrey, Oscar Brown Jr., Olivia Cole Brewster Place is a short lived American drama series which aired on ABC in May 1990. The series was a spinoff of the 1989 miniseries The Women of Brewster Place, which was based upon Gloria ...more

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State of Grace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s
Mae Whitman, Faye Grant, Michael Mantel State of Grace is an American comedy-drama series that ran for two seasons on the Fox Network's Fox Family channel during 2001 and 2002.