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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the 1960s

Updated November 20, 2020 1.7k votes 315 voters 13.8k views54 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
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    40

    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    11.22.63
    87
    28

    11.22.63

    James Franco, Sarah Gadon

    Premiered2016

    11.22.63 (Hulu, 2016) is an American science fiction thriller miniseries developed by Bridget... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Queen's Gambit
    44
    2

    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp

    Premiered2020

    The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama miniseries based on the 1983 novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    American Horror Story: Asylum
    48
    32

    American Horror Story: Asylum

    Zachary Quinto, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2012

    American Horror Story: Asylum is the second season of the FX horror television series American... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Laverne & Shirley
    39
    22

    Laverne & Shirley

    Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams

    Premiered1976

    Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Astronaut Wives Club
    36
    24

    The Astronaut Wives Club

    Yvonne Strahovski, Odette Annable

    Premiered2015

    The Astronaut Wives Club is an upcoming American drama television series that was originally... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    China Beach
    25
    14

    China Beach

    Dana Delany, Michael Boatman

    Premiered1988

    China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Masters of Sex
    28
    21

    Masters of Sex

    Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan

    Premiered2013

    This series is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    American Dreams
    25
    19

    American Dreams

    Gail O'Grady, Tom Verica

    Premiered2002

    American Dreams was an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Call The Midwife
    29
    24

    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

    Premiered2012

    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Thorn Birds
    21
    17

    The Thorn Birds

    Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward

    Premiered1983

    The Thorn Birds is a 1977 best-selling novel by Colleen McCullough, an Australian author. In... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Why Women Kill
    12
    7

    Why Women Kill

    Lucy Lui, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Premiered2019

    Why Women Kill (CBS All Access, 2019) is an American dark comedy-drama web television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Company
    19
    15

    The Company

    Michael Keaton, Alfred Molina

    Premiered2007

    The Company is an American miniseries about the activities of the CIA during the Cold War. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Aquarius
    23
    22

    Aquarius

    Emma Dumont, Whitney Rose Pynn

    Premiered2015

    Aquarius (NBC, 2015) is an American period crime drama television series created by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Public Morals
    16
    13

    Public Morals

    Donal Logue, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered1996

    Public Morals is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network in October 1996.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Outsiders
    19
    18

    The Outsiders

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Bob Thornton

    Premiered1990

    The Outsiders is an American drama series that aired from March to July 1990 on Fox. Based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Delta House
    13
    10

    Delta House

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Bruce McGill

    Premiered1979

    Delta House is an American sitcom that was adapted from the 1978 film National Lampoon's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Any Day Now
    16
    14

    Any Day Now

    Jeff Dunham, Annie Potts

    Premiered1998

    Any Day Now is an American drama series that aired on the Lifetime network from 1998 to 2002.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Roots: The Next Generations
    18
    17

    Roots: The Next Generations

    Marlon Brando, James Earl Jones

    Premiered1979

    Roots: The Next Generations is a television miniseries, introduced in 1979, continuing, from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Dirty Dancing
    23
    25

    Dirty Dancing

    Constance Marie, Melora Hardin

    Premiered1988

    Dirty Dancing is a 1988 television series on the CBS network. It is based on the film Dirty... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Playboy Club
    14
    14

    The Playboy Club

    Randy Steinmeyer, Eddie Cibrian

    Premiered2011

    The Playboy Club is an American television series that ran on NBC from September 19 to October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Breathless
    16
    17

    Breathless

    Catherine Steadman, Zoe Boyle
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  • 23
    Tour of Duty
    12
    11

    Tour of Duty

    Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey

    Premiered1987

    Tour of Duty is an American drama television series on CBS. It ran for three seasons from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    The Hello Girls
    10
    10

    The Hello Girls

    Letitia Dean

    Premiered1996

    The Hello Girls was a British comedy-drama which originally aired on BBC One for two series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Oliver Beene
    13
    14

    Oliver Beene

    David Cross, Daveigh Chase

    Premiered2003

    Oliver Beene is an American sitcom that premiered on Fox on March 9, 2003. The show was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button