10 Best 1960’s TV Shows

The 10 best 1960s TV shows, now known as classic TV,  have a rare quality that distinguishes them from shows from the 1950s and 1970s. TV shows in the 1960s represented a change in attitudes, in policies, clothing and relationships. The best TV shows from the 1960s represented pivotal times and created iconic figures that still exist today.

  1. "Dark Shadows"  Including "Dark Shadows" on any list of great TV shows from the 1960s is a must. Jonathan Frid playing  Barnabas Collins elevated the concept of goth to sexy. Prime time comedy monster shows such "The Munsters" and "The Addams Family" were also in the loop.
  2. "Batman" "Batman" is certainly one of the 10 best 1960s TV shows. The Dynamic Duo hosted star-studded line-ups and crazy antics. Stars included Caesar Romero,  Burgess Meredith and sultry Eartha Kitt in skin-tight leotards, paving the way for Halle Berry as Catwoman.
  3. "The Dating Game" "The Dating Game" was a quintessential part of TV during the 1960s. Hosted by Jim Lange, the show featured a bachelor or bachelorette who selected a date based on answers to questions asked sight unseen. "Dating Game" opened the door for future dating shows, including "Blind Date," "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." "The Newlywed Game," another popular 1960s relationship-based TV game show, and the comedic drama "Love American Style" were also present in that time period.
  4. "Julia" “Julia” was the first major television series starring a  black actress as a professional (a nurse) and was one of the best TV shows around in the 1960s. "Julia" featured Diahann Carroll, who played Julia Baker as a single mom and nurse raising her son, Corey Baker. Another single-girl-on-her-own show was Marlo Thomas’ "That Girl."
  5. "Star Trek" "Star Trek" deserves a spot on this list for being a 1960s TV show with one of the most enduring fan bases ever. Other popular space-themed shows of the times included "Lost in Space" and "My Favorite Martian."
  6. "The Mod Squad" "The Mod Squad," a detective show featuring three very hip, cool and beautiful undercover cops, was another great 1960s TV show. The detectives—one blonde woman and two men, one black, one white—dressed in hip huggers, wire sunglasses and flowered shirts and busted criminals. Other detective shows from the 1960s included "Mission Impossible," "The Avengers," "Honey West," " I-Spy," "Dragnet," and  lovable sitcom "Get Smart."
  7. "The Twilight Zone" "The Twilight Zone," hosted by Rod Serling, offered a look into the eerily inexplicable. It certainly counts as one of the top 10 TV shows of the 1960s. Serling, the voice and on-camera personality, wrote many of the scripts produced for "The Twilight Zone" and its successor, the 1970s "Night Gallery." Alongside "The Twilight Zone" was the equally paranormal 1960s show, "The Outer Limits."
  8. "The Brady Bunch" "The Brady Bunch" was an incredibly successful 1960s TV show. It was the show that shattered the mean step-mother myth with the petite, cheery, blonde Carol, played by Florence Henderson, and her three golden-haired daughters. The blonde Carol marries tall, dark and handsome Mike, played by the late Robert Reed, who has three dark-haired, smaller versions of himself. They form a blended family and have a wise-cracking maid. Plot lines include teen angst, sibling rivalry, growing pains, yawn-yawn, but we loved it.
  9. "Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In" "Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In," a comedic variety show, was among the best TV shows to air in the 1960s. "You bet your sweet bippy" was one of the pop-culture phrases coined by the show, which hosted a regular ensemble including a young, giddy Goldie Hawn. It’s hillbilly cousin was country variety show "Hee-Haw."
  10. "The Flintstones" "The Flintstones," the animated television show with a prehistoric man as a backdrop, rounds out our list of the top 10 1960s TV shows. The cartoon family sit-com was created by Hanna-Barbera, who also brought us "Yogi Bear" and "Huckleberry Hound." Fred Flintstone and his sidekick and sometime frenemy Barney Rubble were characters some say are reminiscent of Jackie Gleason's show "The Honeymooners." Like many of the best of the top 10 1960s TV shows on this list, "The Flintstones" guest-starred major Hollywood actors like Ann Margaret and Tony Curtis.
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