Recounting the Top TV Shows in the 1960s - Cool History Facts

Recounting the Top TV Shows in the 1960s

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In the early 1960s TV shows were featured in black and white, but color started catching on in the md 1960s and by 1967, every TV show was featured in color.

Below we’ve compiled a yearly breakdown of TV shows in the ’60s. Remember these classics?

TV shows in 1960s

  1. Gun Smoke (CBS)
  2. Wagon Train (NBC)
  3. Have Gun Will Travel (CBS)
  4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  5. The Real McCoy’s (ABC)
  6. Rawhide (CBS)
  7. Candid Camera (CBS)
  8. The Untouchables (ABC)
  9. The Price is Right (NBC)
  10. The Jack Benny Show (CBS)

TV shows in 1961

  1. Wagon Train (NBC)
  2. Bonanza (NBC)
  3. Gun Smoke (CBS)
  4. Hazel (NBC)
  5. Perry Mason (CBS)
  6. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)
  7. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  8. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
  9. Kildare (NBC)
  10. Candid Camera (CBS)

TV shows in 1962

  1. The Beverley Hillbillies (CBS)
  2. Candid Camera (CBS)
  3. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)
  4. Bonanza (NBC)
  5. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  6. The Andy Griffith Show
  7. Ben Casey (ABC)
  8. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
  9. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
  10. Gun smoke (CBS)

TV shows in 1963

  1. The Beverley Hillbillies (CBS)
  2. Bonanza (NBC)
  3. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
  4. Petticoat Junction (CBS)
  5. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  6. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  7. Candid Camera (CBS)
  8. The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS)
  9. The Danny Thomas Show (CBS)
  10. My Favorite Martian (CBS)

TV shows in 1964

In 1964 40% of the shows featured in Prime time were new, meaning there were a lot of TV casualties. Bewitched and Peyton Place were the most popular TV shows at the time. Emmy award winners included shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Telephone Hour and The Making of the President 1960.

1964 was also a year where colored shows were gaining popularity, and hence there were about 2.8 million colored TV sets and 55 million black and white TV sets in people’s homes.

  1. Bonanza (NBC)
  2. Bewitched (ABC)
  3. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (CBS)
  4. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  5. The Fugitive (ABC)
  6. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)
  7. The Dick Van Dyke Show (CBS)
  8. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  9. Peyton Place ii (ABC)
  10. Combat (ABC)

TV shows in 1965

Color TV was officially here! The new offerings in 1965 however, fared quite poorly. Some of the successful new shows were Get Smart!, Hogan’s Heroes, Green Acres, and I Spy. Bill Cosby also became the first African American actor to feature in a network TV drama.

Frank Sinatra’s 50th birthday special was also a big deal as was The Pope’s Visit to NYC.

It was also a year when Barbra Streisand – at 23 years old – received an Emmy award.

  1. Bonanza (NBC)
  2. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (CBS)
  3. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  4. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)
  5. Batman (Thursday) (ABC)
  6. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  7. Bewitched (ABC)
  8. The Beverley Hillbillies (CBS)
  9. Hogan’s Heroes (CBS)
  10. Batman (Wednesday) (ABC)

TV shows in 1966

In 1966, there was the growing notion that more and more people were interested in family motion pictures. Hence more networks were devoting prime time to old movies and the ratings some of these old films achieved were immense. Batman, which was a great hit in 1965, but its ratings dropped in 1966. The Dick Van Dyke show also went ahead to win 4 more Emmys. Bill Cosby in I Spy, also went ahead to win an Emmy together with A Charlie Brown Christmas.

  1. Bonanza (NBC)
  2. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)
  3. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  4. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  5. The Jackie Gleeson Show (CBS)
  6. Green Acres (CBS)
  7. Daktari (CBS)
  8. Bewitched (ABC)
  9. The Beverley Hillbillies (CBS)
  10. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (CBS)

TV shows in 1967

  1. The Andy Griffith Show (CBS)
  2. The Lucy Show (CBS)
  3. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (CBS)
  4. Gun smoke (CBS)
  5. Family Affair (CBS)
  6. Bonanza (NBC)
  7. The Red Skeleton Show (CBS)
  8. The Dean Martin Show (NBC)
  9. The Jackie Gleeson Show (CBS)
  10. NBC Saturday night movie (NBC)

TV Shows in 1968

  1. Rowan and Martin’s laugh-in (NBC)
  2. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C (CBS)
  3. Bonanza (NBC)
  4. Mayberry R.F.D (CBS)
  5. Family Affair (CBS)
  6. Gun smoke (CBS)
  7. Julia (NBC)
  8. The Dean Martin Show (NBC)
  9. Here’s Lucy (CBS)
  10. The Beverley Hillbillies (CBS)

TV shows in 1969

  1. Rowan and Martin’s laugh-in (NBC)
  2. Gun smoke (CBS)
  3. Bonanza (NBC)
  4. Mayberry R.F.D (CBS)
  5. Family Affair (CBS)
  6. Here’s Lucy (CBS)
  7. The Red Skeleton Hour (CBS)
  8. Marcus Webley D (ABC)
  9. Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (NBC)
  10. The Doris Day Show (CBS)

Featured Image Source: The Dick Van Dyke Show Copyright: Calvada Productions, 1961 Distributed by: Viacom Enterprises

 

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