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Top 100 TV shows of the 60s

The 1960s were one of the most interesting times in American history for a handful of sociopolitical reasons. The culmination of a hard-fought battle in the form of the Civil Rights Movement saw Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. iconicized for his contributions to the marked betterment of the quality of life of African Americans in this country—and a handful in international conflicts, most notably the Vietnam War and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, helped shape the decade as one of turmoil and general unease. While these are topics which of course do not intrinsically evoke laughter, there has been a consistent history in Hollywood of television and politics influencing each other heavily, and it goes without saying that some of the greatest comic relief and more thought-provoking takes on screen would not have been made possible without serious things happening around the world.

In celebration of some of the greatest television to come from a turbulent time in American history, Stacker referenced the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) to rank the top 100 TV shows of the 1960s. For the purposes of this story, Stacker only considered shows which were produced in the United States, filmed in English, and received a minimum of 500 votes on IMDb. Read on to see which iconic programs have stood the test of time and prove classic more than half a century later.

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NBC

#100. The Secret Squirrel Show

IMDb rating: 7.0

IMDb votes: 751

Starring: Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, Dick Beals, Daws Butler

Years: 1965–2003

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ABC

#99. Mod Squad

IMDb rating: 7.0

IMDb votes: 1,365

Starring: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

Years: 1968–1973

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Universal Television

#98. Ironside

IMDb rating: 7.0

IMDb votes: 2,457

Starring: Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson

Years: 1967–1975

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Screen Gems

#97. The Jetsons

IMDb rating: 7.0

IMDb votes: 14,992

Starring: George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton

Years: 1962–1963

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MGM Television

#96. Dr. Kildare

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 550

Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Lee Kurty, Jean Inness

Years: 1961–1966

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MGM Television

#95. Daktari

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 675

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Cheryl Miller, Judy the Chimpanzee, Clarence

Years: 1966–1969

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Paramount Television

#94. Here's Lucy

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 1,029

Starring: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz, Desi Arnaz Jr.

Years: 1968–1974

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Filmways Television

#93. Petticoat Junction

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 1,933

Starring: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady

Years: 1963–1970

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Paul Tulley as Larry Wolek—ABC

#92. One Life to Live

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 1,951

Starring: Paul Tulley (1968), Erika Slezak (1971)

Years: 1968–2013

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Andy Griffith Enterprises

#91. Gomer Pyle: USMC

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 2,166

Starring: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, Roy Stuart

Years: 1964–1969

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Famous Studios

#90. Popeye the Sailor

IMDb rating: 7.1

IMDb votes: 6,812

Starring: Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Jackson Beck

Years: 1960–1962

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Banner Productions

#89. Tarzan

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 569

Starring: Ron Ely, Manuel Padilla Jr., Rockne Tarkington, Virgil Richardson

Years: 1966–1968

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DePatie-Freleng Enterprises

#88. The Ant and the Aardvark

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 692

Star:John Byner

Years: 1969–

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Universal Television

#87. Marcus Welby, M.D.

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 1,044

Starring: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo, Pamela Hensley

Years: 1969–1976

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Screen Gems

#86. Hazel

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 1,118

Starring: Shirley Booth, Bobby Buntrock, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake

Years: 1961–1966

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3F Productions

#85. I Spy

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 1,604

Starring: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey, Arthur Batanides

Years: 1965–1968

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20th Century Fox Television

#84. Land of the Giants

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 1,680

Starring: Gary Conway, Don Matheson, Stefan Arngrim, Don Marshall

Years: 1968–1970

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Daisy Productions

#83. That Girl

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 1,712

Starring: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, Bernie Kopell

Years: 1966–1971

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MCA Television

#82. My Three Sons

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 2,395

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady, Barry Livingston

Years: 1960–1972

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

#81. Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 2,450

Starring: Paul Winchell, Don Messick

Years: 1969–1970

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20th Century Fox Television

#80. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 2,546

Starring: Richard Basehart, David Hedison, Robert Dowdell, Del Monroe

Years: 1964–1968

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Screen Gems

#79. Top Cat

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 5,771

Starring: Leo DeLyon, Allen Jenkins, Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield

Years: 1961–1962

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CBS

#78. The Beverly Hillbillies

IMDb rating: 7.2

IMDb votes: 6,096

Starring: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan, Max Baer Jr.

Years: 1962–1971

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Paramount Television

#77. The Lucy Show

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 1,873

Starring: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett

Years: 1962–1968

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Paramount Television

#76. Mannix

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 1,994

Starring: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood, Ron Nyman

Years: 1967–1975

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Filmways Television

#75. Green Acres

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 4,478

Starring: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester, Pat Buttram

Years: 1965–1971

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20th Century Fox Television

#74. Lost in Space

IMDb rating: 7.3

IMDb votes: 5,062

Starring: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen

Years: 1965–1968

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MGM Television

#73. The Courtship of Eddie's Father

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 889

Starring: Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki, Kristina Holland

Years: 1969–1972

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Chrislaw Productions

#72. The Patty Duke Show

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 918

Starring: Patty Duke, Jean Byron, William Schallert, Paul O'Keefe

Years: 1963–1966

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NBC

#71. The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 1,173

Starring: Kim Kahana, Frank Aletter, Rockne Tarkington, Ronne Troup

Years: 1968–1970

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CBS

#70. My Favorite Martian

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 1,556

Starring: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton, Alan Hewitt

Years: 1963–1966

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Leonardo Productions

#69. Underdog

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 1,557

Starring: George S. Irving, Wally Cox, Allen Swift, Norma MacMillan

Years: 1964–1973

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Warner Bros. Television

#68. F Troop

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 1,981

Starring: Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson

Years: 1965–1967

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Marvel Enterprises

#67. Spider-Man

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 2,522

Starring: Paul Soles, Peg Dixon, Paul Kligman, Bernard Cowan

Years: 1967–1970

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CBS

#66. Hawaii Five-O

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 4,736

Starring: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Years: 1968–1980

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CBS

#65. Gilligan's Island

IMDb rating: 7.4

IMDb votes: 10,342

Starring: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer

Years: 1964–1992

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Gene Barry, star of "Burke's Law," in 1964—Kent Gavin // Getty Images

#64. Burke's Law

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 556

Starring: Gene Barry, Gary Conway, Regis Toomey, Leon Lontoc

Years: 1963–1966

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Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions

#63. H.R. Pufnstuf

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 1,212

Starring: Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Lennie Weinrib, Joan Gerber

Years: 1969–1970

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

#62. Space Ghost

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 1,213

Starring: Gary Owens, John David Carson, Tim Matheson, Don Messick

Years: 1966–1968

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Sto-Rev-Co Productions

#61. McHale's Navy

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 1,911

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine

Years: 1962–1966

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NBC

#60. The Monkees

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 3,033

Starring: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith

Years: 1966–1968

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Screen Gems

#59. I Dream of Jeannie

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 10,253

Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Hayden Rorke

Years: 1965–1970

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20th Century Fox Television

#58. Batman

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 15,436

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Years: 1966–1968

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Screen Gems

#57. The Flintstones

IMDb rating: 7.5

IMDb votes: 27,740

Starring: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet

Years: 1960–1966

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Madison Productions

#56. Branded

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 519

Starring: Chuck Connors, Chuck Hamilton, William Bryant, John Pickard

Years: 1965–1966

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Filmation Associates

#55. The New Adventures of Superman

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 582

Starring: Bud Collyer, Joan Alexander, Jackson Beck, Jack Grimes

Years: 1966–1970

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NBC

#54. Jeopardy!

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 603

Starring: Art Fleming, Don Pardo, Mel Brooks, Abby Dalton

Years: 1964–1975

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Screen Gems

#53. Here Come the Brides

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 603

Starring: Robert Brown, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Bridget Hanley

Years: 1968–1970

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

#52. The Herculoids

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 682

Starring: Mike Road, Virginia Gregg, Ted Eccles, Don Messick

Years: 1967–1969

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Warner Bros. Television

#51. The F.B.I.

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 700

Starring: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, William Reynolds, Stephen Brooks

Years: 1965–1974

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Mirisch-Rich Productions

#50. The Rat Patrol

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 1,055

Starring: Christopher George, Gary Raymond, Eric Braeden, Lawrence P. Casey

Years: 1966–1968

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NBC

#49. Daniel Boone

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 1,285

Starring: Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, Dal McKennon

Years: 1964–1970

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20th Century Fox Television

#48. The Green Hornet

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 2,071

Starring: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough

Years: 1966–1967

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ABC

#47. The Time Tunnel

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 2,311

Starring: James Darren, Robert Colbert, Whit Bissell, John Zaremba

Years: 1966–1967

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Mark VII Ltd.

#46. Adam-12

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 2,437

Starring: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge, William Boyett

Years: 1968–1975

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CBS

#45. 60 Minutes

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 2,505

Starring: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Morley Safer

Years: 1968–

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

#44. Wacky Races

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 4,614

Starring: Daws Butler, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo

Years: 1968–1970

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Ashmont Productions

#43. Bewitched

IMDb rating: 7.6

IMDb votes: 13,394

Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead

Years: 1964–1972

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Lloyd Haynes, star of "Room 222," with singer and guest star Nancy Wilson, 1970—ABC Television // Wikicommons

#42. Room 222

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 648

Starring: Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine

Years: 1969–1974

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20th Century Fox Television

#41. The Ghost & Mrs. Muir

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 877

Starring: Hope Lange, Edward Mulhare, Reta Shaw, Harlen Carraher

Years: 1968–1970

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Filmation Associates

#40. The Batman/Superman Hour

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 933

Starring: Casey Kasem, Ted Knight, Olan Soule, Jane Webb

Years: 1968–1969

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Lancer Productions Limited

#39. Route 66

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 1,072

Starring: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett, James Brown

Years: 1960–1964

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NBC

#38. Car 54, Where Are You?

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 1,074

Starring: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed, Al Lewis

Years: 1961–1963

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NBC

#37. The Virginian

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 1,386

Starring: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

Years: 1962–1971

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Universal Television

#36. Dragnet 1967

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 1,757

Starring: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross, Clark Howat

Years: 1967–1970

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Four Star Productions

#35. The Big Valley

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 2,002

Starring: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Years: 1965–1969

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DePatie-Freleng Enterprises

#34. The Pink Panther Show

IMDb rating: 7.7

IMDb votes: 12,434

Starring: Paul Frees, Rich Little, Dave Barry, Mel Blanc

Years: 1969–1976

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NBC

#33. The High Chaparral

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 1,287

Starring: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow, Linda Cristal

Years: 1967–1971

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Universal Television

#32. It Takes a Thief

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 1,375

Starring: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Murray Pollack

Years: 1968–1970

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MGM Television

#31. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

IMDb rating: 7.8

IMDb votes: 3,885

Starring: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Cosmo Sardo

Years: 1964–1968

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Bullwinkle Studios

#30. The Bullwinkle Show

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 2,215

Starring: Bill Scott, Hans Conried, Charles Ruggles, Julie Bennett

Years: 1960–1963

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

#29. Jonny Quest

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 3,437

Starring: Mike Road, Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Danny Bravo

Years: 1964–1965

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Bing Crosby Productions

#28. Hogan's Heroes

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 6,911

Starring: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Richard Dawson

Years: 1965–1971

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CBS

#27. The Munsters

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 9,587

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

Years: 1964–1966

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

#26. Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

IMDb rating: 7.9

IMDb votes: 24,638

Starring: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Vic Perrin

Years: 1969–1970

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CBS

#25. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

IMDb rating: 8.0

IMDb votes: 1,007

Starring: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Years: 1967–1970

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Romart Inc.

#24. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

IMDb rating: 8.0

IMDb votes: 2,045

Starring: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Years: 1967–1973

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Dan Cutris Productions

#23. Dark Shadows

IMDb rating: 8.0

IMDb votes: 3,155

Starring: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Alexandra Isles, Nancy Barrett

Years: 1966–1971

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Universal Television

#22. Night Gallery

IMDb rating: 8.0

IMDb votes: 3,816

Starring: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto

Years: 1969–1973

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PAramount Television

#21. Mission: Impossible

IMDb rating: 8.0

IMDb votes: 6,319

Starring: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Years: 1966–1973

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Filmways Television

#20. The Addams Family

IMDb rating: 8.0

IMDb votes: 10,730

Starring: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Years: 1964–1966

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Quinn Martin Productions

#19. The Invaders

IMDb rating: 8.1

IMDb votes: 1,840

Starring: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Max Kleven, William Windom

Years: 1967–1968

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Quinn Martin Productions

#18. The Fugitive

IMDb rating: 8.1

IMDb votes: 2,656

Starring: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Years: 1963–1967

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20th Century Fox Television

#17. 12 O'Clock High

IMDb rating: 8.2

IMDb votes: 753

Starring: Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson, Robert Lansing

Years: 1964–1967

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CBS

#16. The Wild Wild West

IMDb rating: 8.2

IMDb votes: 3,414

Starring: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Years: 1965–1969

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Villa Di Stefano

#15. The Outer Limits

IMDb rating: 8.2

IMDb votes: 5,695

Starring: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Years: 1963–1965

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Children's Television Workshop

#14. Sesame Street

IMDb rating: 8.2

IMDb votes: 9,842

Starring: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

Years: 1969–

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Hubbell Robinson Productions

#13. Thriller

IMDb rating: 8.3

IMDb votes: 960

Starring: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, David Frankham

Years: 1960–1962

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Express Newspapers // Getty Images

#12. The Dean Martin Show

IMDb rating: 8.3

IMDb votes: 1,006

Starring: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Bob Newhart

Years: 1965–1974

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CBS

#11. Get Smart

IMDb rating: 8.3

IMDb votes: 9,136

Starring: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Years: 1965–1970

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CBS

#10. The Andy Griffith Show

IMDb rating: 8.3

IMDb votes: 9,833

Starring: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Years: 1960–1968

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Paramount Television

#9. Star Trek

IMDb rating: 8.3

IMDb votes: 61,996

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Years: 1966–1969

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NBC

#8. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

IMDb rating: 8.4

IMDb votes: 2,576

Starring: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Years: 1962–1992

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Calvada Productions

#7. The Dick Van Dyke Show

IMDb rating: 8.4

IMDb votes: 7,261

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Years: 1961–1966

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Selmur Productions

#6. Combat!

IMDb rating: 8.5

IMDb votes: 1,860

Starring: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Years: 1962–1967

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Family Communications

#5. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

IMDb rating: 8.5

IMDb votes: 4,104

Starring: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Years: 1968–2001

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Shamley Productions

#4. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

IMDb rating: 8.6

IMDb votes: 3,091

Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

Years: 1962–1965

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Warner Bros. Television

#3. The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour

IMDb rating: 8.6

IMDb votes: 7,251

Starring: Mel Blanc, Jim Backus, Bea Benaderet, Julie Bennett

Years: 1968–1978

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ABC

#2. The Bugs Bunny Show

IMDb rating: 8.6

IMDb votes: 25,446

Starring: Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus, Bea Benaderet

Years: 1960–1975

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CBS

#1. The Carol Burnett Show

IMDb rating: 8.8

IMDb votes: 3,825

Starring: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Years: 1967–1978

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