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Best 1960s TV Series ?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by alexpop, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST! -FZ

    I preferred it in B&W as I thought that gave it more of a gritty , almost film noir quality that suited the bleakness of Kimble's situation.

    Great series, though. My dad loved it so I watched it with him every week which is a wonderful memory in itself.
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  2. Remurmur

    Remurmur Music is THE BEST! -FZ

    Star Trek

    Even when it stumbled , the first 2 seasons and a smattering of the 3rd season featured great writing, noble aspirations, and wonderful chemistry between the cast members, especially the "Big Three." .


    The Twilight Zone
    The Prisoner
    The Avengers
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  3. This is where my mind goes too.
    What do you choose to make the "best" as opposed to a "favorite"

    Like you I watched some favorites, "I Dream of Jeannie", "Gilligan's Island", " Scooby Doo", "Johnny Quest" "Leave it to Beaver", "The Addams Family" "The Flintstones" and the like, but were they really the "best" as in filled out, well written and acted stories?...probably not. They were entertaining to me for sure though.

    For BEST I would pick "The Twilight Zone" because of the broad range of scripts, drama, action, acting, and so on. While some episodes are clearly better than others, I think they covered the gamut throughout the series.
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  4. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

    Arkansas, USA
    The Fugitive holds the spot of best fro the 60s for me.

    Another good one is Perry Mason. Again all black and white....only one episode in color during the entire run. It definitely maintained that classic look and feel throughout.
  5. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits.... Thread Starter

    Route 66, great theme tune.
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  6. Big Jimbo

    Big Jimbo Forum Resident

    Gene Roddenberry’s show before “ Star Trek” dealing with a USMC officer “The Lieutenant “ is quite good. Only lasted one season for several reasons...escalating Vietnam war. Roddenberry pissed off the Corps and NBC having an episode dealing with two Marines who brought their existing racial hatred for each other and tried to enlist the NAACP to get it aired. But in the beginning he had USMC support so there is a big budget with field training, etc. Also fun with all the actors who ended up in Star Trek: star Gary Lockwood, Majel Barrett, Leonard Nimoy (very animated Hollywood producer), Ricardo Montalban, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols

    “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” had dialogue miles above sitcoms of the day. Personally I wonder if most sitcoms of the 1960s were lame while there were a few surviving good dramas (many of which didn’t do well but at least were tried): Have Gun Will Travel, The Defenders, East Side West Side, Judd for the Defense, Dragnet, Combat. In the 1970s at least some good sitcoms emerged like All in the Family, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart while for drama you had to look to PBS Masterpiece Theater and mostly British imports except for the Adams Chronicles
  7. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

    Combat! (1962-1967)
    Starring Rick Jason and Vic Morrow
    Vic Morrow was the coolest actor ever, and father of the fabulous Jennifer Jason Leigh. He was killed in an accident on the set of "The Twilight Zone Movie", during the segment directed by John Landis.
    Keropian Bronze Sculpture / Vic Morrow as Sergeant Saunders

    Combat! aired 17 years after the end of WWII. It was very realistic. The Germans actually spoke German, which led me to take German language in junior high school just so I could understand what they were saying on my favorite TV show. Unfortunately for me, my German teacher was an ex-Nazi who, admittedly, idolized Hitler and hated Jews. She gave me a D.

    The list of actors who guest-starred on Combat! is incredible, including Eddie Albert, Frankie Avalon, Richard Basehart, Beau Bridges, Charles Bronson, James Caan, John Cassavetes, James Coburn, Robert Culp, Robert Duvall, Dwayne Hickman, Dennis Hopper, Jeffrey Hunter, Jack Lord, Lee Marvin, Roddy McDowell, Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban, Leonard Nimoy, Mickey Rooney, Bobby Rydell, Albert Salmi, Telly Savalas, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Frank Sutton, Dennis Weaver, James Whitmore, and Keenan Wynn, among others.
  8. Rick Robson

    Rick Robson -------------------------

    Hey "The Time Tunnel" deserves some mention here. Recently bought a box set of its episodes :).
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  9. JoeOnWheels

    JoeOnWheels Forum Resident

    Loveland CO USA
    Rocky and Bullwinkle
    Twilight Zone
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  10. Luvtemps

    Luvtemps Forum Resident

    Gunsmoke[for it's realism]...Cheyenne[only Clint Walker could've played this role]...Naked City...Dick Van Dyke Show[Well written comedy]...East Side-West Side[For it's grit and Cecily Tyson].
  11. rainingdogs

    rainingdogs Death Of A Clown

    United Kingdom
  12. geetar_await

    geetar_await You bet yer sweet bippy I like music.

    animated series: The Mighty Hercules & Sinbad, Jr. I giggled and jumped up and down like a Beatles fan at a concert whenever these came on Saturday mornings.
  13. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

    Agreed. More of my favorites, top of mind:

    Twelve O'Clock High (Utilized actual footage of bombing missions and aerial combat). Also, perhaps the best intro and soundtrack of the era IMO...
    McHale's Navy
    My Three Sons
    Hogan's Heroes
    Andy Griffith, Mayberry - RFD
    Green Acres
    Petticoat Junction
    Smothers Brothers
    Gomer Pyle, USMC
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  14. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    My favorites:

    The Twilight Zone
    The Monkees
    F Troop
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  15. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    I have to give props to Green Acres as a contender as it’s absurdist comedy holds up very well some 50 years later. Great cast, too.
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  16. beccabear67

    beccabear67 Musical Omnivore

    Victoria, Canada
    The Prisoner, Doctor Who (what's left of it), At Last The 1948 Show (ditto), Not Only... But Also... (ditto ditto)... well this could get very one-sided for UK telly. I liked Bewitched and The Munsters and those sorts of shows, Car 54, Get Smart, Honey West, Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Land Of The Giants... and I have a strange enjoyment for really silly animal pal shows like Skippy The Bush Kangaroo and Flipper... it was a simpler time, well not really.
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  17. That's Mr. Foghat

    That's Mr. Foghat Forum Resident

    exit 7a, NJ
    For comedy;
    1st - The Beverly Hillbilly's
    2nd - The Andy Griffith Show
  18. milankey

    milankey Forum Resident

    Kent, Ohio, USA
    I was a Combat! fan too.
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  19. Jamey K

    Jamey K Internet Sensation

    Dick Van Dyke Show.
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  20. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    IMO, nothing can touch the greatness of 50's and 60's TV...an incredible wealth of great shows! It's amazing. I would get tired listing them all!
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  21. Yesterday, for no reason, out of nowhere, this stupid little ditty came into my head after about a 60 year absence.

    "Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat
    Nobody knows where the Swamp Fox at.
    Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, hiding in the glen
    He runs away to fight again."

    This is the theme from the very obscure 1950s-1960 show which aired periodically on The Wonderful Of Disney, starring Leslie Nielsen of all people, in the title role. As I said, it hasn't crossed my consciousness in about 60 years, and what it's doing here now, God only knows.

    Lord, I'm smoking too much weed. I blame the pandemic.
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  22. Shoes1916

    Shoes1916 Forum Resident

    United States
    The greatest 60s series is also tied for greatest all-time...


    Only Hitchcock matches it, and that was the greatest series of the 50s.
  23. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits.... Thread Starter

    TV wise I would say the sixties was better than the fifties & seventies for tv shows.
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  24. N. Parkinson

    N. Parkinson Active Member

    Paris, France
    Top Cat
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  25. DLD

    DLD Senior Member

    Dallas, Tx
    Watched them all from Ozzie and Harriet to Ben Casey and Gunsmoke but most fail on close inspection from the 21st century. A few, tho, make the cut, Laugh In, Star Trek, The Fugitive, The Prisoner. Probably some others but it's late

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