The 1960s was a decade which helped shape modern entertainment as we know it today. The period saw a number of cultural shifts from the old ideas to something absolutely new. The youth had managed to start dictating the mainstream by this time. This happened mainly because of the fact that huge unrest was growing among the youngsters after they saw the Vietnam War claiming the lives of their friends by the thousands. Songs, movies, poems, and literature were produced during this time which questioned the government policies and wanted answers at any cost.
Television, too, saw a sea of change during the 1960s. This was the first decade after the television got introduced to every American household. We saw major shows like ‘Star Trek‘ (1966-1969), ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ (1960-1968), ‘Batman’ (1966-1968) and others being produced during this time. The legendary Johnny Carson took over ‘The Tonight Show’ in 1962 and changed television forever. Comedy shows became very popular during the 1960s. Shows like ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ (1961-1966) and ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ (1962-1971) became some of the most watched programs on television. With shows like ‘Get Smart’ (1965-1970), ‘Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C’ (1964-1969), and ‘Green Acres’ (1965-1971), satires and sitcoms also garnered a lot of viewership during this decade. If you are interested in older television shows or are feeling nostalgic about the times gone by, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of really good 60s shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
5. Dad’s Army (1968-1977)
With the huge popularity of comedy shows, sketches, satires, and sitcoms during the 1960s, various themes started getting incorporated on television programs with a fresh comic touch. One such show is the highly popular British television show, ‘Dad’s Army‘. It is a sitcom set during the Second World War, and the main characters of the series are a group of British Home Guard Officers. These are officers who were declared unfit for the army and are much older gentlemen (hence the name of the show). The main source of fun in the series is the Home Guards’ complete lack of preparation and their inability to fight. The humor is also sometimes based on relationships where the class roles have been reversed. When the series initially began, the humor was much darker than what it later became. It must be said here that the portrayal of Home Guards had drawn some criticism from critics when the series was initially aired.
4. Jeopardy! (1964-1975)
‘Jeopardy!‘ is one of the most famous and earliest game shows on American television. Merv Griffin, who is one of the most successful talk show hosts in America, is the creator of the show. ‘Jeopardy!’ is a quiz show which goes on for several rounds until a winner is declared. The winner of an episode appears in the next episode to start off the game and play with the new contestants. The game starts with a 6*5 grid, within which each box contains a clue and the value of the question written on it in dollars. Naturally, tougher questions are valued higher. ‘Jeopardy!’ is widely regarded as an iconic American television by many. It was also among the most popular shows on television during its run. It won an unprecedented 33 Daytime Emmy Awards. Many publications have regarded it as the best game show in television history.