Television during the 1960s had completed the revolution that it started in the earlier decade and became the most important form of mass media, overtaking the radio and newspapers by miles. When the 60s began, there were already 52 million television sets in operation throughout the United States. This decade was witness to some major events which shaped the country, like the Vietnam War, the moon landing, Kennedy assassination, the civil rights movement and so on. During this period, television became the major source from which everyone received news of all such mega events.
The 1960s has always been regarded as the decade of experimentation, and television during the decade would be no different. Science fiction, children‘s animated shows, and fantasy shows started becoming quite popular during this time, as did the habit of watching old movies during primetime on different television networks. There was one major event during this time which immediately proved to people that television is going to be the most powerful weapon for politicians to spread their messages to the voter: the first-ever presidential debate held between Kennedy and Nixon. With all that said now, here’s the list of top 1960s TV shows. You can watch several of these 60s shows on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
Situation comedies, or sitcoms, have been a staple of American television since the 1950s, and as the genre started gaining immense popularity, new creators and writers would also throw their hats into the ring to try and make a name for themselves in the booming market. In the 1960s, one of the most popular sitcoms which made America sit down in front of the television set was ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. Griffith stars in the series as Andy Taylor, sheriff of the town Mayberry in North Carolina, who does not have much work to do since the crime rate in the town is pretty low. The story focuses on Taylor’s domestic life, his relationship with his son Opie, his aunt Bee, and the other residents of Mayberry.
Although it’s a product of the turbulent 60s, ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ generally avoided controversial topics of its time and instead focuses more on personal relationships and the philosophical side of the leading character. However, despite being of this mild nature, the series constantly ranks among the greatest sitcoms of all time.
6. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969)