Are these the greatest television shows of the 60s and 70s or of all time? 5



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There were so many great TV shows of the 60s and 70s.  Here is a list of some of the favourites from around the Starts at 60 office.  What was your favourite?

bev hillThe Beverley Hillbillies

The Beverly Hillbillies was a huge success and had some of the highest ratings ever for a sitcom. Jethro was the lovable, silly guy, and Elle May was much the same.  And who could forget Granny…


The Munsters

The Munsters were a strange family, both in appearance and in how they acted, but they considered themselves to be very normal.

i dream of jeannieI dream of Jeannie

Barbara Eden was charming and wonderful as Jeannie. She wasn’t the first choice of series creator Sidney Sheldon. He didn’t want a blonde because of the comparisons he thought would be made to Samantha on Bewitched. However, after testing other brunettes, he decided Barbara was right as the title character.


I loved Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, the secondary characters on this show were just as entertaining, especially Agnes Moorehead as Endora, and Bernard Fox as Dr Bombay.

brady bunch The Brady Bunch

We can’t talk about TV shows of the 60s and 70s without talking about the Brady Bunch.  This show started in 1969 and ended in 1974.  It was wonderful to watch the kids grow up during and after the show.

charlies angels Charlie’s Angels

When Charlie’s Angels premiered in 1976, it made instant stars of Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson. The three women were police officers on the show, tired of doing menial jobs, so they were hired by a mysterious man named Charlie who never appeared on screen, and who hired them as private investigators.


The Waltons

The Waltons was wholesome TV drama about a family during the Great Depression. It was created by Earl Hammer and based on his book Spencer’s Mountain.

laverne and shirley

Laverne and Shirley

This great show was a successful spin-off from Happy Days. Laverne and Shirley were roommates who lived in Milwaukee for most of the series run but were in California for a remaining couple of seasons.

copshopCop Shop

Cop Shop is a long-running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between 1977 and 1984. It comprised 582 one hour episodes.



Prisoner kicked off in 1979, the Australian soap opera that is set in the Wentworth Detention Centre, a fictional women’s prison.

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In 1964 Australia go their first Police Drama, Homicide.   Its popularity saw it through 10 award winning years.

yttYoung Talent Time

Young Talent Time was produced in Australia by Television House and Johnny Young, for the 18 years. It was a show only intended for a 13-week run but ended up being a success.

young doctorsThe Young Doctors

The lives, loves and medical complaints of the doctors, nurses and patients at Sydney’s Albert Memorial Hospital.

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  1. i think you’ve forgotten about all the great English comedies of this time, which were much better than the American stuff you’ve included. Who can forget Steptoe and Sons or Hancocks Half Hour?

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    • Actor who played ‘Steptoe’ was a vile creature, in real life.

  2. I loved the ‘Westerns’ because they had horses’ in them!

    Here, Homicide, Division 4, Hunter, Matlock Police, The Sullivan’s…….all excellent!

    Who can remember US actor, Peter Graves (ex ‘Fury’) coming here to film ‘Whiplash’? I still remember the theme music!

    The USA tv shows I loved at the time…………..

    77 Sunset Strip, Surfside 6, Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaii 5-0, Harbour Command, Sea Hunt, The Whirlybirds, Rescue 8, Bonanza, Fury, Mr Ed, The Rifleman, Mackenzies’ Raiders’, Naked City, Perry Mason, Paladin, Bat Masterton, Wyatt Earp, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, The Grey Ghost, The Cisco Kid, Art Linklater Show.

    At that time, they were broadcast in ‘black & white’!

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