Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TOP 10 GREATEST TV SHOWS OF THE '60s

TOP 10 GREATEST TV 
SHOWS OF THE '60s
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From vulnerable
to volatile — from
"Gee Beave" to
"Sock it to me!"
the '60s was
one of the most
culturally dynamic
eras in American
history.
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For me and my writing partner, Bryan Dumas, the nice thing about being (cool) old dudes is that we've amassed life experiences that currently span six decades. We both lived through the civil rights era and watched with wide-eyed wonder as America put the first man on the moon. I personally remember (with great clarity) reports of the assignations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. I also recall seeing scenes from Vietnam and the first glimpses of a lunatic named Charles Manson and his "family." And it all played out live in our living rooms on tiny black and white screen televisions with aluminum foil-wrapped rabbit ears. It was a super-charged time when cultural events truly were eventful — an era when "news" was more relevant than merely promoting attention-starved media personalities' staged exploits and reporting on the latest iGadget advancements.

As we prep for the release of our upcoming book, SHOUT IT OUT LOUD, Bryan and I have recently been taking time to reflect on various aspects of pop culture from the "good old days." Today, we're back with our latest "Top 10" installment. As you may have noticed from our previous posts, when it comes to Jesus and movies from the '80s, Bryan and I see eye-to-eye. However, when it comes to '70s disco music and  '60s TV shows, well, not so much. The following TWO lists reflect our unique and personal perspectives.

*DISCLAIMER: Although such iconic shows as The Brady Bunch, Love American Style and Hee Haw debuted during the late '60s, we believe that they are recognized primarily in culture as belonging to the '70, while others, including The Porter Wagoner ShowGumby and Underdog enjoyed such multi-decade runs that they don't truly represent any specific era.

So, here we go —  THE TOP 10 GREATEST TV SHOWS OF THE '60s. It's gonna be groovy, man!

MY LIST:

10
1966-1967

This show was so action-packed
that I nearly lost my four-year-
old mind. The young Bruce Lee
as Kato was SO cool!

9
1957-1963

A true comedy classic, and one that 
continues to stand the test of time.
Although it debuted in the late 50's,
 it definitely belongs to the '60s! 

8
1968-1971

Ground-breaking. One of very few
genuinely important TV shows of the era.
Plus, Diahann Carroll was SUPER hot!

7
1964-1967 

The show that will NEVER
die gave birth to the debate
that will NEVER die: 
MARY ANN vs. GINGER

6
1960-1968

A uniquely American treasure.
It remains as fresh, relevant and
laugh-out-loud funny as ever!

1965-1968

Infinitely cooler than Star Trek.
And "the robot"possessed much
more charisma than Mr. Spock.

4
1965-1974

A playful snapshot of the era that
often proved a bit risqué for the times.

3
1968-1973

Few shows ever were as (counter)
culturally relevant. A psychedelic  
precursor to SNL.

2
1966-1971

Decades ahead of its time, this show
had awesome vampires, zombies and
werewolves — LONG before it all
became dumb. My mom HATED it!

1
1960-1972

Honest, pure and innocent —
with a powerful message and
innovative animation.

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BRYAN'S LIST:  

10
1964-1967

I was born in South Florida but
soon moved away. This show
made me want to go "home"
and get my own dolphin.

9
1966-1971

Oh Donald, there's only one reason
this show made it... Marlo Thomas!

8
1967-1970
(2nd TV Run)

The first cop show I ever dug.
Just the facts ma'am.

7
1968-1973

So hip, Richard Nixon made an appearance.
More importantly, it gave us Goldie Hawn!

6
1963-1970

The opening featured the three
Bradley sisters"dipping" in the
water tower. Nuff said.

5
1960-1966

The first-ever primetime cartoon.
Barney Rubble, what an actor!

4
1965-1970

Love the opening
sequence and Agent 99.

3
1960-1968

Andy and Barney... legendary.

2
1961-1966

Mary Tyler Moore defined "cute."

1
1965-1971

Who ever knew that taking
on Nazis could be so funny?

So, there you have it — another couple of compelling "Top 10" recaps. Once again, we hope that you've enjoyed our little time capsule, and that it has brought back many fond memories. This is the third of our nostalgic five-part series. Stand by, Part Four — THE TOP 10 MOST RIVETTING EVENTS OF THE '90s is coming soon!

-Christopher Long
(February 2014)

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2 comments:

  1. The Fugitive starring David Janssen should be in the top five for sure.

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    1. Good call. A true classic, to be sure!

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