Must See TV: 1960's Shows: Part One

by - January 28, 2014


must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

I was born in 1976 so most of the shows I grew up with as a child were typically late 70's and early 80's shows with a dash of I Love Lucy thanks to grandma. When I became a pre-teen I somehow got access to a heap of 1960's shows.

Because of networks like TBS, Nickelodeon, and others, most of us who grew up in the 80s had the chance to watch 1960's shows. I watched many 1950's shows but the 1960's ones were the ones that really became a part of my early teen years.

Thankfully many of them can be watched again and again because most are available on dvd.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:



must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

Bewitched ran from 1964-1972. It starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, who was a witch living in a mortal world. Surrounded by a doting and understanding husband, two beautiful children, a wise cracking mother, noisy neighbors, and a slew of others-Samantha lived a very busy and often troublesome life. Always trying to hide her abilities from the outside world led to a many adventures and laughs. I just love how in the end of every episode Samantha and Darren (her husband) always made their differences work. A little twitching always helped.

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Bewitched Information:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd


Gilligan's Island ran from 1964-1967. A situation comedy where seven people are stranded on a deserted island. They have to use their smarts, their creativity, and humor to get through the challenges and mishaps that happen throughout the series. With Gilligan, the Skipper too, the millionaire and his wife, the movie star, the professor and Mary Ann, Here on Gilligan's Isle.

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Gilligan's Island Information:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

I Dream of Jeannie aired from 1965-1970. Starring Barbara Eden as a 2,000 year old genie named Jeannie and Larry Hagman, as astronaut Tony Nelson who becomes her master and later her husband. 

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

I Dream of Jeannie Information:

must see 1960s tv shows from a vintage nerd

Gidget which is based on the film "Gidget" which was based on the book Gidget, lasted only a year from 1965-1966. It was the debut role for Sally Field who played the title role. Gidget lives with her father (played by Don Porter) who is a widow and the show focuses on the relationship between the two of them. I loved that about the show-which is rarely seen-a father/daughter relationship especially in the 60s. Field also broke the fourth wall often on the show and improvised the ending of the episodes by saying "toodles".

You can purchase the entire dvd collection HERE.

Gidget Information:
Complete Gidget Film Collection
Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story
Gidget (book)

These shows were fun to watch and they made you laugh and giggle all the way through to dinnertime. I included links to where you can purchase you own set of the dvds of these fantastic shows. I also took the opportunity to share some links to books, dvds, and websites about the shows in case any of you are big fans of any of these shows and would like to learn more about them.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Part Two on Must See TV: 1960's Shows!

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7 comments

  1. Good list! I've seen all of these except Gidget, I love Sally Field so I'll have to check it out!

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  2. Great list! I especially loved growing up with repeats Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie, too (as well as, when it comes to 1960s shows, The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan's Island, Get Smart, and The Dick Van Dyke Show).

    ♥ Jessica

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  3. I'm just a year younger (well a year and a half since my birthday is at the OTHER end of the year LOL)... but saw the same shows ;)
    And now my kids do too (thanks to MeTV and Antenna TV which show ALL of the above ;) )
    That being said, I really enjoyed the Sci-Fi shows as a kid... Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers... Star Trek (of course) :P
    And yes, I sang the words at the end of your Gilligan piece ;) (My kids love this one which is on at 8pm on MeTV if anyone is interested and gets the channel ;) )

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  4. I LOVE Gilligan's Island! I was born in 1996 but my parents are older, born in the 50s and 60s so I was exposed to most of these by them just picking up dvds at the store because they wanted to see the shows again. My personal favorites are Wanted Dead or Alive, Gilligan's Island, The Beverly Hillbillies and the Monkees. Thanks for sharing this list! I do like all of the shows you listed.

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  5. I'm really glad so many of you enjoyed the list! I hope you also enjoy the info links I added as well. So much out there on these amazing shows...yeappeeeeeeeeeee xox

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  6. I love Gilliagan's Island!! And growing up I always wanted to be Gidget! :) She was adorable and she could surf!!! My life-long dream. ;)
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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