Pick: Which Sixties shows should have been rated #1?

Which shows actually deserved the number one spot?

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In the 1960s, shows lived and died by their Nielson ratings. Series now recognized as iconic, like The Addams Family or The Jetsons, were only given short first runs because they didn’t hit it big in the ratings.

But did a program’s rank really determine its quality? Here are the number one rated shows for each year of the 1960s. Pick which one you think deserves the top spot and see how popular your opinions are!

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  1. Gunsmoke was the number one rated show for the 1960-1961 season. Which show should have been number one?
  2. Wagon Train was the number one rated show for the 1961-1962 season. Which show should have been number one?
  3. The Beverly Hillbillies was the number one rated show for the 1962-1963 season. Which show should have been number one?
  4. The Beverly Hillbillies was also the number one rated show for the 1963-1964 season. Which show should have been number one?
  5. Bonanza was the number one rated show for the 1964-1965 season. Which show should have been number one?
  6. Bonanza was also the number one rated show for the 1965-1966 season. Which show should have been number one?
  7. Bonanza was atop the ratings for a third time during the 1966-1967 season. Which show should have been number one?
  8. The Andy Griffith Show’s last season was the number one rated show for the 1967-1968 season. Which show should have been number one?
  9. Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In was the number one rated show for the 1968-1969 season. Which show should have been number one?
  10. Laugh-In topped the ratings again for the 1969-1970 season. Which show should have been number one?

Pick: Which Sixties shows should have been rated #1?

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Lillyrose 3 days ago
31% similar. Here's Lucy and The Brady Bunch should have been number one. And Hazel, although it's not listed. Great show! Leave it to Beaver should have been number one many times.
Coldnorth 4 days ago
I thought Mission Impossible deserved to be number one as well as Man from u.n.c.l.e. I am not much of a fan of westerns.
Charleshorse 6 days ago
I will never understand the appeal of The Beverly Hillbillies, The Dick Van Dyke Show, nor The Andy Griffith Show
a1k9 7 days ago
65% I still don’t agree with some of the answers.
ww245 9 days ago
Fun quiz, but I was different back then. Surprised Star Trek didn't show up on it's debut season.
Sherry777 ww245 8 days ago
I agree; my taste has changed a little.
idkwut2use 9 days ago
32% but didn’t feel very strongly about any of them…too many good/goodish/decent choices with too few clear-cut winners…
ttenchantr 9 days ago
No Western ever deserved to be #1. All the same and all hokey and all corny.
RichLorn 10 days ago
44% similar. But alternatively I'm 55% independent and 1 % undecided.
DerekBird 10 days ago
65% similar
65% similar to the most popular responses
bagandwallyfan52 11 days ago
My favorite characters on Gomer
Pyle USMC were Cpl. Boyle (Roy
Stuart) Lou Ann Poovie (Elizabeth MacRae ) and Cpl.
Nick Cuccinelli (Tommy Leonetti).
My favorites costars on The
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Were Rick Nelson Wally Plumstead (Skip Young) and
Ginger (Charlene Salerno).
My favorites costars on
Gilligan's Island were
Willie Gilligan (Bob Denver)
Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) and Professor Roy Hinkley
(Russell Johnson).
On Green Acres there were
Wonderful Hooterville Residents:
Oliver Wendall Douglas
Lisa Douglas
EB Dawson
Hank Kimball
Mr. Haney
Newt Kiley
Alf Monroe
Ralph Monroe
Fred Ziffel
Doris Ziffel
Arnold
Roy Trend all
Sam Drucker
Darlene Wheeler
Grandpappy Miller
The best wiseguys-practical
Jokers on 1960s Sitcoms were
Uncle Arthur (Bewitched )
And Eddie Haskell and
Lumpy Rutherford of Leave
It To Beaver.
RIP
Tommy Leonetti
Cpl. Nick Cuccinelli
Gomer Pyle USMC
1929-1979
Roy Stuart
Cpl. Boyle
Gomer Pyle USMC
1927-2005
Dawn Wells
Mary Ann Summers
Gilligan's Island
1938-2020
Russell Johnson
Professor Roy Hinckley
Gilligan's Island
1924-
Russell Johnson
1924-2014
RIP
Sally 11 days ago
I was 70% similar. Some of these shows I didn't watch at the time because I was a teenager. Still, I always appreciated the humor on Carol Burnett!
JohnGrant 12 days ago
All good shows but now I would rather watch reruns of Andy Griffith than other shows listed here. Green acres was good but they spent waaaay too much time on the pig.
TeresaDraper 12 days ago
34% similar a lot of these shows I didn't watch at the time they originally aired only remember them as reruns
SashaPayneDiaz 12 days ago
45% Goin' against the grain.....again!
RkBke 12 days ago
A bit of semi-canonical post-war history: Hogan and his men were freed after Germany surrendered—Hogan returned to the US to a hero’s welcome, was made a general and later married Klink’s secretary Hilda. Hogan used his connections and influence to prevent Klink and Schultz from being prosecuted for war crimes, in part, because they were Luftwaffe, not Nazi and because, despite their threats to do so, neither one ever had a POW killed. Schultz converted his factory back to toy production and he had pity on Klink and gave him a job as his bookkeeper. Years later, Hogan received a package from Germany; a book by Wilhelm Klink that told of his experiences during the war and the man he respected the most. Klink claimed that he was never loyal to the Third Reich, he knew (Hogan’s operation) about the tunnels, the sabotage attempts and of most of the antics of Col. Hogan and the boys. He played dumb and allowed it all to happen in order to do his part to bring down Hitler from within. Hogan was never sure if his former foe was telling the truth or not, but was quite flattered by the book’s title: Hogan’s Heroes.
nd1irish RkBke 12 days ago
…and Schultz hired LeBeau to be his private chef and had strudel for dessert every night 😂
Dajj 12 days ago
Great ol shows, alot better than some of the shows today.
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