What genre are these classic series?

In some of these shows, you can get a dose of drama and laughter.

Have you ever watched a show and said, "I wonder what genre this is?" Probably not, but sometimes it's easy to tell whether a show is a drama or situational comedy, for example. Then there are other times when series are listed in genres that we would've never guessed.

Do you know the genre of these popular classic shows? Test your knowledge with this quiz! Good luck!

Note: Some of these series fall under more than one genre.

  1. What genre is The Carol Burnett Show?
  2. What genre is Cannon?
  3. What genre is The Andy Griffith Show?
  4. What genre is The Beverly Hillbillies?
  5. What genre is M*A*S*H?
  6. What genre is The Love Boat?
  7. What genre(s) is Gilligan's Island?
  8. What genre is Perry Mason?
  9. What genre is The Twilight Zone?
  10. What genre is The Waltons?

What genre are these classic series?

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42 Comments

grandpa5741 10 days ago
3 of 10, Yikes my genre is off.
Coldnorth grandpa5741 7 days ago
Put it back on
Bapa1 16 days ago
9/10, missed Love Boat because the word "stupid" was not one of the choices.
Tampammm 17 days ago
I'm not going to accept The Love Boat as being a drama, even though I know some of the sub-plots were more serious.

Sorry.
retro6 Tampammm 16 days ago
How about melodrama!☺️
MrsPhilHarris 17 days ago
7/10 I should thought about a couple of them I would have done better.
gockionni 17 days ago
8/10, and this is neither here nor there but if I ever had to go jail, I would want to be locked up in Mayberry cuz they’re nice and I would get to eat Aunt Bee’s cooking. Right? Anyone else agree?
CaptainDunsel gockionni 17 days ago
But "pass" om the pickles.
Rick gockionni 16 days ago
As CaptainDunsel said, "pass" on the pickles and make sure there's an empty cell at the courthouse, because if you get put in the 'overflow cell' at Andy's house Bee'll put you to work!
Maverick66 17 days ago
9/10. Missed #2 - knew I should've said "both" but didn't. Won't get fooled again (far all you fans of The Who).
Big3Fan 17 days ago
I took my licks on five and six. They're the two I never view.
cperrynaples 17 days ago
6/10! But you're really splitting hairs with the both option! And could you imagine Gilligan's Island as a telenovela? Really, GI isn't crazy enough for THAT genre...LOL!
As I commented below, it would make a terrific skit for some comedy show.
Pacificsun 17 days ago
I can see where the MeTV Staff writers confirmed their genre definitions by checking Wiki first and that's fine. But there's a little more to the Twilight Zone which is basically an anthology, but a lot more to it. I take the reference also from Wiki, as follows:

The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in VARIOUS genres, including fantasy, science fiction, absurdism, dystopian fiction, suspense, horror, supernatural drama, black comedy, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral.

Just IMO, MASH was a bit more than an "American War Comedy." (???) Since when is War a comedy at all. I would call that one more of an anthology actually. Where it's about a sequence of storytelling, which shifts from theme to theme. There is comedy within the telling of some of the anecdotes and the relationships between certain characters. But there is far more pathos to the entire of point of MASH itself. It was also not an "American War" but a "Police Action" on behalf of intervening between North and South Korean politics and security issues (or aggression, which more precise).

I get that it's only a quiz and is supposed to be fun, no worries. But it also helps to maintain some accuracy.
cperrynaples Pacificsun 17 days ago
Yes, TZ is both Sci-fi and anthology! But once again you shouldn't split hairs! Yes, I did that on the Brady quiz, but this is different!
Pacificsun cperrynaples 17 days ago
😉 If we're really itching to get into the weeds, I noticed they didn't try and split hairs over Green Acres. We've had some of these discussions before. Where it's been agreed, Twilight Zone enjoyed lots of story-slants which is another reason why its timeless and easy to watch repeatedly.

Green Acres used the excuse of being a "rural situational comedy." But there were too many elements of absurdity within it not to lean towards surrealism and experiential. No worries, however any of these wonderful Classic TV gems appeal to us, we have the luxury of sharing many viewpoints. I didn't even take the Quiz for the points. They're just fun to think about 😉😉 and to make conversation!
Actually I think the more proper term for M*A*S*H would be " American Service Comedy" (with "service" understood as referring to the military services.) That would put it in the same sort of designation as "F Troop", "The Phil Silvers Show", "Roll Out" and others.
😉 How true!

Sitcoms do reside in military settings, and among those we enjoy by laughing include GP, McHale's Navy, Phil Silvers, because they really didn't include too much violence as part of the storyline.

MASH and Hogan's Heroes straddle the line however. Because they have a little different agenda to their purpose.
Tampammm Pacificsun 15 days ago
Loved The Phil Silvers Show! An alltime fave.

One other one for this category would be F Troop.
Pacificsun Tampammm 14 days ago
For night-owl watchers, they once paired The Phil Silvers Show, followed by Car 54.
Tampammm Pacificsun 12 days ago
Nice recall Pacific! They still have Car 54 on night-owl watch on the Decades Channel. At 2:30am my time, but 11:30pm for you, so not too bad. I catch it still about once a week.
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