Best Comedy Sitcoms of The 1960s
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Ten 60s TV Classics
1. The Andy Griffith Show (1960) This classic show ran for eight (8) seasons making two hundred forty nine (249) total episodes. Andy is the Sheriff and Barney is his goofy Deputy played by none other than, (Don Knotts). Andy lives with Aunt Bea and his son Opie played by (Ron Howard). This sitcom is pleasant and always seeks the moral high ground. Sheriff Andy Taylor is always trying to solve crime, while trying to lead and be a good example citizen, leader and father. This show is funny through and through with new issues all the time. America used to unwind to Andy Griffith after a long and hard day at work. The show makes you want to find the good in people somehow. Although times are much different now, than in the 60s, the re-runs of this show are still very popular today with fans young and old and all ages in between. Sadly we lost Andy Griffith in the year 2014.
2. The Lucy Show (1962) This situation comedy aired for six (6) seasons producing one hundred fifty six (156) shows, in the process. The show was a spin off from the 50s classic, I Love Lucy. Lucy was her usual self full of highenergy and jinx and all even without former husband Desi Arnaz by her side. Although Vivian Vance who played Ethel on I Love Lucy, plays in this sitcom too. Albeit in a different character to be sure. Lucy is one of America's most loved television stars. This role was played by none other than, the timeless, Lucille Ball. This was the first scripted television program, to be shot by 35mm film. The show, I Love Lucy, won 5 Emmy Awards and was nominated for many other awards. One of the rewards she has received has been recognition of distinguished achievement in television.
3. The Patty Duke Show (1963) This sitcom only lasted three seasons and had one hundred four (104) shows but, they were memorable nonetheless. The show is set in Brooklyn, New York and Duke plays as Patty Lane. Patty has an identical cousin which is played by Duke as well. Laughter never ceases in this innocent comedy show from the early 50s. I personally do not remember this show but, my mom and dad do.
4. Addams Family (1964) This horror sitcom only aired for two seasons but, the sixty four (64) shows that came out left a major impact on audiences throughout America. The family is rich and have super natural powers. There's is a hand that crawls around and the regular people on the show freak out around the Addams freaks. The husband is a vampire and the wife is a witch. Everyone knows the theme song the piano along with clapping. This show was known for it's catchy theme song.
5. Green Acres (1965) Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert star in this hilarious show that made one hundred seventy (170) episodes in six (6) seasons. She and her husband made it rich by striking oil. They immediately sold it and she and her husband are rich and living in the city. Of course, there is a catch. Eddie Albert who plays as Oliver Douglas wants the country life. They move to a farm and from their everything that can happen, happens.
6. BeWitched (1964) This other worldly sitcom aired for eight (8) seasons with two hundred fifty four (254) episodes produced. This show is outrageous as Elizabeth Montgomery plays as a witch/housewife who is married to an ordinary man. She twinkles her nose to get results. Imagine being able to wiggle your nose and get most anything that you want. Often results that get her in hot water with her husband. Her mother is also a witch albeit a mischievous and almost evil witch. She was always giving Darrin a hard time.
7. I Dream of Jennie (1965) This laugh out loud show aired one hundred thirty nine (139) episodes in five seasons. Barbara Eden plays as a 2000 year old Genie. Her master and eventual husband is an astronaut played by Larry Hagman. He plays Captain Tony Nelson. She lives in a bottle but, comes out when the lamp is rubbed. As silly as the premise is the show actually had some very entertaining episodes especially during season one which aired in black and white.
8. Doris Day Show (1968) This television series ran for five (5) seasons airing one hundred twenty eight (128) episodes. Day plays as a widow with two children who have to make it on their own. They live on a ranch but Day works in the heart of San Francisco. The show totally changed in it's final two seasons but the comedy was their throughout.
9. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) This military sitcom made one hundred fifty (150) episodes that aired over the course of five (5) seasons. The show is a spin off from the Andy Griffin show and it features dimwitted Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle. Sergeant Carter and Pyle went back and forth all the time and their conflicting personalties made for high drama and constant laughter.
10. My Favorite Martian (1963) Although this science fiction sitcom only aired three seasons the one hundred seven (107) episodes were full of frolic and comical scenes all the time. A Martian who looks human crashes on earth and lives in L.A. California where the show is set. Tim who is the Martians roommate is the only person who knows about the alien abilities. This show was definitely outrageous for it's time.
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