1961 Fall TV Schedule

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1. 87th Precinct (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama, Crime

8.5
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Manhattan's 87th precinct forms the backdrop for this grim and gritty police drama based on the long-running series of novels by Ed McBain. Storylines focus on neighborhood crime, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, Norman Fell

Votes: 97

NBC

2. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Hosted by famous dancer and actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode. Unlike some of the earlier drama series, which tended either toward classics or ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Astaire, Keir Dullea, Paul Comi, Joan Staley

Votes: 82

ABC

3. The Alvin Show (1961–1962)

30 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

7.8
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Following the incredible popularity of the novelty record "The Chipmunk Song", this animated series about the singing rodents was created. Manager David Seville spends his days taking care ... See full summary »

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian, Shepard Menken, June Foray, Lee Patrick

Votes: 162

CBS

4. Ben Casey (1961–1966)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first, under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba, and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates, Harry Landers

Votes: 381

ABC

5. The Bob Cummings Show (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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Charter pilot Bob flew everywhere, often playing amateur detective. He had an aerocar, a vehicle which worked like a car until he attached its optional wing and flew off. He was aided by ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Cummings, Murvyn Vye, Roberta Shore, Yvette Vickers

Votes: 31

a.k.a "Love That Bob"

CBS

6. The Bob Newhart Show (1961–1962)

60 min | Comedy

7.6
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Stars: Bob Newhart, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Ann Morgan Guilbert, The Limeliters

Votes: 63

NBC

7. The Bullwinkle Show (1960–1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.9
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Rocky, a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle, a bumbling but lovable moose, have a series of ongoing adventures.

Stars: Bill Scott, Hans Conried, Charles Ruggles, Julie Bennett

Votes: 2,117

NBC

8. Bus Stop (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Grace owns the bus stop in Sunrise CO. She, waitress Elma, Sheriff Will and D.A. Glenn watch life through the stories which unfold as passengers arrive and then depart the small town.

Stars: Rhodes Reason, Richard Anderson, Joan Freeman, Marilyn Maxwell

Votes: 53

ABC

9. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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A former underworld lawyer goes to work for the Federal Government, determined to bring one hundred top criminals to justice.

Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gene Coogan, Eddie Hice, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 50

NBC

10. Calvin and the Colonel (1961–1962)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.5
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This show is about a mis-adventures with Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon (a cool fox), and Calvin Burnside (a dim witted bear). Oliver always makes mischief, he is also a lawyer.

Stars: Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Virginia Gregg, Beatrice Kay

Votes: 36

ABC

11. Car 54, Where Are You? (1961–1963)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The misadventures of two of New York's finest (a Mutt and Jeff pair) in the mythical 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one either saves the day or muffs ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne, Paul Reed, Al Lewis

Votes: 1,029

NBC

12. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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The dramatic relationship between a young medical intern and his surgeon mentor.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Lee Kurty, Jean Inness

Votes: 530

NBC

13. David Brinkley's Journal (1961–1964)

30 min | News

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Weekly television news magazine and interview show.

Stars: David Brinkley, Fernandez Arman, Sydney Chaplin, Billy Fury

NBC

14. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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A father and son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles, Ossie Davis

Votes: 273

CBS

15. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was his last television series and contained his last filmed acting (episode: 'The ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Powell, David Niven, June Allyson, Oscar Beregi Jr.

Votes: 112

a.k.a "The Dick Powell Show"

NBC

16. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Votes: 7,003

CBS

17. The DuPont Show of the Week (1961– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.6
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Stars: Walter Matthau, Frank McGee, Art Carney, Dane Clark

Votes: 80

NBC

18. Father of the Bride (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Leon Ames, Ruth Warrick, Myrna Fahey, Rickie Sorensen

Votes: 15

CBS

19. Follow the Sun (1961–1962)

60 min | Adventure

7.9
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The show follows the adventures of two free-lance magazine writers based in Hawaii.

Stars: Barry Coe, Brett Halsey, Jay Lanin, Gary Lockwood

Votes: 37

ABC

20. Frontier Circus (1961–1962)

60 min | Western

7.9
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A one-ring circus travels through the American West in the 1880's.

Stars: Chill Wills, John Derek, Richard Jaeckel, J. Pat O'Malley

Votes: 34

CBS

21. The Gertrude Berg Show (1961–1962)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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A middle-aged widow enrolls in college as a freshman when her children are grown up, and her experience of life outside academia together with her gentle humor and emotional dignity prove an invaluable asset to the students' young minds.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Cedric Hardwicke, Mary Wickes, Skip Ward

Votes: 34

a.k.a "Mrs. G Goes to College"

CBS

22. The Hathaways (1961–1962)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Suburban couple with three chimps as "children".

Stars: The Marquis Chimps, Peggy Cass, Jack Weston, Barbara Perry

Votes: 37

ABC

23. Hazel (1961–1966)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office, but almost nothing at home. When he returned from the office at day's end, to... See full summary »

Stars: Shirley Booth, Bobby Buntrock, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake

Votes: 1,062

NBC

24. Here and Now (1961–1964)

15 min | Documentary, Biography

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Stars: Huw Thomas, Michael Ingrams, Michael Nelson, Steve Race

NBC

25. Ichabod and Me (1961– )

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Life in a small New England town, as seen through the eyes of the current and formers editors of the local newspaper.

Stars: George Chandler, Robert Sterling, Christine White, Jimmy Hawkins

Votes: 12

CBS

26. International Showtime (1961–1965)

60 min

7.8
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Don Ameche hosted this variety show that featured performers from Europe.

Stars: Don Ameche, Tony Hancock, Benny Hill

Votes: 13

NBC

27. The Investigators (1961– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Russ Andrews, Steve Banks and Bill Davis are investigators working for a very successful detective agency in New York City. Their cases are all tied to very large insurance claims. Maggie ... See full summary »

Stars: James Franciscus, James Philbrook, Mario Alcalde, Val Avery

Votes: 16

CBS

28. The Joey Bishop Show (1961–1965)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Joey Barnes is the host of a TV talk show originating in New York. Each episode dealt with events in his personal and professional life as a celebrity. Many guest stars appeared on the ... See full summary »

Stars: Joey Bishop, Joe Besser, Abby Dalton, Corbett Monica

Votes: 141

NBC

29. Margie (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Margie is an average teenager but it's the 1920's and so many things are changing. Living with her parents and brother Cornell, she has a lively flapper friend in Maybelle while Heywood and... See full summary »

Stars: Cynthia Pepper, Dick Gering, Penney Parker, Wesley Marie Tackitt

Votes: 29

ABC

30. The New Breed (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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"The New Breed" was an American crime - drama series ,aired on ABC network from 1961 to 1962, with thirty-six episodes,starring Leslie Nielsen at age 35.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, John Beradino, John Clarke, Greg Roman

Votes: 54

ABC

31. Straightaway (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure

8.6
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Scott and Clipper are partners in the Straightaway Garage, where they design, build, and service racing cars.

Stars: Brian Kelly, John Ashley, Asa Maynor, Robert Blake

Votes: 20

ABC

32. Target: The Corruptors (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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The show featured a newspaper reporter, Paul Marino, and his undercover agent, Jack Flood, as they infiltrated the mob and reported on a different type of crime every week. The results of ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen McNally, Robert Harland, Harold J. Stone, Burt Brinckerhoff

Votes: 42

ABC

33. Top Cat (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.2
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Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone.

Stars: Leo DeLyon, Allen Jenkins, Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 5,594

ABC

34. Window on Main Street (1961–1962)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Cam Brooks, a writer, returns to Millsberg, his hometown, and renews his friendship with the editor of the local newspaper, Lloyd Ramsey. The inhabitants of the town were subjects of Cam's ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, Constance Moore, Ford Rainey, Brad Berwick

Votes: 28

CBS