Best TV Shows 1950 - 1980

My favorite TV shows between 1950 & 1980, by Premiere date.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
 
2.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City. (60 mins.)
 
3.
The Rifleman (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son. (30 mins.)
 
4.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
5.
The Bugs Bunny Show (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Bugs Bunny, the famous, Oscar-winning cartoon rabbit, hosts his first weekly television series, along... (30 mins.)
 
6.
The Andy Griffith Show (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney. (30 mins.)
 
7.
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home. (30 mins.)
 
8.
McHale's Navy (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The misadventures of a misfit PT Boat crew during World War II. (30 mins.)
 
9.
Doctor Who (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord, known as the Doctor, and his companions, traveling through time and space. (45 mins.)
 
10.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH. (50 mins.)
 
11.
Gilligan's Island (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm. (30 mins.)
 
12.
I Dream of Jeannie (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie. (30 mins.)
 
13.
The Wild Wild West (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two Secret Services agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West. (50 mins.)
 
14.
Get Smart (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99. (25 mins.)
 
15.
The Big Valley (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Wild West adventures of the Barkley family in California's San Joaquin Valley. (60 mins.)
 
16.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
 
17.
The Carol Burnett Show (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe. (60 mins.)
 
18.
Mannix (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias. (60 mins.)
 
19.
The Benny Hill Show (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour. (30 mins.)
 
20.
The Brady Bunch (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The misadventures of a large family united when one widowed and one divorced people married. (30 mins.)
 
21.
The Bob Newhart Show (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Emergency! (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area. (60 mins.)
 
23.
M*A*S*H (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The staff of an army hospital in the Korean war find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation. (25 mins.)
 
24.
Police Story (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Classic anthology series, which details the personal lives of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department... (120 mins.)
 
25.
Happy Days (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie. (30 mins.)
 
26.
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
27.
Barney Miller (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The captain of a city police station and his staff handle the various local troubles and characters that come to the building. (30 mins.)
 
28.
Police Woman (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
This was the first TV cop show to feature a female lead - Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson, an undercover cop for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. (60 mins.)
 
29.
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Space: 1999 (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. (50 mins.)
 
31.
S.W.A.T. (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The missions of a major city's police department's Special Weapons and Tactics unit. (60 mins.)
 
32.
The Bionic Woman (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own. (60 mins.)
 
33.
The Muppet Show (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. (30 mins.)
 
34.
In Search of... (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Leonard Nimoy hosts investigations into various mysteries. (30 mins.)
 
35.
Three's Company (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors. (30 mins.)
 
36.
Battle of the Planets (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A five-member superhero team called G-Force fights to defend Earth and its space colonies from the threat of the planet Spectra. (30 mins.)
Director: David E. Hanson
 
37.
Soap (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates. (30 mins.)
 
38.
Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. (60 mins.)
 
39.
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The staff of a struggling radio station have a chance at success after the new programming director changes the format to rock music (30 mins.)
 
40.
Centennial (1978 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s. (1256 mins.)
 
41.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A 20th century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero. (60 mins.)
 
42.
Benson (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jessica Tate's sharp-tongued former butler, Benson DuBois, moves up in the world, becoming first the governor's "director of household affairs," then the state's budget director, then lieutenant governor and candidate for the executive mansion. (30 mins.)