ten best TV shows before 1970

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1.
The Honeymooners (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience. (30 mins.)
“ Groundbreaking in every way, the formula stays true today. Overweight husband with the get rich schemes, pretty wife who loves him through it all and the wacky neighbors. ” - fatfantom
 
2.
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.)
“ Lucy got to be the funny one while Ricky played the straight man, unheard of at the time. Still funny all these years later. ” - fatfantom
 
3.
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.)
“ after 55 years, this still has the power to surprise and scare you. And the social issues are still very relevant today. ” - fatfantom
 
4.
The Rifleman (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son. (30 mins.)
“ My favorite old TV show, about morals, values and always doing the right thing set to a great old west theme. ” - fatfantom
 
5.
Bonanza (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. (49 mins.)
“ The Cartwrights lived the America dream but weren't bullies and didn't exclude people, even though they were the biggest land owners around. Think of this show as the exact opposite of Dallas. ” - fatfantom
 
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.)
“ One of the all time great comedies, with Andy and Barney consistently funny while still always living up to their small town southern values. ” - fatfantom
 
7.
The Flintstones (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles. (30 mins.)
“ Much like the Simpson's and Southpark 30 years later, this show was were all the edgy material could be shown on network TV without advertisers and censors going crazy. ” - fatfantom
 
8.
The Fugitive (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer. (51 mins.)
“ One of the best early non western dramas, with strong storytelling and good suspense. ” - fatfantom
 
9.
Dragnet (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles. (30 mins.)
“ Excellent early police drama with solid acting and surprisingly current stories that could get edgy for the time. ” - fatfantom
 
10.
The Lone Ranger (1949 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner. (30 mins.)
“ The first real movie serial brought to TV, as a young kid it was the first old TV show I loved for the over the top action and excitement. ” - fatfantom