1961 Fall TV Schedule

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1. 87th Precinct (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama, Crime

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: 101

NBC

2. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)

60 min | Drama

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: 83

ABC

3. The Alvin Show (1961–1962)

30 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

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: 178

CBS

4. Ben Casey (1961–1966)

60 min | Drama

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: 409

ABC

5. The Bob Cummings Show (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy

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: 33

a.k.a "Love That Bob"

CBS

7. The Bullwinkle Show (1961–1963)

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

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

Stars: Bill Scott, June Foray, Paul Frees, Edward Everett Horton

Votes: 2,323

NBC

8. Bus Stop (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

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: 55

ABC

9. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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: 52

NBC

10. Calvin and the Colonel (1961–1962)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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: 39

ABC

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

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two of New York's finest in the 53rd precinct in the Bronx. Toody, the short, stocky and dim-witted one, either saves the day or messes things up, much to the chagrin ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,113

NBC

12. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)

60 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 571

NBC

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

30 min | News

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

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: 285

CBS

15. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 120

a.k.a "The Dick Powell Show"

NBC

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

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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

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

Votes: 7,464

CBS

19. Follow the Sun (1961–1962)

60 min | Adventure

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

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

Votes: 41

ABC

20. Frontier Circus (1961–1962)

60 min | Western

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: 37

CBS

21. The Gertrude Berg Show (1961–1962)

30 min | Comedy

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: 40

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

CBS

22. The Hathaways (1961–1962)

30 min | Comedy

Suburban couple with three chimps as "children".

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

Votes: 39

ABC

23. Hazel (1961–1966)

30 min | Comedy

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: 1,152

NBC

25. Ichabod and Me (1961– )

30 min | Comedy

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

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

Stars: Don Ameche, Tony Hancock, Benny Hill

Votes: 14

NBC

27. The Investigators (1961– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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

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: 169

NBC

29. Margie (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

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: 30

ABC

30. The New Breed (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

"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: 56

ABC

31. Straightaway (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure

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

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: 43

ABC

33. Top Cat (1961–1962)

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

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: 5,940

ABC

34. Window on Main Street (1961–1962)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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



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