100 Greatest Retro TV Shows

by jordanhores | created - 17 Feb 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

This list is a list of the greatest TV shows in 1950s-mid 1960s based on popularity, accolades and cultural significance. Excluding soap operas, news programs, shows with less than 1-2 seasons below 70 episodes and shows with mixed and negative reception. Spinoffs mentioned. No specific ranking. -50 Best Feminine TV Series of All Time BuffyTheVampireSlayer iCarly TheGoldenGirls That'sSoRaven VeronicaMars TheCloser Parks&Recreation UglyBetty -ILoveLucy TheAnnSothernShow Alias TheNewAdventuresofOldChristine DesperateHousewives -ThatGirl 30Rock NurseJackie TheCarolBurnettShow -ThePattyDukeShow Weeds -TheDonnaReedShow AllyMcBeal -Hazel Sex&theCity TheGoodWife TheMaryTylerMooreShow MurphyBrown TheGaleStormShow Damages MurderSheWrote TheTraceyUllmanShow -Bewitched Brothers&Sisters TheLorettaYoungShow MadAboutYou LizzieMcGuire Moonlighting GirlMeetsWorld Kate&Allie Rhoda -TheBradyBunch Cagney&Lacey Grey'sAnatomy SixFeetUnder TheX-Files Friends -IMarriedJoan Cheers -GetSmart MyLittleMargie LifeWithElizabeth TheDorisDayShow -OurMissBrooks thirtysomething ER EverybodyHatesChris MalcolmintheMiddle TheWonderYears Taxi TheOffice EverybodyLovesRaymond -36 Greatest Westerns Bonanza Gunsmoke HaveGunWillTravel TheLoneRanger Rawhide BatMasterson TheRifleman WantedDeadorAlive Maverick WagonTrain DeathValleyDays Lassie TheAdventuresofRinTinTin Lawman TheCiscoKid Laramie AdventuresofWildBillHickok TalesofWellsFargo Fury SkyKing Sugarfoot TheRestlessGun-- TheRebel-- Bronco TheLife&LegendofWyattEarp PetticoatJunction *LawofthePlainsman TheHighChaparral TheBigValley ShotgunSlade-- Zorro TombstoneTerritory Trackdown TalesoftheTexasRangers TheSheriffofCochise TheRealMcCoys -50 Greatest Crime TV Series of All Time ManAgainstCrime RacketSquad Dragnet Cain'sHundred-- TheLineup AlfredHitchcockPresents StateTrooper RichardDiamondPrivateDetective MSquad PerryMason PeterGunn Arrest&Trial 77SunsetStrip Decoy Car54WhereAreYou TheUntouchables LockUp-- ThePeople'sChoice HawaiianEye TheDetectives Thriller-- Checkmate-- TheDefenders TheFugitive Burke'sLaw TheManFromUNCLE GetSmart MissionImpossible ModSquad Columbo Kojak TheRockfordFiles BarneyMiller TheTwilightZone MagnumPI HillStreetBlues Cagney&Lacey MiamiVice L.A.Law Law&Order HomicideLifeontheStreet TheXFiles NYPDBlue ThePractice TheSopranos Alias 24 TheShield TheWire VeronicaMars Dexter ---TV Guide's Greatest ILoveLucy TheTwilightZone StarTrek TheHoneymooners TheAndyGriffithShow TheTonightShow TheCarolBurnettShow TheDickVanDykeShow Gunsmoke SesameStreet TheEdSullivanShow YourShowofShows

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1. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 5,859

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2. Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy

Votes: 2,887

3. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 4,224

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4. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip.

Stars: Herbert Anderson, Jay North, Gloria Henry, Billy Booth

Votes: 1,540

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5. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy.

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 1,601

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6. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959–1963)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Sensitive teenager Dobie Gillis exasperates his grocer father Herbert T. Gillis and is the apple of his mother Winnie Gillis' eye. Dobie has an almost singular focus on the opposite sex, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, Florida Friebus

Votes: 1,248

7. The Addams Family (1964–1966)

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

The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.

Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Votes: 11,891

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8. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 6,749

9. Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.

Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer

Votes: 11,194

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10. My Three Sons (1960–1972)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.

Stars: Fred MacMurray, Stanley Livingston, Don Grady, Barry Livingston

Votes: 2,668

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11. Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.

Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady

Votes: 2,114

including Green Acres

12. The Real McCoys (1957–1963)

30 min | Comedy

From the hills of West Virginia, Amos McCoy moves his family to an inherited farm in California. Grandpa Amos is quick to give advice to his three grandchildren and wonders how his neighbors ever managed without him around.

Stars: Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Tony Martinez

Votes: 727

13. Bachelor Father (1957–1962)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a single adopted father raising a teenage niece with the help of his manservant.

Stars: John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran, Sammee Tong, Bernadette Withers

Votes: 357

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14. Whirlybirds (1957–1960)

30 min | Adventure

One hundred eleven episodes of this syndicated show were produced between 1956 and 1959, debuting in the US in January 1957. Chuck and P.T. own a helicopter company that is hired to perform... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, Nancy Hale, Sandra Spence

Votes: 242

15. Mister Peepers (1952–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Mr. Peepers is a shy science teacher at Jefferson Junior High. He is always faced with problems but is never outwitted.

Stars: Wally Cox, Patricia Benoit, Tony Randall, Marion Lorne

Votes: 109

16. The Millionaire (1955–1960)

30 min | Drama

In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.

Stars: Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Roy Gordon, Russ Conway

Votes: 394

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17. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

Votes: 584

18. Route 66 (1960–1964)

60 min | Adventure

The adventures of two young drifters across America.

Stars: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Glenn Corbett, James Brown

Votes: 1,176

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19. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Votes: 1,997

20. I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)

30 min | Drama

Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan, Ed Hinton

Votes: 106

21. The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a widow marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 10,881

22. Lassie (1954–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly

Votes: 2,512

23. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 571

24. Bewitched (1964–1972)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 14,546

25. My Little Margie (1952–1955)

30 min | Comedy

Margie lives with her father Vern and her crazy schemes get him into trouble especially with his boss Mr. Honeywell. She frequently involves Charlie and Mrs. Odetts in her plans. Freddie is her boyfriend while Roberta likes Vern.

Stars: Gale Storm, Charles Farrell, Clarence Kolb, Don Hayden

Votes: 278

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26. December Bride (1954–1959)

30 min | Comedy

Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for... See full summary »

Stars: Spring Byington, Frances Rafferty, Dean Miller, Harry Morgan

Votes: 164

including Pete & Gladys

27. Private Secretary (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy

Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Don Porter, Ann Tyrrell, Joan Banks

Votes: 124

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28. Life with Elizabeth (1952–2016)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The day to day events in the lives of a newly married couple. Each episode consists of three short, unrelated sketches in which characters often break the imaginary fourth wall.

Stars: Del Moore, Betty White, Jack Narz, Loie Bridge

Votes: 167

29. That Girl (1966–1971)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Ann Marie is a struggling actress living in New York City. In between trying to find jobs acting and modeling she has time for her boyfriend, Don Hollinger, and her dad, Lew Marie.

Stars: Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell, Lew Parker, Bernie Kopell

Votes: 1,862

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30. 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: 1,199

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31. Our Miss Brooks (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter, fights with Principal Conklin, and tries to snag shy biology teacher ... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jane Morgan, Robert Rockwell

Votes: 409

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32. Sea Hunt (1958–1961)

30 min | Action, Adventure

Mike Nelson is a S.C.U.B.A. diver in the days when it was still very new. He works alone, and the plot was mostly carried through his voice-over narrations. These gave the show a flavor of ... See full summary »

Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Ken Drake, Courtney Brown, Jan Harrison

Votes: 980

33. Adventures in Paradise (1959–1962)

60 min | Adventure

Adam Troy was an American Korean War veteran who stayed in the Pacific after the war. As captain of the schooner "Tiki III", Troy drifted from adventure to adventure while carrying ... See full summary »

Stars: Gardner McKay, James Holden, Lani Kai, Guy Stockwell

Votes: 241

34. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 12,978

35. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 61,074

36. My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Exigius Twelve and a Half, an exoanthropologist from the planet Mars, becomes stranded on Earth after his one-man spaceship narrowly misses a NASA rocket plane and crashes near Los Angeles.... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton, Alan Hewitt

Votes: 1,756

37. Space Patrol (1950–1955)

30 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

Commander Corey and youthful Cadet Happy roam the 30th century universe in their ship "Terra" fighting super-villains Mr. Proteus and Prince Baccarratti and other badguys. Captured badguys ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Nina Bara, Ken Mayer

Votes: 85

38. Star Trek (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 66,095

39. Felix the Cat (1958– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The complete 1958-1959 full-color series!

Star: Jack Mercer

Votes: 633

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40. Jonny Quest (1964–1965)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world.

Stars: Mike Road, Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Danny Bravo

Votes: 3,695

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41. The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964–1965)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Animated series featuring Jim Backus's Mr. Magoo character in half-hour adaptations of classic stories for children. Praised by both critics and educators, and well-remembered by fans, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Backus, Joan Gardner, Marvin Miller, Howard Morris

Votes: 512

42. Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

A group of teenage friends and their Great Dane (Scooby-Doo) travel in a bright green van solving strange and hilarious mysteries, while returning from or going to a regular teenage function.

Stars: Don Messick, Casey Kasem, Nicole Jaffe, Vic Perrin

Votes: 26,429

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43. The Flintstones (1960–1966)

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

The misadventures of two modern-day Stone Age families, the Flintstones and the Rubbles.

Stars: Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, Bea Benaderet

Votes: 29,541

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44. The Jetsons (1962–1963)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a futuristic family.

Stars: George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton

Votes: 16,362

45. Wacky Races (1968–1970)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The participants of an unusual car race compete around America.

Stars: Daws Butler, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo

Votes: 5,068

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46. The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1969–1971)

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

The Ant Hill Mob has to protect Penelope Pitstop from a murderous lawyer who is after her inheritance.

Stars: Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, Don Messick

Votes: 1,370

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47. The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958–1962)

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

Huckleberry Hound is a blue-haired Southern dog with a fondness for the song, "My Darling, Clementine", and is a jack-of-all-trades cartoon star, appearing as a scientist (trying to ... See full summary »

Stars: Daws Butler, Don Messick, Doug Young, Hal Smith

Votes: 2,669

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