Were you a fan of "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gilligan's Island" and "The Beverly Hillbillies?" Or did you prefer something more futuristic, like "Star Trek" and "The Jetsons?" Whatever your preference, 60s television had some of the best shows in the history of the medium. Not only did many of them pave the way for modern network television, but they also produced (and introduced us to) some of the best actors and actresses of the day!
Many of the shows stayed on-air for years after they premiered in the 1960s, and many of the characters went on to have spin-off shows. Some of them, like "Hawaii Five-O," "The Twilight Zone" and "Mission: Impossible," have been rebooted or have made their way onto the big screen.
Were you alive during the 60s? If not, are you a fan of one of the best decades of television? If we give you three popular characters, will you be able to guess which television series they came from? The only way to find out is by taking this quiz! If you get stumped, you can always use a hint to get you through. Let's see how well you remember these compelling characters!
The main character on "Bewitched" was Samantha Stephens, but she was supported by her husband (Darrin,) daughter (Tabitha) and mother (Endora.) A few crazy neighbors and Darrin's boss rounded out the ensemble.
"The Beverly Hillbillies" ran from 1962 until 1971. It focused on the newly-rich Clampetts, who relocated to live the good life in Beverly Hills.
Andy Griffith (as Sheriff Andy Taylor) was a fixture on American TV sets during the 1960s. There never was a child cuter than Opie, a friend more loyal than Barney or a small town so filled with strange but lovable characters. The show was meant to be the platonic ideal of small town America.
Rob and Laura Petrie came into our living rooms in 1971, bringing along their son, Ritchie and neighbors Jerry and Millie. We also got to know the comedy writers who worked with Rob on "The Alan Brady Show," a spin-off series.
"Star Trek" was a huge science fiction hit when it began airing in 1966. The crew of the Starship Enterprise became household names and the franchise continues to crank out movies.
Vampires, werewolves and monsters galore graced television screens during this comedy. Poor Marilyn, the only non-monster family member, was considered the black sheep. "The Munsters" only aired 72 episodes, but left a lasting impression on multiple generations as the show continued to air reruns in syndication.
All Dobie Gillis wants is to find true love, and heaven knows he looks hard enough for it. He is aided and abetted by his bongo-playing friend, Maynard G. Krebs and his doting mother, but his father isn't quite as sure of Dobie's abilities.
The hapless Gilligan was the star of "Gilligan's Island," but the supporting characters of stranded tourists were fun as well. Who could forget the Skipper, Thurston and Lovey Howell, the professor, and the lovely Ginger and Mary Ann?
Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were agents for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, better known as U.N.C.L.E. For four seasons, they fought criminal elements from the evil THRUSH organization.
On "Get Smart," Don Adams played Maxwell Smart, a bumbling spy in charge of saving the world. Fortunately, he had the help of Agent 99, who was the TV definition of brains and beauty.
"My Three Sons" debuted in 1960 and ran until 1972. It featured a widower who was bringing up his three boys with a little help from Uncle Charlie.
"Lost in Space" took place far, far into the future (1997, to be exact) as the Robinson family struggled to find their way back to Earth after an interplanetary mission went awry. The show only ran from 1965 to 1968, but it has become something of a cult classic.
"Bonanza" aired for a whopping 14 seasons, finally calling it quits in 1973. The show followed the lives of rancher Ben Cartwright and his sons on the Ponderosa ranch.
If all of the Germans had been this clueless, World War II would have ended a lot sooner. In "Hogan's Heroes," Col. Hogan and his fellow POWs match wits with Col. Klink and his fellow officers, but it's not much of a contest.
Successful Manhattan attorney, Oliver Wendell Douglas, decides to give up the city rat race and buy a worn down farm in the weird town of Hooterville. His wife, Lisa, is less than pleased, but she stuck it out for the entire six-season run of "Green Acres."
"The Addams Family" starred John Astin as Gomez and Carolyn Jones as his wife, Morticia. The series featured a family whose interests veered toward the macabre, to say the least, and they were helped along by Uncle Fester and a giant butler named Lurch.
At 20 seasons, "Gunsmoke" was one of the longest-running series on network television. It took place in Dodge City, where Marshal Matt Dillon dealt with gunfights and cattle herding in the Wild West.
A boy meets a girl. The boy marries the girl. She brings her three daughters, and he brings his three sons. Laughter ensues. That's "The Brady Bunch" in a nutshell.
"My Favorite Martian" starred Ray Walston as a space traveler who gets stranded on Earth in Southern California. When Tim O'Hara rescues him, he can't very well tell people he's harboring a real live Martian, so he says he's his Uncle Martin. All is well unless Martin's antennae inadvertently go up.
Before he was J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," Larry Hagman played astronaut, Tony Nelson, on "I Dream of Jeannie." When he finds and releases a genie named Jeannie, he finds he can't get rid of her and she complicates his life enormously, but in delightful ways.
Billie Jo, Betty Jo and Bobbie Jo Bradley are the most beautiful residents of Hooterville on "Petticoat Junction," which debuted in 1963. They work at the family-owned Shady Rest Hotel with their mother, Kate, and their eccentric Uncle Joe.
Pete, Linc, and Julie were young people in trouble with the law. Instead of punishing them, Captain Greer recruits them as undercover agents who can blend in with people their own age, and they become the Mod Squad.
You wouldn't think you could milk a show about a talking horse for six seasons, but "Mister Ed" managed to do it. Wilbur Post is the only person to whom his horse, Mister Ed, will talk, but he manages to stir up trouble for a much wider range of people.
In the late 1960s, teenage girls all over the country raced home from school in order to watch "Dark Shadows." The campy horror/soap opera centered on the wealthy Collins family, whose estate was soon populated by witches, werewolves, vampires and cheap scenery that routinely fell down during the episode.
"Leave It to Beaver" debuted in 1963 and ran for six seasons. During that time, Wally made it through high school, Beaver got countless lectures from his father, and Eddie Haskell grew less sincere by the day.
"McHale's Navy" starred Ernest Borgnine as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, who commanded the crew of PT-73 in the South Pacific. The men are good at their jobs, but sometimes need to go rogue and blow off steam, much to the dismay of Ensign Parker, who's a by-the-book guy.
Welcome to Bedrock, home of the 1960 animated series, "The Flintstones." While Barney and Fred sweat it out at the rock quarry, Wilma and Betty are stay-at-home moms enjoying all the newest technology, like a woolly mammoth that serves as a shower and a camera that contains a bird that taps out the photo with its beak.
A DC comic book hero came to life in 1966 when "Batman" began its three-season run. The show was good campy fun as Batman and Robin kept Gotham City safe from all manner of criminal elements, employing a series of gizmos and the ongoing support of Alfred the butler.
"The Big Valley" starred Barbara Stanwyck as single mom, Victoria Barkley. She runs a large ranch in the San Joaquin Valley while also herding her adult children, including one who is the illegitimate son of her late husband.
The beloved comic strip, "Dennis the Menace," became a live action series starring Jay North as Dennis. He wore out his parents, Henry and Alice Mitchell, when he wasn't pestering next-door-neighbor, Mr. George Wilson.
"Car 54, Where Are You?" starred Fred Gwynne and Joe Ross as a couple of cops working a beat together in the Bronx. One was short and loud, the other was tall and smart, and they shared misadventures from 1961 until 1963.
Marlo Thomas starred as Ann Marie, a struggling actress trying to make it in New York City. She also had a writer boyfriend and a set of parents who worried about their little girl's safety in the big, bad city.
Jason, Jeremy, and Joshua Bolt are brothers running a lumber business in 1860s Seattle. When they have trouble keeping a crew together because the men are lonely, they bring in 100 young women who hope to find husbands on the new frontier in, "Here Come the Brides."
After his wife dies, Lucas McCain takes his son, Mark, to start over at a ranch in New Mexico, where uses his good sense and a quick trigger finger to help the local marshal keep the bad guys at bay. Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford were the lead actors.
"Hawaiian Eye," which ran for four seasons on ABC, followed the professional and personal lives of private investigators Tracy Steele and Tom Lopaka, owners of a Honolulu detective agency. Connie Stevens co-starred as photographer and lounge singer, Cricket Blake.