1960s Sitcoms Viewing Guide

Our crack research team (consisting of me, myself and I) decided to take a look at where YOU could take a look at classic sitcoms from the 1960s.

I researched the primetime schedules from the 60s and put together a list of shows that have aired in syndication and/or on DVD. Note that I included some cartoons and the campy Adam West Batman series in this sitcom guide.

The table below shows where these shows are currently available for viewing (as of February 2014). The columns include Program Title (with a link to DVD releases), Diginets (national programming services carried by local TV stations), Cable/Satellite Networks and Streaming (Internet-based services like Hulu, Netflix).

Please note some shows may also air on broadcast stations, i.e. WFMY Greensboro NC still runs The Andy Griffith Show on weekday afternoons. These local airings are not included in this viewing guide…please check your local listings.

I hope you find this guide useful. Please contact me via Facebook with any errors or omissions.

Program Title w/DVD Link Diginet Cable/Satellite Streaming
The Addams Family This
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Retro
The Andy Griffith Show TV Land Hulu & Netflix & TV Land
The Ann Sothern Show
Bachelor Father Antenna
Batman Me
The Beverly Hillbillies Me & Retro
Bewitched Antenna Crackle
The Bill Cosby Show
The Bill Dana Show
The Brady Bunch Me Hallmark & TV Land CBS
Car 54 Where Are You? Me
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Dennis The Menace Antenna Hulu
The Dick Van Dyke Show Me TV Land Hulu & Me & Netflix & TV Land
The Donna Reed Show Me Hulu
The Doris Day Show Hulu & Me
Family Affair Me
The Farmer's Daughter
Father Knows Best Antenna Hulu
The Flintstones Boomerang
The Flying Nun Antenna
F Troop Me
The Gale Storm Show
The George Gobel Show
Get Smart Me
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Gidget Antenna
Gilligan's Island Me TV Land
Gomer Pyle USMC Me*
Good Morning World
The Governor & J.J.
Green Acres Antenna Hulu
Hazel Antenna
Here's Lucy Hulu
Hogan's Heroes Me
I Dream of Jeannie Antenna Crackle
I'm Dickens He's Fenster
The Jack Benny Program Antenna
The Jetsons Boomerang
The Joey Bishop Show Retro
Leave It To Beaver Me Netflix
The Lucy Show Hulu & Me
Make Room for Daddy** Me
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Me
Mayberry R.F.D.
McHale's Navy Antenna Hulu
Mister Ed Antenna Hallmark Movie Hulu
The Monkees Antenna
The Mothers-In-Law Hulu & Me
The Munsters Netflix
My Favorite Martian Hulu
My Living Doll Hulu
My Mother The Car Hulu
My Three Sons Me
The Patty Duke Show Antenna
Pete & Gladys
Petticoat Junction Me
Pistols 'N Petticoats
Please Don't Eat The Daisies
That Girl
The Real McCoys Cozi & Retro
To Rome with Love
Top Cat

*Not available in all markets
**Also known as The Danny Thomas Show

I’ll Take Rose Marie For The Win!

While doing my morning research, I discovered that Hulu is streaming classic episodes of The Hollywood Squares. Apparently they’ve been on there for awhile, but I never saw them until today.

Peter Marshall hosted the star-studded game show which aired on NBC daytime from 1966 to 1980. NBC also aired a primetime version in 1968, some episodes of which are airing on Hulu.

Among the regular celebrities appearing on the show: Charley Weaver (Cliff Arquette), Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Vincent Price, George Gobel and center square Paul Lynde. A weekly syndicated version aired in the 1970s and a number of revivals followed the NBC cancellation.

As of this writing, there are 20 episodes available to watch. Take a look by visiting Hulu.com

Classic TV Birthdays: February 5

Today’s classic TV birthday list starts with actress Barbara Hershey, who guested on classics like Daniel Boone, Gidget and Kung Fu. She was a regular on the 1966 western The Monroes, and later appeared on Chicago Hope and Once Upon a Time. Hershey, who turns 66 today, has also had roles in such big screen films as The Natural and The Right Stuff.

Screenwriter Michael Mann (Police Story, Starsky & Hutch, Vega$) is 71, entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari, makers of the first TV video game Pong) turns 71 and David Selby (Dark Shadows, Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road) is 73.

Also celebrating a birthday: Stuart Damon. The now 77-year-old actor is best known for his longtime role on the daytime soap General Hospital. He’s appeared on other soaps too, including As The World Turns, Days of Our Lives and Port Charles. Damon guested on shows like Naked City and Space:1999, and had starring roles in The Champions (1968 UK espionage series) and Yanks Go Home (1967 Britcom).

Classic TV favorites born today but no longer with us include actor-comedian Red Buttons (The Red Buttons Show, frequent guest on Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and The Tonight Show), producer Stephen J. Cannell (creator or co-creator of The A-Team, Baretta, The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings) and Norman Grabowski (guested on The Beverly Hillbillies, Batman, Fantasy Island).

John Carradine was also born this day. The veteran actor appeared in such big screen classics as The Grapes of Wrath and Stagecoach, followed by roles in a number of B horror movies. Carradine guested on a number of classic TV shows, among them BJ and the Bear, Bonanza, Lights Out, McCloud, The Rifleman and Starsky & Hutch. He played Herman’s mortician boss on The Munsters and also appeared on his son David’s 1970s adventure-western Kung Fu.

We have also lost a number of classic TV friends on February 5. Franklin Cover (The Jeffersons), Dean Jagger (regular on 1960s drama Mr. Novak, guested on Bonanza, Harry O, Medical Center, The Twilight Zone), Doug McClure (Barbary Coast, Checkmate, Overland Trail, Search, The Virginian) and Peggy Rea (guested on I Love Lucy and The Odd Couple, regular on the final few seasons of The Waltons, later on The Dukes of Hazzard and Grace Under Fire).

Today was also the day Thelma Ritter died. Ritter received several Academy Award nominations for her film work, and later guested on classic TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Wagon Train. Her first film role, although uncredited, may well be her best remembered. She played the stressed-out shopper in the 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street.