The Hippest Show on TV

by SweetHotAngel | created - 29 Dec 2010 | updated - 29 Dec 2010 | Public

For each year. These shows were the hippest in the prime time line-up of the networks. Some were hits and some weren't. Some were controversial. Some weren't. But these were the shows that it was hip to watch. I'm listing the top for each season, so the shows might have been hip in other seasons, just not the hippest because some other show was hipper.

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1. Actor's Studio (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. ... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Connelly, George Keane, Don Hanmer, Nancy Franklin

Votes: 54

ABC 1948/1949

2. Actor's Studio (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. ... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Connelly, George Keane, Don Hanmer, Nancy Franklin

Votes: 54

NBC 1949/1950

3. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,235

CBS 1950/1951

4. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,235

CBS 1951/1952

CBS 1952/1953

6. See It Now (1951–1958)

30 min | Documentary, News

This show was an irregularly scheduled hour long program that gave more complete coverage of issues. The show consisted of 'Edward R. Murrow (I)' sitting in the New York studio talking ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Howard K. Smith, Harry S. Truman, Richard Hottelet

Votes: 73

CBS 1953/1954

7. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.

Stars: George Gobel, Jeff Donnell, John Scott Trotter, Peggy King

Votes: 53

NBC 1954/1955

NBC 1955/1956

9. Twenty-One (1956–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Two contestants were placed in separate isolation booths. Each player in turn would be given a category and asked how many points, from 1 to 11, he wanted to risk. Points increased with the... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Barry, Charles Van Doren, Herb Stempel, Bill McCord

Votes: 35

NBC 1956/1957

10. Maverick (1957–1962)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Western

Bret and Bart Maverick are well-dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,613

ABC 1957/1958

11. Maverick (1957–1962)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Western

Bret and Bart Maverick are well-dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,613

ABC 1958/1959

12. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

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

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: 71,764

CBS 1959/1960

13. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

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

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: 71,764

CBS 1960/1961

ABC 1961/1962

15. 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: 8,834

CBS 1962/1963

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: 8,834

CBS 1963/1964

17. 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: 14,603

ABC 1964/1965

18. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)

TV-PG | Comedy, Music

Dean Martin hosts, with several celebrities as guests. There are musical acts and comedy sketches that break down comedy, racial, and sexual barriers all at the same time.

Stars: Dean Martin, The Dingaling Sisters, Ken Lane, Lou Jacobi

Votes: 1,148

NBC 1965/1966

19. The Monkees (1966–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Music

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith

Votes: 3,683

NBC 1966/1967

20. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1993)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,214

CBS 1967/1968

21. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1993)

60 min | Comedy

The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,214

CBS 1968/1969

22. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,586

NBC 1969/1970

23. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,586

NBC 1970/1971

24. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A working class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 14,050

CBS 1971/1972

25. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971–1974)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

A variety show with comedy skits and musical numbers, performed by a regular cast and special guests.

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Freeman King

Votes: 673

CBS 1972/1973

26. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971–1974)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

A variety show with comedy skits and musical numbers, performed by a regular cast and special guests.

Stars: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Freeman King

Votes: 673

CBS 1973/1974

27. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

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

Carl Kolchak is a reporter for a Chicago newspaper. Through more accident than design he ends up investigating homicides, many of which involve supernatural forces. Ultimately, rather than reporting on the crimes, he solves them.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 4,276

ABC 1974/1975

28. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 50,403

CBS 1975/1976

29. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 50,403

CBS 1976/1977

30. The Richard Pryor Show (1977– )

60 min | Comedy

An American comedy series hosted by comedian Richard Pryor

Stars: Richard Pryor, Jimmy Martinez, Edie McClurg, Robin Williams

Votes: 359

NBC 1977/1978

31. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

Votes: 11,655

ABC 1978/1979

32. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 50,403

CBS 1979/1980

33. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 50,403

CBS 1980/1981

34. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 50,403

CBS 1981/1982

35. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Martin Kove

Votes: 3,414

CBS 1982/1983

36. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, Martin Kove

Votes: 3,414

CBS 1983/1984

37. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two -undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida (USA).

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 23,412

NBC 1984/1985

38. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two -undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida (USA).

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 23,412

NBC 1985/1986

39. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two -undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida (USA).

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 23,412

NBC 1986/1987

40. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two -undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida (USA).

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 23,412

NBC 1987/1988

41. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two -undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida (USA).

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 23,412

NBC 1988/1989

42. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 176,343

ABC 1989/1990

43. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 176,343

ABC 1990/1991

44. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 256,765

NBC 1991/1992

45. Seinfeld (1989–1998)

TV-PG | 22 min | Comedy

The continuing misadventures of neurotic New York City stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his equally neurotic New York City friends.

Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander

Votes: 256,765

NBC 1992/1993