1961 - The TV Series

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1. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 7,074

2. 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: 9,217

3. 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: 726

4. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Crime, 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: 365

5. 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: 506

6. Ripcord (1961–1963)

30 min | Adventure

A skydiver and a pilot, on their private airplane, are placed in unusual situations where their special skills and abilities are needed, leading them on exciting adventures from chasing dangerous criminals to performing difficult rescues.

Stars: Larry Pennell, Ken Curtis, Shug Fisher, Paul Comi

Votes: 134

7. A for Andromeda (1961)

45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes ... See full summary »

Stars: Esmond Knight, Patricia Kneale, Peter Halliday, Noel Johnson

Votes: 99

8. 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: 289

9. Whispering Smith (1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

Whispering Smith was a detective on the Denver, Colorado Police Department in the 1870s. This show took case histories from Smith's adventures. George Romack was Smith's partner and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Audie Murphy, Guy Mitchell, Sam Buffington, John Harmon

Votes: 142

10. 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: 66

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

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Sitcom featuring the zany Nijinsky of New York's finest.

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

Votes: 1,385

12. Hazel (1961–1966)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the Baxter family and their live-in maid, Hazel Burke.

Stars: Shirley Booth, Bobby Buntrock, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake

Votes: 1,475

13. Supercar (1961–1962)

30 min | Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the crew of Supercar, an amazing land, sea, and air vehicle, based at a secret laboratory in the Nevada Desert in 1961.

Stars: David Graham, Graydon Gould, Sylvia Anderson, George Murcell

Votes: 281

14. 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, June Allyson, David Niven, Oscar Beregi Jr.

Votes: 144

15. Hancock (1961)

25 min | Comedy

Comedian Tony Hancock stars, in this BBC situation comedy TV series, as Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, a down-at-heel comedian living in East Cheam.

Stars: Tony Hancock, Hugh Lloyd, June Whitfield, Gwenda Ewen

Votes: 147

16. 87th Precinct (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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: 125

17. 'Way Out (1961)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A new drama in the macabre genre was broadcast each week hosted by Roald Dahl.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Richard Morse, George Turner, Philip Coolidge

Votes: 139

18. Sir Francis Drake (1961–1962)

25 min | Adventure, Family

The adventures of Sir Francis Drake during the 1500's. Sir Francis is probably one of the most famous explorers of the high seas. The twenty six episodes of the series are about his ... See full summary »

Stars: Terence Morgan, Jean Kent, Michael Crawford, Milton Reid

Votes: 105

19. 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: 64

20. 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: 65

21. The Rag Trade (1961–1963)

30 min | Comedy

Fenner Fashions make women's clothing. It's run by Henry Fenner, (Peter Jones). Reg Turner (Reg Varney) is the downtrodden foreman on the shop floor. The machinists are all women lead by ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jones, Miriam Karlin, Reg Varney, Wanda Ventham

Votes: 71

22. The Asphalt Jungle (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Captain Gus Hornochek and Sergeant Danny Keller are members of a special force dedicated to eliminating criminal elements. Taking place in an unnamed Midwestern city, the two officers report to Commissioner Matt Gower.

Stars: Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, William Smith, Dallas Mitchell

Votes: 60

23. The Americans (1961– )

60 min | Action, War

During the American Civil War, two brothers fighting on opposite sides of the conflict.

Stars: Darryl Hickman, Richard Davalos, John McIntire, John Doucette

Votes: 56

24. Ghost Squad (1961– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

The adventures of the agents of Scotland Yard's secret undercover crime unit, dubbed "The Ghost Squad".

Stars: Anthony Marlowe, Claire Nielson, Michael Quinn, Neil Hallett

Votes: 50

25. 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: 60

26. 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: 48

27. Everglades! (1961–1962)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In this syndicated series, Lincoln Vail was a local law enforcement official patrolling the wilderness area in his airboat. He had frequent dealings with the local Seminoles and worked diligently to protect the wildlife.

Stars: Ron Hayes, Gordon Casell, Steve Brodie, Mala Powers

Votes: 59

28. 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: 50

29. 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: 36

30. Gunslinger (1961– )

60 min | Western

Cord, a gunfighter, works undercover for the local Army garrison Commander, trying to help keep peace in the territory.

Stars: Tony Young, Preston Foster, Midge Ware, Dee Pollock

Votes: 43

31. 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: 49

32. 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: 45

33. 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: 38

34. 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: 24

35. Shannon (1961–1962)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

George Nader is Joe Shannon, an insurance investigator for the Transport Bonding and Insurance Company, who is assigned cases by his boss Bill Cochran, played by Regis Toomey. The main ... See full summary »

Stars: George Nader, Regis Toomey, Jan Arvan, Kathie Browne

Votes: 29

36. King of Diamonds (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

John King, the two-fisted, globe-trotting chief of security for the world's diamond industry, travels the world battling jewel thieves and gem smugglers. Assisted by his young protégé, ... See full summary »

Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ray Hamilton, Joan Tabor, Gerald Mohr

Votes: 26

37. 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: 20

38. Father of the Bride (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Stanley and Ellie's only daughter Kay is getting married to Buckley Dunston. The wedding preparations turn the Banks household upside down with the dad wondering when things got so complicated.

Stars: Leon Ames, Ruth Warrick, Myrna Fahey, Rickie Sorensen

Votes: 20

39. Pathfinders to Venus (1961– )

30 min | Family, Drama, Sci-Fi

Returning from their unexpected trip to Mars the crew of MR4 intercept a distress signal from Captain Wilson, a U.S astronaut, and must change course for Venus to attempt a rescue in space.... See full summary »

Stars: George Coulouris, Gerald Flood, Graydon Gould, Pamela Barney

Votes: 17

40. Adventure Story (1961– )


About two young adventurers stuck on an island.

Stars: Margaretta Scott, Edward Woodward

Votes: 14

41. Westinghouse Playhouse (1961– )

30 min | Comedy

Nan, a successful Broadway star, marries Dan McGovern a widower. On their way home, Dan tells her that he had not told his two children, Buddy and Nancy, that he was getting married. Nan is... See full summary »

Stars: Nanette Fabray, Wendell Corey, Bobby Diamond, Jacklyn O'Donnell

Votes: 18

42. Tallahassee 7000 (1961– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

Special Agent Lex Rogers of the Florida Sheriff's Bureau travels the state to assist local police departments fight crime in their jurisdiction.

Stars: Walter Matthau, Wallace Rooney, Robert Sorrells, Rosemary Day

Votes: 16

43. The Pursuers (1961– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

Inspector Bollinger pursues criminals and scoundrels on the mean streets of London with the aid of his trusty German Shepherd dog.

Stars: Louis Hayward, Gaylord Cavallaro, Robert Gallico, Geoffrey Hibbert

Votes: 12

44. Acapulco (1961)

30 min | Adventure

Patrick Malone and Gregg Miles were Korean-war buddies who "retired" to a life as beachcombers in Acapulco. When they weren't lounging around or chasing women, they worked as bodyguards for... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Taeger, James Coburn, Telly Savalas, Whit Bissell

Votes: 16

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