The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
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New TV Series 1961
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966).
Carl Reiner leads Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Mory Amsterdam, Rose Marie and Richard Deacon into one of the classics of Television sticoms.
Mister Ed (1961-1966)
Car 54 Where Are You? (1961 -1963)
Fumbling policemen Joe E. Ross, Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis screw up the Bronx. Gwynne and Lewis become the stars of The Munsters in 1964.
Hazel (1961 -1966) Shirley Booth knocks them dead.
Ben Casey (1961- 1966).
Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe Star.
The Mike Douglas Show (1961-1981).
The Defenders (1961 -1965) Courtroom drama starring E.G. Marshall in the defense of hopeless cases.
The Alvin Show
Series End 1961
This Is Your Life (1952-1961).
Peter Gunn (1958-1961).
You Bet Your Life - Groucho Marx (1950 -1961).
Television News 1961
Walt Disney changes the name of their Sunday evening show to The Wonderful World of Color and moves from ABC to NBC. Thisis the moment that color television came into its own with viewers now havinggood reason to spend the money for a olor set. A Zenith console, 23" sold for $575. It was not until 1966 that network television began broadcasting all color in primetime.
ABC's Wide World of Sports premieres.
NBC begins its long-running Saturday Night at the Movies premiers on NBC with Marilyn Monroe and How to Marry a Millionaire from 1953.
Newton Minow, chairman of the FCC makes the infamous speech calling television The Vast Wasteland. Criticizing the violence and frivolity of TV garnered him such ridicule in the industry that the sunken S. S. Minnow from Gilligan's Island was named for him. A statement from perhaps the most frivolous show of all time.
The Smothers Brothers appear on television for the first time on The Jack Parr Show.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - Franklin Schaffner, The Defenders - various episodes
Outstanding Continued Performance By an Actor in a Series (Lead) - E.G. Marshall, The Defenders
Outstanding Continued Performance By an Actress in a Series (Lead) - Shirley Booth, Hazel
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role By an Actor - Don Knotts, The Andy Griffith Show
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role By an Actress - Pamela Brown, Hallmark Hall of Fame: Victoria Regina
Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Humor - Bob Newhart Show (NBC)
Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series - Carol Burnett, Garry Moore Show
Most Watched 1961 - 1962
TV Guide Schedule 1961
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