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New TV Series 1961


The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961The 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. speaker


mr. ed 1961



Mister Ed (1961-1966)






Car 54 Where Are You? 1961Car 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 1962





Hazel (1961 -1966) Shirley Booth knocks them dead.






ben casey 1961



Ben Casey (1961- 1966).

Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe Star.





The Mike Douglas Show 1961


The Mike Douglas Show (1961-1981).







e g marshall The Defenders




The Defenders (1961 -1965) Courtroom drama starring E.G. Marshall in the defense of hopeless cases.





The Alvin Show
The Avengers
Bozo the Clown
The Dick Powell Show
Dr. Kildare
It's Academic
Kraft Suspense Theatre
The New Breed
Number Please
Westinghouse Playhouse
Whiplash (TV series)
Wide World of Sports


More on each new show of 1961 at Wikipedia

Series End 1961


This Is Your Life (1952-1961).

Peter Gunn (1958-1961).

You Bet Your Life - Groucho Marx (1950 -1961).



Television News 1961


nbc color peacock 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.



Wide World of Sports 1961

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 1961Newton 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.

The famous and catchy Teaberry gum ad of 1961

The Emmy's of 1961 - 1962


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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


1. Wagon Train
2. Bonanza
3. Gunsmoke
4. Hazel
5. Perry Mason
6. The Red Skelton Show
7. The Andy Griffith Show
8. The Danny Thomas Show
9. Dr. Kildare
10. Candid Camera
11. My Three Sons
12. The Garry Moore Show
13. Rawhide
14. The Real McCoys
15. Lassie
16. Sing Along with Mitch
17. Dennis the Menace
18. Ben Casey
19. The Ed Sullivan Show
20. Car 54, Where Are You?


TV Guide Schedule 1961


tv guide 1961


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The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


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