I was having a ball looking through the various lineups for prime time TV in the 1960’s (here, for example, is the 65-66 schedule), when I asked myself: which of these programs best captured the feel and spirit of the 1960’s? Which one(s) are unmistakably products of that wonderful decade?
There are many deserving candidates, but I won’t spoil it by listing examples except to say that I thought there were three that absolutely epitomized not just TV from the 60’s, but the 60’s themselves.
IMHO, they are
Batman and The Monkees each went a long way towards establishing what we’d now recognize as the look of the 60’s (well, at least, the peri-psychedelic 60’s), and the Man From Uncle, with its cool characters and nifty gadgets went an equally long way in the development of that 60’s paradigm, the “anti-hero”, and the fascination with technology, respectively (with Mission Impossible a very close second in regard to the latter). Of course, there’s a lot more to it than what I’ve briefly described, but I’m sure you get my point.
So, what do you think are the THREE quintessential 1960’s TV programs?