TV Shows – 1960s

Adam Adamant Lives

1 9 6 6 – 1 9 6 7 (UK) 29 x 50 minute episodes A time travel tale with a twist – Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant was an Edwardian adventurer who was betrayed by his female companion, Louise, and injected with an eternal life drug in 1902 and condemned to “die forever” by his(…)


1 9 6 8 – 1 9 7 5 (USA) 174 x 30 minute episodes Adam-12 was developed and produced by Jack Webb of Dragnet fame for NBC. It told the story of two uniformed LAPD officers roaming the city in their squad car. Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) was a senior officer who, at the start of(…)

Addams Family, The

1 9 6 4 – 1 9 6 6 (USA) 64 x 30 minute episodes The adventures of the seriously spooky and altogether ooky Addams family who live at number 0001 Cemetery Lane in suburban New York – right next door to an overgrown cemetery. The extended family include Gomez Addams, an eccentric cigar-smoking millionaire lawyer;(…)


A now forgotten alternative to the commercial break in the early days of British commercial television was the Advertising Magazine (or ‘Admag’) in which performers were allowed to extol the virtues of various products during the course of a generally vapid quarter-hour of chat. Jim’s Inn was the best-known example. The show featured Jimmy Hanley and(…)

Adventure Island

1 9 6 8 – 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 1140 x 30 minute episodes Adventure Island was designed for an audience of young (3 – 9 years of age) children and grew out of an earlier children’s magazine-style series, The Magic Circle Club. Produced from the Melbourne studios of the ABC, Adventure Island was immensely popular and screened(…)

Adventure Weekly

1 9 6 8 – 1 9 6 9 (UK) 13 x 20 minute episodes Five budding journalists set up a junior newspaper called the Adventure Weekly Peter (Brent Oldfield), Andy (Len Jones), Tubby (Ian Ellis), Swot (Frank Barry) and Fred (Elizabeth Dear) got involved in a whole series of adventures spread over 13 episodes which included capturing(…)

Adventures In Paradise

1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 2 (USA) 91 x 60 minute episodes Created by James Michener, this black & white action adventure series from ABC recounted the exploits of Korean War veteran Captain Adam Troy, now working on his own freelance boat the Tiki out of Papeete, Tahiti. Troy became involved in all kinds of(…)

Adventures In Rainbow Country

1 9 6 9 (Canada/UK/Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes 15-year-old Billy Williams and his younger sister Hannah lived with their mother Nancy (played by Lois Maxwell – Miss Moneypenny of James Bond fame) at a hunting and fishing lodge in Rainbow Country, a popular wilderness area of Northern Ontario, Canada. The lodge was built by(…)

Adventures of Garry Halliday, The

1 9 5 9 – 1 9 6 2 (UK) 50 x 25 minute episodes This children’s Saturday serial from the BBC starred Terence Longdon as dashing pilot Garry Halliday (pictured below left), with Terence Alexander as his faithful but dim friend and co-pilot Bill Dodds. Their sinister arch enemy, The Voice, was played by Elwyn Brook-Jones(…)

Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, The

1 9 5 2 – 1 9 6 6 (USA) 435 x 25 minute episodes This show originated on CBS Radio between 1944 and 1954, where it was originally known as The Ozzie Nelson – Harriet Hilliard Show. On the original radio show the kids were played by actors as opposed to Ozzie and Harriet’s real kids(…)

Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, The

1 9 6 5 (France/UK) 12 x episodes This adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel was a familiar sight on children’s television in the 1960s, being repeated a number of times after its 1965 debut. Made in France and dubbed into English, it told Crusoe’s story in full, even exploring his pre-shipwreck life through flashbacks which(…)

Adventures of the Seaspray

1 9 6 5 (Australia/USA) 32 x 30 minute episodes Widowed journalist Dan Wells (Walter Brown) is sailing the Pacific on his schooner Seaspray with his three children, Mike (Gary Gray), Noah (Rodney Pearlman) and Sue (Sue Haworth), assisted by their Fijian crewman, Willyum (Leoni Lesinawi). Lesinawi was a real-life police officer in Fiji but left the force to(…)

Adventures of Twizzle, The

1 9 5 7 – 1 9 6 2 (UK) 52 x 15 minute episodes Twizzle, a toy boy with a Wee Willy Winkie hat and extendable legs and arms, meets a new toy golliwog in the toy shop. The golliwog is intrigued by Twizzle’s legs and arms. The next day a bad-tempered girl enters the toy(…)

Airbase, The

1 9 6 5 (UK) 6 x 25 minute episodes A service sitcom written by the British-based American John Briley, drawn from his own experiences as a serviceman stationed in England. The series followed the would-be high-flying Squadron-Leader Heatherton who, although the commanding officer at RAF Wittlethorpe, more often than not found his time taken up(…)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

1 9 5 5 – 1 9 6 2 (USA) Although only 20 of the 300 episodes of this anthology of murder mysteries were directed by the Master of Suspense, he presented every episode – usually from some macabre setting, such as an electric chair or impaled on a pole like a scarecrow – signing off(…)

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