TV Shows – 1960s

Arabian Knights, The

1 9 6 8 (USA) A regular cartoon segment of The Banana Splits Adventure Hour. Led by Prince Turhan and Princess Nida, this odd group of heroes did battle with the evil Bakaar to try to recapture Turhan's throne.      Bez, Fariik, and Raseem were the three magicians who assisted the royal duo through an array of(...)

Archie Show, The

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) Adapted from the comic book creation of cartoonist Bob Montana and John Goldwater, Archie and the whole gang from Riverdale High came to Saturday morning TV in the USA in the late 60s and stayed through various incarnations for almost 10 years. The Archie Show was the(...)

Armchair Theatre/Armchair Cinema

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 7 3(UK) 1 9 7 4 (UK) 457 x 60 minute plays Armchair Theatre was a long-running series of single episode self-contained plays and programmes which gained a reputation for gritty down-to-earth 'kitchen sink' dramas'. For many years, Armchair Theatre was an essential part of Sunday night viewing in Britain. Several(...)

Armstrong Circle Theatre

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 6 3 (USA) Narrated by a succession of hosts (most famously Douglas Edwards), this CBS show specialised in dramas based on true-life stories. The excellent series was seen every other Wednesday, usually at 10pm EST. A number of episodes had quite an impact . . . One programme dramatised(...)

Army Game, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) 157 x 30 minute episodes Debuting on ITV in 1957, The Army Game was British comedy at its best, very much in the style of Carry On films which were to start the following year (Indeed some of the Army Game cast developed into Carry On regulars). William Hartnell (who in time became the(...)

Arrest & Trial

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 4 (USA) 30 x 90 minute episodes A crime drama show in two parts that, in the first 45-minute section, saw Detective Sergeant Nick Anderson of the LAPD (Ben Gazzara) capture a crook and, in the second half, defence lawyer John Egan (Chuck Connors) attempted to get the(...)

Arthur and the Square Knights of the Round Table

1 9 6 6 (Australia) 39 x 25 minute episodes   The first Australian animation series to be successfully syndicated and sold overseas, Arthur had a distinctly British look and feel but was produced by Walter J. Hucker API (Air Programs International in Australia). Led by King Arthur, the pint-size hero, with his unlucky sidekick Sir Lancelot, and(...)

Arthur Haynes Show, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) 158 x 35 minute episodes After years in show business, Arthur Haynes achieved TV fame in 1956 with his infamous silent character Oscar Pennyfeather, a thick-skinned social menace and know-all. Nicholas Parsons watched on a monitor and provided a voice-over for Oscar's thoughts - all live(...)

As The World Turns

1 9 5 6 - Current (USA) 11,000+ x 30/60 minute episodes Set in the town of Oakdale, As The World Turns is one of the longest running daytime soap operas in the world. First broadcast on April 2 1956 - The Edge Of Night premiered on the same day - the series has the usual mix of deceit, love(...)

Ask The Family

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 8 4 (UK) Open to families of four (quite often teachers and their egg-headed offspring), Ask The Family was a surprisingly durable early-evening intellectual quiz show. Host Robert Robinson fired off a succession of riddles, mental posers and general knowledge questions, some directed to "children only", "mother and younger child", "father(...)

Astro Boy

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 6 (Japan) 51 x 30 minute episodes When his son is killed in a car crash in the year 2000, widower scientist Dr Boyton builds a robot, Astro Boy, for company. When he eventually realises the robot can not replace his dead son, Boyton sells the robot to(...)

At Last the 1948 Show

At Last the 1948 Show

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 6 8 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes This non-stop comedy sketch series from Rediffusion had David Frost as Executive Producer and starred John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman. The non-network programme was shown in the ITV London area and in some ITV regions. The comedy(...)

Atom Ant

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 26 x episodes Atom Ant was originally aired as part of The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show series on NBC, which featured Secret Squirrel, Precious Pupp (who hid his antics from the kindly Granny Sweets), Squiddly Diddly, Winsome Witch, and the Hillbilly Bears - the most ridiculous bears to ever come(...)

Avengers, The

1 9 6 1 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 161 x 50 minute episodes When The Avengers began in March 1961 it bore little resemblance to the flippant show we came to know and love - The quintessential British spy series set in a picture postcard Britain of castles, stately homes, village pubs and cricket greens. It(...)

Bachelor Father

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 2 (USA) 157 x 25 minute episodes Smooth John Forsythe starred as Bentley Gregg - a successful Hollywood lawyer and ladies' man who becomes guardian to his thirteen-year-old orphaned niece, Kelly, when her parents are killed in a car accident. Typical storylines involved Kelly trying to find Uncle(...)

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