Can You Name These '60s and '70s TV Shows From an Image?

By: J. Scott Wilson
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From zany to contemporary issues, the shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s had to straddle the tastes of a generation that was changing the world while placating the generation that wanted good old wholesome fare. Don’t forget the kids were watching with the adults, so the show was better if it incorporated slapstick or one-liners. Just think about the diversity within the mere 4 or 5 channels available back then. From “Get Smart” to “All in the Family” from the silly to discussions of modern-day dilemmas, these TV shows covered the spectrum of entertainment. Were you a viewer of these shows? Which ones did you like best? See if you can recall them all by taking the quiz now. 

Which shows were you watching after dinner every night? Did you love to laugh watching the “Carol Burnett Show”? Or enjoy the ethical morals touted in “Bonanza”? How about some silly entertainment like “Bewitched” or the “Flying Nun”? Are you starting to smile remembering them all? You are bound to do better than the 94% of people who can't name these '60s and '70s TV shows from an image. Show us your smarts. Start the quiz now!

Bewitched was at its heart a zany family sitcom. However, the addition of witchcraft made for much broader comic possibilities, especially with Agnes Moorhead (and Shirley MacLaine) playing the mischievous mother-in-law!

We really, really liked Sally Field as Sister Bertrille, who was able to fly thanks to her huge starched cornette and slight build. The show ran for three seasons, but never cracked the top 30 in the Nielsen ratings.

This stupendously popular Western, led by Lorne Greene, managed to comment on a lot of modern-day social issues while delivering wholesome aw-shucks plotlines. Over its run, it dealt with racism in various forms, government overreach, women's rights and many other topics.

Divorce was just becoming to not be a taboo subject when "The Brady Bunch" premiered, bringing not just divorce but a blended family into the full spotlight. From footballs to the nose to driving lessons, the show tackled just about every hilarious aspect of bringing up kids and family life.

Norman Lear continued chronicling American life in a sitcom mold with "The Jeffersons." The couple, introduced as Archie Bunker's neighbors, went on to years of TV success.

Bob Keeshan's "Captain Kangaroo" was the king of live-action kid's TV for nearly three decades. Keeshan put on the Captain's suit more than 9,000 times over the show's run!

One thing that's missing from most of today's shows is a catchy theme song. "The Beverly Hillbillies'" song is still one of the most-recognized theme songs every written!

"Hee Haw" was a variety show for the burgeoning population of country-music fans. With an in-house cast including the legendary Roy Clark, recurring humor bits that got quoted the next day and everyone who was anyone in country music guest-starring, it was like "Saturday Night Live" with banjos.

Robin Williams burst into the public consciousness with this sitcom, which barely contained his manic energy. Things got even wackier when Jonathan Winters joined as Mork and Mindy's son.

Years before Larry Hagman chewed scenery as J.R. Ewing in "Dallas," he was married to Jeannie. Between managing her fish-out-of-water foibles and keeping her hidden, he rarely had a moment's peace.

Redd Foxx was already a legendary (and bawdy) standup comedian when this show premiered. With a mix of urban sensibility and slapstick, it ran for five seasons on NBC.

The spy genre was huge in the '60s and '70s, with Cold War tensions fueling the story fires. It was ripe for parody, and Don Adams' Maxwell Smart was just the laugh generator needed.

Unlike the highly polished talk and variety shows of today, "The Dean Martin Show" did everything in one take, with Martin adopting his usual slightly boozy, freewheeling persona. However, the highball glass in his hand was frequently filled with apple juice, not liquor.

"Monty Python's Flying Circus" might be the best collection of comedy talent in TV history, and it became even more popular on this side of the Atlantic than back home in Great Britain. The show, an inspired blend of slapstick, political humor and social commentary, spawned a series of movies.

For six seasons, Eddy Albert, Eva Gabor and Arnold the Pig milked the "fish out of water" school of comedy for country-flavored laughs. It was still drawing good ratings when it was canceled, but CBS was under a lot of pressure to have more "urban" programs, so a lot of country-themed programs were canceled.

Mike Connors and his chiseled jaw played the title character in this cop drama. It ran for an amazing eight seasons, and opened the door for a host of other cop shows.

Benny Hill was everyone's lewd old uncle, but he got a TV show. Every episode was a mix of sex, slapstick, sexy slapstick and a bit of political humor thrown in for good measure.

This show was one long comedy of morals and propriety. It embraced the essence of the '70s, with an aging landlord determined to get the dirt on what he was convinced was an apartment full of swingers.

This show did for cop shows what "Get Smart" did for spy shows. Over an eight-season run, it introduced us to unforgettable characters like Det. Fish (Abe Vigoda), who is now one of the most beloved internet memes.

Premiering in 1960, "My Three Sons" was still steeped in the "wholesome" values of '50s TV. Over a 12-year run, it evolved considerably, dealing with shifting social issues as the three sons grew up.

"Charlie's Angels" was a ratings bombshell with a bombshell cast. Rotating cast members (especially the early departure of Farrah Fawcett) drove fans away, though, and it didn't last long.

When Andy Griffith decided to leave his eponymous show, the supporting characters stuck around to create this spinoff. Andy made occasional guest appearances, but the show only lasted three seasons.

"Hogan's Heroes" made Nazis funny over its multi-season run. Endless escape attempts and a clueless camp commandant made for a rich comic landscape.

If you walked on any elementary school playground in the mid-'70s, you'd see boys running in slow motion making a weird "doo-doo-doo" noise. They weren't weird, they were just being the Six Million Dollar Man!

It should come as no surprise that the same man was responsible for this show, as well as "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Green Acres." The entire genre disappeared in the mid-'70s, with a skew toward more "urban" shows.

"Laverne and Shirley" spun off from "Happy Days" and went on to years of success. Penny Marshall (Laverne) is now one of the most highly regarded directors in Hollywood.

After the success of her show with Ricky, Lucy struck out on her own in this sitcom. It ran for six seasons, but never quite captured the ratings or fan base of her original.

Before he caught "Saturday Night Fever," John Travolta was just another one of Mr. Kotter's Sweathogs on this classic show. The theme song, "Welcome Back," has had a second life in numerous small NYC-set films.

"Dragnet" creator, Jack Webb, was also responsible for this cop show, which followed the two officers assigned to the titular police unit. It was pretty much a straight-ahead police drama, without much personal drama or outside plots.

The concentration of talent on this show was amazing, like a sitcom version of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players." Christopher Lloyd, who played mechanic Reverend Jim, went on to star in the "Back to the Future" movies, as well as playing a great Klingon in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."

The original version of the show ran for 12 seasons, and introduced the phrase "Book 'em, Danno" into the popular lexicon. The theme song, an infectious Hawaiian-tinged tune, is one of the top TV theme songs of all time.

Given its impact on pop culture, it might be hard to imagine that the original run of this show was only two seasons. Fun fact: Renowned voice actor and voice of Bugs Bunny, Mel Blanc, voiced Cosmo Spacely, George's boss.

Based on the book series, this series was a slice of wholesome frontier life. Star Michael Landon was like a surrogate father to the kids on the set, and the show still thrives in reruns.

With his ever-present cigarette, battered fedora and bedgraggled raincoat, Peter Falk's Columbo was the antithesis of the clean-cut TV detective. His "Just one more question" never meant good things for the object of the questioning.

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." That's just one of the many classic lines from this show, which brought Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap to the fictional airwaves.

Before it became the show that gave us "jumped the shark" as a metaphor for sitcom failure, this show ruled the '70s. A simple tale of a high school boy with a super-cool housemate and goofy friends who hung out at the local burger joint won Emmys and made stars of a lot of its young cast.

Ricardo Montalban brought an eerie smoothness to the role of island head honcho, Mr. Roarke. A reboot in the 2000s brought Malcolm McDowell to the role, but didn't quite catch on.

This naked grab at '60s coolness put together a multiracial, gender-equal squad of "hippie cops" to fight crime. It won a Golden Globe and ran for five seasons.

Setting a comedy in a military field hospital might seem like a silly idea, but it worked first for a movie, then for the long-running series. The series finale is still the highest-rated non-sports show of all time.

There have been a lot of famous sitcom butlers through the years, but Mr. French might be the best of all of them. In the show, he and swinging bachelor Bill end up caring for three kids, with hilarious results.

The tape might have self-destructed in a few seconds, but the show had legs. It evolved into a billions-earning movie series starring Tom "I do all my own stunts" Cruise.

This Emmy-hoarding comedy broke boundaries, tweaked stereotypes and infuriated bigots of all stripes. Carroll O'Connor made us love and hate Archie Bunker all at the same time, and made us look at our own prejudices.

This show lasted 17 seasons, and made the transition from black and white to color. Over the course of its run, six different dogs played the title role.

Before "Saturday Night Live," there was Carol Burnett, with a cast packed with comedy superstars and hoarding more than two dozen Emmys. At the end of every episode, she would pull her earlobe. That was a sign to her grandmother that all was well and she was fine.

Red Skelton made one of the most successful transitions from radio to TV with his variety show. It ran for two decades, mostly on CBS, although it began and ended its run on NBC.

Good Times broke new TV ground by showing a working-class black family dealing with everyday trials and tribulations. It wasn't a "black" show, but rather a family sitcom where the cast happened to be mostly African-American.

Here's a fun fact for you: Oscar the Grouch was originally orange, not green! If you look up clips online, you can see his first performance of "I Love Trash" in vibrant orange.

The opening of this show, narrated by the legendary Macdonald Carey, is not the only enduring thing about it. Not long ago, it celebrated its 12,000th episode!

For an astonishing 20 years, from 1955 to 1975, "Gunsmoke" ruled the TV Western roost. It won a boatload of Emmys, and is still played very frequently in syndication.

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