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TV Seasons


1960/61 – Gunsmoke was #1 on CBS Saturday, fourth year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1960 season; Riverboat was cancelled in the second season.

Alternate Series: Armstrong Circle Theatre and The U.S. Steel Hour were on CBS Wednesday at 10 PM.


I’ve Got A Secret celebrated ten years on CBS.

Red Skelton celebrated ten years on TV.

Biggest New Hit: The Andy Griffith Show was #4 on CBS Mondays; the show was aired after The Danny Thomas Show. Andy Griffith has the biggest hit of the year; it was his first series. Even Opie was adorable to watch. Every season, The Andy Griffith Show was in the top ten. His lowest ratings was #7 in 1961; his highest was #1 in his last season in 1967.

British Ties: CBS aired Danger Man from April–September 1961. Danger Man originally aired on ITV in British from September 1960–January 1962.

Daytime: The Texas was on ABC weekdays from October 1960–March 1962.

Movies 2 TV:

My Sister Elaine was based on the 1942 Rosalind Russell/Janet Blair movie.

National Velvet was based on the 1944 Elizabeth Taylor/Mickey Rooney movie. It was Liz’s first leading movie role that propelled her to movie stardom.

The Third Man was based on the 1949 Orson Wells movie. Orson reprised his role for the radio; Michael Rennie played Harry Lime in the series.

Whispering Smith was based on the 1948 Alan Ladd movie.

My Three Sons Tidbits:

The 1960–65 ABC episodes was filmed in B/W; the 1965–72 CBS episodes was in color. The B/W episodes are rarely seen today.

William Frawley was supposed to be the star of “My Three Nieces;” but the network changed the premise of the show to My Three Sons and Fred MacMurray became the star instead. Ironically, when William left the series in 1965, due to poor health, he accused William Demarest, his TV brother, of stealing his job.

Don Grady (Don Agrati) was on The Mickey Mouse Club just for one year, the third season. His TV brother, Tim Considine was on the show too, but not as a Mouseketeer; he played Spin on “The Adventures of Spin and Marty,” and Frank on “The Hardy Boys,” the TV shorts on The Mickey Mouse Club. Don appeared in an uncredited role on Spin & Marty.

Fred McMurray and Tim Considine appeared in the 1959 hit Walt Disney movie, The Shaggy Dog. Tim’s costar, Tommy Kirk, played his brother on The Hardy Boys on The Mickey Mouse Club. Tommy was Fred’s son on The Shaggy Dog.

In later years, the family grew so much that not all characters was in that week’s episode; different characters took the spotlight each week.

Tim Considine quit the show in 1965, leaving just two sons. Hey, what to do with the title, My Three Sons? Well, the producers brainstormed; Steve Douglas adopted his “third” orphaned son, Ernie Thompson Douglas, played by Barry Livingston, who was Stanley‘s real brother. Stan was Chip Douglas.

Ironically, Robbie had three sons – triplets – with his wife, Katie. His three sons were Steve Douglas Jr., Charley Douglas and Robbie Douglas II. What a shame! No one wants to remember Uncle Bud! Charley? Come on!

Fred MacMurray played two roles in the last season; he played Steve’s cousin, Fergus McBain Douglas. Fergus was in search of a wife.

You’re In The Picture was one of the biggest flops in TV history and in Jackie Gleason’s career. It was a very good thing that Keenan Wynn injured himself on the day of the premiere. The injury saved his career! The following week, Jackie apologized for the fiasco.

Name Change:

The Aquanauts to Malibu Run in February 1961.

The Comedy Spot to Comedy Spotlight

Mr. Garlund to The Garlund Touch in November 1960.

Phillies Jackpot Bowling to Jackpot Bowling with Milton Berle.

Shirley Temple's Storybook to The Shirley Temple Show.

You Bet Your Life to The Groucho Show.

Wednesday Night Fights to The Fight Of The Week.

Original Run:

The Outlaws was on NBC Thursday at 7:30 PM for two years.

Pete And Gladys was on CBS Monday at 8 PM for two years.

Original Title: The Flintstones was going to be called The Flagstones. Hanna-Barbera changed their mind to avoid confusion with the popular comic strip, Hi And Lois; their last name was Flagstons. For a brief period, it was The Gladstones till they settled upon The Flintstones name.

Radio: The Third Man was on the radio in syndication from 1950–1951 with Orson Welles.


CBS aired reruns of the 1959 series, Brenner, in the summer of 1961, 1962 and 1964. There was also ten new episodes mixed in with the reruns in 1964.

CBS aired reruns of The Chevy Mystery Show under the name of Sunday Mystery Hour in the summer.

Frontier Justice shown reruns of Zane Grey Theater episodes for the summer on CBS.

The Return:

ABC revived The Walter Winchell Show. It only lasted for six weeks.

CBS revived Frontier Justice after a year absence.

William Frawley returned in My Three Sons after a three-year absence. He was best known as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy in the early 1950‘s.

ABC revived Naked City after a year absence. This time, it was a one hour series.

Simultaneous: Bea Benaderet was on The Flintstones and Peter Loves Mary. I bet it was confusing for Bea for a little while. She was Wilma on Peter Loves Mary; she was Betty on The Flintstones.

Spin Off:

The Andy Griffith Show from Make Room For Daddy; the pilot was shown on Danny’s show on February 15, 1960. Andy Griffith arrested Danny for passing a stop sign. Danny thought there was no crossroad. Coincidence, Sheldon Leonard was the producer of both shows.

Pete And Gladys from December Bride, the viewers finally meet Gladys in person in the spin off; she was always heard about and not seen on December Bride, which Pete described her as a nagging terror. Really, Gladys was a likeable character. Pete was so popular that Harry Morgan got his own spin off after December Bride went off the air in 1960. Even Verna Feldon was on the show for the first season; she played the same December Bride character, Hilda Crocker.

Surfside Six from Bourbon Street Beat, Ken Madison moved to Miami Beach; the detective agency was set on the boat.

Summer Replacement:

Comedy Spotlight replaced The Red Skelton Show for the summer.

Frontier Justice replaced Zane Grey Theater for the summer.

Great Ghost Tales replaced The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford for the summer.

Kraft Mystery Theater replaced Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall for the summer.


Frances Bavier and Andy Griffith didn’t get along on the show, despite of the loving relationship between the characters - Andy Taylor and Aunt Bee. Andy Griffith himself said, "There was just something about me she did not like." On her deathbed, she reportedly regretted it.

The Andy Griffith Show was Ron Howard’s first series. He later brought Happy Days to many ABC viewers in the 1970’s. Ron changed gears and became a very successful movie director. He didn’t forget of where he came from. He was in the Andy Griffith reunion movie in 1986 on NBC. The old gang was all there in Return To Mayberry, except Aunt Bee. She passed on to the great blue yonder in the sky.

There were no black people in Mayberry. Hey, Andy, what happened to the black people? Oprah Winfrey wants to know! Call her. Call her NOW. Call her like this moment in time. Call her please! Andy Griffith was Oprah’s favorite show.

Ranald MacDougall created Westinghouse Playhouse for his wife, Nanette Fabray, somewhat based on her life.

The Jackie Gleason Show replaced You're In The Picture after one episode. Jackie apologized to the nationwide audience for the quiz show failure on the debut episode of The Jackie Gleason Show.

Stagecoach West was Wayne Rogers’ first series; it only last a season. He had greater success on M*A*S*H in 1972.

Peter Lind Hayes & Mary Healy, a real life couple, starred in a failed sitcom, Peter Loves Mary. Interesting note: They lived in Oakdale, a well-known soap city on As The World Turns.

Would you believed Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble smoked Winston cigarettes? Of course, they did. Winston was The Flintstones’ sponsor for the first few seasons. Their wives was mowing the lawn and beating the dust out of a rug while they smoked behind the house. There’s no wonder the kids smoke too young! Have a Yabba Dabba...cough, cough...Do smoking good time!

Milton Berle was the host in the last season of Jackpot Bowling. It was called Jackpot Bowling with Milton Berle.

Luke Perry was the name of a character on Stagecoach West; Luke Perry, the actor, starred in the hit Fox show, Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990–1995, 1998–2000.

The Tall Man was about the real life characters, Billy The Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett, in fictionalized stories of their adventures. In reality, they were friends till Pat was elected as sheriff of Lincoln County. Of course, Billy The Kid became his #1 foe.

OMG! Old Yeller didn’t die at all. Tommy Kirk must kill him on The Westerner! Tommy boy, you better hold back the tears. You already cried over him once. I don’t have enough Kleenex for the both of us. Wah! Wah!

Riverboat last aired on January 16, 1961. A week later, The Americans took it spot on NBC Monday. The Americans didn't make it to a second season.

Whispering Smith supposed to start in 1959 fall schedule. Guy Mitchell suffered a broken shoulder after seven episodes was completed. The series was postponed till May 1961.

The Asphalt Jungle replaced The Islanders on ABC Sunday. Both didn't make it to a second season. They were no match for the top 10 shows, The Jack Benny Show and Candid Camera, on CBS.

Viewer Response: The Law and Mr. Jones was cancelled in the first season. Thousands of angry letters went to ABC. The series was back on ABC the following April. The viewers didn't increase. Once again, ABC cancelled the series in October.

1960/61 Fall Season

One Season (1960/61)

The Andy Griffith Show – 1960–1968, CBS, comedy, Andy Griffith, Ronny Howard

The Bugs Bunny Show – 1960–1962, ABC, cartoon, Dick Coughlan

Candid Camera – 1960–1967, CBS, humor, Allen Funt

Checkmate – 1960–1962, CBS, mystery, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot

Expedition – 1960–1962, ABC, wildlife, Col. John D. Craig

Eyewitness To History – 1960–1963, CBS, news analysis, Charles Kuralt

Fight of the Week – 1960–1964, ABC, sports, boxing, Don Dunphy

The Flintstones – 1960–1966, ABC, cartoon, Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Bea Benaderet

The Law and Mr. Jones – 1960/61, 1962, ABC, legal drama, James Whitmore

Make That Spare – 1960–1964, ABC, sports, Johnny Johnston

Matty's Funday Funnies – 1960–1963, ABC; cartoon

My Three Sons – 1960–1965, ABC; 1965–1972, CBS, comedy, Fred MacMurray, William Frawley

Naked City – 1960–1963, ABC, crime drama

National Velvet – 1960–1962, NBC, adventure, Lori Martin, Ann Doran

The Outlaws – 1960–1962, NBC, western, Barton MacLane

Pete & Gladys – 1960–1962, CBS, comedy, Harry Morgan, Cara Williams, Gale Gordon

The Roaring Twenties – 1960–1962, ABC, drama, Rex Reason

Route 66 – 1960–1964, CBS, adventure, Martin Milner, George Maharis

Surfside Six – 1960–1962, ABC, detective drama, Van Williams

The Tall Man – 1960–1962, NBC, western, Clu Gulager, Barry Sullivan

Thriller – 1960–1962, NBC, suspense anthology, Boris Karloff


Cancelled TV shows

Aquanauts – CBS, adventure, Keith Larson

The Barbara Stanwyck Show – NBC, dramatic anthology, Barbara Stanwyck

Bringing Up Buddy – CBS, comedy, Frank Aletter

Dan Raven – NBC, police drama, Skip Homeier

Dante – NBC, mystery adventure, Howard Duff

Guestward Ho! – ABC, comedy, Joanne Dru

Harrigan and Son – ABC, comedy, Pat O’Brien

Hong Kong – ABC, adventure, Rod Taylor

The Islanders – ABC, adventure, William Reynolds

Klondike – NBC, adventure, Ralph Taeger

Michael Shayne – NBC, detective drama, Richard Denning

Mr. Garlund – CBS, adventure, Charles Quinlivan

My Sister Eileen – CBS, comedy, Elaine Stritch

The Nation's Future – NBC, debate, LIVE

Peter Loves MaryNBC, comedy, Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy

Presidential Countdown – CBS, political, Walter Cronkite

Stagecoach West – ABC, western, Wayne Rogers

The Tab Hunter Show – NBC, comedy, Tab Hunter

The Tom Ewell Show – CBS, comedy, Tom Ewell

The Walter Winchell Show – ABC, news/commentary, Walter Winchell

The Westerner – NBC, western, Brian Keith, John Dehner

The Witness – CBS, courtroom anthology, Verne Collett


21 out of 43 new series SURVIVED for 1961/62

ABC – 11/16, The Bugs Bunny Show, Expedition, Fight of the Week, The Flintstones, The Law and Mr. Jones, Make That Spare, Matty's Funday Funnies, My Three Sons, Naked City, The Roaring Twenties and Surfside Six

CBS – 6/13, The Andy Griffith Show, Candid Camera, Checkmate, Eyewitness To History, Pete & Gladys and Route 66

NBC – 4/14, National Velvet, The Outlaws, The Tall Man and Thriller


Mid season shows

CBS Reports – January 1961–1971, CBS; documentary

Focus On America – 1961–1963, ABC, documentary

Kraft Mystery Theater – 1961–1963, NBC, dramatic anthology, Frank Gallop

Purex Summer Specials – July 1961–1963, NBC, anthology

Sing Along With Mitch – Jan 1961–1964, NBC, variety, Mitch Miller


Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Acapulco – NBC, adventure, Telly Savalas

The Americans – NBC, civil war drama, Darryl Hickman

The Asphalt Jungle – ABC, police drama, Jack Warden

Danger Man – CBS, international intrigue, Patrick McGoohan

Editor's Choice – ABC, news analysis, Fendall Yerxa

Five Star Jubilee – NBC, musical variety, Tex Ritter

Frontier Justice – CBS, western anthology, reruns, Ralph Bellamy

Glenn Miller Time – CBS, music, LIVE, Johnny Desmond

Great Ghost Tales – NBC, occult anthology, LIVE

Gunslinger – CBS, western, Tony Young

Holiday Lodge – CBS, comedy, Johnny Wayne

The Jackie Gleason Show – CBS, talk, Jackie Gleason

One Happy Family – NBC, comedy, Dick Sergant

The Summer Sports Spectacular – CBS, sports anthology, Bud Palmer

Way Out – CBS, dramatic anthology, Roald Dahl

Westinghouse Playhouse – NBC, comedy, Nanette Fabray

Westinghouse Preview Theatre – NBC, comedy anthology

Whispering Smith – NBC, western/detective, Audie Murphy

Winston Churchill–The Valiant Years – ABC, documentary, Richard Burton

You’re In The Pictures – January 20, 1961, CBS, game, 1 episode, Jackie Gleason



The Blue Angels – syndication, adventure, Dennis Cross

Mr. Ed – January 1961, Syndication; 1961–1965, CBS, comedy, Alan Young

The Third Man – 1960–1962, syndication, intrigue, Jonathan Harris


Two Seasons (1959/60)

Adventures in Paradise – 1959–1962, ABC, adventure

Bell Telephone Hour – 1959–1968, NBC, music

Bonanza – 1959–1973, NBC, western

Comedy Spotlight – 1960–1962, CBS, comedy anthology

Dennis The Menace – 1959–1963, CBS, comedy

The Deputy – 1959–1961, NBC, western

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor – 1959–1961, ABC; 1961/62, NBC, crime drama

The DuPont Show with June Allyson – 1959–1961, CBS, dramatic anthology

Happy –June 1960–1961, NBC, comedy

Hawaiian Eye – 1959–1963, ABC, drama

Hennessey – 1959–1962, CBS, comedy/drama

Laramie – 1959–1963, NBC, western

Lock Up – 1959–1961, syndication, crime drama

Manhunt – 1959–1961, syndication, crime drama

Many Loves of Dobie Gillis – 1959–1963, CBS, comedy

Riverboat – 1959–1961, NBC, adventure

Shotgun Slade – 1959–1961, syndication, western

Silents Please – August 1960–1961, ABC, silent movies

The Spike Jones Show – August 1960–1961, CBS, comedy/variety

The Third Man – 1959–1962, syndication, intrigue

The Twilight Zone – 1959–1965, CBS, anthology

The Untouchables – 1959–1963, ABC, crime drama


Three Seasons (1958/59)

The Ann Sothern Show – 1958–1961, CBS, comedy

Bat Masterson – 1958–1961, NBC, western

Bronco – 1958–1962, ABC, western

The Donna Reed Show – 1958–1966, ABC, comedy

The Garry Moore Show – 1958–1964, CBS, variety

The Lawman – 1958–1962, NBC, western

Jackpot Bowling with Milton Berle – January 19591961, NBC, sports

Peter Gunn – 1958–1961, NBC, detective drama

Rawhide – January 1959–1966, CBS, western

The Rifleman – 1958–1963, ABC, western

77 Sunset Strip – 1958–1964, ABC, drama

The Shirley Temple Show – January 1959–1960, ABC; 1960/61, NBC, children’s anthology

Take A Good Look – 1959–1961, ABC, quiz

Wanted: Dead or Alive – 1958–1961, CBS, western


Four Seasons (1957/58)

Bachelor Father – 1957–1959, CBS; 1959–1961, NBC; 1961/62, ABC; comedy

Have Gun, Will Travel – 1957–1963, CBS, western

It Could Be You – July 1958–1961, NBC, audience participation

Leave It To Beaver – 1957/58, CBS; 1958–1963, ABC, comedy

Perry Mason – 1957–1966, CBS, drama

Maverick – 1957–1962, ABC, western

The Price Is Right – 1957–1963, NBC; 1963/64, ABC, game

The Real McCoys – 1957–1962, ABC; 1962/63, CBS, comedy

Sea Hunt – January 1958–1961, syndication, adventure

Sugarfoot – 1957–1961, ABC, western

Wagon Train – 1957–1962, NBC; 1962–1965, ABC, western


Five Seasons (1956/57)

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre – 1956–1961, CBS, western anthology

The Dinah Shore Show – 1956–1963, NBC, variety

Playhouse 90 – 1956–1961, CBS, dramatic anthology

Tales Of Wills Fargo – March 1957–1962, NBC, western

To Tell The Truth – December 1956–1967, CBS, game


Six Seasons (1955/56)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents – 1955–1960, CBS; 1960–1962, NBC; 1962–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, suspense anthology

Cheyenne – 1955–1963, ABC, western

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp – 1955–1961, ABC, western


Seven Seasons (1954/55)

Father Knows Best reruns – 1960–1962, CBS; 1962/63, ABC, comedy

Lassie – 1954–1971, CBS; 1971–1974, Syndication, adventure

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1954–1971, ABC, music

People are Funny – 1954–1961, NBC, quiz

The Jack Paar Show – July 1957–1962, NBC, talk/variety

Walt Disney Presents – 1954–1983, anthology


Eight Seasons (1953/54)

The Danny Thomas Show – 1953–1957, ABC; 1957–1965, CBS, comedy

The Loretta Young Show – 1953–1961, NBC, dramatic anthology

Person to Person – 1953–1961, CBS, interview

U.S. Steel Hour – 1953–1955, ABC; 1955–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE


Nine Seasons (1952/53)

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – 1952–1966, ABC, comedy

Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology

General Electric Theater – February 1953–1962, CBS, dramatic anthology

This Is Your Life – 1952–1961, NBC, testimonial


Ten Seasons (1951/52)

I’ve Got A Secret – June 1952–1967, CBS, game

The Red Skelton Show – 1951–1953, NBC; 1953–1970, CBS, 1970/71, NBC; variety


Eleven Seasons (1950/51)

The Groucho Show – 1950–1961, NBC, quiz

The Jack Benny Show – 1950–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, comedy


Twelve Seasons (1949/50)

Armstrong Circle Theatre – June 1950–1957, NBC; 1957–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology

What’s My Line? – February 1950–1967, CBS, game


Thirteen seasons (1948/49)

The Perry Como Show – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS, 1955–1963, NBC, variety

Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview


Fourteen seasons (1947/48)

The Ed Sullivan Show – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety


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