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TV Seasons


1965/66 – Bonanza was #1 on NBC Sunday, second year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1965 season; Patty Duke was cancelled in the third season.

Alternate Series:

Actuality Specials and Bell Telephone Hour was on NBC Sunday at 6:30 PM.

CBS Reports & News Hour was on CBS Tuesday at 10 PM.


To Tell The Truth celebrated ten years on CBS.

I’ve Got A Secret celebrated fifteen years on TV.

The Red Skelton Hour celebrated fifteen years on CBS.

Biggest New Hit: Holy, Batman! You’re #5 on ABC Thursday and #10 on ABC Wednesday. One of the greatest comic book heroes made a huge splash in the ratings with exciting villains - The Penguin, The Joker, The Riddler, Egghead, King Tut and The Catwoman. They couldn’t stop The Dynamic Duo at all. It was sure fun of trying their best. Some viewers thought Batman and Robin was a gay couple. In 1967, producers squashed the rumors by bringing in Batgirl as a love interest for Batman. Then again, Batgirl was a lesbian herself. She came out of the closet in 2006 in the comics. Hmm, we got to wonder about those gay rumors NOW!

Daytime: Ben Casey was on ABC weekdays from September 1965–March 1967.

Death: Alice Pearce died from ovarian cancer on March 3, 1966 in Hollywood. Two months later, she won a supporting actress Emmy for her Gladys Kravitz role on Bewitched. Her husband accepted the award on her behalf. Alice knew she had cancer before Bewitched started on ABC. She kept the illness a secret from her castmates.

Movies to TV:

Batman was based on the Batman movie serials from 1943 and 1949.

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies was based on the 1960 Doris Day movie.

Tammy was based on the 1957 Debbie Reynolds movie, Tammy And The Bachelor.

Name Change: Burke’s Law to Amos Burke: Secret Agent.

One Time Only: Honey West was on a Burke’s Law episode in April 1965, then spun off into a series.

The Return:

Robert Horton returned in A Man Called Shenandoah after a three-year absence. He was previously on Wagon Train. He vowed never ever to another western again after Wagon Train.

NBC revived Actuality Specials after a three–year absence. It was a summer series in 1962.

Simultaneous: Kay E. Kuter played Newt Kiley on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres for a numerous of years.

Summer Replacement:

The Continental replaced The Jackie Gleason Show for the summer.

Hippodrome replaced The Red Skelton Hour for the summer.

Vacation Playhouse replaced The Lucy Show for the summer.

Switch Networks:

Hazel went from NBC to CBS

My Three Sons went from ABC to CBS

TV History: The Flintstones finally ended after six years. It was the longest running cartoon till The Simpsons came along in December 1989.


All five seasons shows were cancelled this season. There were Ben Casey, Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr. Kildare, and Hazel.

Bill Cosby is the first black actor to have a starring role on a dramatic series, I Spy.

Both The Addams Family & The Munsters ended this season, lasted two seasons each.

The Big Valley was Lee Majors’ first series. His big success was The Six Million Dollar Man and The Fall Guy.

David Canary and Ruth Warrick joined Peyton Place. They later became costars once again on the daytime soap, All My Children. Ruth was an original cast AMC member till the day she died in 2005. David joined AMC in 1983 as the extremely popular, the evil Adam Chandler. The following year, David started to play the good twin, Stuart Chandler.

Tom Poston was the first choice to play Maxwell Smart on Get Smart. Don Adams was under the contract with CBS and got the show instead.

The Trials of O’Brien was Peter Falk & Dolph Sweet’s first series.

The Alan Burke Show was two hours, then it was one hour in the last season.

The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe replaced O.K. Crackerby a week later in January 1966. Neither series come back for a second season.

ABC killed three birds with one stone. The Long, Hot Summer premiered on Thursday at 10 PM. Burke's Law was cancelled in January 1966. The Long, Hot Summer took over Burke's old time slot on Wednesday at 10 PM to make room for the new show, The Baron, on Thursday. Neither The Long, Hot Summer and The Baron didn't survived in their time slot. The Long, Hot Summer last aired on July 13; The Baron was the next day.


1965/66 Fall Season

One Season (1965/66)

Actuality Specials – 1965–1968, NBC, documentary

The Big Valley – 1965–1969, ABC, western, Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

CBS News Hour – 1965–1971, CBS, documentary

The Dean Martin Show – 1965–1974, NBC, variety, Dean Martin

The FBI – 1965–1974, ABC, crime drama, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott

F Troop – 1965–1967, ABC, comedy, Ken Berry, Forrest Tucker

Get Smart – 1965–1969, NBC; 1969/70, CBS, comedy, Don Adams, Barbara Feldon

Green Acres – 1965–1971, CBS, comedy, Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor

Hogan’s Heroes – 1965–1971, CBS, comedy, Bob Crane, Richard Dawson

I Dream Of Jeannie – 1965–1970, NBC, comedy, Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman

I Spy – 1965–1968, NBC, adventure/espionage, Bill Cosby, Robert Culp

Laredo – 1965–1967, NBC, western, Neville Brand, Phillip Carey

Lost In Space – 1965–1968, CBS, sci-fi, Guy Williams, June Lockhart

Please Don’t Eat the Daisies – 1965–1967, NBC, comedy, Patricia Crowley

Run for Your Life – 1965–1968, NBC, adventure, Ben Gazzara

Wild Wild West – 1965–1969, CBS, western, Robert Conrad, Ross Martin


Cancelled TV Shows

Camp Runamuck – NBC, comedy, Dave Ketchum

Convoy – NBC, drama, John Gavin

Gidget – ABC, comedy, Sally Field

Hank – NBC, comedy, Dick Kallman

Honey West – ABC, drama, Anne Francis

The John Forsythe Show – NBC, comedy, John Forsythe

The Legend of Jesse James – ABC, western, Christopher Jones

The Loner – CBS, western, Lloyd Bridges

The Long, Hot Summer – ABC, drama, Edmond O’Brien

A Man Called Shenandoah – ABC, western, Robert Horton

Mr. Roberts – NBC, comedy/adventure, Roger Smith

Mona McCluskey – NBC, comedy, Juliet Prowse

My Mother the Car – NBC, comedy, Jerry Van Dyke, Ann Sothern

O.K. Crackerby – ABC, comedy, Burt Ives

The Smothers Brothers Show – CBS, comedy, Tom & Dick Smothers

The Steve Lawrence Show – CBS, musical variety, Steve Lawrence

Tammy – ABC, comedy, Debbie Watson, Denver Pyle

The Trials of O’Brien – CBS, drama, Peter Falk, Dolph Sweet

Wackiest Ship In The Army – NBC, adventure, Jack Warden


16 out of 35 new series SURVIVED for 1966/67

ABC – 3/10, The Big Valley, The FBI & F Troop

CBS – 5/9, CBS News Hour, Green Acres, Hogan’s Heroes, Lost In Space & Wild Wild West

NBC – 8/16, Actuality Specials, The Dean Martin Show, Get Smart, I Dream Of Jeannie, I Spy, Laredo, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, & Run for Your Life


Mid season shows

The Avengers – March 1966–1969, ABC, spy drama, Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg

Batman – Jan 1966–1968, ABC, fantasy, Adam West, Burt Ward

Daktari – Jan 1966–1969, CBS, adventure, Marshall Owen, Erin Moran

The Dean Martin Summer Show – 1966, 1967, NBC, variety, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin


Cancelled Mid Season Shows

The Baron – ABC, spy drama, Steve Forrest

Blue Light – ABC, spy drama, Robert Goulet

Continental Showcase – CBS, variety, Jim Backus

Court–Martial – ABC, drama, Peter Graves

The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe – ABC, comedy, Red Buttons

The Face is Familiar – CBS, quiz, Jack Whitaker

Guy Lombardo's Diamond Jubilee – CBS, musical variety, Guy Lombardo

Hippodrome c CBS, circus variety

The John Gary Show – CBS, musical variety, John Gary

The Kraft Summer Music Hall – NBC, variety, John Davidson, George Carlin

Mickie Finn's – NBC, music variety, Mickie Finn

NBC News Encore – NBC, documentary, Robert Abernethy

Preview Tonight – ABC, dramatic anthology, unsold pilots

The Sammy Davis Jr. Show – NBC, musical variety, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Summer Fun – ABC, comedy anthology, 7 episodes

Wayne And Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At... – CBS, documentary, Frank Shuster



The Alan Burke Show – Spring 1966–1970, syndication, talk, Alan Burke


Two Seasons (1964/65)

ABC Scope – 1964–1968, ABC, documentary/public affairs

ABC's Nightlife – November 1965–November 1966, ABC, talk

The Addams Family – 1964–1966, ABC, comedy

Bewitched – 1964–1972, ABC, comedy

Branded – January 1965–1966, NBC, western

Daniel Boone – 1964–1970, NBC, western

Flipper – 1964–1968, NBC, adventure

Gilligan’s Island – 1964–1967, CBS, comedy

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M. C. – 1964–1970, CBS, comedy

Hollywood Talent Scouts – June 1965–1966, CBS, variety

Man From U.N.C.L.E – 1964–1968, NBC, spy spoof

The Munsters – 1964–1966, CBS, comedy

Peyton Place – 1964–1969, ABC, soap

Shindig – 1964–1966, ABC, music

Slattery’s People –1964–1966, CBS, drama

Twelve O’Clock High – 1964–1967, ABC, drama

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea – 1964–1968, ABC, sci-fi


Three Seasons (1963/64)

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre – 1963–1967, NBC, dramatic anthology

Amos Burke: Secret Agent – 1963–1966, ABC, crime drama

The Danny Kaye Show – 1963–1967, CBS, variety

The Farmer’s Daughter – 1963–1966, ABC, comedy

The Fugitive – 1963–1967, ABC, drama

Hollywood Palace – Jan 1964–1970, ABC, variety

The Jimmy Dean Show – 1963–1966, ABC, variety

My Favorite Martian – 1963–1966, CBS, comedy

The Patty Duke Show – 1963–1966, ABC, comedy

Petticoat Junction – 1963–1970, CBS, comedy


Four Seasons (1962/63)

The Andy Williams Show – 1962–1967, NBC, musical variety

The Beverly Hillbillies – 1962–1971, CBS, comedy

Combat! – 1962–1967, ABC, drama

The Jackie Gleason Show – 1962–1970, CBS, variety

The Lucy Show – 1962–1974, CBS, comedy

McHale’s Navy – 1962–1966, ABC, comedy

Vacation Playhouse – July 1963–1967, CBS, anthology

The Virginian – 1962–1971, NBC, western


Five Seasons (1961/62)

Ben Casey – 1961–1966, ABC, drama

The Dick Van Dyke Show – 1961–1966, CBS, western

Dr. Kildare – 1961–1966, NBC, drama

Hazel – 1961–1965, NBC; 1965/66, CBS, comedy

Open End – 1961–1987, syndication, talk


Six Seasons (1960/61)

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

Candid Camera – 1960–1967, CBS, humor

The Flintstones – 1960–1966, ABC, cartoon

My Three Sons – 1960–1965, ABC; 1965–1972, CBS, comedy


Seven Seasons (1959/60)

Bell Telephone Hour – 1959–1968, NBC, music

Bonanza – 1959–1973, NBC, western


Eight Seasons (1958/59)

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

Rawhide – Jan 1959–1966, CBS, western


Nine Seasons (1957/58)

Perry Mason – 1957–1966, CBS, drama


Ten Seasons (1956/57)

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


Eleven Seasons (1955/56)

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western


Twelve Seasons (1954/55)

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

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

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety

Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color – 1954–1983, anthology


Fourteen Seasons (1952/53)

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

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


Fifteen Seasons (1951/52)

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

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


Seventeen Seasons (1949/50)

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


Nineteen seasons (1947/48)

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


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