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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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