Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details

Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details

by Vincent Terrace


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Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details by Vincent Terrace

By 1960, watching television had become the pastime of millions of viewers around the world. Week after week, audiences tuned in to watch their favorite programs and catch up with their favorite characters. During the 1960s, some of the most beloved shows of all time originally aired, including The Andy Griffith Show, The Fugitive, Get Smart, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Wild, Wild West. Even after these shows departed the airwaves, they lived on in syndication, entertaining several generations of viewers. Devoted and casual fans alike can probably remember basic facts about these shows—like the name of Rob Petrie’s boss on The Dick Van Dyke Show or the original captain of the USS Enterprise—but more obscure facts, like Barney Fife’s middle name, might be harder to recall.

In Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, Vincent Terrace presents readers with a cornucopia of information about more than seventy-five programs from the decade. For example, did you know that on The Addams Family, Lurch’s mother wanted him to become a jockey? Or that on The Avengers, John Steed had a pet dog named Freckles? Or that Patty and Cathy Lane of The Patty Duke Show had a distant cousin named Betsy Lane? These are but a few of the hundreds of fun and intriguing specifics contained within this volume. Shows from all three major networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC)—as well as select syndicated programs—are represented here.

This is not a book of opinions or essays about specific television programs but a treasure trove of the facts associated with each of these programs. From Mister Ed’s social security number to the zip code for Hooterville on Green Acres, readers will discover a wealth of fascinating information that, for the most part, cannot be found anywhere else. In some cases, the factual data detailed herein is the only such documentation that exists. Television Series of the 1960s is the ideal reference for fans of this decade and anyone looking to stump even the most knowledgeable trivia expert.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442268340
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 802,619
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vincent Terrace is a television historian for BPOLIN Productions, a film-TV production company. He has written more than thirty books, including Television Series of the 1950s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949 (Scarecrow, 2013), and Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. (2011).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Adam 12 1

The Addams Family 2

The Andy Griffith Show 8

The Avengers 13

Batman 19

The Beverly Hillbillies 22

Bewitched 27

The Big Valley 31

The Brady Bunch 35

Branded 40

Burke's Law 42

Captain Nice 45

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons 46

Car 54, Where Are You? 50

The Champions 53

The Courtship of Eddie's Father 55

The Dick Van Dyke Show 57

The Doris Day Show 62

F Troop 64

Family Affair 67

The Flintstones 70

The Flying Nun 73

The Fugitive 74

Get Smart 78

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 81

Gidget 83

Gilligan's Island 85

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 90

Corner Pyle, USMC 91

Green Acres 93

The Green Hornet 97

The Guns of Will Sonnett 100

Hawaii Five-0 102

Hazel 104

He and She 108

Hey Landlord 110

Hogan's Heroes 111

Honey West 115

I Dream of Jeannie 117

I Spy 121

The Invaders 122

Iron Horse 124

It Takes a Thief 124

It's about Time 125

The Jetsons 129

The Joey Bishop Show 130

Land of the Giants 134

Lost in Space 135

Love on a Rooftop 139

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 141

Mannix 143

McHale's Navy 144

Mister Ed 148

Mod Squad 151

The Monkees 154

The Mothers-in-Law 155

Mr. Terrific 156

The Munsters 157

My Favorite Martian 164

My Living Doll 167

My Mother the Car 169

My Three Sons 172

My World … and Welcome to It 177

National Velvet 178

The Patty Duke Show 181

Pete and Gladys 186

Petticoat Junction 187

Pistols and Petticoats 191

The Prisoner 193

The Roaring 20's 196

Route 66 197

The Saint 200

Star Trek 201

Supercar 204

SurfSide 6 206

Tammy 208

That Girl 210

Thunderbirds 214

The Time Tunnel 217

Voyage to Bottom of the Sea 219

Wendy and Me 221

The Wild Wild West 223

Index 227

About the Author 235

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