Do you know which lucky man struck bubblin' crude right in his own backyard? Remember who hosted the sci-fi anthology "The Twilight Zone"? And how long was that boat ride on "Gilligan's Island" actually supposed to take before things went off track? If you know the answers to these questions, you might have what it takes to earn a perfect score on this '60s TV character quiz!
Between 1950 and 1960, the percent of U.S. households with at least one television set increased from 9 to 90 percent. With so many millions of families tuning in to TV for the first time, producers had a wide-open landscape for trying all new kinds of shows, to see what would stick with viewers. That meant lots of variety on '60s TV, from mod detectives on "Get Smart" to happy families on "Dick Van Dyke" and "The Donna Reed Show," to silly sitcom characters like Gilligan or Jeannie.
The '60s also saw a trend toward full-length cartoons with extended story lines, such as the futuristic "Jetsons" or the Stone Age "Flintstones." A rural obsession that started in the late '50s also had its heyday during the '60s with series like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres" regularly winning their respective time slots.
Consider yourself a '60s TV fanatic? Think you can match characters like Barney Rubble, Arnold Ziffel or Hoss Cartwright to the show each appeared on? Prove it with this quiz!
Star Trek: The Original Series premiered on NBC on September 8, 1966. It ran for three seasons with a total of 79 episodes until June 3, 1969. It was followed by an animated series and multiple films.
The Andy Griffith Show was a sitcom created by Sheldon Leonard. It premiered on October 3, 1960 and continued for eight seasons with a total of 249 episodes. Its final episode was on September 6, 1971.
"Yes, Master!" I Dream of Jeannie premiered on September 18, 1965 on NBC. It starred Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman and aired for five seasons.
Bewitched was created by Sol Saks. Darrin Stephens was portrayed by actor Dick York who died in 1992 at the age of 63.
The Flintstones ran for six seasons from 1960 - 1966. The show was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and was the first animated series to air in a prime time slot.
The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS for nine seasons, from September 26, 1962, to March 23, 1971. Jed Clampett was portrayed by actor Buddy Ebsen.
Batman was a live action television series that aired from 1966 - 1968 on ABC. It was based off of the DC comic book character of the same name. Robin was his sidekick portrayed by Burt Ward.
The Addams Family was created by David Levy and shot in black-and-white. It aired on ABC for two seasons from 1964 - 1966.
Gilligan's Island was created by Sherwood Schwartz and aired on CBS from 1964 - 1967. Ginger Grant was portrayed by actress Tina Louise.
Bonanza was a western created by David Dortort and aired for 14 seasons from 1959 - 1973. Ben Cartwright was portrayed by actor Lorne Greene.
Get Smart premiered on September 15, 1965. It was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. Character Maxwell Smart was portrayed by actor Don Adams.
The Jetsons was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired from 1962 - 1963. It aired later in the 1980s with several new episodes. George Jetson's voice was performed by George O'Hanlon.
Dick Van Dyke was born on December 13, 1925. The Dick Van Dyke Show aired for five seasons from 1961 - 1966 on CBS.
Created by Jay Sommers, Green Acres aired for six seasons with a total of 170 episodes from 1965 - 1971. Oliver Wendell Douglas was portrayed by actor Eddie Albert.
Leave It to Beaver aired in black-and-white from 1957 - 1963. Theodore Cleaver was portrayed by actor Jerry Mathers.
The Munsters was created by Allan Burns and Chris Hayward. The show aired in black-and-white on CBS from 1964 - 1966. Herman Munster was portrayed by actor Fred Gwynne.
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was a sitcom created by Aaron Ruben. It aired for five seasons between 1964 - 1969. Sergeant Vince Carter was portrayed by actor Frank Sutton.
Hogan's Heroes aired on CBS for six seasons from 1965 - 1971. Colonel Robert E. Hogan was portrayed by actor Bob Crane who was murdered at the age of 49 in 1978. His murder remains unsolved.
Gunsmoke aired from September 10, 1955, to March 31, 1975, on CBS, with 635 total episodes. Kitty Russel, the red-haired saloon proprietress, was portrayed by actress Amanda Blake.
The Fugitive television series aired on ABC from 1963 - 1967. Dr. Richard Kimble was portrayed by actor David Janssen who died of a heart attack at the age of 48 in 1980.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was created by Ed Friendly and George Schlatter. It ran for six seasons with a total of 140 episodes from 1968 - 1973. It starred Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
Perry Mason aired on CBS from 1957 - 1966 for a total of nine seasons with 271 episodes! Della Street was portrayed by actress Barbara Hale.
The Wild Wild West aired on CBS from 1965 - 1969. James West was portrayed by actor Robert Conrad. Conrad was born on March 1, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois and retired from acting in 2002.
A British espionage series, The Avengers was created in 1961. It aired for six seasons with 161 episodes until May 21, 1969. John Steed was portrayed by Patrick Macnee.
Here's the story, of a lovely lady. Carol Brady was portrayed by actress Florence Henderson. The show aired on ABC from 1969 - 1974.
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends was created by Jay Ward, Alex Anderson and Bill Scott. It premiered on November 19, 1959 and ran until June 27, 1964. Rocky's voice was portrayed by actress June Foray.
McHale's Navy premiered on October 11, 1962 and was created by Edward J. Montagne. It ran for a total of 138 episodes over four seasons. Commander McHale was portrayed by actor William Bramley.
My Three Sons was a sitcom which ran for 12 seasons from 1960 - 1972. Steven Douglas was portrayed by actor Fred MacMurray who is also well known for his role in the 1944 film, "Double Indemnity."
The Monkees was a sitcom that aired on NBC from 1966 - 1968. It starred, of course, The Monkees: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.
Created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired from 1969 - 1970. Each episode was approximately 21 minutes long and Shaggy's voice was performed by Casey Kasem!
Hawaii Five-O originally aired from 1968 - 1980. It was created by Leonard Freeman and character Detective Steve McGarrett was portrayed by actor Jack Lord.
Mister Ed originally aired from 1961 - 1966. Character Wilbur Post was portrayed by actor Alan Young. Young was also the voice of Disney's Scrooge McDuck for more than 30 years.
Flipper aired on NBC from 1964 - 1967. There were 88 episodes over the course of just three seasons. It was created by Jack Cowden and Ricou Browning.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was created by Sam Rolfe and Norman Felton. It aired on NBC for four seasons from 1964 - 1968. Each episode was 50 minutes long.
Marlin Perkins was born on March 28, 1905. He passed away at the age of 81 in 1986. He was a zoologist whose show aired from 1963 - 1988.
Lost in Space was a science fiction TV series created and produced by Irwin Allen. Dr. John Robinson was portrayed by actor Guy Williams. The show aired from 1965 - 1968.
The Big Valley was a western created by A.I. Bezzerides and Louis F. Edelman. It aired on ABC from 1965 - 1969. Victoria Barkley was portrayed by actress Barbara Stanwyck.
Petticoat Junction was created by Paul Henning and Ruth Henning. It aired on CBS from 1963 - 1970. There were 222 episodes in total.
F Troop was a sitcom that ran on ABC from 1965 - 1967. Captain Parmenter was portrayed by actor Ken Berry. Berry was born in 1933 and began acting in 1954 until he retired in 2006.
Adam-12 was a police drama which aired on NBC from 1968 - 1975. Each episode was 30 minutes and Officer Pete Malloy was portrayed by actor Martin Milner. He was also well known for his role in Route 66.
The Saint was created by Leslie Charteris and starred Roger Moore as Simon Templar. The Saint aired for six seasons from 1962 - 1969.
The Rifleman was a western created by Arnold Laven. It premiered on September 30, 1958 on ABC.; It ran a total of 5 seasons with 168 episodes in total until April 8, 1963.
Marlo Thomas starred as Ann Marie in That Girl from 1966 - 1971. Thomas was born in 1937 and received her BA from the University of Southern California in 1959.
Kermit the Frog was created by Jim Henson. Henson performed Kermit's voice from 1961 until his death in 1990. Kermit's voice continued under the work of Steve Whitmire from 1990 - 2016 and is currently done by Matt Vogel.
Captain Kangaroo was a children's TV series created by Bob Keeshan. It aired for 28 seasons from 1955 - 1984. Bob Keeshan not only portrayed Captain Kangaroo, but also Mr. Pennywhistle.
The Flying Nun was created by Max Wylie and Harry Ackerman. It was based on The Fifteenth Pelican by Tere Rios. It ran for three seasons on ABC from 1967 - 1970.
Dragnet was an American television series based on the radio series of the same name. It ran from 1951 - 1959 with a revival series from 1967 - 1970. Sergeant Joe Friday was portrayed by actor Jack Webb.
Rawhide aired for eight seasons with a total of 217 episodes from 1959 - 1965. Rowdy Yates was portrayed by actor Clint Eastwood!
My Favorite Martian was a sitcom created by John L. Greene. It aired for three seasons from 1963 - 1966. Character Tim O'Hara was portrayed by actor Bill Bixby who was also well known for his role as Tom Corbett on The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
Mission: Impossible appeared on CBS from 1966 - 1973. Daniel Briggs was portrayed by actor Steven Hill.