What T.V Shows Were Your Favorite. . .

. . . during the 1960s?

For me, Bonanza ruled during the 60s. Ben, Adam, Hoss, Little Joe and later on towards the end of its run, Candy were my heroes. Sunday nights were the best night for me. I remember getting ready for bed early so I could be ready for lights out after I'd sit and watch Bonanza.

TV westerns were a big hit during the first half of the 60s. Bonanza, Wagon Train, Have Gun Will Travel, The Virginian, Rawhide and of course let's not forget Gunsmoke.

There was one western that didn't get much play, but I loved it anyway and that was Laredo.

Trivia question -- What soaps did Phillip Carey, Captain Parmalee [Laredo] and David Canary, Candy [Bonanza] play in some 40 odd years later?

And, still a spill from the 1950s Variety shows were a hit. In the 50s remember Ed Sullivan or Aurthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts?

During the 60s Variety shows were still big. Ed Sullivan seemed to run forever. I remember watching Elvis, and the Beatles. Later toward the end of the decade, a group of young Black Americans made their T.V debut: The Jackson 5.

What was better than Rowan and Martin's Laugh In or the Carol Burnett Show later on in the decade.

I especially liked Laugh In, although I didn't know or understand at that time, the show had an undercurrent of political activism -- slamming and poking fun at politicians and policies, all I knew was that it was funny.  

Still, who can forget Hazel, Perry Mason, Dr. Kildare, My Three Sons, Lassie, Dennis the Menace, Ben Casey, The Beverly Hillbillies, Lucy, Danny Thomas, Donna Reed, My favorite Martian, The Patty Duke Show, Bewitched, The Fugitive, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Munsters, Gilligan's Island, Batman, The Green Hornet, Hogans Heroes, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Daktari, Gomer Pyle, Lawrence Welk, The Dean Martin Show and many others.

During the 1960s, the time when Boomers were coming into their activist own, Star Trek, I Spy and Mission Impossible broke the Television color barrier and had Black Americans playing parts that weren't slaves, toilet cleaners, maids, or other house servants.

Star Trek had Lt. Uhura played by Nicelle Nicolas -- the Communications Officer of the Enterprise,  I Spy had Alexander Scott played by Bill Cosby -- Kelly Robinson's tennis trainer [secretly, they both were secret agents for the U.S government]  and Mission Impossible had Barnard "Barney" Collier played by Greg Morris -- Mechanical and Electronics genius.

No one can dispute the fact that the 1960 Baby Boomers broke ground in Music and Television and changed the face of our nation.

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60s Songs: Peace, Love, Civil Rights. . .

 The Beatles

The Supremes

One day you’ll be driving down the street listening to a radio station and "I love you yeah, yeah, yeah, I love you yeah, yeah, yeah" will croon from your radio Or, "stop, in the name of love, before you break my heart -- think it o-over" 

It could be a Beatles song or a Bob Dylan song or the Temptations that will  take you on a trip back to the days when your hair was long or  when you stood in front of your college’s admin building singing songs of protest.

Or you may have have marched  down some street and shouted “down with the establishment” or yelled “make love not war.”
Songs never die, they live on and on, wafting on the winds of time.

Yet these songs always seem to come back to remind us of how music has the power to change the landscape of culture or a lifestyle.

During the 60s:

The Beatles hit America and had girls screaming and tearing at their hair because “it’s been a long days night."

Bob Dylan knew that: “the answer my friend was blowin’ in the wind” 

Alice White knew that we had to : ”keep your eyes on the prize”

Charles Tindley knew that “we shall over come, some day”
More Protest Music

My fondest music memory was the Motown Sound. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops –- I could go on. They always sang about that one special person that they loved or wanted to love. Their songs seemed to make the listeners get all dreamy eyed and their hearts filled with hope.

More 60's Rock & Roll

But, today in this new millennium, the song that’s chasing it's tail through my mind: Edwin Star’s War -- “what is it good for, absolutely nothing, say it again!”

How well this still rings true.

**I feel like marchin'"**