60 TV shows you probably aren’t watching – but should (2023)

Abbott Elementary

Quinta Brunson’s irresistible mockumentary-style sitcom follows the beleaguered teachers of an underfunded Philadelphia school. The whole cast is tremendous, but Janelle James is the ultimate scene-stealer as the self-obsessed, social media-savvy principal Ava. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Disney+)


Roughly inspired by the comic film How to Be a Latin Lover, Acapulco hits that Ted Lasso/Schitt’s Creek feel-good sweet spot. It’s set at a luxury Mexican resort in the 1980s, where wide-eyed staffer Maximo chases wealth – and the girl of his dreams. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Apple TV+)

The Afterparty

Following a murder at a high school reunion, different characters shares their perspectives – in the form of genre spoofs for each episode of this inventive whodunit, from action movie to animation, musical and thriller. The sparky cast includes Tiffany Haddish and Dave Franco. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Apple TV+)


Originally a Radio 4 drama set in Oslo, this crime drama about a marine homicide unit has been transported to Glasgow – although Nicola Walker’s Annika Strandhed is still Norwegian, and still a wry presence, whether dealing with corpses or her stroppy teenage daughter. (Where to watch: Season 1 on NOW)


In the “discourse” about whether HBO’s The Last Of Us was the greatest-ever video game adaptation, Arcane was unfairly ignored. Based on the League Of Legends online beat ‘em up, it’s an animated steampunk thriller about two sisters – Jinx and Vi – who end up on opposite sides of a struggle for power in a richly-imagined fantasy universe. (Where to watch: season 1 on Netflix)


This Bill Hader-starring black comedy has grown ever murkier over its gripping three seasons (the fourth and final season begins on April 16). Hader plays a dissatisfied hitman who finds new purpose in an acting class (run by Henry Winkler’s eccentric coach), but who can’t escape his violent past. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on Amazon Prime Video, Sky)

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Behind Her Eyes

You’ll have to go far and wide to find a drama as bonkers as this eye-swivelling adaptation of Sarah Pinborough’s supernatural thriller. Simona Brown plays a single mum drawn into a web of forbidden love with her new boss (Tom Bateman) – and his creepily passive wife (Eve Hewson). Silly fun and worth staying with for a twist that will have you hooting aloud. (Where to watch: season 1 on Netflix)

The Chair

Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh swaps assassins for infighting and identity politics in academia. She plays the newly appointed chair of a prestigious university English department, but when her colleague does a mock Nazi salute during a lecture, a cancel culture scandal erupts. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Netflix)


After succumbing to a hasty one-night stand when their flight is delayed, Josh (Joshua McGuire) and Fola (Susan Wokoma) arrive home to find they’re now neighbours – and each has a long-term partner. Can they resist temptation? Happily, this moreish romcom comes in 10-minute episodes. (Where to watch: BBC iPlayer)

Chef’s Table

David Gelb’s mouthwatering documentary series takes us into the kitchens of some of the world’s greatest culinary talents. It’s a veritable feast of food porn, as well as offering genuine insight into what makes the likes of Massimo Bottura, Alain Passard and Asma Khan tick. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-6 on Netflix)


Cold War spy games meet futuristic sci-fi. JK Simmons is lowly bureaucrat Howard, who relays messages between two parallel Earths – at least until his alternate-world self pitches up, on the track of a deadly assassin and with a secret about Howard’s wife. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Amazon Prime Video)


The ever-versatile Bertie Carvel makes a convincing account of PD James’s modest, poetry-scribbling detective in this classy new adaptation with a detailed 1970s setting. If you missed the premiere on Channel 5, you can now find it on Amazon. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video)


Humming with zany high-energy and a dedication to the surreal which would impress the Monty Python team, Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson play a pair of low-rent commercials makers whose strike rate is inversely proportional to their screw-ups. It’s breathless – but boy is it fun. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Amazon Prime Video)

Difficult People

Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner play aspiring comedians and caustic best friends in this deliberately abrasive cringe comedy. It’s like a cattier version of Curb Your Enthusiasm, with a similarly impressive guest star roster and close-to-the-bone, pop culture-savvy gags. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on NOW)

Documentary Now!

A peerless mockumentary series which sends up a different genre in each episode, aided by big-name guests. Highlights include a remarkable Sondheim spoof, with John Mulaney as the exacting composer, and Cate Blanchett playing a tortured performance artist. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on Amazon Prime Video)

The Dry

Aptly named, this bone-dry Irish comedy – impeccably scripted by playwright Nancy Harris, and produced by Normal People’s Element Pictures – sees recovering alcoholic Shiv return home to her dysfunctional family. Ciarán Hinds plays her philandering father. (Where to watch: Season 1 on NOW)


The Crown meets All Quiet on the Western Front in this German-language dramatisation of the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Elisabeth – or “Sisi” – falls in love with her sister’s intended, Emperor Franz Joseph and finds herself sucked into courtly intrigue in Vienna. Her timing could be better: the Empire has never been more unstable and now Russia and England each want Franz to join their side in the Crimean War. (Where to watch: season 1 on Netflix)


Deliciously blending laughs with a real streak of horror nastiness, the three seasons of Evil star Mike Colter as a trainee Catholic priest who teams up with Katja Herbert’s psychologist to investigate supernatural phenomena. It’s The Exorcist put through the National Lampoon wringer. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on Paramount+)

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The Exorcist

Speaking of Walter Peter Blatty’s seminal horror, this series follows a pair of psychic investigators working in the aftermath of the 1973 original film. It’s a direct sequel, too, so you can safely ignore the increasingly shonky film successors. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video)


Israeli television has been responsible for a number of imported gems, and this spy thriller is one of the finest. Its three seasons follow an Israeli Defence Forces operative hunting a ruthless Palestinian assassin. Based on the writers’ own time in the military, it’s murky and disorientating as a sudden sandstorm. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-4 on Netflix)


There was a galactic backlash against David S Goyer – writer of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy – and his adaptation of the cult Isaac Asimov novels on the not-treasonable grounds of his Foundation having almost nothing to do with the source material. Never mind. On its own merits, Foundation is a grippingly OTT portrait of a utopian society in decline – worth watching for the feverish Lee Pace as an emperor who cannot die but sometimes wishes he could. (Where to watch: season 1, Apple TV+)

For All Mankind

“Alternative history” is usually codeword for “what if the Nazis won the war and Big Ben was redesigned to resemble Hitler’s face?”. This Apple series from Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D Moore is more subtle: it gives us a reimagined Cold War space race where the Soviets landed on the moon first. (Where to watch: seasons 1 - 3 Apple TV +)


Inspired by Slate’s acclaimed podcast Slow Burn, this political thriller tells the story of Watergate from the perspective of those surrounding Nixon. It centers on Martha Mitchell, the wife of Nixon’s Attorney General, played by Julia Roberts, who was the first person to expose the affair. (Where to watch: Lionsgate+)


This Tina Fey-produced sitcom about a girl group reuniting in middle age has a ridiculously great cast (Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell and Renée Elise Goldsberry), a head-spinning joke rate, and a clutch of slyly satirical, but genuinely catchy, original songs. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Netflix)


A gleeful braiding of Deadwood with Lysistrata, this Western from Queen's Gambit creator Scott Frank has a 10-gallon hatful of acting talent with Jack O’Connell leading as a murderous outlaw seeking revenge in a frontier town populated almost entirely by women – courtesy of a mining accident which has wiped out the menfolk. Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Thomas Brodie-Sangster also star. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Netflix)

The Good Fight

No other TV series so perfectly encapsulates the fury, frustration and sheer surreality of the President Trump era. Christine Baranski leads this stylish legal drama (a spin-off of The Good Wife); scenery-chewing guests include Mandy Patinkin and Michael Sheen. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-6 on Amazon Prime Video and Virgin Go)

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

If you like horror but would rather not be scared stiff, del Toro’s hokey anthology series is the perfect guilty pleasure. HP Lovecraft is among the inspirations for an enjoyably ripe show in which each gruesome tale is introduced by del Toro – taking his cue from Alfred Hitchcock in Alfred Hitchcock Presents. (Where to watch: season 1 on Netflix)


This pitch-black comic crime series about two brothers covering up an accidental hit and run in Edinburgh is like a Caledonian Coen Brothers caper. Mark Bonnar is in career-best form as the sardonic, amoral lawyer Max, and there are plenty of twists in this riveting tale. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Amazon Prime Video; Season 2 on BBC iPlayer)


Sweat, Spandex and fraternal rivalry make for a heady brew in this wrestling-based drama. Two brothers try to resurrect their father’s (somewhat improbable) pro-wrestling business in small-town Georgia. But which will be the hero, and which will be the “heel” and take a fall? (Where to watch: Season 1 on Lionsgate+ or Virgin Go)

Home Before Dark

Inspired by the real-life nine-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak, this compelling crime drama sees our pint-sized newshound on the trail of a momentous cold case in her father’s secretive hometown. Brooklynn Prince is the precocious Hilde and Jim Sturgess plays her dad. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Apple TV+)

In My Skin

This underrated Welsh gem is well worth hunting down on iPlayer. Teenager Bethan has a challenging home life – her father is a violent drunk, her mother has bipolar disorder - but also finds moments of hope via exquisitely tender adolescent romance. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on BBC iPlayer)


Has The Boys left you hankering for more foul-mouthed, super-powered violence? Then sink your teeth into this – very much adults-only – animation about a boy who discovers his father, the superhero Omni-Man is not perhaps as squeaky-clean as he seems. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video)

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We’ve already had Meryl Streep’s version of 1960s TV chef Julia Child on the big screen, but Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire’s take is just as delicious – and includes some Mad Men-esque social commentary. David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth and Judith Light are scrumptious support. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Sky)

The Knick

Picture House set in turn-of-the-century New York, with added racial tension. Steven Soderbergh directed the first season of this scalp-sharp medical drama, set in the titular Knickerbocker Hospital, chronicling its brilliant, but opium-addicted leader of the surgery staff (Clive Owen) and a pioneering black doctor (André Holland). Moonlight’s Barry Jenkins is reportedly working on a third season. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on NOW, Sky)

Last Chance U

You don’t have to be a sports buff to appreciate the sheer human drama of this riveting documentary series, which follows the beleaguered football teams of American community colleges. Can they band together to win? Not always. Think Friday Night Lights, but for real. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-5 on Netflix)

The Lazarus Project

In this propulsive sci-fi thriller from Joe Barton (Giri/Haji), Paapa Essiedu’s George discovers he’s part of an elite group who can reverse time to prevent an extinction event – but will also erase anything else that happened, adding a wrenching emotive element. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Sky)

The Mick

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson stars as Mickey, a scuzzy wastrel who winds up caring for her rich, prissy sister’s children in LA after her sister and husband are jailed for fraud. It’s got Always Sunny’s wicked delight in offending, and the same knockabout energy. The dirty uncle’s Modern Family. (Where to watch: Season 1-2 on Disney+)

Midnight Mass

Created by The Haunting of Hill House’s Mike Flanagan, this slow-burn horror centers around an isolated American fishing community which becomes enraptured by a new Catholic priest who can seemingly perform miracles. As always, the payoff is less engaging than the premise – but it’s still a chillingly fascinating exploration of faith. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Netflix)

Miracle Workers

This imaginative anthology comedy series has the same terrific cast throughout, but transposed into different settings: from a bureaucratic Heaven to the Dark Ages and then the Oregon Trail. Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi and Geraldine Viswanathan star. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on NOW, Sky)

The Mosquito Coast

“Middle-age man has crisis” has been a core element of some of the best prestige television, from The Sopranos to Breaking Bad and Madmen. But however outdated that premise may seem nowadays, you have to credit Justin Theroux’s adaptation of 1981 bestseller The Mosquito Coast (by his uncle Paul Theroux) for diving in head first. It’s a richly over-cooked portrait of midlife meltdown with Theroux cultivating layers of angsty stubble in order to portray an eccentric inventor who flees the US government and takes his increasingly reluctant family to Central America. (Where to watch: season 1-2, Apple TV+)

Mythic Quest

This brilliantly detailed workplace sitcom is fuelled by the power struggle between egomaniacal video game creator Ian (Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney) and talented engineer Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao). F Murray Abraham is scene-stealing as a soused sci-fi novelist. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on Apple TV+)

Nathan for You

Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder plays a socially awkward version of himself in this reality documentary-style prank show. It’s a pitch-perfect, jaw-droppingly elaborate parody of management consultants and commercialism, with victims ranging from a petting zoo to the rebranded Dumb Starbucks coffee shop. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-4 on Amazon Prime Video)

Only Murders in the Building

Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez are true-crime podcast fanatics who team up when there’s a murder in their own New York apartment complex. Blissfully silly parody and generation-gap gags are balanced with riveting mystery-story reveals. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Disney Plus)

Pacific Rim: The Black

Anime has become one of the biggest genres in steaming – but for newcomers, it can be hard to know where to start. One good jumping-off point is Netflix’s spin-off of Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots v monsters romp Pacific Rim. In fact, the Black owes as much to Frank Herbert’s Dune as to Godzilla, with its tale of crazed cults in the Australian desert and of a whey-faced kid with strange powers and a shocking destiny. (Where to watch: seasons 1 and 2, Netflix)

Paper Girls, Amazon

What if Stranger Things was a weighty rumination on friendship, the ageing process and midlife melancholia – with giant robots? That’s the deal with Paper Girls, movingly adapted from the Brian K Vaughan graphic novel about four young girls who, while on their newspaper round, find themselves blinking forward from 1988 to 2022. (Where to watch: series 1 on Amazon Prime Video)

Tales From The Loop

Based on the retro-future sci-fi of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, Tales from the Loop is melancholic slow TV, set in the fictional town of Mercer, Ohio – where advanced experiential physics has quietly remade the contours of reality. Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce head the cast – though the real star is Philip Glass’s hypnotic score. (Where to watch: season 1 on Prime Video)

The Outsider

There are shiversome strains of True Detective in supernatural crime-horror, based on Stephen King novel It follows Ben Mendelsohn’s detective who wrestles with his rationality when investigating the murder of a child, apparently by an upstanding, perfectly decent family man (Jason Bateman). (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video)

Perry Mason

In this origin story of the great TV defence lawyer, set in a sinful 1930s LA, Perry Mason is a broke, boozy PI haunted by his wartime experiences. It’s visually sumptuous Old Hollywood noir, complete with dodgy cops, dodgier evangelists and hard-boiled dialogue. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Sky and Amazon Prime Video; no UK date confirmed for season 2)


As pitch-black as the Mississippi night, this neo-noir follows a Vietnam vet who returns to Memphis and becomes a mob enforcer and hitman. Soused in Deep South atmosphere, it’s a finger lickin’ serving of delicious amorality. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video, Sky, Virgin Go)

Reservation Dogs

Taika Waititi (of the goofier Thor movies) and Sterlin Harjo supply a sweetly offbeat, Tarantino-riffing comedy about a group of Native American teenagers – and hapless petty criminals – who long to escape their Oklahoma community for California. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Disney+)

Shining Girls

The always excellent Elisabeth Moss is Kirby, who barely survived a brutal assault and is now hunting her attacker (a thoroughly creepy Jamie Bell). But this serial killer thriller has a supernatural twist: Kirby’s reality keeps changing, and the intricate plot involves time travel. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Apple TV+)

Slow Horses

Mick Herron’s series of novels about paper-pushing MI5 rejects who become ensnared in a dangerous spy game is now a thoroughly entertaining drama. Gary Oldman, playing the grizzled but still shrewd Jackson Lamb, spars brilliantly with an icy Kristin Scott Thomas. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Apple TV+)

The Spy

Try to shake Borat from your mind as Sacha Baron Cohen plays an Israeli spy sent to infiltrate the Syrian government. It’s based on the astonishing true story of Eli Cohen (no relation). (Where to watch: Season 1 on Netflix)

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The Staircase

Not the mediocre Colin Firth-starring drama, but the original documentary – a classic of the true crime genre. Michael Peterson is accused of murdering his wife, and this bizarre case features surprises like an eerie cold case, a bisexuality reveal, and, yes, the infamous owl theory. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Netflix)

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

The creaking interstellar franchise boldly goes back to its core values with a rip-roaring prequel series set immediately before the original Captain Kirk saga. Anson Mount gives it the full “William Shatner” as Christopher Pike, Kirk’s predecessor in the chair of the Starship Enterprise. Recently Star Trek shows have tried to “reinvent” the brand for a modern audience. This one reverts to basics and sets phasers to fun. (Where to watch: season 1 on Paramount +)


For Bourne fans, Operation Treadstone will have a chilling resonance. It was the CIA black ops programme which created super-assassins through behavioral modification – and from which Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne did his damndest to escape. This prequel series traces the programme’s origins and explores the backstories of some of its other alumni. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video)


Rafe Spall and Esther Smith play a couple who find they can’t conceive and so begin the process of adopting a child in this winning comedy-drama. A fantastic ensemble features Imelda Staunton, Ophelia Lovibond, Oliver Chris, Darren Boyd, Phil Davis and Cush Jumbo. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-3 on Apple TV+)

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Parks and Recreation’s Greg Daniels wrote this high-concept sci-fi comedy which follows a computer programmer who finds his consciousness uploaded into a VR afterlife when he dies – complete with in-app purchases. Like a cheerier, shinier Black Mirror. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-2 on Amazon Prime Video)


Taylor Sheridan’s dyed-in-the-denim series about a Wyoming cattle rancher out of time (Kevin Costner) is all-conquering in the US, but somewhat overlooked here. It’s high time that changed as this ultra-violent neo-Western is well worth saddling up for. (Where to watch: Seasons 1-5 on Paramount+)

You Don’t Know Me

Hero is about to go down for murder – but is he really guilty? This adaptation of barrister Imran Mahmood’s novel by Vigil creator Tom Edge cleverly dramatises the racial prejudice and social challenges that Hero faces, while keeping us guessing about his ultimate culpability. (Where to watch: Season 1 on BBC iPlayer, Netflix)


Based on Gomorrah writer Roberto Saviano’s book of the same name, this globe-trotting drama orbits around a drug-smuggling family, moving cocaine across the globe. The lavish production values scream big bucks, and there’s a gritty presence to its depiction of criminality. (Where to watch: Season 1 on Amazon Prime Video, Sky)


60 TV shows you probably aren’t watching – but should? ›

1 'The Simpsons'

Since the beginning of its run in 1989, The Simpsons have had 34 seasons and 740 episodes, making it the longest-running American animated series, the longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series of all time.

What were 3 most popular TV shows during the 1960s? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1960–61
2Wagon TrainNBC
3Have Gun – Will TravelCBS
4The Andy Griffith Show
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What were some popular television shows and movies in the 60's? ›

TV Series, Released between 1960-01-01 and 1969-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Star Trek (1966–1969) ...
  • Gilligan's Island (1964–1967) ...
  • The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968) ...
  • Bewitched (1964–1972) ...
  • Doctor Who (1963–1989) ...
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980) ...
  • Adam-12 (1968–1975) ...
  • Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

What is the number one TV show of all time? ›

1 'The Simpsons'

Since the beginning of its run in 1989, The Simpsons have had 34 seasons and 740 episodes, making it the longest-running American animated series, the longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series of all time.

What were a few popular television shows in 1961? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1961–62
1Wagon TrainNBC
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What was an iconic 1960's TV series? ›

The Most Popular and Influential TV Shows of the 1960s
  • The Addams Family (1964-1966) ...
  • The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968) ...
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971) ...
  • Bewitched (1964-1972) ...
  • The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) ...
  • The Flintstones (1960-1966) ...
  • Gilligan's Island (1964-1967) ...
  • I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970)
Dec 2, 2022

What to watch when you have watched everything? ›

What to Stream If You Feel Like You've Watched Everything
  • The Last Dance.
  • Indian Matchmaking.
  • Desperados.
  • Down to Earth.
  • A Fatal Affair.
  • Athlete A.
  • The Babysitters Club.
  • Unsolved Mysteries.
Jul 26, 2020

Is there any good series on Netflix? ›

The most popular shows ranking on our guide to the best-reviewed on Netflix include Stranger Things (which aired its fourth season in 2022), phenom Squid Game (which will air its second season in 2023 or 2024), video game curse-breaking adaptations (Arcane: League of Legends, The Witcher, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners), crime ...

What makes a series BINGE worthy? ›

Good binge-worthy shows have hooks at the end of nearly all the episodes, but you at least want to create strong hooks, also called cliffhangers, at the end of episodes 1, 2 and 3. This is the opposite of a procedural drama like CBS' Tommy or FBI because these shows resolve at the end of each episode.

What was the most watched tv program in 1964? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1964–65
3Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.CBS
4The Andy Griffith Show
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What did people watch on TV in the 1950s? ›

During this time, many of the genres that today's audiences are familiar with were developed – westerns, kids' shows, situation comedies, sketch comedies, game shows, dramas, news and sports programming. In the 1950s and 60s, television news produced perhaps some of its finest performances.

What are 3 TV shows from the 1960s? ›

TV Series, Released between 1960-01-01 and 1960-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968) ...
  • Coronation Street (1960– ) ...
  • My Three Sons (1960–1972) ...
  • The Flintstones (1960–1966) ...
  • Route 66 (1960–1964) ...
  • Maigret (1960–1963) ...
  • Popeye the Sailor (1960–1962) ...
  • Danger Man (1960–1962)

What is the most viewed thing on TV? ›

Most-watched broadcasts of all time (total viewers)
1Death and state funeral of Elizabeth II2022
2Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer1981
32000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony2000
42000 Summer Olympics opening ceremony2000
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Which show has the most fans? ›

Poll: Most Obsessive Fans TV Series Edition
  • 110. Doctor Who (1963)
  • 102. Firefly (2002)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
  • The Sopranos (1999)
  • Seinfeld (1989)
  • The Wire (2002)
  • This Is Us (2016)
  • Sex and the City (1998)

What is the most viewed TV show? ›

Top 100 most watched tv shows of all time
  • Game of Thrones (2011–2019) TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama. ...
  • Stranger Things (2016–2024) ...
  • The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  • 13 Reasons Why (2017–2020) ...
  • The 100 (2014–2020) ...
  • Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019) ...
  • Riverdale (2017–2023) ...
  • Grey's Anatomy (2005– )

What was the most popular TV show in 1962? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1962–63
1The Beverly HillbilliesCBS
2Candid Camera
The Red Skelton Show
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What was on TV on Sunday Nights in the 60s? ›

Certainly, that was the case with Sunday night, in particular, which boasted a plethora of various shows that are now considered classics. These include NBC shows like The Wonderful World of Disney, Bonanza, Flipper, The NBC Mystery Movie (mainly with McMillan & Wife, McCloud, and Columbo).

What were two popular TV shows in the 1950's? ›

Most series centered around families, like “Mama” (1949-57), “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” (1952-66) and “Father Knows Best” (1954-60). “I Love Lucy” (1951-57), the blockbuster hit starring the husband-and-wife team of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, revolutionized TV in multiple ways.

What was popular in the 60s? ›

Our Ten Favorite Trends From The 60's
  • Afros. Everyone, young and old, had an afro or at least aspired to grow one. ...
  • Barbie Dolls. The sixties witnessed the birth of the Barbie sensation. ...
  • Bell-bottoms. ...
  • Beatlemania. ...
  • Go-go boots. ...
  • Lava lamps. ...
  • Miniskirts. ...
  • Smiley faces.

What were a few popular television shows in 1951? ›

TV Series, Released between 1951-01-01 and 1951-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • I Love Lucy (1951–1957) ...
  • Dragnet (1951–1959) ...
  • Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986) ...
  • Sky King (1951–1962) ...
  • The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016) ...
  • The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953) ...
  • Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953) ...
  • Love of Life (1951–1980)

What were three famous television shows from the 1950s? ›

TV Series, Released between 1950-01-01 and 1950-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • What's My Line? (1950–1967) ...
  • The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965) ...
  • The Gene Autry Show (1950–1955) ...
  • The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958) ...
  • Formula 1 (1950– ) ...
  • The Cisco Kid (1950–1956) ...
  • You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

What to watch when you can t decide what to watch? ›

Movies to watch when you can't decide.
  • Full Metal Jacket (1987) R | 116 min | Drama, War. ...
  • The Godfather (1972) R | 175 min | Crime, Drama. ...
  • Repulsion (1965) Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller. ...
  • Donnie Darko (2001) ...
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999) ...
  • Kill Bill: Vol. ...
  • Kill Bill: Vol. ...
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000)

What should I watch to be smart? ›

Watch these 6 TV shows that will make you smarter on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and more
  • Down to Earth with Zac Efron – Netflix. ...
  • Jeopardy – Netflix. ...
  • House M.D. – Amazon Prime Video. ...
  • The White Lotus – Disney+ Hotstar. ...
  • Explained – Netflix. ...
  • Black Mirror – Netflix.
Feb 4, 2023

What should I watch if I like I care a lot? ›

Chasing the feel of watching I Care a Lot ? Here are the movies we recommend you watch after I Care a Lot (2021).
  • Sound of Metal, 2020. ...
  • System Crasher, 2019, 2020. ...
  • McQueen, 2018. ...
  • Judas and the Black Messiah, 2021. ...
  • One Night in Miami..., 2020. ...
  • The Forty-Year-Old Version, 2020.

What is the #1 Netflix series right now? ›

Top 10 By Country
#TV in the United StatesWeeks in Top 10
1Love Is Blind: Season 45
2The Diplomat: Season 11
3BEEF: Season 13
4The Night Agent: Season 15
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What's the latest best series on Netflix? ›

The Best Shows on Netflix
  • New Amsterdam (2018-2023) ...
  • On My Block: Freeridge (2023-present) ...
  • Women at War (2022) ...
  • Copenhagen Cowboy (2022-2023) ...
  • That '90s Show (2023-present) ...
  • Kaleidoscope (2023-present) ...
  • The Witcher: Blood Origin (2022-present) Image via Netflix. ...
  • Harry & Meghan (2022-present) Image via Netflix.
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How much is too much binge-watching? ›

Regularly watching four or more hours a day of television could increase the risk for CVD or early death by up 50%, compared to people who are watching two or fewer hours daily.

How many shows is considered binge-watching? ›

In 2015 it became so popular Collins English Dictionary made it the word of the year. So what is considered binge-watching? According to Walter Podrazik, a TV historian at the University of Illinois, binge-watching is three episodes.

What are three cons of binge-watching? ›

Here are 5 drawbacks of binge watching:
  • It can make you feel lonely. Binge watching is a great way to unwind and disconnect from the world whenever you need a break. ...
  • Insomnia. Sleep is critical to human health. ...
  • Cognitive issues. ...
  • It causes depression. ...
  • Mood disturbance and behaviour changes.
Jun 13, 2022

What is the oldest TV program? ›

Television's first drama,The Queen's Messenger, is broadcast from Schenectady, New York station WGY on September 11, 1928. Russian-born, American scientist Vladimir Zworykin demonstrates the first practical electronic system for both the transmission and reception of images in 1929.

What was the best decade of TV? ›

The '80s and '90s named best decades for TV and 'Friends' the best show - see full list. TV shows today just don't hold a candle to the real golden age of television - the '80s and '90s, according to a new survey.

What was the longest TV program? ›

List of longest-running television shows by category
RankYearsShow name
179Lord Mayor's Show
277The Championships, Wimbledon
375Meet the Press
473CBS Evening News
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What was a huge event televised in 1954? ›

September 11 – The Miss America Beauty Contest airs for the first time on national television in the United States. 27 million viewers watched as Lee Ann Meriwether wins the title.

What started the golden age of television? ›

The Golden Age of television is believed to have resulted from advances in media distribution technology, digital TV technology (including HDTV, online video platforms, TV streaming, video-on-demand, and web TV), and a large increase in the number of hours of available television, which has prompted a major wave of ...

What was the #1 television show during the 1950s? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1950–51
1Texaco Star TheaterNBC
2Fireside Theatre
3Philco TV Playhouse
4Your Show of Shows
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What was the old TV show Big Top? ›

Big Top is a children's television show that aired on CBS from July 1, 1950, to 1957. The cast included Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's future sidekick, as Ed the Clown and America's Most Muscular Man Dan Lurie as "Sealtest Dan The Muscle Man". The program originated live from the 32nd St. and Lancaster Ave.

What shows played in the 60s? ›

Television Shows From The 60s
  • The Monkees. The Monkees was an American situation comedy featuring the antics of 4 young musicians . ...
  • Route 66. ...
  • The Saint. ...
  • The Prisoner. ...
  • Ironside. ...
  • Hogan's Heroes. ...
  • The Man From Uncle. ...
  • Doctor Who.

What TV variety show was a huge hit in the 1950's and 1960's? ›

"The Arthur Murray Party" (1950-1960) was wildly popular and one of only 5 shows in the history of television to appear on all four major networks at the same time.

What is the most watched HBO series of all time? ›

1 Game of Thrones (2011-2019)

What was the most watched Super Bowl? ›

The most watched Super Bowl in history is Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. This match was won by the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks, and a record 114.44 million viewers tuned into the game.

What is the top most viewed episode? ›

The 10 Most Watched TV Episodes of All Time
  • 5 The Fugitive – "The Judgment"
  • 6 Bonanza – “The Pure Truth” ...
  • 7 The Cosby Show – “Say Hello to a Good Buy” ...
  • 8 Gunsmoke – “Love Thy Neighbor” ...
  • 9 All in the Family – “Edith's Problem” ...
  • 10 Friends – "The Last One" ...
  • 11 Magnum P.I. – "Resolutions" ...
Jan 20, 2023

Which actor has most fans in the world? ›

Salman Khan

He is known for his incredible acting skills and has acted in over 80 films. Salman Khan is also known for his philanthropic work and has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions. With over 50 million followers on social media, Salman Khan is one of the most popular actors in the world.

Who had the biggest comedy show ever? ›

Genre Keyword: Stand-up Comedy Performance
RankTitleLifetime Gross
1Eddie Murphy: Raw$50,504,655
2The Original Kings of Comedy$38,182,790
3Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip$36,299,720
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$32,244,051
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Which celebrity has most fans in the world? ›

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most-followed person on Instagram, with over 579 million followers. Lionel Messi is the most-followed South American on Instagram, with over 457 million followers. Selena Gomez is the most-followed woman, North American, actor and singer on Instagram, with over 412 million followers.

What is the #1 show in America? ›

Top TV shows by total viewer numbers in the U.S. 2021-2022

"NFL Sunday Night Football" was the most watched TV show in the United States in the 2021/2022 season, with roughly 18.14 million viewers. "NFL Thursday Night Football" ranked second with approximately 15.4 million viewers.

What are five popular TV shows in the 1960s? ›

The Best TV Shows of the 1960s
  • The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968) TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family. ...
  • The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) ...
  • Bewitched (1964–1972) ...
  • I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970) ...
  • The Munsters (1964–1966) ...
  • The Addams Family (1964–1966) ...
  • Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964–1969) ...
  • Green Acres (1965–1971)

What were the most popular films starts of the 1960's? ›

Top-grossing films (U.S.)
RankTitleDomestic rentals
4Swiss Family Robinson$8,100,000
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What was the popular television show in 1950? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1950–51
1Texaco Star TheaterNBC
2Fireside Theatre
3Philco TV Playhouse
4Your Show of Shows
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What was shown on TV in the 1950s? ›

During this time, many of the genres that today's audiences are familiar with were developed – westerns, kids' shows, situation comedies, sketch comedies, game shows, dramas, news and sports programming. In the 1950s and 60s, television news produced perhaps some of its finest performances.

What was a popular TV show in 1970? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1970–71
1Marcus Welby, M.D.29.6
2The Flip Wilson Show27.9
3Here's Lucy26.1
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What was the TV lineup in 1965? ›

Network7:00 PM10:00 PM
ABCVoyage to the Bottom of the SeaThe ABC Sunday Night Movie (occasional black-and-white feature film)
CBSLassie (27/21.8) (Tied with I Dream of Jeannie)Candid Camera (B/W)
NBC6:30 The Bell Telephone Hour / Actuality SpecialsThe Wackiest Ship in the Army

What was the biggest TV in 1950? ›

When commercial television was introduced in the 1950s, a 16-inch set was the biggest available. Twenty years later, the biggest screen size was 25 inches.

What was the most watched show of 1962? ›

Top-rated United States television programs of 1962–63
1The Beverly HillbilliesCBS
2Candid Camera
The Red Skelton Show
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What was the most popular variety show in 1950? ›

The Ed Sullivan Show – Beginning in 1948 as The Toast of the Town and renamed in 1955 (though commonly referred to as The Ed Sullivan Show for years prior), this is probably the most famous television variety show in history.

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