Can You Identify These Iconic '60s and '70s TV Shows From A Screenshot?

By: J. Scott Wilson

Can You Identify These Iconic '60s and '70s TV Shows From A Screenshot?
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About This Quiz

When it comes to television, sometimes we think we've seen it all. Well, for this quiz, you would have to have watched lots of '60s and '70s shows to stand a shot at acing it. Television in the United States in the 1960s was a time when the Golden Age of Television was coming to an end; a time when live television production ruled the country. In the early '60s, the heads of the television world were not pleased, and for the first two years of the decade, inferior programming aired.

As time went on, more innovative concepts were developed, and telecasts and teleplays like "Cinderella" and "Peter Pan" were released. In the 1970s, TV underwent a significant change. Sitcoms that were once popular, weren't as successful any longer, forcing directors to look at newer, younger and more hip formats. Soap operas were all the rage, medical shows spiked and game shows began to dominate. Unfortunately, westerns weren't as interesting (something many attributed to permanent color TV), rurally oriented shows died, and shows like "The Ed Sullivan Show" were canceled.

Television today is still very much like what it was back then, but with a bit of a twist. Do you have enough knowledge about what existed way back when to get all the answers in this quiz correct?

Sesame Street What's the name of this iconic children's show?
Sesame Street
Here's a fun fact for you: Oscar the Grouch was originally orange, not green! If you look up clips online, you can see his first performance of "I Love Trash" in vibrant orange.
The Electric Company
Howdy Doody
H.R. Pufnstuf

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Little House on the Prairie What is this '70s drama about rural life?
Petticoat Junction
Little House on the Prairie
Based on the book series, this series was a slice of wholesome frontier life. Star Michael Landon was like a surrogate father to the kids on the set, and the show still thrives in reruns.
Green Acres
Wagon Train

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Charlie's Angels Can you identify the '70s crime drama in this image?
Rockford Files
Three's Company
Charlie's Angels
"Charlie's Angels" was a ratings bombshell with a bombshell cast. Rotating cast members (especially the early departure of Farrah Fawcett) drove fans away, though, and it didn't last long.
Hawaii Five-O

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Arnold -- Green Acres Can you name the popular fish-out-of-water sitcom pictured here?
Green Acres
For six seasons, Eddy Albert, Eva Gabor and Arnold the Pig milked the "fish out of water" school of comedy for country-flavored laughs. It was still drawing good ratings when it was canceled, but CBS was under a lot of pressure to have more "urban" programs, so a lot of country-themed programs were canceled.
Bonanza
The Rifleman
Father Knows Best

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Bark your way into the classic Lassie quiz 1 Which '60s or '70s classic TV show is shown here?
Lassie
This show lasted 17 seasons, and made the transition from black-and-white to color. Over the course of its run, six different dogs played the title role.
Rin-Tin-Tin
Daktari
Flipper

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The Brady Bunch Quiz Can you pick the show that goes with this picture?
Green Acres
The Brady Bunch
Divorce was becoming a less taboo subject when "The Brady Bunch" premiered, bringing not just divorce but a blended family into the full spotlight. From footballs to the nose to driving lessons, the show tackled just about every hilarious aspect of bringing up kids and family life.
All in the Family
Happy Days

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Beverly Hillbillies What is the rags-to-riches sitcom shown here?
Bonanza
Green Acres
Petticoat Junction
The Beverly Hillbillies
One thing that's missing from most of today's shows is a catchy theme song. "The Beverly Hillbillies'" song is still one of the most-recognized theme songs ever written!

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Taxi What is this Emmy-winning sitcom?
Taxi
The concentration of talent on this show was amazing, like a sitcom version of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players." Christopher Lloyd, who played mechanic Reverend Jim, went on to star in the "Back to the Future" movies, as well as playing a great Klingon in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Odd Couple
Newhart

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Dean Martin Do you know which series featured this ensemble cast?
Laugh-In
The Carol Burnett Show
The Dean Martin Show
Unlike the highly polished talk and variety shows of today, "The Dean Martin Show" did everything in one take, with Martin adopting his usual slightly boozy, freewheeling persona. However, the highball glass in his hand was frequently filled with apple juice, not liquor.
The Tonight Show

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Potsie Weber Can you name the goofy '70s series in this photo?
Happy Days
Before it became the show that gave us "jumped the shark" as a metaphor for sitcom failure, this show ruled the '70s. A simple tale of a high school boy with a super-cool housemate and goofy friends who hung out at the local burger joint won Emmys and made stars out of a lot of its young cast.
The Andy Griffith Show
Laverne and Shirley
All in the Family

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Jeanie and Major Nelson What is the name of this 1960s fantasy sitcom?
Hogan's Heroes
Bewitched
Happy Days
I Dream of Jeannie
Years before Larry Hagman chewed scenery as J.R. Ewing in "Dallas," he was married to Jeannie. Between managing her fish-out-of-water foibles and keeping her hidden, he rarely had a moment's peace.

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MASH What is this hugely popular comedy-drama series?
F Troop
Hogan's Heroes
M*A*S*H
Setting a comedy in a military field hospital might seem like a silly idea, but it worked first for a movie, then for the long-running series. The series finale is still the highest-rated non-sports show of all time.
McHale's Navy

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The Carol Burnett Show Can you name this iconic variety show?
Laugh-In
The Red Skelton Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Before "Saturday Night Live," there was "The Carol Burnett Show," featuring a cast packed with comedy superstars and the winner of more than two dozen Emmys. At the end of every episode, Burnett would pull her earlobe. That was a sign to her grandmother that all was well and she was fine.
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

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mork and mindy Can you name the classic comedy in this picture?
Mork and Mindy
Robin Williams burst into the public consciousness with this sitcom, which barely contained his manic energy. Things got even wackier when Jonathan Winters joined as Mork and Mindy's son.
Happy Days
Joanie Loves Chachi
Three's Company

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Petticoat junction Do you know which '60s sitcom this image is from?
Green Acres
The Rifleman
Wagon Train
Petticoat Junction
It should come as no surprise that the same man was responsible for this show in addition to "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Green Acres." The entire genre disappeared in the mid-'70s, with a move toward more "urban" shows.

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Sanford & Son Do you know which '70s program is pictured here?
Good Times
Sanford and Son
Redd Foxx was already a legendary (and bawdy) stand-up comedian when this show premiered. With a mix of urban sensibility and slapstick, it ran for five seasons on NBC.
Welcome Back, Kotter
227

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Bewitched Can you identify this sitcom that debuted in 1964?
I Dream of Jeannie
All in the Family
Bewitched
"Bewitched" was at its heart a zany family sitcom. However, the addition of witchcraft made for much broader comic possibilities, especially with Agnes Moorhead (and Shirley MacLaine) playing the mischievous mother-in-law!
The Brady Bunch

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All in the Family What is this groundbreaking '70s sitcom?
The Jeffersons
Laverne and Shirley
All in the Family
This Emmy-winning comedy broke boundaries, tweaked stereotypes and infuriated bigots of all stripes. Carroll O'Connor made us love and hate Archie Bunker all at the same time, and made us look at our own prejudices.
Maude

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Columbo Which television series featured this iconic detective?
Mannix
The Rockford Files
Mitchell
Columbo
With his ever-present cigarette, battered fedora and bedraggled raincoat, Peter Falk's Columbo was the antithesis of the clean-cut TV detective. His "just one more question" never meant good things for the object of the questioning.

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My three sons Can you remember which 1960s sitcom featured this family?
My Three Sons
Premiering in 1960, "My Three Sons" was still steeped in the "wholesome" values of '50s TV. Over a 12-year run, it evolved considerably, dealing with shifting social issues as the three sons grew up.
Family Affair
Leave It to Beaver
Green Acres

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The Jeffersons 1 Can you name this memorable '70s sitcom?
All in the Family
Good Times
The Jeffersons
Norman Lear continued chronicling American life in a sitcom mold with "The Jeffersons." The couple, introduced as Archie Bunker's neighbors, went on to years of TV success.
Maude

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Get Smart Can you match this image to the correct action series?
Get Smart
The spy genre was huge in the '60s and '70s, with Cold War tensions fueling the story fires. It was ripe for parody, and Don Adams' Maxwell Smart was just the laugh generator needed.
Mission: Impossible
The Fugitive
The Avengers

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hee haw Can you name the TV series this screenshot comes from?
Laugh-In
Hee Haw
"Hee Haw" was a variety show for the burgeoning population of country music fans. With an in-house cast including the legendary Roy Clark, recurring humor bits that got quoted the next day, and everyone who was anyone in country music guest starring, it was like "Saturday Night Live" with banjos.
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Grand Old Opry

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Hogan's Heroes 1 Can you name this sitcom set during WWII?
M*A*S*H
McHale's Navy
F Troop
Hogan's Heroes
"Hogan's Heroes" made WWII funny over its multi-season run. Endless escape attempts and a clueless camp commandant made for a rich comic landscape.

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The Red Skelton Show Can you name this variety show that ran for 20 years?
The Red Skelton Show
Red Skelton made one of the most successful transitions from radio to TV with his variety show. It ran for two decades, mostly on CBS, although it began and ended its run on NBC.
The Smothers Brothers
Laugh-In
The Carol Burnett Show

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Barney Miller What sitcom about police detectives is pictured here?
WKRP in Cincinnati
The Rockford Files
Barney Miller
This show did for cop shows what "Get Smart" did for spy shows. Over an eight-season run, it introduced us to unforgettable characters like Detective Fish (Abe Vigoda), who is now one of the most beloved internet memes.
All in the Family

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Three's Company What is this sitcom that debuted in 1977?
Alice
WKRP in Cincinnati
One Day at a Time
Three's Company
This show was one long comedy of morals and propriety. It embraced the essence of the '70s, with an aging landlord determined to get the dirt on what he was convinced was an apartment full of swingers.

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Bonanza Do you know which show this image is from?
The Rifleman
Have Gun, Will Travel
Rawhide
Bonanza
This stupendously popular western, led by Lorne Greene, managed to comment on a lot of modern-day social issues while delivering wholesome, aw-shucks plotlines. Over its run, it dealt with racism in various forms, government overreach, women's rights and many other topics.

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Captain Kangaroo What is the title of this beloved long-running show?
Captain Kangaroo
Bob Keeshan's "Captain Kangaroo" was the king of live-action kid's TV for nearly three decades. Keeshan put on the Captain's suit more than 9,000 times over the show's run!
Buffalo Bob
Sesame Street
Howdy Doody

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Florida Evans - Good Times Do you recognize this iconic '70s series?
Good Times
"Good Times" broke new TV ground by showing a working-class black family dealing with everyday trials and tribulations.
The Jeffersons
The Flip Wilson Show
Sanford and Son

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gunsmoke Can you name this long-running TV western?
Have Gun, Will Travel
Gunsmoke
For an astonishing 20 years, from 1955 to 1975, "Gunsmoke" ruled the TV western roost. It won a boatload of Emmys, and is still played very frequently in syndication.
Wagon Train
The Rifleman

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Benny Hill What's the name of this zany sketch comedy production?
The Carol Burnett Show
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Benny Hill Show
Benny Hill was everyone's lewd old uncle, but he got a TV show. Every episode was a mix of sex, slapstick, sexy slapstick and a bit of political humor thrown in for good measure.
Fawlty Towers

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Fantasy Island Name the TV show shown here.
The Love Boat
Battlestar Galactica
Fantasy Island
Ricardo Montalban brought an eerie smoothness to the role of island head honcho Mr. Roarke. A reboot in the 2000s brought Malcolm McDowell to the role, but didn't quite catch on.
Charlie's Angels

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Here's Lucy Can you name the sitcom pictured here?
That Girl
Petticoat Junction
Here's Lucy
After the success of her show with Ricky, Lucy struck out on her own in this sitcom. It ran for six seasons, but never quite captured the ratings or fan base of her original.
Green Acres

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Jane Jetson What classic cartoon series is pictured here?
The Flintstones
Futurama
Great Grape Ape
The Jetsons
Given its impact on pop culture, it might be hard to imagine that the original run of "The Jetsons" was only two seasons. Fun fact: Renowned voice actor and voice of Bugs Bunny, Mel Blanc, voiced Cosmo Spacely, George Jetson's boss.

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Monty Python’s Flying Circus Can you name the silly series that this screenshot comes from?
Keeping Up Appearances
Benny Hill
Doctor Who
Monty Python's Flying Circus
"Monty Python's Flying Circus" might be the best collection of comedy talent in TV history, and it became even more popular on this side of the Atlantic than back home in Great Britain. The show, an inspired blend of slapstick, political humor and social commentary, spawned a series of movies.

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Hawaii Five-O Can you identify the classic police drama shown here?
Mannix
The Rockford Files
Hawaii Five-O
The original version of "Hawaii Five-O" ran for 12 seasons, and introduced the phrase "Book 'em, Danno!" into the popular lexicon. The theme song, an infectious Hawaiian-tinged tune, is one of the top TV theme songs of all time.
Police Story

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Mannix What's the name of this detective series from the '60s and '70s?
Mannix
Mike Connors and his chiseled jaw played the title character in this cop drama. It ran for an amazing eight seasons, and opened the door for a host of other cop shows.
The Rockford Files
Hawaii Five-O
McCloud

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mission impossible Can you name this action series?
Mission: Impossible
The tape might have self-destructed in a few seconds, but the show had legs. It evolved into a billions-earning movie series starring Tom "I do all my own stunts" Cruise.
The Mod Squad
Get Smart
The Defenders

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The Flying Nun What's the name of this sitcom starring Sally Field?
The Flying Nun
We really, really liked Sally Field as Sister Bertrille, who was able to fly thanks to her huge starched cornette and slight build. The show ran for three seasons, but never cracked the top 30 in the Nielsen ratings.
My Mother the Car
The Brady Bunch
Father Knows Best

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