Can You Name These 40 Classic TV Shows?

By: Khadija Leon
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About This Quiz

The definition of classic shows seems to change with each passing year, and shows which once aired in the 1990s are now being called classics. Many of these shows were the inspiration for a lot of the shows that air on television today, and some of them were also responsible for coining some of our favorite sayings. Many of those classics include small-town dramas, workplace and family-styled sitcoms, and there were also many space adventures. 

When you think of the classics, some of the shows which come to mind are "I Love Lucy," "M*A*S*H," "Three's Company," "Bewitched," "All in the Family," "Gilligan's Island," "Charlie's Angels," "Miami Vice" and "Knight Rider." Some of these shows were the inspiration for other shows, some were rebooted and some were adapted into feature films. 

How well do you know the classics? If you were given screenshots of some of the most successful shows in television history, would you be able to identify them even though you might not have been around? Well if you think you can, there is only one way to truly find out how good you are, and that is by taking this quiz!

"M*A*S*H" is an American war drama series which aired from 1972 and 1983 and was an adaptation of the movie with the same name and based on the novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The series was a comedic view of a team of doctors stationed in Korea during the Korean War.

Created by producer Sherwood Schwartz, "The Brady Bunch" is an American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1969 to 1974 and revolved around a large blended family of two parents and six children. As one of the most popular shows of the 1970s, it led to the release of many films and spin-off series.

Starring actors Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, and Desi Arnaz, "I Love Lucy" is an American television sitcom which aired on CBS from 1951 from 1957. The show revolved around the life of 1950s middle-class housewife Lucy Ricardo and her husband, Ricky Ricardo.

"The Beverly Hillbillies" is an American sitcom which was broadcasted on CBS from 1962 to 1971. Starring Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Irene Ryan, the show was centered around a poor family from the Ozarks mountain who move to the posh area of Beverly Hills in California.

"I Dream of Jeannie" is an American fantasy series which starred actress Barbara Eden as a 2000-year-old genie who falls in love with her master and astronaut Captain Anthony Nelson played by Larry Hagman. The series originally aired from 1965 to 1970 on NBC.

Premiering on CBS in 1960, "The Andy Griffith Show" is a sitcom which aired over 245 episodes up until 1968. The show is centered around Andy Taylor - played by actor Andy Griffith – who is the widowed sheriff of s small town in North Carolina.

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" is an American television sitcom which aired from October 1961 to June of 1966. Starring Dick Van Dyke, the show was centered around both the work and home life of a comedy writer named Rob Petrie.

One of the few Western drama series on air in the 1950s, "Gunsmoke" ran for 20 seasons until 1975. It followed Marshal Matt Dillon as he kept the peace in Dodge City. The series aired in the UK a few years later as "Gun Law" but was then changed back to "Gunsmoke."

"Bonanza" is a western television series which aired on NBC from 1959 to 1973 for fourteen seasons. Set in the 1860s, the show which stars Lorne Greene and Pernell Roberts Impossible​ around the Cartwright family living in Virginia City in Nevada.

"All in the Family" is an American sitcom which was broadcasted on CBS for nine seasons from 1971 to 1979. After its cancellation, the show continued in its spin-off series "Archie Bunker’s Place." Centered around an outspoken prejudiced man, the show was often called unsuitable for television.

"Gilligan’s Island" is an American sitcom which revolved around the comedic adventures of a group of people who end up shipwrecked on an island. The series starred actors Alan Hale Jr., Bob Denver, Natalie Schafer and Jim Backus.

"The Flintstones" is an American animated television series which revolved around a family and their neighbors as they went along their lives during the Stone Age. The show first aired from 1960 to 1966 and was later the inspiration for several animated and live-action movies.

"Family Ties" is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from 1982 to 1989 for seven seasons. Created by Gary David Goldberg and starring actors Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter, and Michael Gross, the show revolves around a young Republican’s relationship with his ex-hippie parents.

"Magnum, P.I." is an American crime drama series which starred actor Tom Selleck as the private investigator Thomas Magnum who lives on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The show was rebooted in 2018 starring Jay Hernandez as the lead character.

From September 1982 to May 1993, an American sitcom by the name of "Cheers" ran on NBC for eleven seasons. Set in a bar for which the show is named after, it focuses on a group of people who frequently meet to socialize and drink there.

"The Golden Girls" is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from September 1985 to 1992 for seven seasons with a total of 180 episodes. The show featured Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and Betty White as the four women living in a shared Miami Home.

"Happy Days" is an American television sitcom which aired on ABC from 1974 to 1984 for 11 seasons. Set in the mid-1950s and mid-1960s, the show which starred Ron Howard, revolved around a teen and his family and what life would have been like back then.

"Bewitched" is a fantasy sitcom series which starred actors Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York and Agnes Moorehead and aired for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It is centered around a witch (Montgomery) who marries a normal man (York) and vows to live a life of a suburban housewife.

Originally airing from October 1988 to May 1997, "Roseanne" was a television sitcom which revolved around the Conner family. It dealt with real-life issues and co-starred many huge comedy stars over the years.

"Little House on the Prairie" is an American western drama series which was focused on a family living on a farm in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, which is based on the Little House Book series.

"Miami Vice" is an American crime drama television series which starred actors Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as the two Metro-Dade Police Department detectives James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs working undercover in Miami.

"The Twilight Zone" is an American anthology television series which ran for five seasons from 1959 to 1964 on CBS. Each episode featured characters dealing with strange and unusual events which were often described as entering “the Twilight Zone”.

Centered around the lives of the Huxtables, an upper-middle class family living in Brooklyn, the television sitcom aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992. The show starred actors Bill Cosby, Lisa Bonet, Phylicia Rashad, and Sabrina Le Beauf.

"Mission: Impossible" is an American television series which aired on CBS from 1966 to 1973 and was revived in 1988 on ABC for two seasons. The show follows the Impossible Missions Force (IMF), a team of secret government agents. The series was also the inspiration for the movies starring Tom Cruise.

"Frasier" is an American sitcom which was broadcast on NBC from September 1993 to May 2004. Originally created as a spin-off from another popular series "Cheers," the show centers around Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist returning home to Seattle to build a new life.

"Seinfeld" is an America television sitcom which starred Jerry Seinfeld as a fictionalized version of himself. The show aired from 1989 to 1998 and was predominantly set in an Upper West Side New York City apartment where the lead character interacted with his friends.

"Hill Street Blues" is an American police drama series which aired on NBC from 1981 to 1987. The Emmy award-winning show is centered around the lives of the police officers and other staff working at a police station.

"The Wonder Years" is an American drama series which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993. The show was focused on the life of Kevin Arnold, played by Fred Savage, a teen boy growing up in a suburban middle-class family.

Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith starred as the three women working at a private detective agency in Los Angeles. The crime drama series initially aired for five seasons from September 1976 to 1981 and was the inspiration for the reboot and the 2000 film.

"Hawaii Five-O" is an American police drama series which aired from 1968 to 1980 and was one of the longest of its kind in television history. Set in Hawaii, the series followed Detective Steve McGarrett, who is the head of a special state police task force.

"Baywatch" is an action drama series starring David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson and Alexandra Paul about a group of Los Angeles lifeguards who patrol the beaches in the county. The show ran from 1989 to 1999 then from 1999 to 2001 on "Baywatch: Hawaii" with an all-new cast.

"Three’s Company" is an American sitcom which was based on a British sitcom "Man About the House." Originally airing on ABC from March 1977 to September 1984, the show followed the lives and misadventures of two women and a man living in the same apartment.

A spin-off from the favorite shows "Happy Days," "Mork & Mindy" is an American sitcom which aired on ABC from 1978 to 1982. The series starred Robin Williams as an extraterrestrial who lands on Earth and Pam Dawber as his human friend, roommate and later wife.

Featuring an ensemble cast of Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc to name a few, "Friends" is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. It focused on the lives of six friends living in Manhattan, New York.

"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996 starring Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself. On the show, he was a street-smart kid who was sent to live with his family in Bel Air after getting into a fight in his hometown of Philadelphia.

"Star Trek: Voyager" is one of many television series which is set in the Star Trek universe. Originally airing in 1995, the show is set in the year 2371 where it follows the adventures of the crew aboard the USS Voyager Starfleet vessel.

"Knight Rider" is an American television series which was broadcasted on NBC from 1982 to 1986. The show starred David Hasselhoff as the high-tech crime fighter Michael Knight, who was assisted by an artificially intelligent car named KITT.

"The Jeffersons" is an American sitcom which aired on CBS from January 1975 to July 1985 for 11 seasons. At the time it was the longest-running series featuring an African American cast and one of the first to prominently feature an interracial couple.

"ER," which is a medical term for Emergency Room, is a medical drama series which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2009. As the name suggests, it revolved around the lives of the staff and patients at the fictional County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

"The X-Files" is an American sci-fi drama series which aired on Fox from 1993 to 2003 for nine seasons. The season which revolved around FBI agents dealing with paranormal phenomenon, it returned for a 10th season in 2016 and in 2017, the 11th seasoned aired with 10 episodes.

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