Published on March 27th, 2011 | by Yellow Magpie0
The Top TV Comedies For The 60’s
1960’s comedies were fun and many were suitable for the whole family. But there were some that challenged the mould and sought to take comedy in new directions.
Get Smart (1965-70)
Get Smart was a spoof of James Bond. It featured the incompetent CONTROL Agent, 86 who was constantly making mistakes and getting things wrong.
Get Smart was a colourful and entertaining series that always delivered.
Monty Python (1969-74)
Monty Python was completely different from the safe and sometimes anemic comedies of the 60’s. Bold and ireverant, it featured surreal animation and unpredictable sketches. The whole point of Monty Python was to challenge the viewer and its comedy was virtually always in an unexpected format.
The series became a cultural hit in many countries and spawned several films.
I Dream Of Jeannie (1965-70)
I Dream Of Jeannie was a light-hearted comedy about a genie found by an astronaut in a bottle on a deserted island. Jeannie, the genie, goes back to live with the astronaut, Tony, and comedy ensues.
The series’ success was based on the misunderstandings between Tony and Jeannie and the constant need to prevent her from being discovered.
Green Acres (1965-71)
Green Acres follows a couple who move from the urban confines of New York City to the open spaces of the rural countryside. Oliver and Lisa, decide to buy a farm called Green Acres and are puzzled by the local inhabitants and their strange manners.
The comedy of Green Acres was derived from looking at people from an outsider’s perspective. Both the New Yorkers and the country-folk were parodied and this is where the comedy lay.
The Beverely Hillbillies (1962-71)
The Beverly Hillbillies was another fish-out-of-water comedy. A simple concept, a family of hillbillies become rich after finding oil on their land and move to the Beverely Hills.
The cross cultures is the source of the comedy in this series and much hiliarity ensues via miscommunication and misunderstandings.