Uncle Buzz's 25 childhood TV show favorites

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1. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Western

The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Joe Benson

Votes: 2,839

2. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Votes: 2,056

3. The Jack Paar Program (1962–1965)

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

This was a variety show, hosted by Jack Paar, that had live and filmed interviews with famous people; comedy and musical acts; and home movies of trips Paar took with his wife Miriam and ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Paar, Jose Melis, Jim G. Lucas, Jonathan Winters

Votes: 144

4. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 3,023

5. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,920

6. Colonel Bleep (1956– )

TV-G | 5 min | Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

From their earth headquarters on Zero Zero Island, Colonel Bleep, Squeek and Scratch battle intergalactic villains such as Doctor Destructo, the master criminal of the universe, The Black ... See full summary »

Star: Noah Tyler

Votes: 52

7. Lassie (1954–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly

Votes: 2,615

8. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)

Approved | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

Robin of Loxley, otherwise known as Robin Hood, and his band of Merry Men protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John while King Richard the Lionheart is away fighting in the Crusades.

Stars: Richard Greene, Victor Woolf, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 604

9. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The two top Agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, John Herman Shaner

Votes: 4,375

10. Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy

Votes: 3,013

11. Sky King (1951–1962)

30 min | Adventure, Western

"From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes Sky King" was the familiar opening to television's premier aviation program. Operating from his Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona, Sky King,... See full summary »

Stars: Kirby Grant, Gloria Winters, Ewing Mitchell, Ron Hagerthy

Votes: 380

12. The Howdy Doody Show (1947–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Family

The first nationally televised American children's TV program and a prototype for what followed. Buffalo Bob Smith hosts while the puppet, Howdy Doody, stars.

Stars: Bob Smith, Robert Keeshan, Bill LeCornec, Lew Anderson

Votes: 177

13. Fury (1955–1960)

30 min | Family, Western

A horse and the boy who loved him.

Stars: Peter Graves, William Fawcett, Bobby Diamond, Highland Dale

Votes: 381

14. My Friend Flicka (1955–1960)

TV-G | 30 min | Adventure, Western

Set in Montana about 1900, this was a story about young Ken McLaughlin and his horse Flicka. Ken lived on a ranch with his parents Rob and Nell and the ranch-hand Gus and had many an adventure.

Stars: Gene Evans, Anita Louise, Johnny Washbrook, Frank Ferguson

Votes: 117

15. Zorro (1957–1959)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Don Diego de la Vega opposes the corrupt tyrants of Spanish California as the masked swordsman, Zorro.

Stars: Guy Williams, Gene Sheldon, Henry Calvin, Don Diamond

Votes: 2,810

16. The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955– )

Adventure, Western, Family

Marty Markham is a spoiled rich kid who has lost his parents. His father's war buddy has arranged for Marty to come to his ranch, the triple R where boys get to live in the big outdoors. ... See full summary »

Stars: Dee Aaker, Tim Considine, David Stollery, Roy Barcroft

Votes: 196

17. Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

American frontiersman Davy Crockett fights in the Creek Indian War, is elected to the U.S. Congress and fights for Texas at the Alamo.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael, Hans Conried

Votes: 3,125

18. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954–1959)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

Rusty was orphaned in an Indian raid. He and his dog Rin Tin Tin were adopted by the troops at Fort Apache in Arizona, and helped establish law and order in and around Mesa Grande.

Stars: Lee Aaker, James Brown, Rin Tin Tin II, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 588

19. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule, Mort Mills

Votes: 1,720

20. Felix the Cat (1958– )

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The complete 1958-1959 full-color series!

Star: Jack Mercer

Votes: 657

21. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 6,079

22. Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion (1955– )

30 min | Adventure

A captain in the French Foreign Legion in North Africa tries to keep the peace and battle bandit tribes while also taking care of his son, who lives with him at the Foreign Legion fort.

Stars: Buster Crabbe, Fuzzy Knight, Cullen Crabbe, Gilles Quéant

Votes: 82

23. Top Cat (1961–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Top Cat is the leader of a group of alley cats, always trying to cheat someone.

Stars: Leo DeLyon, Allen Jenkins, Arnold Stang, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 6,324

24. Laramie (1959–1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

It is the 1870s in the Wyoming Territory, Slim Sherman and his fourteen-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father's death.

Stars: Robert Fuller, John Smith, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 810

25. The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.

Stars: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

Votes: 1,653



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