History of 1960s Television

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 10/22/2024
Ending: 12/03/2024
Period of Day: Period 3 In-Person
Time: 2:00 - 3:30
Course Fee: $50

Course Description:

In the 1960’s television became a political force, featuring the first televised presidential debate. TV journalism also gained prominence as the civil rights era, the JFK assassination and the space race all unfolded on television. Television shows also began being broadcast in color.

This course will be a history of television shows in the 1960’s.  It will include: comedies (e.g. The Dick Van Dyke Show, Get Smart); dramas (e.g. The Fugitive, Mission: Impossible); westerns (e.g. Bonanza, The Wild Wild West);  police shows (e.g. Mannix, Hawaii Five-0); made-for-TV films (e.g. Heidi, How the Grinch Stole Christmas); cartoons (e.g. The Flintstones, Johnny Quest); game shows (e.g. Match Game, Password); news shows (e.g. 60 Minutes, The Huntley-Brinkley Report); public television shows (e.g. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Sesame Street); variety and late night shows (e.g. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson).  Sorry, no weekday daytime TV such as soap operas.  I was in school during the 1960s.  The format will be lecture with plenty of YouTube clips of TV shows.  No advance preparation required.

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Course Leader Bio(s)

Bob Tremblay

I was an avid viewer—is there a stronger word than that, maybe fanatical—of television shows in the 1960s. The TV Guide was my bible. As a journalist for more than 40 years and a film critic for 30 years, I interviewed my share of celebrities who acted in both film and movies. This will be the fifth course I’ve taught at LLAIC. Previous courses were film appreciation, classical music appreciation, history of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll, and history of the movie musical.