It’s time to go back to the years 1965 and 1966 to see the top 10 television shows and their opening themes.
#1 – Bonanza Bonanza ran for 14 seasons from 1959-1973 and had 431 episodes on NBC and is the second longest running western series next to Gunsmoke. This season the show also tied Family Affair and Gunsmokewith an estimated audience of 17,124,300.
#2 – Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. “Gomer Pyle, USMC” was a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show and aired on CBS from 1964-1969 and had a total of 150 episodes. The 65-66 season had an estimated audience of 14,970,300.
#3 – The Lucy Show Originally airing on CBS, The Lucy Showran from 1962-1968. In the 1965-66 season there was a major change in cast and premise of the show. The show had an estimated audience of 14,916,450.
#4 – The Red Skelton Show Beginning on NBC in 1951, the show ran for almost 20 years and moved to CBS in 1953 for 15 years and ended after returning to NBC in 1970 and received three Emmy Awards. The show had an estimated audience of 14,862,600 during the 65-66 season.
#5 – Batman (Thursday) Starring Adam West, Batman premiered on ABC in 1966 and instantly became a pop culture success, with an estimated audience on Thursdays of 14,539,500.
#6 – The Andy Griffith Show The Andy Griffith Showoriginally aired on CBS and had an estimated audience of 14,485,650 for the season. The opening scene was shot locally at Franklin Canyon north of Beverly Hills and began airing in color in 1965.
#7 – Bewitched The comedy Bewitchedran for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 through 1972 and had an estimated audience of 13,947,150 during the 1965-1966 TV season. As an added bonus, here is ABC’s Fall promo for the 1965-1966 TV season featuring Bewitched.
#8 – The Beverly Hillbillies The Beverly Hillbillies aired on CBS for nine seasons from 1961-1971. The theme song entitled “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” was performed by Flatt and Scruggs, a bluegrass group, with the lyrics sung by Jerry Scoggins. The show had an estimated audience this season of 13,947,150. Below is a CBS promo for the show in 1965.
#9 – Hogan’s Heroes Airing from 1965 – 1971 on CBS, Hogan’s Heroes ran for 168 episodes and took place in a German POW camp during World War II. The estimated audience for this season was 13,408,650.
#10 – Batman (Wednesday) Starring Adam West, Batman premiered on ABC in 1966 and instantly became a pop culture success, with an estimated audience on Wednesdays of 13,300,950.