"Mad Men" has won four Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama...

"Mad Men" has won four Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Credit: AMC

Thanks to "Mad Men," the 1960s are hot again on TV. Two of the fall season's most buzzed-about shows, NBC's "Playboy Club" and ABC's "Pan Am," are set then. It's not the first time TV has shown an interest in that turbulent decade -- as these five series attest.

 

LAVERNE & SHIRLEY (1976-83) -- The "Happy Days" spinoff about two Milwaukee BFFs (Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams) began in 1959 but moved into the '60s as the seasons progressed.

CALL TO GLORY (1984-85) -- Craig T. Nelson starred as a U.S. Air Force colonel in this drama that mingled family crises with the Cold War crises of the early 1960s.

CRIME STORY (1986-88) -- Extremely cool drama from "Miami Vice's" Michael Mann that starred Dennis Farina as an uncorruptible Chicago cop in 1963. Del Shannon's hyperkinetic "Runaway" was used as the show's theme song,

TOUR OF DUTY (1987-90) -- TV's first drama set against the Vietnam War focused on a group of raw recruits and was clearly inspired by Oliver Stone's 1986 hit movie, "Platoon."

THE WONDER YEARS (1988-93) -- The turbulent late-1960s as seen through the eyes of a wise suburban 12-year-old (Fred Savage).

Top Stories