1960s American detective show database

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Below is a complete list of American detective/mystery/crime shows from the 1960s. This includes shows that started in the 1950s and continued into the 60s, as well as shows that started in the 1960s and continued into the 70s.

Clicking on a title link in the list below will take you to my post about that specific show (if I have created one). Additionally, the list also includes links to places where you can watch/stream the show online.

  • 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964)
  • 87th Precinct (1961-1962)
  • Acapulco (1961)
  • Adam-12 (1968-1975) [stream here]
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a.k.a. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1955-1965) [stream here]
  • Bourbon Street Beat (1959-1960)
  • The Brothers Brannagan (1960-1961)
  • The Case of the Dangerous Robin (1960-1961)
  • Checkmate (1960-1962)
  • The Chevy Mystery Show, a.k.a. Sunday Mystery Hour (1960)
  • Columbo (1968, 1971-1978, 1989-1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003) [stream here]
  • Coronado 9 (1960-1961)
  • Dante (1960-1961)
  • The Detectives (1959-1962)
  • Dragnet 1967 (1967-1970) [stream here]
  • The Edge of Night (1956-1984) (a mystery soap opera)
  • The F.B.I. (1965-1974)
  • The Files of Jeffrey Jones (1954-1955)
  • Follow the Sun (1961-1962)
  • The Fugitive (1963-1967)
  • Get Smart (1965-1970) [stream here]
  • Have Gun — Will Travel (1957-1963) (detective Western)
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980) [stream here]
  • Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963)
  • Honey West (1965-1966)
  • Hong Kong! (1960-1961)
  • The Investigators (1961)
  • Ironside (1967-1975)
  • It Takes a Thief (1968-1970)
  • Johnny Midnight (1960)
  • Johnny Staccato (1959-1960)
  • King of Diamonds (1961-1962)
  • Kraft Theatre, a.k.a. Kraft Mystery Theatre (1958-1963) and Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963-1965) (anthology series)
  • The Lawyers, a.k.a. The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969-1972)
  • Lock-Up (1959-1961)
  • M Squad (1957-1960)
  • Mannix (1967-1975)
  • The Man from Blackhawk (1959-1960)
  • Man with a Camera (1958-1960)
  • Markham (1959-1960)
  • Miami Undercover (1961)
  • Michael Shayne (1960-1961) (follows a 1940 movie of the same name)
  • The Mod Squad (1968-1973)
  • Mr. Broadway (1964)
  • Mr. Lucky (1959-1960)
  • My Friend Tony (1969)
  • The Naked City (1958-1959, 1960-1963) [stream here]
  • The Name of the Game (1968-1971)
  • The Outsider (1968-1969)
  • Perry Mason (1957-1966) [stream here]
  • Peter Gunn (1958-1961) [stream here]
  • Philip Marlowe (1959-1960)
  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957-1960)
  • The Rogues (1964-1965)
  • Saber of London, a.k.a. Detective’s Diary (1957-1960)
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969-1970) [stream here]
  • Shannon (1961-1962)
  • Shotgun Slade (1959-1961) (detective western)
  • Snooper and Blabber (1959-1962) (Hanna-Barbera cartoon, aired as part of ‘The Quick Draw McGraw Show’)
  • Surfside 6 (1960-1962)
  • T.H.E. Cat (1966-1967)
  • Whispering Smith (1961) (Western)
  • The Young Lawyers (1969-1971)

If you know of a show that is missing from the list above, or if you have any other additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments!


  1. How about David Janssen in Richard Diamond, Private Detective (late 1950s or possibly 1960), Richard Denning in Mr. and Mrs. North (mid 1950s)…
    Also there was an early or mid 1950s husband/wife detective show with Ida Lupino and Howard Duff (although I don’t remember the title)


    1. Thanks for all your suggestions! I’ve added Mr. and Mrs. North to the 50s list since it was fully in the 50s, and Richard Diamond to both the 50s and 60s lists since it ran from 1957-1960.

      For the last show, are you thinking of “Mr. Adams and Eve”? I’ve never seen the show, but from the descriptions I’ve been able to find of it it seems it was just a sitcom and not a mystery/detective show at all.


  2. I don’t see the series “Michael Shane” on your list. A detective series set in Miami, it ran for one year beginning in September of 1961


    1. Thanks for your comment! I just added it to the list 🙂 And I also took the opportunity last week to do some more research and added a few other shows I had missed, too.


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