1960s American detective show database

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Below is (what I hope 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.

The 60s were also a very popular time for spy shows; and since the distinction between detective/mystery shows and spy shows can get a bit blurry, I have included some of them in the list below.

The list also includes information on where you can watch/stream the show online or whether you can purchase it on DVD. The final column also includes any additional notes and comments about the show, or links to any blog posts I have made about it.

#-B

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
77 Sunset Strip 1958-1964only in German
87th Precinct1961-1962Based on the novels by Ed McBain
Acapulco1961
Adam-121968-1975[stream here]All seasons, from Season 1 through the Final Season are available individually on DVD.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a.k.a. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1955-1965 [stream S1 and S2] [Season 1-5 DVD set]
[Season 8-10 DVD set]
The Bold Ones: The Protectors, a.k.a. Deadlock and The Law Enforcers1969-1970[complete DVD set]
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1968-1972[complete DVD set]
Bourbon Street Beat1959-1960
The Brothers Brannagan1960-1961
Burke’s Law1963-1966, 1994-1995[Season 1 Vol. 1 DVD]
[Season 1 Vol. 2 DVD]

C-D

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Case of the Dangerous Robin1960-1961
Checkmate1960-1962
The Chevy Mystery Show, a.k.a. Sunday Mystery Hour1960
Columbo1968, 1971-1978, 1989-1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003[stream here][Complete DVD Set][view my posts about it here]
Coronado 91960-1961[DVD set]
The Defenders1961-1965[Season 1 DVD]
Dante1960-1961
The Detectives1959-1962
Dragnet 19671967-1970[stream here][Season 1 DVD] [Season 2 DVD] [Season 3 DVD] [Season 4 DVD]

E-G

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Edge of Night 1956-1984(a mystery soap opera, originally meant to be an adaptation of the Perry Mason radio series)
The F.B.I.1965-1974Most seasons are available on DVD starting with Season 1 Part 1
Follow the Sun1961-1962
The Fugitive1963-1967[Complete DVD set]
Get Smart1965-1970[stream here][Complete DVD set]
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1966-1967[stream here][Vol 1 DVD]
[Vol 2 DVD]

H-I

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Have Gun — Will Travel 1957-1963[complete DVD collection](detective Western)
Hawaii Five-O1968-1980[stream here][Complete DVD set]
Hawaiian Eye 1959-1963
Honey West1965-1966[Complete DVD set]
Hong Kong! 1960-1961
The Investigators1961
Ironside1967-1975[Seasons 1-4 DVD set]
It Takes a Thief1968-1970[Complete DVD set]

J-L

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Johnny Midnight1960
Johnny Staccato1959-1960[complete DVD collection]
King of Diamonds1961-1962
Kraft Theatre, a.k.a. Kraft Mystery Theatre and Kraft Suspense Theatre1958-1963, 1963-1965(anthology series)
The Lawyers, a.k.a. The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1969-1972
The Lineup, a.k.a. San Francisco Beat 1954-1960
Lock-Up1959-1961

M

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
M Squad 1957-1960[complete DVD collection]
Mannix1967-1975[complete DVD set]
The Man from Blackhawk1959-1960
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.1964-1968[stream here][DVD collection]
Man with a Camera1958-1960[complete DVD collection]
Markham 1959-1960
Miami Undercover1961[DVD collection]
Michael Shayne1960-1961[Vol. 1 DVD](follows a 1940 movie series of the same name)
Mission: Impossible1966-1973, 1988-1990[stream here] OR [stream here][Original series DVD set]
[Original series Blu-ray set]
[80s revival DVD set]
The Mod Squad1968-1973[Complete DVD set]
Mr. Broadway1964
Mr. Lucky1959-1960[stream here][complete DVD set]
My Friend Tony1969

N-R

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Naked City1958-1959, 1960-1963[stream here][complete DVD set]
The Name of the Game1968-1971
The Outsider 1968-1969
Perry Mason1957-1966[stream here][complete DVD set]Based on the novels by Erle Stanley Gardner
Peter Gunn 1958-1961[stream here][complete DVD set]
Philip Marlowe 1959-1960
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1957-1960(based on a radio series of the same name)
The Rogues1964-1965[Vol 1 DVD]
[Vol 2 DVD]

S-Z

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Saber of London, a.k.a. Detective’s Diary 1957-1960(reprisal of ‘Mark Saber’)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! 1969-1970, 1978[stream here][complete Blu-ray set]
Shannon 1961-1962
Shotgun Slade1959-1961[Vol.1-3 DVD set](detective western)
Snooper and Blabber 1959-1962(Hanna-Barbera cartoon, aired as part of ‘The Quick Draw McGraw Show’)
Surfside 6Surfside 6 (1960-1962)
T.H.E. Cat 1966-1967
Tales of Wells Fargo 1957-1962[stream here][Season 1 and 2 DVD set](detective western)
Whispering Smith1961[Complete DVD set](Western)
The Young Lawyers1969-1971[DVD set]

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!

12 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)

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    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.

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  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

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    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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    1. Thanks for your comment! I was initially hesitant to include it since it’s more of a spy show, I think (given that you and others have brought it up) it counts since the distinction between spy shows and detective shows can often be blurred. I’ll add it to the list 🙂

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