The Best TV Show From the Year You Were Born

We’re currently said to be in the golden age of TV. But who doesn’t miss the programs they grew up with? Some of the most influential series came in the ’60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, and we want to honor the best of them.

Whether you’re a late baby boomer or an early millennial, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the top series that premiered each year from 19621985, according to Nielsen Ratings.

1962: The Beverly Hillbillies

Buddy, Max, Irene and the others sit together in a car as they do groceries.

The Beverly Hillbillies | Warner Bros.

In September of 1962, CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies premiered. The rags-to-riches story of a family who moves to Los Angeles after striking it rich was on the air for nine seasons and was the highest-rated series its first season.

Originally shot in black-and-white, the single-camera series transitioned to color in the later years and spawned two semi-spinoffs.