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This is that vast wasteland Newton Minow was ranting about on May 9, 1961 (listen).

Andy Griffith arrives. The Flintstones would run for six seasons, making it the only successful primetime animated series until The Simpsons thirty years later.

Sunday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC 6:30 Walt Disney Presents Maverick Lawman The Rebel The Islanders The Valiant Years
CBS Lassie Dennis the Menace The Ed Sullivan Show The General Electric Theater The Jack Benny Program Candid Camera What’s My Line?
NBC Shirley Temple’s Storybook National Velvet The Tab Hunter Show The Dinah Shore Chevy Show The Loretta Young Show This Is Your Life

Monday 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC The Cheyenne Show / Sugarfoot / Bronco Surfside 6 Adventures in Paradise Peter Gunn
CBS To Tell the Truth Pete and Gladys Brining Up Buddy The Danny Thomas Show The Andy Griffith Show Hennesey Face the Nation
NBC Riverboat Tales of Wells Fargo Klondike Dante The Barbara Stanwyck Show Jackpot Bowling Starring Milton Berle

Tuesday 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC The Bugs Bunny Show The Rifleman The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Stagecoach West Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond . . .
CBS . . . Father Knows Best (reruns) The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis The Tom Ewell Show The Red Skelton Show The Garry Moore Show
NBC Laramie Alfred Hitchcock Presents Thriller specials

Wednesday 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Hong Kong Ozzie and Harriet Hawaiian Eye Naked City
CBS The Aquanauts Wanted: Dead or Alive My Sister Eileen I’ve Got a Secret Armstrong Circle Theatre / The United States Steel Hour
NBC Wagon Train The Price Is Right Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall Peter Loves Mary . . .

Thursday 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Guestward, Ho! The Donna Reed Show The Real McCoys My Three Sons The Untouchables Take a Good Look
CBS The Witness Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater Angel The Ann Sothern Show Person to Person The DuPont Show with June Allyson
NBC Outlaws Bat Masterson Bachelor Father The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford The Groucho Show . . .

Friday 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Matty’s Funday Funnies Harrigan and Son The Flinstones 77 Sunset Strip The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor The Law and Mr. Jones
CBS Rawhide Route 66 Mr. Garlund The Twilight Zone Eyewitness to History
NBC Dan Raven The Westerner The Bell Telephone Hour / NBC News specials Michael Shayne

Saturday 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC The Roaring 20s Leave It to Beaver The Lawrence Welk Show Fight of the Week
10:45 Make That Spare
CBS Perry Mason Checkmate Have Gun, Will Travel Gunsmoke . . .
NBC Bonanza The Tall Man The Deputy The Nation’s Future . . .

ABC: The Walter Winchell Show aired in October at 10:30 on Sundays. Expedition! ran at 7pm on Tuesdays. Peter Gunn moved from NBC for its third, final season.

CBS: Presidential Countdown aired in September and October at 10:30 on Mondays.

NBC: The Campaign and the Candidates aired in September and October at 9:30-10:30 on Saturdays. The Groucho Show was formerly named You Bet Your Life for its final season.

The NTA Film Network provided several programs to its 100+ affiliates, including Fox movies, The Third Man, The Oscar Levant Show, Assignment: Underwater, Q.T. Hush, Open End, Divorce Court, The Best of Bishop Sheen, Grand Jury, Play of the Week, Newsbeat, and The Mike Wallace Interview. NTA ended its primetime run in November 1961, but continued to syndicate a few programs over the next five years: The Best of Bishop Sheen (continued until the fall of 1963), Probe (1962-63), Tintin (1963-64), The Fair Adventure (1964-65), and Doodles (1965-66).

My Three Sons debuts on September 29, and would run until August 24, 1972. ABC’s Sunday morning political show Issues and Answers debuts in 1960, and would run until November 8, 1981, and was replaced by This Week with David Brinkley. Wide World of Sports debuts on April 29, 1961 and runs until August 2006. Syndicated program The Porter Wagoner Show debuts in 1960, and would run through 1979. Syndicated program insight debuts October 2 and would run until January 21, 1985.

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