Netflix Memory Lane: 5 Shows from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s

Netflix Memory Lane: 5 Shows from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s

Elizabeth Giorgi
Apr 18, 2014
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Yes, there is some crazy great stuff on television right now. Game of Thrones. Fargo. Orphan Black. But sometimes it's just fun to see where our media has come from. Some of the best shows wouldn't be on today without the work of these old school predecessors.

Murder, She Wrote: Are you totally obsessed with dramas featuring strong female characters, like Orphan Black or American Horror Story? While Murder, She Wrote is considerably more campy, it broke the mold by giving a woman a prominent role in a show that ran over a decade.

The Twilight Zone: There's nothing quite like the original Twilight Zone to make you quiver, laugh and cringe all within a 30 minute episode. If you're obsessed with creepy crawly shows with a surreal element like Fargo and True Detective, give this iconic program a shot.

The Incredible Hulk: Superheroes have never been more popular, but the 1970s Hulk was a shocking program. It was a humorous foray into translating comic book characters into relatable characters non-comic lovers could enjoy. If you've been tuning in every week for Agents of Shield, give this original Marvel adaptation a chance.

Upstairs Downstairs: Everyone loves a period piece, and the 70s were no exception. For fans of Downton Abbey and Ripper Street, this British classic set the bar.

The Original Doctor Who: Yes, yes, Doctor Who is still airing on television across the globe, with a new Doctor on his way in 2014, BUT, the original show defined the science fiction genre, and set the bar for how we talk about space on television. If you've been tuning in for Cosmos every week, you may want to take a foray into the show that put space on television in the 60s.

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