Can you guess what classic TV shows premiered the same year as these historical events?

Which show debuted the same year as the moon landing?

Image: Associate Press / Dan Grossi

When looking back at the past, it’s easy to forget how many things were happening at the same time — especially for the transformational decades in the middle of the 20th century.

Here are 12 things that made headlines in decades past. Can you match each event with the right TV show that premiered the same year?

  1. In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon became the first presidential candidates to debate on national television. Which classic sitcom premiered that year?
    Image: Associated Press
  2. The Beatles performed on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' in 1964 igniting Beatlemania in the U.S. Which show debuted that year?
    Image: Associated Press / Dan Grossi
  3. The first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City in 1959. Which thriller series also debuted that year?
    Image: Associated Press / Chris Pizzello
  4. Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the earth, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. Which TV drama premiered that year?
    Image: Associated Press / Elaine Thompson
  5. Which classic Western premiered in 1955, the same year that Disneyland opened?
    Image: Associated Press
  6. In 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. It was the year which family sitcom premiered?
    Image: Associated Press
  7. The 22nd amendment to the constitution, which limits a president to two terms, was ratified in 1951 - the same year as which iconic TV show?
    Image: Associated Press / Bob Schutz
  8. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was completed in 1965. Which classic sixties show debuted that year?
    Image: Associated Press
  9. In 1966, "Miranda Rights" were introduced for law enforcement after the Supreme Court decided the case Miranda v. Arizona. Which TV series started that year?
    Image: Associated Press
  10. American Bobby Fischer defeated the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Chess Championship dubbed the “Match of the Century.” It was the same year as which shows premiere?
    Image: Associated Press / J. Walter Green
  11. In 1974, Nixon resigned from the presidency after the Watergate scandal. Which TV series started that year?
    Image: Associated Press
  12. On May 25, 1986, millions of people formed human chains in the “Hands Across America” charity event. Which show debuted that year?
    Image: Associated Press / Jim Ruymen

Can you guess what classic TV shows premiered the same year as these historical events?

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ellephant 20 days ago
12 out of 12 and I was born in 1997!! Not having cable growing up really paid off haha 😅
ndebrabant 29 days ago
You got 10 out of 12
Did you make all the right moves for this quiz?
Stoney 29 days ago
10 for 12. Missed Green Acres and Happy Days
TheDavBow3 29 days ago
Only missed 1. Pretty good!! I missed the "I Love Lucy" premier. I pick "The Lone Ranger"
SalIanni 29 days ago
Question #4 should have had a different answer. Sputnik, the Soviet satellite that orbited around the Earth, was launched on October 4, 1957, the SAME DAY!! as the premiere of "Leave It To Beaver". That's a historical double event that Me-TV should have recognized right away.
DarioWiter 29 days ago
11 out of 12. Got the last one wrong. 😁😁😁😁😁
DouglasMorris 30 days ago
11/12! missed number 3 which did me in.
UTZAAKE DouglasMorris 29 days ago
Same score. Missed #8.
frenchman71 30 days ago
I thought I would miss #12, the "Hands Across america". I knew the "A-Team" premiered after the 1983 Super Bowl when my Dolphins lost to the "Skins".
frenchman71 30 days ago
I have a memory for dates and years. It's a curse, I guess. I was 12/12.
Craigg 30 days ago
You got 10 out of 12
Did you make all the right moves for this quiz?
Pilaf 30 days ago
7 out of 12. I shudda done better
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