When did these TV shows take place? Guess the decade!

When did shows like Happy Days, Star Trek, M*A*S*H and The Jetsons take place?

Nostalgia and science-fiction are two driving forces of television. Writers love to nostalgically look back in time… or envision the future.

MeTV series like M*A*S*H, Happy Days, Star Trek and The Waltons all take place in the past or future. But can you put them into the correct decade?

Try to guess when these TV shows took place! (Not when they aired.)

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  1. Happy Days was first set in which decade. Hint: A second-season episode take place around the Ike vs. Adlai presidential election.
  2. What about the Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley? What decade was it in the early seasons?
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  3. Mork & Mindy was another Happy Days spinoff. When it began, it was set in which decade?
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  4. Hogan's Heroes takes place in which decade?
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  5. M*A*S*H is set during the Korean War. Which decade was that?
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  6. Star Trek obviously takes place in the future — but what decade is it?
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  7. The Wonder Years was a nostalgic coming of age tale that was initially set in the…?
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  8. The first season of Wonder Woman took place in the past in the…?
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  9. The Waltons began its family epic set in which decade?
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  10. China Beach was an acclaimed war drama set in the…?
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  11. The Jetsons was a vision of the future set in the…?
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  12. The Rifleman is a Western, of course, but can you place it into the correct decade?
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  13. The Untouchables was based on Eliot Ness working Chicago crime in the…?
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  14. After Happy Days, Marion Ross starred in another nostalgic sitcom, Brooklyn Bridge. When was it set?
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  15. The wacky comedy F Troop took place in the…?
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  16. The Wild Wild West centered around two agents working for President Grant largely in the…?
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  17. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was set in the then-future of the…?
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When did these TV shows take place? Guess the decade!

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savoycheer 2 months ago
13/17, terrible just terrible.
MikefromJersey 3 months ago
17 for 17. The Wonder Years stole it's premise, structure and humor from the radio legend
Jean Shepherd. Shep wrote the great movie The Christmas Story.
If you never read his books or heard his radio show, the Christmas Story alone should tell
you how The Wonder Years stole from him.
Read his classic In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash, which the Christmas Story is based on.
Great read for these times when we are stuck at home. Trust me.
kimmer 3 months ago
13/17....levi's...Adidas...tee shirts...who's aged?
scp 3 months ago
15 out of 17. Missed Wonder Years and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Fun fact: in the Star Trek episode "The Squire of Gothos," the dialogue suggests that the series is set in the 28th century, a timeline later contradicted by... well pretty much everything else in the Star Trek universe.
Dario 3 months ago
16 out of 17!(I missed the Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea question) 😁
ncadams27 3 months ago
There is a theory that the Jetsons and Flintstones both existed in the same era - a post-apocalyptic world where people either lived on the ground or in the air. Would explain why they use “modern” devices in the Stone Age and why they celebrate Christmas.
Lacey 3 months ago
15/17
I am surprised that Wonder Years started in the 1960s. I thought it was a solid 1970s show.
I would have remembered F-Troop as it was in the opening song. My bad.
Dudeman Lacey 3 months ago
I only knew it was the 1960s because there was an episode in which they were listening to "Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream, a late '60s hit, on a transistor radio.
Dario Lacey 3 months ago
The Wonders Years, which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1993, played out the years of 1968 to 1973.
BobD 3 months ago
13/17. Not as easy as it sounds, considering I never watched some of those shows.
BrianBruns 3 months ago
The Star Trek one requires some clarification. The 2260's date was retroactively established long after the show aired. Gene Roddenberry wanted the time frame to be ambiguous, which is why he used stardates. On the show itself, the time period was often contradictory, ranging from the late 22nd Century to the early 28th.
BobD BrianBruns 3 months ago
The only real reference to a time period for the series was in the episode Tomorrow is Yesterday, when the Air Police colonel threatens to lock Kirk up for 200 years, and Kirk responds "That ought to be just about right!"
BrianBruns BobD 3 months ago
There were others. In “Space Seed” it was stated the Eugenics War took place 200 years ago, in the 1990s. In “The Squire of Gothos,” Trelane was observing Earth from 900 light-years away and thought we were still in the 1800s.
Diz 3 months ago
15/17. Missed the two that were guesses.
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