During the 60s the color television hi-fi record players, better cars, and more sophisticate washing machines become common place in the home. CBS was the dominant show, then airing 13 of the 15 most popular shows. Movie stars in the 1960s: Ed Sullivan, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dike, and Danny Thomas. CBS also produced The Beverly Hillbillies, Candid Camera, Family Affair, Rawhide, Bonanza, Laugh-In, and Bewitched. By watching TV you could hardly imagine that any Americans were discontent with their way of life because foul language was strictly prohibited and sex did not play a major role on any of these shows, most were family entertainment with formal plots punctuated by commercials. On May 12, TV: Frank Sinatra, in his fourth and final ABC special for the season, presents the return to television of Elvis Presley, who has just returned from the Army. Frank and Elvis duet on "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft". Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse and Pioneer of animated films, died of cancer on December 15, 1966, but his legend lives on. March 1, 1968- The World of Apu completes, in alternations of suffering and joy, one of the most vital and abundant movies ever made. The 60's were the birth of the computers. The Digital Equipment Corporation introduced the first minicomputer in 1963.
Television in the 1960s
As television technology developed throughout the 1960s, the medium continued its domination as the entertainment form of choice for most Australians. By 1965, it was estimated that 9 out of 10 Australian families owned a TV set.
Programs imported from overseas enjoyed massive popularity; in particular the American comedies I Love Lucy and Leave it to Beaver and the British soap Coronation Street. Locally-produced content, however, was also receiving an enthusiastic response. Hit music shows like Bandstand and Six O'Clock Rock proved popular with teenagers,...