Want to get a glimpse of simpler times? Spend the weekend binging on these best classic TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime. If you’re already a member of Prime, you know that it comes with access to the Amazon Instant Video Library. This library collection features tons of TV shows and movies, including many favorites that were popular during our parents (and even our grandparents) heyday. Check out some of our top picks for the best classic TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime.
Best Classic TV Shows to Watch on Amazon Prime
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The Andy Griffith Show
With Amazon Prime, you can watch 8 seasons, seasons 1-8, of the Andy Griffith Show. The Andy Griffith Show is a sitcom television series that aired on CBS for 8 seasons, from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968. The series took place in the town of Mayberry, North Carolina and centered on Sheriff Andy Taylor, a widower, his son Opie Taylor, Aunt Bee and Deputy Barney Fife. The Andy Griffith Show stars Andy Griffith as Andy, Ron Howard as Opie, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee and Don Knotts as Barney.
With Amazon Prime, you can watch 2 seasons, seasons 1 and 2, of Bonanza. Bonanza is a western television series that aired on NBC for 14 seasons, from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. The series mainly centers on the Ponderosa Ranch in Nevada, owned by Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam Cartwright, Eric Cartwright and Joseph Cartwright. Bonanza stars Lorne Greene as Ben, Pernell Roberts as Adam, Dan Blocker as Eric and Michael Landon as Joseph.
With Amazon Prime, you can watch 5 seasons, seasons 1-5, of the Twilight Zone. Twilight Zone is a television series that combines science fiction, supernatural, fantasy and horror. It aired on CBS for 5 seasons, from October 2, 1959 to June 16, 1964. The series featured an array of dramas that dealt with characters dealing with paranormal, weird or disturbing events. Twilight Zone had a ton of guest stars throughout its 5 seasons, including Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Peter Falk, Carol Burnett and Elizabeth Montgomery.
Star Trek: The Original Series
With Amazon Prime, you can watch 3 seasons, seasons 1-3, of Star Trek: The Original Series. Star Trek: The Original Series is a science fiction television series that aired on NBC for 3 seasons, from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969. The series focused on the Starship Enterprise and its crew, including Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, Lieutenant Commander Doctor Leonard McCoy, Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu and Ensign Pavel Chekov. Star Trek: The Original Series stars William Shatner, as Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, DeForest Kelley as McCoy, James Doohan as Scotty, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, George Takei as Sulu and Walter Koenig as Chekov.
With Amazon Prime, you can watch 4 seasons, seasons 1-4, of That Girl. That Girl is a sitcom television series that aired on ABC for 5 seasons, from September 8, 1966 to March 19, 1971. The series focused on Ann Marie, a struggling actress in New York City along with Don Hollinger, her boyfriend and Lew Marie, her father. That Girl stars Marlo Thomas as Anne Marie, Ted Bessell as Don and Lew Parker as Lew.