Last Updated: November 1st
In its current form, Netflix is an excellent source for recent TV shows and a hit-or-miss one for must-see programs from TV’s classic era. But that doesn’t mean some gems of old series can’t be found with a little bit of searching. From family-friendly sitcoms to gritty detective dramas and everything in between, here’s a rundown of the 10 best classic TV shows on Netflix streaming you can watch right now.
The Andy Griffith Show (8 seasons)
One of the most beloved shows from TV’s first golden age, The Andy Griffith Show began as a spin-off from The Danny Thomas Show. Set in the small town of Mayberry, N.C., the series stars Griffith as local sheriff Andy Taylor, a gentle enforcer of the law and frequent dispenser of homespun wisdom. Griffith said that the show, which ran from 1960-1968, felt more like it was set in the 1930s, explaining that the series was “of a time gone by.” Along with its picturesque setting and whistle-inducing theme song, The Andy Griffith Show co-stars Don Knotts as the hapless Deputy Barney Fife, and future film director (and Arrested Development narrator) Ron Howard as Griffith’s young son, Opie.