16 vintage TV shows now streaming on Netflix

James Garner as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files

One of the nicest things about Netflix is the ability to indulge in a bit of nostalgia without having to spend a bunch of money. Right now, folks of a certain age can relive some great television memories on the streaming service and reconnect with some old friends. We’re not talking about the arrival of Friends, but of a number of shows from somewhat simpler eras and with casts not nearly as handsome/beautiful. Now on Netflix are:

Star Trek, the original one with James Tiberius Kirk before he was the Priceline pitchman.

Columbo, in which a seemingly slow-witted LA homicide detective in an ill-fitting trenchcoat and driving a clapped-out Peugeot 403 Cabriolet always got the bad guy.

The Andy Griffith Show, which brought the downhome folk of Mayberry, N.C. to the national stage.

The Rockford Files, which starred James Garner as a private detective in Los Angeles assisted by his father (played by Noah Beery, Jr.) a retired truck driver.

Dragnet, during which Jack Webb and Harry Morgan as LA police investigators always sought, “The facts, mam, just the fact.”

Mission Impossible, with Peter Graves in the role Tom Cruise played in the movies.

Adam 12, yet another cop show set in Los Angeles, that starred Martin Milner (the guy with the snazzy Corvette in the TV show Route 66) and created by the aforementioned Jack Webb.

Emergency, yet another show set in Los Angeles, but this one about the then new rescue vehicles staffed by “paramedics.”

Quincy, starring Jack Klugman as an LA (where else?) medical examiner.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker, about a newspaperman – in Chicago, and somehow not Los Angeles! – chasing stories about the supernatural.

As well as, The Munsters, Leave It To Beaver, Hawaii Five-0, McMillan & Wife, The Incredible Hulk and The Dick Van Dyke Show.