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1. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Oh Shenandoah (2014)

TV-MA | 56 min | Drama

9.4
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Shocking information regarding the source comes to light in the fight for Will's freedom.

Director: Paul Lieberstein | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,619

2. I'll Fly Away (1991–1993)
Episode: I'll Fly Away (1991)

Drama

9.3
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Director: Joshua Brand | Stars: Sam Waterston, Regina Taylor, Jeremy London, Ashlee Levitch

Votes: 18

3. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: What Kind of Day Has It Been (2014)

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama

9.2
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The team looks forward as they mourn the loss of a coworker.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,387

4. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Aftershock (1996)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.1
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After witnessing an inmate's execution, McCoy, Kincaid, Briscoe, and Curtis react in different and extreme ways.

Director: Martha Mitchell | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 447

5. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Election Night: Part II (2013)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama

9.1
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As coverage of Election Night 2012 continues, the staff has to decide on which breaking story to pursue. Leona decides to let Reese decide. Mac and Will's situation heads closer to the edge. And Sloan finds her anonymous bidder.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,212

6. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Red Team III (2013)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

9.1
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In the aftermath of ACN's Operation Genoa report, the staff who put it together face some serious blowback, not just when the government responds but also when the sources' credibility comes into question.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,289

7. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Run (2014)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

9.1
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While Rebecca must once again defend ACN during a possible lawsuit, Will tries to protect Neal from the aftermath of the DOD leak; Charlie and Leona deal with a hostile takeover; Sloan ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,150

8. Grace and Frankie (2015– )
Episode: The Coup (2016)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy

9.1
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Frankie and Grace got surprise gifts from Babe, which open up new perspectives for both of them. They also discover painful secrets from their former husbands.

Director: Rebecca Asher | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Votes: 568

9. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: We Just Decided To (2012)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama

9.1
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Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 2,697

10. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 11,551

11. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Contempt (2014)

TV-MA | 59 min | Drama

9.0
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Will continues to defy the government by refusing to out the name of the source of the stolen documents. The team tries to make sure that the first reporter that wrote the story gets out of... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,071

12. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: I'll Try to Fix You (2012)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

9.0
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Will's new idealism leads him to be playing into the hands of the tabloid press determined to discredit him.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,855

13. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: The Greater Fool (2012)

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama

8.9
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Will is in the hospital and is too discouraged to return to work as his colleagues get the final clue needed to thwart the execs wanting to fire him.

Director: Greg Mottola | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,317

14. New York Television Theatre (1965– )

Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Stars: John C. Becher, Charlotte Rae, George Rose, Sada Thompson

Votes: 6

15. Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs (1999 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

8.8
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Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs, hosted by Sam Waterston, tells the compelling stories behind some of the world's most memorable photographs. Returning to the ... See full summary »

Director: Cyma Rubin | Star: Sam Waterston

Votes: 5

16. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Boston (2014)

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama

8.8
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In the wake of the Genoa debacle, the team decides to use caution in reporting a major breaking story. Neal is contacted by an anonymous source in possession of stolen government documents; Sloan looks to solve a takeover puzzle.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,157

17. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990)

TV-PG | 68 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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The North celebrated Lee's surrender and the end of the war. On April 14, Good Friday, John Wilkes Booth learned that President Lincoln, General Grant and others were to attend a play at ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Barbara Fields, Shelby Foote, James Symington

Votes: 197

18. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990)

TV-PG | 96 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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In trying to draw Union troops away from the siege of Vicksburg, Robert E. Lee invaded Pennsylvania and over three days 150,000 men would do battle at Gettysburg. Confederate soldiers had ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Barbara Fields, Daisy Turner

Votes: 214

19. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: War Is All Hell (1865) (1990)

TV-PG | 69 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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By the beginning of 1865, the Confederacy was coming to an end. Atlanta had been overrun and Sherman was marching to the sea. Lincoln approved Sherman's plan against the advice of those ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, James Symington

Votes: 198

20. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

8.7
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Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 2,036

21. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Couples (2003)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Briscoe and Green catch three murder cases and one kidnapping on the same day, and one murder is tied to a fourth murder which happened ten years ago. Each case apparently involves domestic disputes gone wrong.

Director: David Platt | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 201

22. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Invaders (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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A case involving fake DEA badges leads to the death of A.D.A. Borgia. McCoy is forced to resort to dubious legal tactics to ensure that Borgia's killers are brought to justice.

Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 235

23. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Main Justice (2014)

TV-MA | 57 min | Drama

8.7
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When the team attends the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Mac makes an unexpected acquaintance and Will gets a surprise.

Director: Alan Poul | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 899

24. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Pro Se (1996)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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A schizophrenic attorney who refuses to take medication defends himself against multiple charges of murder.

Director: Lewis Gould | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 237

25. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Refuge: Part 2 (1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Hitmen reach the last witness in the Russian mob case, which leads to the discovery of a money laundering scheme. And a related bomb scare at the police precinct forces McCoy to defy Schiff and go all out to prosecute the offenders.

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 177

26. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Rubber Room (2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Lupo and Bernard believe they are in a race against time to find a student threatening on an Internet blog to blow up a school--only to discover that they are looking for a disgruntled teacher instead.

Director: Rene Balcer | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

Votes: 241

27. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
Episode: The Empire of Grandeur: 1915-1919 (2009)

TV-G | 111 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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America boasts a dozen national parks as the park idea turns 50 years old. A millionaire businessman named Stephen Mather impulsively accepts the offer to oversee them for one year. Mather ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Shelton Johnson, William Cronon, Kim Heacox

Votes: 41

28. Grace and Frankie (2015– )
Episode: The Party (2016)

TV-MA | 31 min | Comedy

8.7
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Frankie gets shocking news from Babe, and helps her friend throw the best party of her life.

Director: Wendey Stanzler | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Votes: 459

29. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

8.6
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A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 97,156

30. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)

120 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.

Stars: Peter Coyote, William Cronon, Dayton Duncan, Shelton Johnson

Votes: 1,347

31. A Walk in the Woods (1988 TV Movie)

Drama

8.6
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True story about one US and one USSR delegate who, during 1982 talks in Geneva between USA and USSR on limiting medium-range nukes in Europe, met by accident in a nearby forest while on a stroll and informally started a key discussion.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Robert Prosky, Sam Waterston

Votes: 34

32. Hammer and Cycle (2004)

27 min | Documentary, Short

8.6
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A group of college students leave New Haven, CT on bicycles and plan a 4,000-mile adventure to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Director: James Cocks | Stars: Mairin Burke, Jordan Heitz, Jeremy Jackson, Tyler Mann

Votes: 15

33. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Bodies (2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A serial killer refuses to tell Jack McCoy the names and locations of all of his victims. The killer's defense attorney has the information too, but refuses to disclose it because of attorney-client privilege.

Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 209

34. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Bullies (2012)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama

8.6
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As Will deals with insomnia and online death threats, Sloan's frustrating interview with a Japanese nuclear rep about the Fukushima disaster gets her in major trouble.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,309

35. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Election Night: Part I (2013)

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama

8.6
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On the night of the 2012 presidential election, Maggie and Don chase a story, Sloan and Mac ask Neal for a favor, Don learns that Jerry has a lawsuit in store for him too, and Will and Mac's personal differences return.

Director: Jason Ensler | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 906

36. The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
Episode: Going Home: 1920-1933 (2009)

TV-G | 115 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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As the nation enters the 1920s, Stephen Mather and Horace Albright ally themselves with the automobile to "democratize" the national parks and attract more Americans to them. Nebraskans ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Peter Coyote, Ruth Kirk, Dayton Duncan, Alfred Runte

Votes: 42

37. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)
Episode: Same to You, Pal (2014)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.6
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Stephen invites his colleague and lifelong friend Grimmy to the show for the final episode of The Colbert Report.

Director: Jim Hoskinson | Stars: Stephen Colbert, Andrew Young, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, J.J. Abrams

Votes: 70

38. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: The Cause (1861) (1990)

TV-PG | 100 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Slavery began to flourish in the U.S. at the end of the 18th century with Eli Whitney's invention of the cotton gin. Whereas it would take one person a day to produce a pound of clean ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Barbara Fields, Ed Bearss

Votes: 293

39. Grace and Frankie (2015– )
Episode: The Sign (2017)

TV-MA | Comedy

8.6
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Grace and Frankie face a lawsuit. Sol fights back against the homophobic play protesters. Frankie mulls over a move that would change everything.

Director: Rebecca Asher | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen

Votes: 342

40. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990)

TV-PG | 69 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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By 1864, Union forces had the upper hand, though the end of war was not yet in sight. President Lincoln named U.S. Grant overall commander of the Union army, 533,000 strong and the largest ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, Sam Waterston

Votes: 204

41. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 10,744

42. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Oliver Platt, Michael Murphy

Votes: 1,402

43. I'll Fly Away (1991–1993)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Forrest Bedford is a Southern lawyer in the late 1950s, generally content with his privileged life. But the winds of change are blowing, and he becomes increasingly involved with civil ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Waterston, Regina Taylor, Jeremy London, Ashlee Levitch

Votes: 715

44. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997 TV Movie)

TV-G | 240 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The story of the most important American exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose

Votes: 986

45. Dateline: Saigon (2016)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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How does a nation slip into war? Dateline-Saigon profiles the controversial reporting of five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists -The New York Times' David Halberstam, the Associated Press'... See full summary »

Director: Thomas D. Herman | Star: Sam Waterston

Votes: 8

46. The 40th Annual Tony Awards (1986 TV Special)

8.5
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Director: Clark Jones | Stars: George Abbott, Debbie Allen, Philip Anglim, Susan Anton

Votes: 11

47. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: 5/1 (2012)

TV-MA | 53 min | Drama

8.5
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When Charlie gets a tip from a mysterious informant that the President is about to make a major announcement, the news team tries to confirm what it is about.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,443

48. The Newsroom (2012–2014)
Episode: Amen (2012)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

8.5
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On the week of 2011's Valentine's Day, the news team is forced to hire a local Egyptian stringer to report on Arab Spring developments and find they have placed him in great danger.

Director: Daniel Minahan | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 1,392

49. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Entitled (2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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After a salesman is murdered, the detectives turn their attention to Stephanie Mulroney, the youngest daughter of a well-known family with some deep connections. But as they join forces ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Michelle Hurd

Votes: 726

50. The Civil War (1990)
Episode: Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990)

TV-PG | 72 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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By the summer of 1864, the Union push had been stopped. At Petersburg, Union troops had been entrenched in an intricate network trenches for two months. The key to victory lay in Sherman ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: David McCullough, Shelby Foote, Ed Bearss, Stephen B. Oates

Votes: 202



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