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1. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Ten Feet of Nothing (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

9.4
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During a drunken evening in town, a miner gives a pretty saloon-singer half-interest in his apparently worthless claim, only to learn that the surrounding property contains a vein of valuable ore.

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: James Drury, Lew Gallo, Hank Patterson, Preshy Marker

Votes: 13

2. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Trial by Fear (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

9.2
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Two hoods see a way to fatten their wallets when they overhear a conversation among wealthy businessmen.

Director: William D. Faralla | Stars: Eddie Quillan, Phil Chambers, Joseph Hamilton, Ed Peck

Votes: 6

3. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: RX: Slow Death (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

9.1
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Justin Gates is in time to save a boy deathly ill from a medicine show. Gates tries to shut it down but meets opposition from Professor Peacock and his strongman Samson. Gates must physically fight to stop Peacock's fraudulent claims.

Director: Stuart E. McGowan | Stars: Sumner Williams, Pamela Duncan, Mary Alan Hokanson, Dan White

Votes: 8

4. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

9.1
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An alien race comes to Earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings, Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright

Votes: 3,118

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

9.0
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 63,651

6. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Gamble with Death (1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

9.0
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An old prospector partners with a newcomer in search of a gold strike.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Ken Murray, Dick Sargent, Eddie Quillan, Tom Greenway

Votes: 7

7. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: The Reluctant Gun (1959)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

9.0
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When artistic Billy Jackson is threatened by gunslinger Corbett, he shoots him in the back. Famed lawyer Temple Houston is asked to take Billy's case but because the crime took place with many witnesses Houston must work a miracle.

Director: Nat Perrin | Stars: Ross Elliott, Maggie Pierce, Alan Reed Jr., Robert Morris

Votes: 9

8. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: The Gambler and the Lady (1958)

TV-G | 25 min | Western

8.8
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New school teacher Ruth arrives in town and is instantly attracted to Brad Forrester. After she learning he's a gambler and boxing promoter she gives him the cold shoulder. But missing money points to Ruth and she needs his help.

Director: Stuart E. McGowan | Stars: Mark Dana, Kathleen Case, Hal Baylor, Roy Jenson

Votes: 9

9. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: The Hammer of C Block (1976)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A friend (Isaac Hayes) from Jim's time in prison after getting out, needs help clearing himself from the crime he was put into prison for.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Isaac Hayes

Votes: 173

10. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Vengeance: Part 1 (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Bob Johnson is a super fast gunman looking for revenge against the men who paralyzed his foster father and killed his foster brother, when they were attempting to steal a calf.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 96

11. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 13,434

12. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

TV-PG | 51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 3,745

13. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Pioneer Circus (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

8.5
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Ma's circus has fallen on hard times but she plans reviving the show's fortune rest on Juliette and her equestrian act. The situation begins to improve thanks to Holland's efforts but Forbes and Laura undermine the circus at every turn.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Johnny Carpenter, Winnie Chandler, Bill Hale, John Holland

Votes: 11

14. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: The Telescope Eye (1958)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.5
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Deputy sheriff Wall Kennedy is better known for spinning tales then solving crimes. When John is arrested for a knife murder at a party his girl Holly stands by him. Wall, with only one eye... See full summary »

Director: Stuart E. McGowan | Stars: Slim Pickens, Richard Beymer, Dennis O'Flaherty, Cecile Rogers

Votes: 14

15. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)

Approved | 25 min | Western

8.4
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The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East

Votes: 2,094

16. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

8.4
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The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,112

17. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.4
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The son of a police detective solves baffling crimes.

Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Tom Reese, John Hillerman

Votes: 1,053

18. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Rod Blake, a State Trooper is an officer of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The setting is in the 1950s American West.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, Don Haggerty, Paul Stader

Votes: 65

19. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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A former underworld lawyer goes to work for the Federal Government, determined to bring one hundred top criminals to justice.

Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gene Coogan, Eddie Hice, Gavin MacLeod

Votes: 54

20. Batman (1966–1968)
Episode: Batman's Satisfaction (1967)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.4
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Colonel Gumm moves out of the Pink Chip Stamps Factory, taking its owner Pinky Pinkston along as a hostage. A message hidden by Miss Pinkston in a bowl of alphabet soup directs Batman and ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Rudolph | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 204

21. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Chaff in the Wind (1966)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.4
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A man and his two adult kids broke and hungry end up at Shiloh when their wagon breaks down. They are grifters but the old man decides to stay at Shiloh. The kids soon like it but don't feel they fit in not knowing their dad is scheming.

Director: Herman Hoffman | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Randy Boone

Votes: 32

22. Search (1972–1973)
Episode: Countdown to Panic (1973)

60 min | Adventure

8.4
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A researcher on a sea dive is infected with a deadly virus while on a scientific expedition at the bottom of the ocean. After the researcher escapes quarantine Lockwood must find him before he can infect others and start a lethal epidemic.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Doug McClure, Anthony Franciosa, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 9

23. The Fugitive (1963–1967)
Episode: Never Wave Goodbye: Part 1 (1963)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Kimble flees Los Angeles with a woman who loves him after checking out a lead on some one-armed man, but Lt. Gerard is right on their trail.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: David Janssen, Susan Oliver, Robert Duvall, Lee Philips

Votes: 138

24. Mister Ed (1958–1966)
Episode: The Bank Robbery (1965)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.4
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Wilbur and Ed mix it up with a bank robber.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Leon Ames, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 23

25. The Magician (1973–1974)
Episode: The Illusion of the Fatal Arrow (1974)

45 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.4
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In order to prevent further murders by a serial killer who uses a bow and arrow, Tony Blake partners with a psychic who accurately predicted the first victim's death.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Bill Bixby, Joseph Sirola, Julian Christopher, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 7

26. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: The Iron Box (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Nick and Heath, on their way home with a prize bull, are accused of stealing the animal and are sentenced to a brutal work camp - without a trial.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 55

27. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Thorn of the Rose (1958)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

8.4
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Rose had found contentment as the wife of blacksmith Gil Calvin. The unexpected arrival of men from her criminal past threaten her happiness through blackmail so the Calvins must figure out a way to thwart the outlaws.

Director: Stuart E. McGowan | Stars: Elsie Baker, Walter Barnes, Charles Bateman, Virginia Lee

Votes: 10

28. Rhoda (1974–1978)
Episode: With Friends Like These (1975)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.4
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Brenda is being considered for a new position at the bank and can't wait to find out if she gets it. Meanwhile, Rhoda thinks a friend is taking advantage of her.

Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Valerie Harper, David Groh, Julie Kavner, Barbara Sharma

Votes: 18

29. Johnny Staccato (1959– )

24 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Dennis Sallas, Frank London

Votes: 171

30. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: A Stranger Everywhere (1968)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.3
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A shy dressmaker interests lawmen and outlaws alike when a journalist theorizes that she is an infamous bandit. Nick, who as a joke had started the rumor, finds himself defending her reputation - despite not knowing just what the truth is.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 45

31. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: Around the Horn (1958)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.3
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Planning to sail to Boston, the Major, Hawks and Charlie are instead shanghaied to New Orleans where they meet a Captain who has different ideas on raising his child and running a ship.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, William Bendix, Ernest Borgnine

Votes: 40

32. Family Affair (1966–1971)
Episode: No Uncle Is an Island (1969)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Mr. French, Cissy, Buffy and Jody decide to give Bill some time alone for the weekend. Unfortunately, while they are away, a barrage of neighbors stop by, disrupting Bill's relaxation, peace and quiet.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones

Votes: 14

33. The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Episode: Pilot (1959)

103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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This is the story created to explain the formation of the Untouchable 'team' led by Eliot Ness. In Chicago, Eliot is asking for a small,elite team of courageous and honorable,very ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Robert Stack, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Nichols, Pat Crowley

Votes: 58

34. I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
Episode: The Greatest Entertainer in the World (1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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After Tony can't get Sammy Davis Jr. for General Peterson's party, Jeannie helps him out by duplicating Sammy so he can be in two places at once.

Director: Claudio Guzmán | Stars: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Hayden Rorke, Bill Daily

Votes: 137

35. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 24,377

36. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 246

37. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Eruption at Volcano (1959)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.2
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The western town of Volcano is drawn into the Civil War when confederate sympathizers plan to take over the community. But the Reverend Coleman learns of their intentions and must thwart them with the help of his son.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Stephen Chase, Douglas Evans, Darlene Fields, Bill Hale

Votes: 9

38. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Episode: Rope Law (1959)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

8.2
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Josh is knocked out by a posse who wants his prisoner who is wanted for killing his step-daughter. When he goes to recover his reward, he finds he has been paid but he still wants justice and soon finds the prisoner may be innocent.

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: Steve McQueen, Darryl Hickman, Richard Arlen, Robert Strauss

Votes: 72

39. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: Roscoe Turns Detective (1960)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.2
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Army mule and horse remounts are stolen from a Tombstone stable. The owner was severely injured and didn't see the robbers but Roscoe did and was kicked by a stolen mule. Shotgun believes Roscoe can be a detective. Earp has no other clue.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Morgan Woodward, James Seay, Damian O'Flynn

Votes: 17

40. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario (1976)

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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Gil Mallory, an actor playing Ellery Queen in a motion picture, is supposed to be shot on camera, then jump up and nab the woman who shot him, exclaiming "Bulletproof vest!" The rehearsal ... See full summary »

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Noah Beery Jr., Carole Cook

Votes: 70

41. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

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

8.1
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 6,173

42. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,856

43. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.1
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A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule, Mort Mills

Votes: 1,703

44. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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75 Metascore

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 25,108

45. Search (1972–1973)

60 min | Adventure

8.1
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"World Securities", an international high-tech private investigation company, employs field operatives who are aided by implanted audio receivers and who carry tiny cameras and telemetry ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Doug McClure, Anthony Franciosa, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 221

46. Sam Benedict (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Sam Benedict is the go to lawyer in the San Francisco area with a reputation for winning impossible cases. Trudy has his office running efficiently while Hank keeps things from getting too serious as Benedict's right hand man.

Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Richard Rust, Joan Tompkins, Alexander Lockwood

Votes: 45

47. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: Heritage (1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.1
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As unrest grips a distant mining town where the Barkleys have financial interests, Heath travels to the place in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 67

48. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
Episode: Jack Goes to Doctor (1958)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

8.1
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Oscar Levant suspects Jack is suffering from a nervous breakdown, so he takes him to see his doctor. Levant also rehearses a piano solo for Jack's show.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson

Votes: 25

49. The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Episode: One-Armed Bandits (1960)

52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A newly released convict is blackmailed into running a slot-machine racket. If he refuses, his daughter will learn of his existence and be scandalized.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Robert Stack, Larry Gates, John Beradino, Harry Guardino

Votes: 51

50. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Colonel Harris Story (1960)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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Flint goes to Fort Young to see the Harris family and Bowman Lewis who were friends from his youth. He finds Mrs. Harris dead and her husband swearing to wipe out all Indians including Lewis who leads the Comanche and his mother, Princess.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Ward Bond, Robert Horton, John Howard, James Best

Votes: 40



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