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1. The Defenders (1961–1965)
Episode: Blacklist (1964)

60 min | Drama

9.4
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Joe Larch used to be a character actor in the movies but he was blacklisted in the early 1950's and hasn't been able to find a job in the movies since. He now works as a sales clerk in a ... See full synopsis »

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Jack Klugman, John Baragrey

Votes: 11

2. The Defenders (1961–1965)
Episode: Along Came a Spider (1962)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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The Prestons defend a retired vaudevillian who is accused of murdering his son-in-law. The main witness is the accused man's nine-year-old granddaughter.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Paul Hartman, Kathleen Maguire

Votes: 9

3. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 124

4. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.5
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph N. Welch, Helen Hayes

Votes: 141

5. Starlight Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama

8.5
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Stars: Mary Sinclair, Durward Kirby, Virginia Gilmore, Alfred Ryder

Votes: 11

6. You Are There (1953–1972)

30 min | Drama, History

8.4
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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 132

7. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 11,156

8. The Best of the Post (1960– )

30 min | Drama

8.3
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A syndicated anthology series adapted from stories published in the Saturday Evening Post magazine.

Stars: John Conte, Karl Swenson, Alan Lee, Burt Douglas

Votes: 18

9. Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983–1987)
Episode: One Flew East (1987)

47 min | Adventure

8.3
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The daughter of an anti-nuclear activist accuses the Agency of kidnapping her father while Lee tries to bond with Amanda's sons.

Director: Sigmund Neufeld Jr. | Stars: Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland, Mel Stewart

Votes: 17

10. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.2
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An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 6,660

11. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Of the many anthology series, this 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: 254

12. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 108

13. The Hamptons (1983– )

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The series centered on the steamy relationship between two old-line families, the Chadways and the Duncan-Mortimers, who commuted between the luxurious Long Island Hamptons resort and their... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Goodwin, Leigh Taylor-Young, Craig Sheffer, John Reilly

Votes: 9

14. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: The Defender: Part 1 (1957)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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A young criminal attorney and his firm-owning father defend a 19 year-old on trial for a murder that he swears he did not commit. Personal conflicts arise with the attorney and his father ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Martin Balsam, Steve McQueen, William Shatner

Votes: 78

15. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Kite (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.2
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Festus finds a little girl out on the prairie. He learns she saw her mother get killed by a stranger. When he takes her to Dodge, Matt hears she was hiding when this happened but can identify this man who may already be in town.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Lyle Bettger

Votes: 90

16. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Documentary dramas, plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 69

17. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford, Gene Lyons

Votes: 53

18. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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A father and son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles, Ossie Davis

Votes: 316

19. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.9
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,674

20. 100 Centre Street (2001–2002)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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The lives and work of the staff of a New York City courthouse.

Stars: Joseph Lyle Taylor, Manny Perez, Phyllis Newman, Paula Devicq

Votes: 151

21. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Episode: Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting (1968)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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When Barney hears about an international summit meeting that will be held in the area, he volunteers the home of a wealthy Mayberry citizen. He fails to get the permission of the homeowner ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Philips | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier, Don Knotts

Votes: 122

22. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Ramparts (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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The discovery of a dead body inside a Volkswagen van dumped in a river leads Briscoe and Curtis to investigate the disappearance of a campus radical from the late 1960s.

Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

Votes: 163

23. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: The Defender: Part 2 (1957)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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A young criminal attorney and his firm-owning father defend a 19-year-old on trial for a murder that he swears he did not commit. Personal conflicts arise with the attorney and his father ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Martin Balsam, Steve McQueen, William Shatner

Votes: 43

24. The Defenders (1961–1965)
Episode: The Riot (1961)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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Inmates riot at a prison cell block, taking four hostages and threatening to kill them unless their demands are met. At the request of one of the riot's leaders, the warden asks Lawrence Preston to negotiate for the prisoners.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Fritz Weaver, Frank Sutton

Votes: 14

25. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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85 Metascore

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 90,310 | Gross: $4.42M

26. The Equalizer (1985–1989)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing, Mark Margolis

Votes: 4,025

27. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.8
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 1,149

28. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 188

29. Camera Three (1955–1980)

30 min | Music

7.8
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An examination of the arts and literature. A weekly program on Sunday mornings when there was more likely to be an audience interested in such matters and there was less competition for ratings.

Stars: James Macandrew, Margaret Croyden, Lois Nettleton, Michael Kane

Votes: 34

30. One Man's Family (1949–1955)

30 min | Drama

7.7
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This soap opera was the TV version of the radio serial that had begun in 1932. It tells the story of San Francisco banker Henry Barbour and his family, i.e., Paul, the eldest son; Hazel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Dean, Emerson Treacy, Jack Webb, Anne Whitfield

Votes: 12

31. The Equalizer (1985–1989)
Episode: Lady Cop (1985)

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

7.7
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A young New York City patrolwoman contacts McCall to help her take down a trio of dirty cops, which include her partner.

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Edward Woodward, Steven Williams, Karen Young, Will Patton

Votes: 82

32. The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.6
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Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.

Stars: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

Votes: 1,687

33. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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67 Metascore

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Director: Charlie Kaufman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

Votes: 75,679 | Gross: $3.08M

34. Chushingura (1962)

207 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akira Takarada

Votes: 1,797

35. Martin Kane (1949–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.6
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Private detective Martin Kane works in New York solving crimes. Depending on the year, Kane was either smooth and suave or hard bitten and the cooperation he received from the police ... See full summary »

Stars: Walter Kinsella, Nicholas Saunders, King Calder, William Gargan

Votes: 35

36. The Lark (1957 TV Movie)

7.6
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Closely follows a dramatization by playwright Jean Anouilh, 'The Lark' depicts the trial of Joan of Arc plus a few flashback scenes.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Julie Harris, Boris Karloff, Eli Wallach, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 16

37. Goodnight Bill (2005)

19 min | Drama, Short

7.6
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When a cynical old man is forced to share his hospital room with a stranger, he discovers through the power of friendship that it's never too late to change your outlook on life.

Directors: John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker | Stars: Michael Marcus, Michael Higgins, Iris Little Thomas, Bill McLaughlin

Votes: 44

38. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: In Memory Of (1991)

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

7.6
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Skeletal remains of a young boy missing for 30 years are found in an apartment building, and finding the killer may ride on Dr. Olivet's ability to uncover a possible witness' repressed memories of the incident.

Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Paul Sorvino, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty

Votes: 189

39. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Two of a Kind (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

7.6
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O'Ryan and Finnegan, feuding over a girl they both knew back home, are caught in a legal loophole to take ownership of a mine and land they both own. When Matt is forced in the middle of it, he has to work fast so no one else is hurt.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 69

40. Working It Out (1990– )

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Sarah and David are divorced single-parents who are content to live that way until they meet each other in a cooking class in Manhattan. The episodes illustrate their courtship.

Stars: Jane Curtin, Stephen Collins, Kyndra Joy Casper, David Garrison

Votes: 11

41. The Million Dollar Incident (1961 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A couple of crooks made off with one of the largest hauls. The crime - they made off with Jackie Gleason, the kidnaping began at the benefit for the Heart Fund.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Millette Alexander, Sorrell Booke, Robert Dane

Votes: 12

42. Buddy & Grace (2001)

22 min | Drama, Short

7.4
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After 54 years of marriage, a man is forced to kidnap his own wife.

Director: Claudia Myers | Stars: Michael Higgins, Rita Gardner, Elizabeth Hess

Votes: 5

43. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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61 Metascore

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 75,774 | Gross: $17.19M

44. The Black Stallion (1979)

G | 118 min | Adventure, Family, Sport

7.3
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84 Metascore

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse

Votes: 11,005

45. Kent State (1981 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Based on the true story of the student protests at Kent State University in Ohio. This film focuses on the four students who were killed when the National Guard attempted to quell the riots... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Jane Fleiss, Charley Lang, Talia Balsam, Keith Gordon

Votes: 148

46. Nobody's Child (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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Marie Balter falls in love, goes to college, and joins society after 20 years in a mental institution.

Director: Lee Grant | Stars: Marlo Thomas, Ray Baker, Caroline Kava, Kathy Baker

Votes: 126

47. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Carl Sandburg: Echoes and Silences (1982)

119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Director: Perry Miller Adato | Stars: John Cullum, Frances Conroy, Peter Michael Goetz, Michael Higgins

Votes: 6

48. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Episode: Keep Our Honor Bright (1953)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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A college student faces embarrassment and expulsion for having cheated on an exam. Her fiance is a member of the university's undergraduate honor board and could quietly make the matter "... See full summary »

Director: Maury Holland | Stars: Michael Higgins, Joan Potter, Larry Fletcher, James Dean

Votes: 7

49. Rumble Fish (1983)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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63 Metascore

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 29,970 | Gross: $2.49M

50. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 185



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