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1. 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: 97,427

2. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,419

3. Endgame (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, History

6.2
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55 Metascore

A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong

Votes: 2,556 | Gross: $0.01M

4. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992– )

Comedy, News, Talk-Show

6.3
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This skit-filled Canadian comedy show pokes fun at the Canadian government and other national happenings.

Stars: Cathy Jones, Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford

Votes: 776

5. Mindwalk (1990)

PG | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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Philosophical conversations between a poet, politician, and scientist. No one is psychotic or out for revenge.

Director: Bernt Amadeus Capra | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye

Votes: 2,698 | Gross: $0.77M

6. Meet the Press (1947– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

5.7
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Weekly news program offering political interviews and analysis of current events by elected officials and experts.

Stars: Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Lawrence E. Spivak, Tim Russert

Votes: 462

7. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

7.3
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PBS newshour is an news show which shows news updates.

Stars: Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Jeffrey Brown

Votes: 309

8. W5 (1966– )

Documentary, News

6.5
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Investigations covering tough, relevant stories for Canadians.

Stars: Kevin Newman, David Tyler, Avery Haines, Sandie Rinaldo

Votes: 32

9. Face the Nation (1954– )

TV-PG | 30 min | News, Talk-Show

6.1
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A program featuring one or more question-and-answer sessions with prominent figures currently in the news. One of the longest-running programs on television.

Stars: John Dickerson, Bob Schieffer, Margaret Brennan, Jamelle Bouie

Votes: 161

10. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Journalist Amy Goodman hosts this independent news program which features international journalists, grassroots leaders, independent analysts, as well as ordinary people directly affected by world events and U.S. policy.

Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Votes: 314

11. 60 Minutes (1979– )

60 min | News

6.8
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Australian version of the long-running news-magazine show.

Stars: Tara Brown, Liz Hayes, Peter Overton, Michael Usher

Votes: 951

12. Deep Undercover (II) (2016– )

Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Deep Undercover is a true crimes series from writer and producer Joe Pistone, the real "Donnie Brasco." Each episode tells the story of a different undercover operation from the POV of the undercover officers involved.

Stars: Dave B. Mitchell, Damon O'Daniel, Judy Ho, Michael Fleeman

Votes: 73

13. Firing Line (1966–1999)

120 min | Talk-Show

8.3
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A debate program hosted by conservative pundit William F. Buckley who verbally sparred with many notable figures of the 20th century.

Stars: William F. Buckley, Michael Kinsley, Jeff Greenfield, C. Dickerman Williams

Votes: 87

14. The Advocates (1969–1984)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Before Roger Fisher founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he was nationally recognized for having created an award-winning public affairs television show, The Advocates,... See full summary »

Stars: Bella Abzug, Eqbal Ahmad, Khandakar Mushtaq Ahmed, Fouad Ajami

15. Reporters (I) (2007– )

52 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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The editorial teams of a newspaper and a television channel.

Stars: Anne Coesens, Jérôme Robart, Patrick Bouchitey, Christine Boisson

Votes: 71

16. The Empire Files (2015– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

8.4
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Stars: Abby Martin, Atossa Abrahamian, Ali Al Ahmed, Jared Ball

Votes: 43

17. CBS Reports (1959– )

60 min | Documentary, News

7.3
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Stars: Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner, Howard K. Smith, Edward R. Murrow

Votes: 18

18. The National (1952– )

60 min | News

7.3
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CBC Television's main prime time evening news show.

Stars: Peter Mansbridge, Steven J. Bull, Claire Martin, Krista Erickson

Votes: 51

19. Fault Lines (2009– )

30 min | Documentary, News

8.9
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Stars: Josh Rushing, Sebastian Walker, Anjali Kamat, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Votes: 17

20. Meet the Press (1992–2013)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

5.4
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A national current affairs interview program which brings together the nation's leaders and the press to discuss pressing news stories.

Stars: Paul Bongiorno, Hermione Kitson, Hugh Riminton, Kathryn Robinson

Votes: 33

21. Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser (1970– )

News

8.4
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The show was produced on Friday nights after the wrap-up of the financial markets, with discussions about finances and managing money for the average person.

Stars: Louis Rukeyser, Robert Nurock, Frank Cappiello, Robert Stovall

Votes: 27

22. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)

15 min | News

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A talk show which aired from 11:00PM to 11:15PM.

Stars: William Bradford Huie, Larry LeSueur, Henry Hazlitt, Frank Knight

23. New York Illustrated (1966– )

30 min | Documentary

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Stars: Bill Ryan, Rudolf Bing, Maria Callas, Erich Leinsdorf

24. This Hour Has Seven Days (1964–1966)

60 min | Comedy, News

8.2
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Canada's most famous and controversial news and public affairs show.

Stars: Judy Garland, Laurier L. LaPierre, Leonard Cohen, Mississippi John Hurt

Votes: 125

25. GZERO World with Ian Bremmer (2018– )

News

8.0
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Each week, Ian Bremmer, a renowned political scientist, entrepreneur and bestselling author, shares his perspective on recent global events and interviews the world leaders, experts and ... See full synopsis »

Votes: 5

26. Don't Believe the Hype (1992–2002)

30 min | News

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27. Book TV (1998– )

60 min | Talk-Show

7.4
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Stars: Chris Hedges, Sean Hannity, Michael Smerconish, Tamim Ansary

Votes: 31

28. President Trump: The First 100 Days (2017 TV Special)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: John Barron, Kim Beazley, Damien Cave, Kellyanne Conway

29. Kapwa ko, mahal ko (1975– )

Talk-Show

6.6
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Stars: Orly Mercado, Connie Angeles, Boots Anson-Roa, Rose Clores

Votes: 7

30. On Contact (2016– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Anya Parampil, Tariq Ali, Taina Bien-Aimé

31. Days of Revolt (2015–2016)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Sabah Alnasseri, Eddie Conway, Ojore Lutalo

32. Booknotes (1989–2004)

60 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Each week Brian Lamb discusses a recently published work of nonfiction with its author. The author's background, family, and motivation for writing the book are also explored. An author may... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Lamb, Ralph Abernathy, Vasiliy Aksyonov, Nathaniel Branden

Votes: 16

33. Witness (2007– )

Documentary, News

8.4
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Stars: Marion Barry Jr., Kevin Gonzales, Josh Rushing

Votes: 17

35. Man Alive (1967– )

30 min

6.2
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Man Alive was a weekly CBC Television documentary series that debuted in 1967 and last aired in December 2000.

Stars: Arthur Kent, Liz Crocker, David Swick, Peter Volz

Votes: 5

36. Court of Current Issues (1948–1951)

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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This public-affairs program had the misfortune of having to compete against Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater", and therefore its ratings were always low. It featured debates over topical issues.

37. AM/BC (2013–2015)

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Jill Krop, David Suzuki

38. Other Voices (1964–1965)

30 min

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Star: Don Francks

39. The Power of Women (1952– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Star: Vivien Kellems

40. Making It! Minority Success Stories (1989– )

30 min | News

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Stars: Larry McCormick, Emmett Miller, Lynette Romero

41. Two-Way Street (2010– )

TV-G | 60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Bowdon, Doug Bandow, John Coleman, Ann Cooper

42. Burnaby Votes (2019 TV Special)

145 min | News

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Director: Justin Minshull | Stars: Sonia Deol, Maria Dobrinskaya, Mike McDonald, Keith Baldrey

43. Alan Keyes Is Making Sense (2002– )

TV-G | 60 min | Talk-Show

3.5
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A political television program hosted by Alan Keyes and features in-depth political commentary from prominent politicians, journalists and political strategists. The series airs on the cable news channel MSNBC.

Stars: Alan Keyes, Joycelyn Elders, Gloria Feldt, Neal Horsley

Votes: 10

44. Venture (1980– )

Documentary, News

7.1
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A news documentary series on Canadian business.

Stars: Robert Guy Scully, Deborah Lamb, Liz Palmer, Linda Sims

Votes: 8

45. Emergency (1995– )

Documentary, News

7.9
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Star: Arnold Clavio

Votes: 9

46. The News on CNBC (1996–2004)

60 min | News

5.0
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Stars: Brian Williams, John Seigenthaler, Forrest Sawyer

Votes: 9

47. Global News Woman of Vision (2019 TV Special)

60 min

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Twelve Edmonton women are role models.

Stars: Stephanie Bach, Shirley Benson, Rosella Bjornson, Cecile Bukmeier

48. Entre tres (2005– )

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Federico Reyes Heroles, Jesus Silva Herzog, Leo Zuckermann

49. Newsworld Live (2000– )

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Stars: Evan Adams, Brian Hartigan, Daniel Levitin

50. Nueva York (2005– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Alex Kruz, Carmen Boullosa, Patricio Lerzundi



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