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1. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)
Episode: Episode dated 11 September 1970 (1970)

Music, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bobby Rosengarden, John Cassavetes, Dick Cavett, Peter Falk

2. The 1975 Annual Entertainment Hall of Fame Awards (1975 TV Movie)

Reality-TV

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Writer: Bill Ludwig | Stars: George Burns, Richard Chamberlain, Roz Clark, Bette Davis

3. Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

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

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Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.

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

4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock presents several short stories. The stories are invariably surprising, often containing elements of horror, comedy, suspense, and the supernatural.

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

5. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Dave Chappelle

6. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series hosted by the master of suspense and mystery. When the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents was revived in 1962, the name was changed, but the ... See full summary »

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

7. Here's Hollywood (1960–1962)

30 min

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Hollywood celebrities are interviewed, often at their homes.

Stars: Dean Miller, Helen O'Connell, Jack Linkletter, Joanne Jordan

8. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

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A comedic behind the scenes look at a late night talk show.

Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham, Rip Torn

9. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg

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

Approved | 25 min | Western

8.4
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The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Creators: Herb Meadow, Sam Rolfe | Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East

11. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

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Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

12. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

13. The New Breed (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

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Creator: Hank Searls | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, John Beradino, John Clarke, Greg Roman

14. The 48th Annual Tony Awards (1994 TV Special)

Family

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Writers: Buz Kohan, Gary Smith | Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Amy Irving, Anthony Hopkins, George Abbott, Jane Adams

15. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis (1977 TV Special)

90 min | Documentary

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Jane Fonda hosts the AFI Life Achievement Awards ceremony honoring Bette Davis featuring clips from her films and the reminiscences of many co-workers.

Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Peter Falk, Mia Farrow

16. Naked City (1958–1963)
Episode: A Death of Princes (1960)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Detective walks from icing surrendering shooter Gimpy, so his commander asks Adam to volunteer to spy him. Adam struggles with taking the assignment on gun-happy comrade Bane, whose jacket ... See full summary »

Writer: Stirling Silliphant | Director: John Brahm | Stars: Eli Wallach, Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Nancy Malone

17. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Skitch Henderson

18. The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965–1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

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Dean Martin hosts with several different celebrities that have several sketches of improv that breaks down comedy, race, and sex all at of the same time.

Stars: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Bob Newhart

19. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
Episode: Price of Tomatoes (1962)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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A truck driver on a very tight schedule stops to give a lift to a pregnant hitch-hiker; and then his life gets very complicated.

Writer: Richard Alan Simmons | Director: David Friedkin | Stars: Dick Powell, Peter Falk, Inger Stevens, William Challee

20. The Princess Bride (1987)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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77 Metascore

A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

Writer: William Goldman | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon

21. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

22. A Woman Under the Influence (1974)

R | 155 min | Drama

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Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her madness proves to be a problem in the marriage. The film transpires to a positive role of madness in the family, challenging conventional representations of madness in cinema.

Writer: John Cassavetes | Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Fred Draper, Lady Rowlands

23. Dinner for Five (2001– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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Actor/Director Jon Favreau hosts an evening with four Hollywood friends (four different people or combinations of people each episode), who casually discuss the craft of acting and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Kevin James, Peter Berg

24. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars and sometimes appearing in the play himself.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

25. 87th Precinct (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama, Crime

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Manhattan's 87th precinct forms the backdrop for this grim and gritty police drama based on the long-running series of novels by Ed McBain. Storylines focus on neighborhood crime, and the ... See full summary »

Creator: Evan Hunter | Stars: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Norman Fell, Gregory Walcott

26. The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960– )

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Bellamy, Stephen McNally, Leon Ames

27. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

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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

28. Dick Schaap: Flashing Before my Eyes (2001 TV Movie)

Documentary

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This 2-hour documentary looks at the people Dick Schaap "collected" during his 50 years in sports and journalism. Schaap finds the unusual stories that nobody else has. He came to know ... See full summary »

Writer: Dick Schaap | Director: Fritz Mitchell | Stars: Mitch Albom, Jimmy Breslin, Jim Brown, Billy Crystal

29. Ben Casey (1961–1966)
Episode: Courage at 3:00 A.M. (1964)

60 min | Drama

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A biochemist with cancer wants a pain-killing operation.

Creator: James E. Moser | Director: John Erman | Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Whit Bissell, Booth Colman

30. The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960– )
Episode: The Assassin (1961)

30 min | Drama

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Writers: A.I. Bezzerides, Lawrence Resner | Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Leon Ames, Peter Falk, Dub Taylor

31. The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Episode: The Troubleshooter (1961)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A new 5 and 10 cent game using punch boards has become very popular and lucrative for the syndicate that controls it. With Eliot Ness and the Untouchables targeting them, receipts are down ... See full summary »

Writers: Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness, Louis Pelletier | Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Robert Stack, Murray Hamilton, Ned Glass, Vincent Gardenia

32. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

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The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Creator: Digby Wolfe | Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

33. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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The cases of the NYPD's 65th Precinct.

Stars: Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon, Paul Burke, Nancy Malone

34. Wings of Desire (1987)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance

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79 Metascore

An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Writers: Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger | Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois

35. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

36. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

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Creator: Mike Stokey | Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Beverly Garland, Sebastian Cabot

37. The Trials of O'Brien (1965–1966)

60 min | Drama

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A flamboyant Shakespeare quoting New York Defense Attorney always seems to get into trouble.

Creator: Gene Wang | Stars: Peter Falk, Joanna Barnes, Elaine Stritch, Edgar Stehli

38. The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998)
Episode: Out of the Loop (1992)

TV-MA | Comedy

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Larry decides to get involved with the personal problems of his staff.

Writers: Garry Shandling, Dennis Klein, Marjorie Gross | Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Megan Gallagher, Wallace Langham

39. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Try and Catch Me (1977)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A successful mystery writer suspects her niece's husband murdered her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.

Writers: Gene Thompson, Paul Tuckahoe, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: James Frawley | Stars: Peter Falk, Ruth Gordon, Mariette Hartley, G.D. Spradlin

40. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

41. Opening Night (1977)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama

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An actress suffers an emotional uproar in her personal life after a fan dies trying to see her.

Writer: John Cassavetes | Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Gena Rowlands, John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell

42. The Aquanauts (1960– )

60 min | Adventure

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Professional salvage divers Larry and Drake (later replaced by Mike) made their livings braving the dangers of the deep recovering sunken wrecks off the Southern California coast. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Ely, Keith Larsen, Jeremy Slate, Peter Falk

43. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was his last television series and contained his last filmed acting (episode: 'The ... See full summary »

Creator: Richard Alan Simmons | Stars: Dick Powell, David Niven, June Allyson, Larry J. Blake

44. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Rex Reed, Richard Harris

45. From Where I Sit (2000 TV Movie)

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Writer: Jonathan Katz | Director: Michael Lembeck | Stars: David Paymer, Marcia Gay Harden, Lizzy Caplan, Daveigh Chase

46. Sinatra: The First 40 Years (1980 TV Special)

120 min | Music

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The legendary entertainer celebrates 40 years in show business, and also his 64th birthday. He receives ASCAP's 1st Pied Piper Award for service to lyricists, as well as a special Grammy Trustees' Award.

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Lucille Ball, Tony Bennett

47. Naked City (1958–1963)
Episode: A Very Cautious Boy (1961)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A gangland syndicate headed by lawyer Roy Baxter has been collecting protection money from Joe and Mama Ganoulian, owners of a local restaurant. The Ganoulians hire protection called Lee Staunton to free them from the extortionists.

Writer: Gilbert Ralston | Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Harry Bellaver, Peter Falk

48. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A connoisseur running a California winery murders his younger half-brother to prevent him from selling the family business. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross, Larry Cohen, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence, Joyce Jillson, Gary Conway

49. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

75 min | Western

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Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

50. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

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