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1. Emergency! (1972–1979)
Episode: The Nuisance (1976)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Johnny is the victim of a hit and run driver, while in the hospital, he flirts with his physical therapist, whom Dixie hires, when Johnny really has a nurse, who is "out to get him". The ... See full summary »

Creators: Harold Jack Bloom, Robert A. Cinader | Director: Randolph Mantooth | Stars: Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth

2. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

8.4
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Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Audrey Meadows, Jerry Lewis

3. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

8.4
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Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

4. Newhart (1982–1990)
Episode: Go, Grandma, Go (1984)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Kirk and Cindy's honeymoon is delayed when Kirk's grandmother Blanche arrives for a visit--with a stolen car.

Writers: Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull, Barbara Hall | Director: John Tracy | Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Steven Kampmann, Julia Duffy

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

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.3
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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

6. Newhart (1982–1990)
Episode: Grandma, What a Big Mouth You Have (1983)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Kirk finally manages to get a date with Leslie when his grandmother arrives for a visit.

Writers: Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull, Barton Dean | Director: Will Mackenzie | Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Steven Kampmann, Jennifer Holmes

7. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music | Active

8.2
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The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Creator: Lorne Michaels | Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

8. 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

9. The Prudential Family Playhouse (1950–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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Live dramatic series featuring top rated actors in adaptations of Broadway plays or top rated novels.

Stars: Walter Abel, Gertrude Lawrence, Kevin McCarthy, John McQuade

10. Harold and Maude (1971)

GP | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

8.1
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Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Writer: Colin Higgins | Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

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

73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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

12. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 136 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.0
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A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.

Writers: Ira Levin, Roman Polanski | Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

13. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

8.0
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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

14. Emergency! (1972–1979)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area.

Creators: Harold Jack Bloom, Robert A. Cinader | Stars: Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London, Bobby Troup

15. Newhart (1982–1990)

30 min | Comedy

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Dick Loudon and his wife Joanna decide to leave life in New York City and buy a little inn in Vermont. Dick is a how-to book writer, who eventually becomes a local TV celebrity as host of "... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy

16. Adam's Rib (1973– )

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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A TV adaptation of the Tracy/Hepburn classic. Adam Bonner was a young assistant DA while his wife, Amanda, was a junior partner in a law firm. Their jobs often put them in conflict within ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Howard, Blythe Danner, Norman Bartold, Dena Dietrich

17. The 41st Annual Academy Awards (1969 TV Special)

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Directors: Gower Champion, Richard Dunlap | Stars: Jack Albertson, Alan Arkin, Alan Bergman, Ingrid Bergman

18. Taxi (1978–1983)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.8
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The staff of a New York City taxicab company go about their job while they dream of greater things.

Stars: Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner

19. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Joey Bishop, Regis Philbin, Norm Crosby, Eva Gabor

20. Medical Story (1975– )

60 min | Drama

7.8
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Creator: David Gerber | Stars: Catherine Burns, Tony Musante, Meredith Baxter, Cliff Gorman

21. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)
Episode: Episode #3.50 (1969)

Music, Talk-Show

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Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Woody Allen, Ruth Gordon

22. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
Episode: Episode dated 17 May 1971 (1971)

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Writers: Michael Barrie, Joe Bigelow, Hank Bradford, Stan Daniels, Stan Dreben, Jim Mulholland, Ed. Weinberger | Stars: Johnny Carson, John Byner, Ruth Gordon, Lou Rawls

23. Perfect Gentlemen (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Writer: Nora Ephron | Director: Jackie Cooper | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Ruth Gordon, Sandy Dennis, Lisa Pelikan

24. Night of 100 Stars (1982 TV Special)

180 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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All-star variety special celebrating the centennial of the Actors' Fund of America.

Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Jane Alexander, Peter Allen, Steve Allen, June Allyson

25. Rhoda (1974–1978)
Episode: Kiss Your Epaulets Goodbye (1975)

TV-PG | Comedy

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Joe and Rhoda's apartment is burglarized. When they find out Carlton let the burglars into the building, they ask to have Carlton fired for not doing his job correctly.

Writers: James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, David Davis, Lorenzo Music, Michael Leeson | Director: Robert Moore | Stars: Valerie Harper, David Groh, Julie Kavner, Ruth Gordon

26. Adam's Rib (1949)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Domestic and professional tensions mount when a husband and wife work as opposing lawyers in a case involving a woman who shot her husband.

Writers: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell

27. Looks Familiar (1970– )

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Nostalgia based panel chat show.

Stars: Denis Norden, Bob Monkhouse, Arthur Askey, Ted Ray

28. The Whirl of Life (1915)

60 min | Comedy

7.6
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The plot is a loose autobiographical interpretation of the life of Vernon and Irene Castle, interspersed among a typical melodrama of the period

Writers: Vernon Castle, Catherine Carr | Director: Oliver D. Bailey | Stars: Vernon Castle, Irene Castle, Arthur Stanford, Kate Blancke

29. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Jack Carter

30. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: Martin Scorsese, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett

31. Late Night with David Letterman (1982–1993)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.5
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David Letterman hosted this popular late-night comedy/talk-show. Often, Dave would go on location or to the phone lines to play pranks. Some famous features of the show include the "Top Ten... See full summary »

Stars: David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Elliott

32. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Writers: John Huston, Heinz Herald, Norman Burnstine | Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

33. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Writers: Robert E. Sherwood, Grover Jones | Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

34. The Ford Theatre Hour (1948–1951)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: William Brower, Ernest Truex, Ruth McDevitt, Pat Kirkland

35. Flip (1970–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by black comic Flip Wilson, this show featured skits, ... See full summary »

Stars: Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin, Redd Foxx

36. Film 2014 (1971– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Jonathan Ross, Claudia Winkleman, Danny Leigh, Barry Norman

37. The 38th Annual Academy Awards (1966 TV Special)

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Director: Richard Dunlap | Stars: Bob Hope, Julie Andrews, Martin Balsam, Warren Beatty

38. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (1987)

56 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered on their daily lunches at New York City's Algonquin Hotel through the 1920s, which ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Foges, Mary Jo Kaplan | Director: Aviva Slesin | Stars: Heywood Hale Broun, Marc Connelly, Margalo Gillmore, Ruth Gordon

39. That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)

G | 133 min | Documentary, Family, Musical

7.3
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Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire present more golden moments from the MGM film library, this time including comedy and drama as well as classic musical numbers.

Writer: Leonard Gershe | Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney

40. Edge of Darkness (1943)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, War

7.3
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After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Writers: Robert Rossen, William Woods | Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman

41. Blithe Spirit (1966 TV Movie)

85 min | Comedy, Fantasy

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Writer: Noel Coward | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Roberts, Ruth Gordon

42. Kojak (1973–1978)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A bald police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

Creator: Abby Mann | Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

43. The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1982)

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Stars: Mike Douglas, Sergio Franchi, Joe Harnell Sextet, Jackie Gleason

44. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
Episode: Episode dated 11 May 1976 (1976)

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Stars: Johnny Carson, Jim Bailey, Ruth Gordon

45. A Double Life (1947)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Anthony John is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy, he's the most enjoyable person in the world, but when he's playing drama, ... See full summary »

Writers: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Ronald Colman, Edmond O'Brien, Signe Hasso, Shelley Winters

46. What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)

M | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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As Aunt Alice, Ruth Gordon applies for the job of housekeeper in the Tucson, Arizona home of widow Claire Marrable in order to find out what happened to a missing widowed friend, Edna ... See full summary »

Writers: Theodore Apstein, Ursula Curtiss | Directors: Lee H. Katzin, Bernard Girard | Stars: Geraldine Page, Ruth Gordon, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Fuller

47. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.1
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Stars: James Valentine, Hurd Hatfield, Tim O'Connor, Max Adrian

48. My Bodyguard (1980)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard.

Writer: Alan Ormsby | Director: Tony Bill | Stars: Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Paul Quandt

49. Pat and Mike (1952)

95 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

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Pat's a brilliant athlete, except when her domineering fiance is around. The lady's golf championship is in her reach until she gets flustered by his presence at the final holes. He wants ... See full summary »

Writers: Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray, William Ching

50. Action in the North Atlantic (1943)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, War

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An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.

Writers: John Howard Lawson, Guy Gilpatric, A.I. Bezzerides, W.R. Burnett | Directors: Lloyd Bacon, Byron Haskin, Raoul Walsh | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop