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1. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.9
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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, Helen Hayes, Royal Dano

Votes: 112

2. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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A filmed series of one-hour dramatizations of the lives of famous historical persons, as well as important historical events.

Stars: Russell Johnson, Van Heflin, Kent Smith, Eddie Little Sky

Votes: 83

3. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Episode: The Administrator (1962)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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The hospital administrator, already unpopular with much of the staff, makes things worse by firing an employee he suspects of stealing equipment. Meanwhile, his marriage is also on the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 10

4. Markham (1959–1960)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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Roy Markham, a former successful New York attorney, becomes a private detective and his cases take him worldwide. For the first two months of the show, Markham had an assistant, John Riggs,... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Milland, Simon Scott, Henry Corden, Gail Bonney

Votes: 44

5. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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The show consisted of 40 episodes, half were live and half were on film. The shows, often involving murder, were designed to confuse and mystify the audience and dealt with their fears and ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Cris Roberts, Mike Ragan, David Armstrong

Votes: 257

6. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

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

8.6
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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: 10,900

7. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the master of suspense and mystery.

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

Votes: 2,884

8. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Walter Coy, Robert Paige

Votes: 142

9. Tightrope (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.6
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Mike Connors played an unnamed police undercover agent who infiltrated organized crime to expose the leaders and their plots. His name changed with each episode in order to protect him. ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Connors, Jesse White, Ted de Corsia, Lewis Charles

Votes: 85

10. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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A former underworld lawyer goes to work for the Federal Government, determined to bring 100 top criminals to justice.

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

Votes: 48

11. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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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: 203

12. Mike Hammer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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The adventures of Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer, who's always ready to use his fists on a "mug" or his charm on a "skirt" to get the case solved.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Bart Burns, Vito Scotti, Johnny Seven

Votes: 151

13. Naked City (1958–1963)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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The cases of the NYPD's 65th Precinct.

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

Votes: 768

14. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.4
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Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, David Frankham

Votes: 914

15. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

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

Votes: 104

16. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Actor, Producer, and Director Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars, and sometimes appearing in the play.

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

Votes: 65

17. The New Breed (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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"The New Breed" was an American crime - drama series ,aired on ABC network from 1961 to 1962, with thirty-six episodes,starring Leslie Nielsen at age 35.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, John Beradino, John Clarke, Greg Roman

Votes: 51

18. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Episode: Crime-Free Mayberry (1961)

TV-G | 26 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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All but Andy get excited over Mayberry's distinction at being named the most crime-free town in America, unaware they're being targeted by criminals while honoring their lawmen.

Director: Bob Sweeney | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 126

19. Naked City (1958–1963)
Episode: Murder Is a Face I Know (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.4
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Hitman's arrest destroys his double life as a small businessman who earned his new community's respect. Hurting the most is his son, a university basketball ace who worships his father, and... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Theodore Bikel, Paul Burke, Horace McMahon, Nancy Malone

Votes: 31

20. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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

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

Votes: 9,251

21. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 121

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Live drama series that was one of the best television shows ever shown. Over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 85

23. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 3,549

24. Cheyenne (1955–1963)

60 min | Western

8.2
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After the Civil War, nomadic adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks, Lane Chandler

Votes: 995

25. The Eleventh Hour (1962–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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There were only 2 seasons of The Eleventh Hour. Both featured Jack Ging as Dr. Paul Graham, a passionate and caring young psychologist, working under the ægis of elder psychiatrists - first... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Ging, Wendell Corey, Ralph Bellamy, Irene Martin

Votes: 61

26. Mr. Novak (1963–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The experiences of a young, tough-minded, idealistic high school English teacher on his first job provided the stories in this series. John Novak begins at Jefferson High School in Los ... See full summary »

Stars: James Franciscus, Dean Jagger, Burgess Meredith, Vince Howard

Votes: 98

27. Cheyenne (1955–1963)
Episode: Cross Purpose (1961)

60 min | Western

8.2
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Cheyenne is hired by the Army to bring in Capt. Robert Holman who deserted after being accused of murdering an Army hero who was massacred by the Comanches. Unconvinced Holman is guilty, he takes it on himself to prove his innocence.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Clint Walker, Edmon Ryan, Frank DeKova, Walter Brooke

Votes: 25

28. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Hateful Hero (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Lt. Andy Anderson has a cousin who is moving from the beat to a patrol car partnered with Andy's old friend. The friend is killed when they respond to burglary. When the security guard is killed later, Andy's cousin is charged.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 78

29. The Millionaire (1955–1960)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.

Stars: Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Roy Gordon, Russ Conway

Votes: 330

30. Judd for the Defense (1967–1969)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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High-priced Houston lawyer Clinton Judd, and his assistant Ben Caldwell, take cases throughout the USA. The program dealt with then-taboo subjects.

Stars: Carl Betz, Stephen Young, Walter Brooke, John Dehner

Votes: 138

31. The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, etc. during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's Equity ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 61

32. 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: 41

33. The Law and Mr. Jones (1960–1962)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Abraham Lincoln Jones is a lawyer assisted by his law clerk, young C.E. Carruthers, and his secretary Marsha Spear. His cases usually did not involve violence but rather "white collar" ... See full summary »

Stars: James Whitmore, Janet De Gore, Conlan Carter, Russ Brown

Votes: 26

34. 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: 60

35. Great Ghost Tales (1961– )

30 min | Horror

8.1
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The last regularly scheduled TV series to be broadcast live in the U.S. was hosted by Frank Gallop, and featured dramatizations of ghost stories and other tales of the supernatural, many of... See full summary »

Stars: John Abbott, R.G. Armstrong, Eric Berry, Peter Brandon

Votes: 21

36. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Capering Camera (1964)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Model Judith Blair confronts photographer Jacob Kadar about returning negatives used for blackmail. She pulls his own gun to threaten him when he is shot by someone outside. Her photo is taken showing her holding the gun on him.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 81

37. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Promoter's Pillbox (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Herbert Simms wants to be a screenwriter instead of a pharmacist. When his script is stolen by an unscrupulous producer, he steals his script back. When he tries to put it back, he stumbles into the producer's dead body and is charged.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 74

38. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received 18-Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year-run on ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 167

39. Checkmate (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.

Stars: Anthony George, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot, Ken Lynch

Votes: 189

40. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Kraft Suspense Theater was an anthology series which featured a new cast and stories each week.

Stars: David Lewis, Francis De Sales, Harry Townes, Jack Kelly

Votes: 157

41. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 43

42. The Adventures of McGraw (1957–1958)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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McGraw is a solitary type who manages to get entangled in the stopping of criminal activity despite not having any official capacity. He often doesn't carry a weapon, especially if an attractive woman is involved.

Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Jean Willes, James Flavin, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 30

43. Harbormaster (1957–1958)

30 min | Adventure

8.0
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Stories of a New England crime chaser in a sailboat.

Stars: Barry Sullivan, Paul Burke, Mike Keene, Evan Elliott

Votes: 21

44. Border Patrol (1959– )

30 min | Adventure

8.0
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Don Jagger is a Border Patrol deputy chief who is a troubleshooter from to various locations. His assignments take him from the Florida Everglades to Washington logging camps in this syndicated series.

Stars: Richard Webb, Rico Alaniz, John Indrisano, Don Gordon

Votes: 14

45. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Episode: The Floating Man (1962)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Finding the person who threatened Judge Mellon proves no easy task for Spencer. Suspects range from vengeful con men to the judge's wife.

Director: Irving J. Moore | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Nesdon Booth, Edd Byrnes, Henry Daniell

Votes: 12

46. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Edd Byrnes, Roger Smith, Jacqueline Beer

Votes: 854

47. Outlaws (1960–1962)

60 min | Western

7.7
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The adventures of a marshal and his young deputies in a section of Oklahoma infested with bandit gangs, gunmen and robbers.

Stars: Don Collier, Barton MacLane, Bruce Yarnell, Slim Pickens

Votes: 44

48. The Doctors and the Nurses (1962–1965)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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The story takes place in a large hospital and revolves around two nurses, Liz Thorpe (Shirl Conway), the older head nurse, and Gail Lucas, the naive student nurse. The two nurses were ... See full summary »

Stars: Shirl Conway, Zina Bethune, Michael Tolan, Joseph Campanella

Votes: 56

49. The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956–1957)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Live dramas that were broadcast every other week. The show had covered both light and serious drama and featured both well-known and not so well-known actors and actresses.

Stars: Alexander Scourby, William Shatner, Larry Gates, Paul Mazursky

Votes: 29

50. I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
Episode: G.I. Jeannie (1965)

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

7.7
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When Jeannie says she wants to be his secretary, Tony tells Jeannie that she has to join the Air Force.

Director: Alan Rafkin | Stars: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 103