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1. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy | Active

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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

2. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family | Active

8.9
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The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, David Tennant

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

4. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show | Active

8.9
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America's top fake news show.

Creators: Lizz Winstead, Madeleine Smithberg | Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Craig Kilborn

5. Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen (2009 TV Movie)

25 min

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Writer: Edurne Ormazábal | Director: Carlos Rodríguez | Stars: Saffron Burrows, Pilar López de Ayala, Samira Makhmalbaf, Ian McKellen

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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92 Metascore

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

7. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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88 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

8. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.8
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Freddie and Stuart are having a party to celebrate their 49th anniversary. Ash accidentally invites Stuart's mother Mildred, who doesn't know her son is gay.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

9. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2006)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Andy's school mate Steve Sherwood visits him on set and inspires Darren to ask Maggie out on a date. Wanting to be recognized more for his acting abilities, Andy auditions for a new play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.

Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

10. The Colbert Report (2005– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

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Satirist news caster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger then life ego and overly patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

11. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

8.7
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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

12. Extras (2005–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

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

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

8.5
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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

14. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Penelope Wilton, Harold Pinter

15. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.5
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Freddie invites Ash and his vegan girlfriend Chloe (Alexandra Roach) for dinner.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

16. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: Episode #9.5 (2002)

Talk-Show

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Interviewee: Ian McKellen

Stars: James Lipton, Ian McKellen

17. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Snowmen (2012)

TV-PG | Adventure, Drama, Family

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London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.

Writer: Steven Moffat | Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Tom Ward, Richard E. Grant

18. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993 TV Mini-Series)

Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.4
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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up).

Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

19. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

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You play the events of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, both with the Fellowship of the Ring and the larger War of the Ring.

Writers: Nuno Miranda, Mical Pedriana, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

20. Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare (1982 TV Movie)

90 min

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Ian McKellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from Shakespeare and discusses some of his plays.

Writers: Ian McKellen, William Shakespeare | Director: Kirk Browning | Star: Ian McKellen

21. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (2008)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Ian McKellen, William Gaunt, Philip Winchester, Ben Meyjes

22. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Three actors who had played Doctor Who, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, are anxious to appear in the 50th anniversary special. A humorous look at the production of the long ... See full summary »

Writer: Peter Davison | Director: Peter Davison | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Olivia Colman, Peter Davison, Louis Davison

23. Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2007 Video)

114 min | Music

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Director: David Barnard | Stars: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Sylvia Mason-James, Nick Clow

24. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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74 Metascore

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Writers: Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn | Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy

25. 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.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

26. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show | Active

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Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson, Richard Malmos

27. Have I Got News for You (1990– )

29 min | Comedy, Game-Show

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Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so, that leaves no party, personality or action unscathed in pursuit ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton, Alexander Armstrong

28. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II - Rise of the Witch King (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Writers: Mical Pedriana, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Jill Eckhart | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

29. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography

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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, André Previn, Stephen Fry

30. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001–2010)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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A mix of music, comedy and celebrity chat.

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Stephen de Martin, Ian Parkin, David Wickenden

31. The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006 TV Movie)

125 min | Comedy, Game-Show

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Writers: Jimmy Carr, Jim Pullin, Shaun Pye, Fraser Steele, Dominic English, Frankie Boyle | Directors: Mick Thomas, Mike MacLaine | Stars: Jimmy Carr, Cat Deeley, Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand

32. Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five and Beyond (2014 TV Movie)

114 min | Documentary, Music

8.2
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A retrospective look at the influential work of one of the most popular British rock bands of the 1960s, The Dave Clark Five, featuring interviews, performances and footage from Dave Clark's personal archives.

Director: Dave Clark | Stars: Lucille Ball, Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Whoopi Goldberg

33. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Christmas Special (2013)

Comedy

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Freddie and Stuart have invited the whole gang for a traditional Christmas dinner. But things start to heat up on the revelation of a secret.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

34. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1993)

Unrated | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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After her first night as a volunteer on a Samaritan-type switchboard Mary Ann comes back to be confronted by DeDe, holding the scarf she left in Beauchamp's car, though she successfully ... See full summary »

Writers: Armistead Maupin, Richard Kramer | Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

35. TFI Friday (1996–2000)
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1996)

52 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Writers: Danny Baker, Chris Evans, Will Macdonald | Stars: Chris Evans, Jo Brand, Cher, Martin Brundle

36. E! News Live (1996– )
Episode: Episode dated 26 November 2003 (2003)

News

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Writers: Raymond J. Brune, Jane Loughman, Richard MacDonald | Stars: Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Leesa Severyn, Elijah Wood

37. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: Othello (1990)

204 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Michael Grandage, Ian McKellen, Clive Swift, Willard White

38. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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You control Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli fighting across the Plains of Rohan battling evil alike to the ferocious battle at Helms Deep.

Writers: Philippa Boyens, Nuno Miranda, J.R.R. Tolkien | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

39. Playing Shakespeare (1982 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary

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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Stars: John Barton, David Suchet, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard

40. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

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Freddie suggests Ash pursue acting and mentors him, only to get depressed when Ash immediately secures an acting role.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

41. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

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Ash invites Freddie, Stuart, Penelope and Mason to go clubbing.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

42. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: Hedda Gabler (1972)

Drama

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Hedda Gabler is a beautiful woman married to the solid and respectable academic George Tesman. Then an old flame, the dreamer Eilert Lovborg, turns up on the scene with tragic results.

Writers: Henrik Ibsen, Michael Meyer | Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Janet Suzman, Ian McKellen, Tom Bell, Jane Asher

43. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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66 Metascore

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott

44. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug.

Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

45. Muse of Fire (2013)

83 min | Documentary

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Two young London actors set out together to face the greatest challenge in the world of acting - Shakespeare.

Writers: Dan Poole, Giles Terera | Directors: Dan Poole, Giles Terera | Stars: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Mark Rylance, Ralph Fiennes

46. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Play as Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf and Sam as you battle for the fate of Middle Earth.

Writers: Michael Becker, J.R.R. Tolkien | Directors: Bret Robbins, Chris Tremmel | Stars: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd

47. Armchair Thriller (1978–1981)

25 min | Drama, Thriller

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Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.

Creator: Andrew Brown | Stars: Frank Duncan, Maria Aitken, Zena Walker, Benjamin Whitrow

48. HARDtalk (1997– )

25 min | Talk-Show

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Politicians and other public figures are asked the tough questions about whether the way they do things is really the best way.

Stars: Tim Sebastian, Stephen Sackur, Sarah Montague, Zeinab Badawi

49. The London Programme (1975– )

60 min | Documentary

8.0
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Stars: Trevor Phillips, Godfrey Hodgson, John Taylor, Andrew Phillips

50. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

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Stuart gets a job in a store, but Freddie believes he is having an affair.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon