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1. Flying High (1978–1979)
Episode: Swan Song for an Ugly Duckling (1978)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Creator: Dawn Aldredge | Director: Dennis Donnelly | Stars: Connie Sellecca, Pat Klous, Kathryn Witt, Howard Platt

2. Tales of the Unexpected (1977– )
Episode: The Final Chapter (1977)

60 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.7
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Investigative reporter Frank Harris has himself committed to death row under an assumed identify in order to probe the psychological impact of the death sentence. Suddenly his outside ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard O. Lewis, John Wilder | Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Roy Thinnes, Ned Beatty, Neva Patterson, Tim O'Connor

3. Sarge (1971–1972)
Episode: A Terminal Case of Vengeance (1971)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Creator: David Levy | Director: John Badham | Stars: George Kennedy, Jack Albertson, Mike Farrell, Barra Grant

4. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Family Man (1969)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

8.6
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When the husband of a couple younger than Jim goes on the lam, Jim decides to take over as the breadwinner for the young wife and her new baby he delivers. However, the toil of doing two jobs leads to Jim deciding to quit as emotions grow.

Writers: Arthur Heinemann, Owen Wister | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Drury, John McIntire, Doug McClure, Tim Matheson

5. Glee (2009– )
Episode: The New Rachel (2012)

TV-14 | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.6
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A still-heartbroken Rachel begins her brand new life in New York City, while back in Lima, the New Directions are struggling to figure out what to do with a group of only seven - and no star performer. Who will be their new Rachel Berry?

Writers: Ryan Murphy, Matthew Hodgson, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Ross Maxwell | Director: Brad Falchuk | Stars: Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale

6. The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue (1985 Video)

Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

8.5
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Directors: Ken Annakin, Robert Butler, John Hough, Jack Kinney, Wolfgang Reitherman, Robert Stevenson | Stars: Eddie Albert, Julie Andrews, Michael Sundin, Raymond Bailey

7. Glee (2009– )
Episode: Duets (2010)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.5
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The glee club works on a duet assignment, and Finn and Rachel plan to throw the competition so that Sam can have a shot at winning. Meanwhile, a love triangle between Mike, Tina and Artie develops.

Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan | Director: Eric Stoltz | Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch

8. Glee (2009– )
Episode: Audition (2010)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.3
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After a tough loss at Regionals, the glee club is back as the underdogs of McKinley High. When the school is faced with even more budget cuts, Mr. Schuester pushes the kids to help recruit ... See full summary »

Writers: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan | Director: Brad Falchuk | Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jane Lynch

9. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Long Ride Home (1969)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.3
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Holly finds two cowboys who are looking for work. The younger hand Jim looks up to Ben as the only father he has ever known as the two roam around looking for a place to settle. Ben isn't ready to settle down but Jim may have found a home.

Writers: Richard Fielder, Owen Wister | Director: Charles S. Dubin | Stars: James Drury, John McIntire, Doug McClure, Tim Matheson

10. All the President's Men (1976)

R | 138 min | Drama, History, Mystery

8.0
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Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.

Writers: Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, William Goldman | Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

11. The Conversation (1974)

PG | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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86 Metascore

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.

Writer: Francis Ford Coppola | Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest

12. See the Man Run (1971 TV Movie)

73 min | Action, Thriller, Drama

8.0
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Kidnappers making a ransom demand dial a wrong number & reach a struggling actor instead. He decides to cut himself in for some of the money.

Writer: Mann Rubin | Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Robert Culp, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert, June Allyson

13. Darkroom (1981–1982)
Episode: Siege of 31 August (1981)

Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

8.0
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After buying his son a military playset, a Vietnam veteran-turned-farmer keeps hearing war sounds in the night and discovers that his son's toy soldiers are alive.

Writer: Davis Grubb | Director: Peter Crane | Stars: James Coburn, Hank Brandt, Patrick Brennan, Pat Corley

14. Tales of the Unexpected (1977– )
Episode: You're Not Alone (1977)

60 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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A businesswoman who moves into a high-rise apartment finds her privacy invaded and her lifestyle shattered by a voyeur with sophisticated equipment. He drives her to the brink of madness ... See full summary »

Writer: Carol Saraceno | Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Joanna Pettet, Gary Collins, Herb Edelman, Patricia Smith

15. Always Remember I Love You (1990 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

7.9
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Just after he turns sixteen, Robert finds out that he is adopted. His parents find to their horror that he was kidnaped from his real parents. They decide to tell him about this, even ... See full summary »

Writer: Vivienne Radkoff | Director: Michael Miller | Stars: Patty Duke, Stephen Dorff, David Birney, Sam Wanamaker

16. Three for the Road (1975– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9
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When his wife dies, a free-lance photographer/writer and his two sons (aged about 17 and 12) assuage their grief with a new and adventurous life style: they sell their home, buy a large ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Rocco, Vincent Van Patten, Leif Garrett, Julie Sommars

17. Broadway: The American Musical (2004– )

360 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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A six-part documentary about the Broadway musical

Stars: Julie Andrews, John Lahr, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Furia

18. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy (2013 TV Movie)

Documentary

7.9
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Engaging, humorous, and provocative, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film ... See full summary »

Writer: Michael Kantor | Director: Michael Kantor | Stars: Mary Ellen Barrett, Jamie Bernstein, Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks

19. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: Has Anyone Here Seen Telly? (1979)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.9
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No one believes Vera when she tells them that Telly Savalas stopped by.

Writers: Tom Whedon, Charles Isaacs, Bob Fisher, Arthur Marx, Robert Getchell | Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland, Philip McKeon

20. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989 TV Movie)

180 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away,... See full summary »

Writers: J.P. Miller, Cynthia Whitcomb, W.H. Echols II | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

21. Tales of the Unexpected (1977 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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Anthology series presenting stories of suspense, mystery and science-fiction, usually with some sort of twist ending.

Stars: William Conrad, David Birney, Bill Bixby, Lloyd Bridges

22. Sarge (1971–1972)
Episode: A Company of Victims (1971)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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Creator: David Levy | Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: George Kennedy, Ramon Bieri, Sallie Shockley, Harold Sakata

23. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: Pilot (1976)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Alice works at Mel's Diner with Flo and Vera. A talent agent comes to town and Alice is hoping for a big break.

Writer: Robert Getchell | Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Linda Lavin, Alfred Lutter III, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland

24. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: The Last Review (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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A food critic eats at Mel's Diner and dies.

Writers: Harvey Bullock, R.S. Allen, Robert Getchell | Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Linda Lavin, Philip McKeon, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland

25. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: Vera's Mortician (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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Vera's new boyfriend is Jerry, a mortician 20 years her senior. But Alice - already creeped out by Jerry's profession - suspects that he hasn't told naive Vera everything about his personal life.

Writers: Bruce Kane, Robert Getchell | Director: Bill Hobin | Stars: Linda Lavin, Philip McKeon, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland

26. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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78 Metascore

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Writers: James Vanderbilt, Robert Graysmith | Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

27. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

60 min | Comedy, Western

7.7
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Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks ... See full summary »

Creator: Glen A. Larson | Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Dennis Fimple

28. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R | 104 min | Crime, Thriller

7.7
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68 Metascore

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Writers: John Godey, Peter Stone | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

29. The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.7
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The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »

Stars: James Drury, Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

30. God Bless the Child (1988 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama

7.7
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Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

Writer: Dennis Nemec | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Mare Winningham, Grace Johnston, L. Scott Caldwell, Obba Babatundé

31. Derrick (1974–1998)
Episode: Abitur (1978)

Crime

7.7
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Robert Becker's father wants his son to continue the family legacy and take up the practice after him. But first Robert must pass the abitur, and his father has got him a mentor.

Writer: Herbert Reinecker | Director: Theodor Grädler | Stars: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper, Willy Schäfer, Peter Dirschauer

32. Something for Joey (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.6
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This is based on the true story about the relationship between Penn State football player John Cappelletti and his younger brother Joey, who has lukemia. John and Joey's bond is a strong ... See full summary »

Writer: Jerry McNeely | Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Geraldine Page, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Marc Singer, Jeff Lynas

33. Winner Take All (1975 TV Movie)

97 min | Drama

7.6
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In this TV-movie, Shirley Jones plays an average American housewife who just happens to be addicted to gambling. The story chronicles how her problem is destroying her "ideal" suburban life... See full summary »

Writers: Bill Garner, Caryl Ledner | Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Shirley Jones, Laurence Luckinbill, Sam Groom, Joyce Van Patten

34. Return to Oz: The Joy That Got Away (2007)

PG | 61 min | Documentary

7.6
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A Documentary on the '1985' film: Return to Oz (1985).

Writer: Gabe Rodriguez | Director: Gabe Rodriguez | Stars: John Fricke, Jeanette Furevig, Crystal Gonzales, Jeff Legace

35. My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story (2009)

52 min | Documentary

7.6
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MY DOG: AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE STORY explores the unique relationship between people and their beloved pets through candid interviews with notable dog lovers. Viewers are offered an intimate... See full summary »

Director: Mark St. Germain | Stars: Cindy Adams, Edward Albee, Richard Belzer, Glenn Close

36. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: Better Never Than Late (1978)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.6
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Mel's Diner is robbed with Alice at the register and Mel sleeping in the storeroom.

Writers: Tom Whedon, Robert Getchell | Director: William Asher | Stars: Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland, Polly Holliday

37. Ironside (1967–1975)
Episode: The Priest Killer (1971)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A police chief who is confined to a wheelchair and a former cop who is now a priest team up to discover who has been committing a series of murders of local priests.

Writers: Collier Young, David Levy, Robert Van Scoyk, Joel Oliansky | Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Raymond Burr, George Kennedy, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell

38. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)

PG-13 | 30 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

7.5
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Truly amazing, and sometimes odd, stories are narrated. Many famous actors and actresses made guest appearances.

Stars: Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo, Sharon Spelman

39. 'night, Mother (1986)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

7.5
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What would you do if someone you loved sat down with you one night and calmly told you that they were going to end their life before morning? This is Thelma Cates' dilemma. Her daughter, ... See full summary »

Writer: Marsha Norman | Director: Tom Moore | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Anne Bancroft, Ed Berke, Carol Robbins

40. The Women of Brewster Place (1989 TV Movie)

200 min | Drama

7.5
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Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, which deals with several strong-willed women who live in a rundown housing project on Brewster Place in an unidentified eastern city; across three ... See full summary »

Writers: Gloria Naylor, Karen Hall | Director: Donna Deitch | Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Mary Alice, Olivia Cole, Robin Givens

41. The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990 TV Mini-Series)

278 min | Drama

7.5
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This sweeping mini-series profiling the Kennedy family ran three nights. The film chronicles 55 years in the lives of the family opening in 1906 with the marriage of Joseph P. Kennedy, a ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Bronk, Alison Wachtler, Casey Affleck, Cindy Baer

42. The Force of Evil (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Thriller

7.5
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A murderer on parole victimizes a family against whom he holds a grudge.

Writer: Robert M. Young | Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Pat Crowley, Eve Plumb, William Watson

43. Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974 TV Movie)

78 min | Drama

7.5
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A housewife, increasingly disenchanted with her homemaker role, looks for new meaning in her life and organizes a discussion group, changing the lives of her six closest friends.

Writer: Fay Kanin | Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Maureen Stapleton, Paul Sorvino, Doris Dowling, Rose Gregorio

44. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: A Piece of the Rock (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.5
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The beneficiary of her late husband's will pays a visit to Alice.

Writers: Ben Joelson, Art Baer, Robert Getchell | Director: Bill Persky | Stars: Linda Lavin, Philip McKeon, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland

45. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: Alice Gets a Pass (1976)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.5
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Alice receives a pass from an ex-football player.

Writers: Martin Donovan, Robert Getchell | Director: Jim Drake | Stars: Linda Lavin, Philip McKeon, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland

46. Darkroom (1981–1982)
Episode: Exit Line (1982)

Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

7.5
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Actor Dan Burroughs tries desperately to convince an extremely influential critic to revise her negative opinion about his play and performance.

Director: Peter Crane | Stars: James Coburn, Newell Alexander, Jim Boeke, Jack Carter

47. Darkroom (1981–1982)
Episode: Guillotine (1982)

Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

7.5
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In 19th century France, a man is aided by his lover to exploit a loophole in the law when he is sentenced to die by the guillotine. Should the executioner die on the day of the execution, the prisoner will walk free.

Writers: Peter Allan Fields, Cornell Woolrich | Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: James Coburn, Dick Balduzzi, Frank M. Benard, Lilyan Chauvin

48. Darkroom (1981–1982)
Episode: Lost in Translation (1982)

Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

7.5
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Archaeologist Dr. Paul Hudson hires a translator to decode an ancient Egyptian scroll.

Writers: Mary Ann Kasica, Michael Scheff | Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: James Coburn, Whit Bissell, Cyndy Garvey, Andrew Prine

49. Three for the Road (1975– )
Episode: Pilot (1975)

Adventure, Drama

7.5
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Writer: Jerry McNeely | Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Alex Rocco, Vincent Van Patten, Leif Garrett, Julie Sommars

50. Alice (1976–1985)
Episode: Vera, Queen of the Soaps (1982)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.5
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Vera gets an addiction to soap operas and her work suffers.

Writers: Mark Egan, Robert Getchell, Mark Solomon | Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: Linda Lavin, Vic Tayback, Beth Howland, Celia Weston