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1. 12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)
Episode: The Sound of Distant Thunder (1964)

60 min | Drama, War

8.6
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General Savage gets a new bombardier, Lt. Lathrop, a goofy, ungainly kid, who just happens to have a knack for putting the bombs precisely on the target. After Lathrop saves his life, ... See full summary »

Writers: Edward J. Lakso, Beirne Lay Jr., Sy Bartlett | Director: Don Medford | Stars: Robert Lansing, John Larkin, Frank Overton, Peter Fonda

2. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)

Approved | 30 min | Western

8.2
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A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s.

Stars: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Olan Soule, Mort Mills

3. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.1
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

4. The Lieutenant (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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A marine-corps drama set at Camp Pendleton (near San Diego, California) proving ground for men who pride themselves on being United States Marines. From the lowliest recruit to the ... See full summary »

Creator: Gene Roddenberry | Stars: Gary Lockwood, Robert Vaughn, Don Penny, Carmen Phillips

5. The Long, Hot Summer (1965–1966)

48 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Nancy Malone, Roy Thinnes, Paul Geary, Lana Wood

6. 12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

60 min | Drama, War

8.0
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This series chronicles the adventures--in the air and on the ground--of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson, Robert Lansing

7. Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963–1967)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Comedy

8.0
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Legendary entertainer Bob Hope hosted, and occasionally starred in, one of the last major anthology series on network TV. Both dramatic and comedy shows were presented, featuring many of ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Hope, Jack Weston, Jack Kelly, Ricardo Montalban

8. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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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

9. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )

Mystery

8.0
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Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.

Stars: Walter Slezak, Vincent Price, Everett Sloane, Berry Kroeger

10. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)
Episode: Pariah (1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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After Starsky shoots a 16-year-old armed robber, a crazed ex-con vows to kill uniformed policemen until Starsky resigns from the force.

Creator: William Blinn | Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

11. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

75 min | Western

7.9
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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

12. The Red Hand Gang (1977– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

7.9
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Stars: Matthew Labyorteaux, J.R. Miller, Jolie Newman, Johnny Brogna

13. The Fall Guy (1981–1986)
Episode: Manhunter (1983)

Action, Adventure

7.8
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Creator: Glen A. Larson | Director: Michael O'Herlihy | Stars: Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Markie Post

14. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Episode: The Looters (1960)

Approved | 25 min | Western

7.7
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Three dangerous prisoners escape from jail and appoint themselves the law, after the town is hit by a tornado that kills the sheriff.

Writer: Norman Katkov | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Steve McQueen, Gloria Blondell, Dennis Patrick, Tom Gilson

15. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Patsy (1958)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

7.7
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Matt doubts the veracity of Long Branch hostess Holly Fanshaw's claim that she saw trail drover Fly Hoyt murder young Dave Thorp. His suspicions increase further when Hoyt voluntarily returns to Dodge in order to clear his name.

Writers: Les Crutchfield, John Meston | Director: Richard Whorf | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

16. Room 222 (1969–1974)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.6
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Black teacher Pete Dixon tries to teach the students at Walt Whitman High to be tolerant. He is assisted by girlfriend and school counselor Liz and student teacher (later teacher) Alice. The students love him.

Stars: Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine

17. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.6
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Set against the beautiful tropical landscape of Honolulu, Hawaii, this series centered around the cases of Hawaiian Eye Private Investigations and the two handsome, slick, tough-guy ... See full summary »

Stars: Connie Stevens, Poncie Ponce, Robert Conrad, Anthony Eisley

18. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Hosted by famous dancer/actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode. Unlike some of the earlier drama series, which tended either toward classics or ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Astaire, Keir Dullea, Paul Comi, Joan Staley

19. Time to Run (1973)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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Writer: Allan Sloane | Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Ed Nelson, Randall Carver, Barbara Sigel, Joan Winmill Brown

20. Flesh and Ecstasy (1985 Video)

72 min | Adult

7.6
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Two kidnappers get more than they bargained for from a buxom daughter, her sister and one of their roommates. But the roommate and the other daughter respectively seduce her uncle and state lawyer, who then seduces the aunt.

Writers: John Alderman, Harold Lime | Director: Jack Remy | Stars: Colleen Brennan, Tom Byron, Christy Canyon, Kimberly Carson

21. The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967–1969)

30 min | Western

7.5
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An old former Army scout and his grandson search the west for the man's son, a gunfighter on the run.

Creators: Richard Carr, Aaron Spelling | Stars: Walter Brennan, Dack Rambo, Jason Evers, Chuck Horne

22. Iron Horse (1966–1968)

60 min | Western

7.5
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Ben Calhoun won the half-completed Buffalo Pass, Scalplock and Defiance Line railroad in a poker game and must fight 1880s Indians, bankers and bad guys to complete the line.

Creators: James Goldstone, Stephen Kandel | Stars: Dale Robertson, Robert Random, Gary Collins, Roger Torrey

23. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.4
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Creators: Glen A. Larson, Lou Shaw | Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

24. Checkmate (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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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.

Creator: Eric Ambler | Stars: Anthony George, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot, Ken Lynch

25. The Screaming Woman (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Horror, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »

Writers: Merwin Gerard, Ray Bradbury | Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson, Laraine Stephens, Joseph Cotten

26. Dandy (1970)

82 min | Drama

7.4
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Writer: R. Charleton Wilson | Director: R. Charleton Wilson | Stars: Cynthia Denny, John Alderman, John Vincent, Steve Vincent

27. The Stunt Man (1980)

R | 131 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady.

Writers: Lawrence B. Marcus, Richard Rush, Paul Brodeur | Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey, Allen Garfield

28. Hunter (1984–1991)
Episode: Any Second Now (1987)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Real-life stalking victim Theresa Saldana plays a brilliant pianist who is being stalked by a psychopath who has vowed to finish what he failed to do years before; eliminate her. In a ... See full summary »

Creator: Frank Lupo | Director: James Darren | Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Theresa Saldana

29. Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | 97 min | War, Drama, Action

7.2
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Grim story of one of the major battles of the Korean War. While negotiators are at work in Panmunjom trying to bring the conflict to a negotiated end, Lt. Joe Clemons is ordered to launch ... See full summary »

Writers: S.L.A. Marshall, James R. Webb | Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard

30. The Hard Road (1970)

R | 85 min | Drama

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A cautionary tale. At 17, Sherman Oaks high schooler Pam Banner has a baby out of wedlock. The baby is adopted, but Pam's too embarrassed to go back to school, so her dad gets her a job as ... See full summary »

Writer: Richard Stetson | Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Connie Nelson, John Alderman, Catherine Howard, Gary Kent

31. The Animal (1968)

88 min | Thriller

7.2
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This story is based on facts taken from authenticated newspaper files. What truly motivated Ted Andrews is not clearly known although a childhood filled with depression, hate for his mother... See full summary »

Writer: Bob Cresse | Director: Lee Frost | Stars: John Alderman, Virginia Gordon, Armand Atamian, Jay Fineberg

32. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Creator: William Blinn | Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

33. The Fall Guy (1981–1986)

60 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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The adventures of a film stunt performer who moonlights as a bounty hunter when movie work is slow.

Creator: Glen A. Larson | Stars: Lee Majors, Douglas Barr, Heather Thomas, Markie Post

34. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961)
Episode: Dead Reckoning (1961)

Approved | 25 min | Western

7.1
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A woman wants Josh to bring in her wanted husband alive, so he can prove self defense, but the brothers of the man he killed are out to hang him.

Writer: Ed Adamson | Director: Murray Golden | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jimmy Lydon, John Alderman, Chuck Hayward

35. The Thrill of It All (1963)

Approved | 108 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Writers: Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart | Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews

36. Society Affairs (1982)

X | 91 min | Adult, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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A penniless thief gets involved in a scheme to obtain money and sex by using his resemblance to a wealthy family scion.

Writer: C.W. O'Hara | Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Harry Reems, Veronica Hart, Kelly Nichols, Anna Ventura

37. Hunter (1984–1991)
Episode: Saturday Night Special (1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Hunter and McCall investigate mysterious calls to a reporter about a series of murders.

Creator: Frank Lupo | Director: Peter Kiwitt | Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Beah Richards, Anne-Marie Johnson

38. Angel on My Shoulder (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Fantasy

6.8
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Criminal dies and goes to hell, and is given one last chance to redeem himself by helping a respected judge.

Writers: Roland Kibbee, George Kirgo, Harry Segall | Director: John Berry | Stars: Peter Strauss, Richard Kiley, Barbara Hershey, Janis Paige

39. Mr. Horn (1979 TV Movie)

180 min | Western

6.8
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The story of frontiersman Tom Horn, and his career as a cavalry scout, a tracker, a Pinkerton agent and a range detective, and the final events in his life that led to his tragic death.

Writer: William Goldman | Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: David Carradine, Richard Widmark, Karen Black, Richard Masur

40. The Pick-Up (1968)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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Two mob money couriers, Frankie and Tony, have their latest package of $1 million stolen by two con women, Dana and Marcia, in which the men must find the women to recover the money before they become marked men.

Writers: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop | Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Wes Bishop, Stefan Zema, Lois Ursone, Lynn Harris

41. Ecstasy Girls II (1987)

X | 90 min | Adult

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Writer: Harold Lime | Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Heather Wayne, Joanna Storm, Jamie Gillis, John Leslie

42. Cherry Ettes for Hire (1984 Video)

X | Adult

6.8
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Director: Rock Hardson | Stars: Serena, Tiffany Clark, Jamie Gillis, Maria Tortuga

43. Hunter (1984–1991)
Episode: The Beautiful & the Dead: Part 2 (1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Hunter and McCall's continued investigation into adultery and homicide pits them against a group of Russian spies.

Creator: Frank Lupo | Directors: Tony Mordente, Gary Winter | Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Kabir Bedi, Rita Zohar

44. Hunter (1984–1991)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Detective Sergeant Rick Hunter and his partner, Sergeant Dee Dee McCall, are homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department. Often they must go undercover to catch a variety ... See full summary »

Creator: Frank Lupo | Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

45. Up 'n' Coming (1983)

86 min | Adult, Drama, Music

6.7
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A rising young country/western singer gets a job as the opening act for a a veteran female country star. Soon the young girl is drawing much attention from the audiences and the record companies, and the older star doesn't like it one bit.

Writer: Jim Holliday | Director: Stu Segall | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lisa De Leeuw, Herschel Savage, Richard Pacheco

46. Crazy with the Heat (1986)

X | 78 min | Adult

6.7
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Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Joanna Storm, Tamara Longley, Tantala Ray, Shanna McCullough

47. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
Episode: A Question of Time (1977)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

6.7
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The body of a man is discovered at a health spa. Quincy is convinced that the owner's of the spa are responsible for his death. Not only does he need to prove their guilt, but he also must ... See full summary »

Creators: Glen A. Larson, Lou Shaw | Director: Ray Danton | Stars: Jack Klugman, Garry Walberg, John S. Ragin, Val Bisoglio

48. Satisfactions (1983)

X | 74 min | Adult, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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A barmaid using her buxom figure to console a dumped guy is just one link in a chain of events that causes various men and women to reach sexual satisfaction.

Writer: C.W. O'Hara | Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Rhonda Jo Petty, Kay Parker, Robert Kerman, John Leslie

49. Checkmate (1960–1962)
Episode: State of Shock (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Creator: Eric Ambler | Director: James Wong Howe | Stars: Anthony George, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot, Nina Foch

50. Summer Camp Girls (1983)

X | 86 min | Adult

6.5
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Writer: Harold Lime | Director: Gary Graver | Stars: Kimberly Carson, Tara Aire, Shauna Grant, Herschel Savage