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1. Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.9
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Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.

Creator: Rod Serling | Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

2. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)
Episode: The Whiz Kid and the Mystery at Riverton: Part 1 (1974)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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Writers: Herman Groves, Clifford B. Hicks | Director: Tom Leetch | Stars: Eric Shea, Clay O'Brien, Kim Richards, Edward Andrews

3. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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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: Van Heflin, Russell Johnson, Eddie Little Sky, Kent Smith

4. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.7
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This dramatic-anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Paul Bryar, Tim Graham, Marguerite Chapman

5. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

8.6
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A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

6. Wide Country (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Sport, Western

8.5
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Mitch Guthrie is a champion bronco rider in the rodeo who tries to keep his kid brother, Andy, from pursuing the same life.

Stars: Earl Holliman, Andrew Prine, Slim Pickens, Ray Teal

7. The Case of the Dangerous Robin (1960– )

30 min | Mystery, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Robin Scott is a wealthy, Oxford-educated freelance insurance investigator, skilled in karate and judo, who travels all over the world investigating claims made against insurance companies,... See full summary »

Creators: John Abernathy, Leo Gordon | Stars: Jean Blake Fleming, Rick Jason, Walter Reed, Merry Anders

8. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)
Episode: Sheriff's Sale (1955)

30 min | Western

8.5
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The Lone Ranger hears that an old friend sheriff Jack Morrison is having trouble with an outlaw Hutch Conant who has been slowly taking over a local town by applying economic pressure to the locals and forcing them to stay quiet.

Writer: Joe Richardson | Director: Oscar Rudolph | Stars: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels, Peter Hansen, Larry J. Blake

9. Cannon (1971–1976)
Episode: Voice from the Grave (1974)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

8.5
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Cannon looks into a 14-year-old nightclub homicide investigation after a retired detective is the target of an attempted hit.

Writers: Robert Hamner, Edward Hume | Director: William Wiard | Stars: William Conrad, Robert Webber, Jason Evers, Michael Baseleon

10. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Creator: Carl Reiner | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

11. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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Stars: Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees, Slim Pickens

12. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)

Approved | 25 min | Western

8.4
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The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Creators: Herb Meadow, Sam Rolfe | Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East

13. Thriller (1960–1962)

49 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

14. Tightrope (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.4
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Mike Conners 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 »

Creators: Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse | Stars: Mike Connors, Ted de Corsia, Stacy Harris, Frank Puglia

15. Vacation Playhouse (1963–1967)

30 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Summer replacement show featuring pilot programs that had not been sold.

Creator: Richard Michaels | Stars: Soupy Sales, Darryl Hickman, Wallace Ford, Marvin Kaplan

16. Straightaway (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure

8.4
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Scott and Clipper are partners in the Straightaway Garage, where they design, build, and service racing cars.

Stars: Brian Kelly, John Ashley, Asa Maynor, Luther Adler

17. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Hack Prine (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.4
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Far from Dodge and without a horse Matt Dillon still manages to bring in Lee Trimble...a man wanted for murder. Lee's brother Dolph swears that he'll get him out. Meanwhile, an old friend ... See full summary »

Writer: John Meston | Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

18. Yancy Derringer (1958–1959)
Episode: Marble Fingers (1958)

30 min | Action, Western, Adventure

8.4
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Derringer is falsely accused of complicity in a waterfront property theft. Administer Colton manages to get Matthew Younger to drop the charges, but Yancy decides the insurance man may be ... See full summary »

Creators: Mary Loos, Richard Sale | Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Kevin Hagen, X Brands, Frances Bergen

19. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Blonde Bonanza (1964)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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The gorgeous Dianne Adler is a friend of Della who has quit her job when a man signed her to a modeling contract that Perry discovers allows the agent to take half of any money she comes into. When the agent is murdered she is charged.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Jackson Gillis, Samuel Newman | Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

20. Yancy Derringer (1958–1959)
Episode: The Wayward Warrior (1959)

30 min | Action, Western, Adventure

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Pirate queen Coco LaSalle convinces Yancy to back her fighter against the mighty heavyweight called the Tennessee Slasher. While Derringer organizes the illegal fight away from the city ... See full summary »

Creators: Mary Loos, Richard Sale | Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Beverly Garland, Kevin Hagen, X Brands

21. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

22. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: James Seay, Richard Gaines, Raymond Greenleaf, Robert Foulk

23. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Green, William Phipps

24. Lawman (1958–1962)
Episode: Riding Shotgun (1959)

30 min | Western

8.3
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Troop befriends a convict he jailed. When the driver of the stage he's riding shotgun on is killed, talk is he's picked up his old ways with the old gang. With a posse on the hunt for them, the gang figures they can pick the town clean.

Writers: William F. Leicester, Kenneth Perkins | Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Allen Case, Paul Fix

25. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Fugitive Nurse (1958)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The wife of a prominent physician is arrested for drugging her husband, causing him to crash his private plane. But then he turns up alive, living in Mexico with a beautiful nurse after the dead man's identity is revealed.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Gene Wang, Al C. Ward | Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

26. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Wary Wildcatter (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A man is caught on camera killing his wife by pushing her over a cliff in a car. The photographer blackmails the man bleeding him dry as the man cons others by overselling ownership in a wildcat well. The con man is murdered himself.

Writers: Robert Bloomfield, Erle Stanley Gardner | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

27. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Man from the Sea (1962)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.3
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A seaman moving to Wyoming meets twin sisters traveling there with Trampas. When he takes an interest in one of them, she makes a tragic request of him that reveals not only to him but Judge Garth the true nature of the twins relationship.

Writers: Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin, Owen Wister | Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke

28. Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964–1969)
Episode: You Bet Your Won Ton (1967)

30 min | Comedy, War

8.3
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In search of a place to host a going away party for a comrade, Gomer goes into a Chinese restaurant that is a front for a gambling operation.

Writers: Barry E. Blitzer, Ray Brenner, Aaron Ruben | Director: Coby Ruskin | Stars: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, James Hong

29. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Creator: Erle Stanley Gardner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

30. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

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Stories mostly centered on The Kingfish's schemes to get rich, often by duping his brothers in the Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge. Andy was particularly dupable. Amos mostly narrated.

Creators: Charles J. Correll, Freeman F. Gosden | Stars: Alvin Childress, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Johnny Lee

31. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, Roger Perry, John Larch

32. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Rod Blake, a State Trooper is an officer of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The setting is in the 1950s American West.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, Don Haggerty, Paul Stader

33. Panic! (1957– )

30 min | Thriller

8.2
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Creator: Al Simon | Stars: Westbrook Van Voorhis, Bill Erwin, Norman Alden, Robert Anderson

34. Flight (1958– )

30 min | Adventure

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Stars: George C. Kenney, Forrest Compton, John Pickard, James Parnell

35. Yancy Derringer (1958–1959)
Episode: Collector's Item (1959)

30 min | Action, Western, Adventure

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Yancy is forced to reimburse four gamblers when their high-stakes poker game on his riverboat is robbed by a pair of beautiful thieves. Derringer traces the blonde crooks to an old mansion ... See full summary »

Creators: Mary Loos, Richard Sale | Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Kevin Hagen, X Brands, Claude Akins

36. Hazel (1961–1966)
Episode: George's Niece (1961)

Comedy

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When Hazel plays matchmaker between George's niece and her own nephew, George's sister doesn't like it one bit.

Creator: Ted Key | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake, Bobby Buntrock

37. Rawhide (1959–1965)

50 min | Western

8.1
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Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

38. High Noon (1952)

PG | 85 min | Drama, Western

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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

Writers: Carl Foreman, John W. Cunningham | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges

39. You Are There (1953–1957)

30 min | Drama, History

8.1
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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, E.G. Marshall, Todd Hunter

40. Broken Arrow (1956–1960)

30 min | Western

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Indian Agent Tom Jeffords makes friends with Chief Cochise, becoming a blood brother of the Apache. Together they fight white schemers and renegade Indians.

Stars: John Lupton, Michael Ansara, Steven Ritch, Steve Conte

41. Date with the Angels (1957–1958)

30 min | Comedy

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New bride Vickie and her insurance salesman husband Gus involve their friends and neighbors in a variety of comic episodes.

Stars: Betty White, Bill Williams, Natalie Masters, Roy Engel

42. Harrigan and Son (1960– )

30 min

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Stars: Roger Perry, Pat O'Brien, Georgine Darcy, Helen Kleeb

43. Kung Fu (1972–1975)
Episode: The Garments of Rage (1974)

51 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

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Disciple opposes master when Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) takes a stand against a renegade Shaolin priest (JAMES SHIGETA) terrorizing a railroad company in America to avenge his nephew's death.

Creator: Ed Spielman | Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: David Carradine, James Shigeta, James Olson, Philip Ahn

44. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

45. The Munsters (1964–1966)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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A family of friendly monsters have misadventures never quite realising why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

46. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.0
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An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Creator: Bruce Geller | Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

47. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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The misadventures of a cantankerous junk dealer and his frustrated son.

Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page, Don Bexley

48. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

30 min | Western

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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Creator: George W. Trendle | Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Lane Bradford

49. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

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A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

50. Night Gallery (1969–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Host Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto