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1. Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

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

9.0
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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. Straightaway (1961–1962)

30 min | Adventure

8.9
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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

3. 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

8.9
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Writers: Herman Groves, Clifford B. Hicks | Director: Tom Leetch | Stars: Eric Shea, Clay O'Brien, Kim Richards, Edward Andrews

4. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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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

5. Tightrope (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.8
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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, Jesse White, Ted de Corsia, Jan Arvan

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

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.7
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

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

7. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

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

8. The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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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

9. 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, Tim Graham, Paul Bryar, Marguerite Chapman

10. Flight (1958– )

30 min | Adventure

8.7
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Stars: George C. Kenney, Forrest Compton, John Pickard, James Parnell

11. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)
Episode: The Bouncing Chip (1958)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.7
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A Vegas casino falters, because their chips are being counterfeited. "The Meteor" hires Stu, who discovers the plastics company that's making the counterfeits, then goes undercover as a ... See full summary »

Writer: Leonard Lee | Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes, Ruta Lee

12. 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

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

Approved | 25 min | Western

8.6
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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

14. Thriller (1960–1962)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.6
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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

15. T.H.E. Cat (1966–1967)

30 min | Adventure, Drama

8.6
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T. Hewitt Edward Cat is a retired acrobat (also a retired thief) who has become a bodyguard. He works out of his friend's cafe, El Casa del Gato, where he uses his skills to protect his ... See full summary »

Creator: Harry Julian Fink | Stars: Robert Loggia, Robert Carricart, R.G. Armstrong, Robert Duvall

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

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.5
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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

17. M Squad (1957–1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Crime

8.5
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The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.

Stars: Lee Marvin, Paul Newlan, Gail Kobe, Morris Ankrum

18. You Are There (1953–1957)

30 min | Drama, History

8.5
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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

19. 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

20. 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

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

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.5
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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

22. 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

23. 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.

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

24. The Silent Service (1957– )

30 min | Action, War

8.4
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Documentary dramatic anthology about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas M. Dykers, Eric Morris, Robert Knapp, Ross Elliott

25. Surfside 6 (1960–1962)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Ken, Dave and Sandy are three hip private detectives living on and working out of a houseboat in Miami, Florida. A yacht, belonging to socialite Daphne, is anchored next to their houseboat.... See full summary »

Stars: Van Williams, Troy Donahue, Lee Patterson, Margarita Sierra

26. 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

27. Celebrity Playhouse (1955– )

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Scott Brady, Angela Lansbury, Howard Duff, Philip Carey

28. Lawman (1958–1962)
Episode: Change of Venue (1962)

30 min | Western

8.4
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Barron Shaw's trial for murder and robbery is being moved out of Laramie on the stage. The townspeople protest this change but Troop has some unexpected company on the road ahead and sitting right next to him as well.

Writer: Mark Rodgers | Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Philip Carey, Jan Shepard

29. Adam-12 (1968–1975)
Episode: Log 85: Sign of the Twins (1970)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Malloy and Reed start the shift with a call to a liquor store robbery where a fellow officer was shot but the owner of the store appears to be lying. Further investigation pushes the owner ... See full summary »

Creators: Robert A. Cinader, Jack Webb | Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Margaret O'Brien, Stacy Harris

30. 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

31. 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

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

30 min | Action, Western, Adventure

8.4
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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

33. Burke's Law (1963–1966)
Episode: Who Killed Molly? (1964)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.4
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Housewife Molly Brown, a brunette, is found dead in her shower, the apparent victim of a fall and drowning. But the autopsy shows that she was strangled and the discovery of blond wig hairs... See full summary »

Writers: Albert Beich, Frank D. Gilroy | Director: Don Weis | Stars: Gene Barry, Gary Conway, Regis Toomey, Leon Lontoc

34. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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

35. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

8.3
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Lawman is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming and his deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon ... See full summary »

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

36. Topper (1953–1955)

30 min | Fantasy, Comedy

8.3
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This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll, Buck

37. Yancy Derringer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Western, Adventure

8.3
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Yancy Derringer, an ex-Confederate soldier turned gambler, was a suave lady's man in New Orleans, Louisiana. In reality, he was working for John Colton, the civil administrator of the city.... See full summary »

Creators: Richard Sale, Mary Loos | Stars: Jock Mahoney, X Brands, Kevin Hagen, Frances Bergen

38. December Bride (1954–1959)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker, are always trying to find suitable older marriageable companionship for... See full summary »

Creator: Parke Levy | Stars: Spring Byington, Frances Rafferty, Dean Miller, Harry Morgan

39. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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

40. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)

60 min | Drama

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

41. Harrigan and Son (1960– )

30 min

8.3
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Stars: Roger Perry, Pat O'Brien, Georgine Darcy, Helen Kleeb

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

30 min | Drama

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

43. Coronado 9 (1960– )

30 min | Crime

8.3
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A former Naval intelligence officer works as a private detective in San Diego, California.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Vaughn Taylor, Sue Ane Langdon, Walter Reed

44. 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

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

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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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, Al C. Ward, Gene Wang | Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

46. 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.

Creator: Aaron Ruben | Director: Coby Ruskin | Stars: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, James Hong

47. Rawhide (1959–1965)

50 min | Western

8.2
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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

48. Mike Hammer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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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

49. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, John Doucette, Hayden Rorke

50. Panic! (1957– )

30 min | Thriller

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