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1. The Rookies (1972–1976)
Episode: Code 261 (1973)

Crime, Drama

9.2
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Lt. Ryker, Officer's Terry Webster, Willie Gillis, and Mike Danko as well as Jill Danko try to help a young nurse get through the emotional trauma that she must endure after she is raped.

Writers: Hal Sitowitz, Robert Heverly | Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville, Michael Ontkean, Kate Jackson

Votes: 6

2. Medic (1954–1956)
Episode: Flash of Darkness (1955)

30 min | Drama

9.1
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This "what-if" episode imagines what would happen in the event of a nuclear strike on Los Angeles. Dr. Styner and his colleagues are at a warehouse outside the city for a training session, ... See full summary »

Creator: James E. Moser | Director: John Meredyth Lucas | Stars: Richard Boone, Nan Boardman, Wheaton Chambers, Herbert Lytton

Votes: 7

3. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

9.0
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Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Jackie Gleason, Ray Bloch

Votes: 143

4. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Cavalcade of America documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds.

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

Votes: 36

5. Celebrity Playhouse (1955– )

30 min | Drama

8.8
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Stars: Scott Brady, Angela Lansbury, Howard Duff, Philip Carey

Votes: 15

6. Hazel (1961–1966)
Episode: Everybody's a Comedian (1964)

30 min | Comedy

8.8
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George suggests that Hazel needs glasses.

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

Votes: 8

7. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of Constant Doyle (1963)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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After the death of her husband and partner Joe Doyle, Constant Doyle takes on a case involving a young man who knew her husband. Constant asks for Perry's help and he suggests she hire the Paul Drake Detective agency to aid in the case.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Jackson Gillis | Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 197

8. 87th Precinct (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama, Crime

8.7
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Manhattan's 87th precinct forms the backdrop for this grim and gritty police drama based on the long-running series of novels by Ed McBain. Storylines focus on neighborhood crime, and the ... See full summary »

Creator: Evan Hunter | Stars: Robert Lansing, Ron Harper, Gregory Walcott, Norman Fell

Votes: 80

9. Medic (1954–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner. One of the first medical shows on TV that paid strict attention to detail, and... See full summary »

Creator: James E. Moser | Stars: Richard Boone, Mary Stewart, Robert Stevenson, Robert Bray

Votes: 86

10. Tightrope (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.7
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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

Votes: 70

11. Big Town (1950–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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"Big Town" was a long running and highly successful network radio series (1937- 1952) and film series ("I Cover the Underworld," "Underworld After Dark," and "Underworld Scandal") before ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McVey, Mark Stevens, Jane Nigh, Mary K. Wells

Votes: 19

12. Flight (1958– )

30 min | Adventure

8.7
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Stars: George C. Kenney, Forrest Compton, John Pickard, Joe Flynn

Votes: 18

13. Adam-12 (1968–1975)
Episode: Follow Up (1975)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.7
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Reed and Malloy handle a call about a stolen horse that someone is trying to sell to a horse stable. Also, after a call from a wealthy woman, she accuses them of stealing one of her ... See full summary »

Creators: Robert A. Cinader, Jack Webb | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, William Boyett, Rod Cameron

Votes: 10

14. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Shapely Shadow (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Janice Wainwright is a dedicated secretary to Morley Theilman who becomes concerned when she learns he is being blackmailed. Perry advises her to follow through with her instructions but it results in her being charged with his murder.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Jackson Gillis | Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 75

15. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 9,040

16. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

51 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

8.6
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A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Creator: Jeffrey Grant Rice | Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 2,568

17. M Squad (1957–1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Crime

8.6
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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

Votes: 227

18. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Walter Coy, Robert Paige

Votes: 130

19. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.5
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 217

20. Mike Hammer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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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

Votes: 134

21. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.5
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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

Votes: 51

22. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars and sometimes appearing in the play himself.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 60

23. Fireside Theatre (1949–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.5
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Stars: Gene Raymond, John Warburton, Nolan Leary, Dabbs Greer

Votes: 35

24. Emergency! (1972–1979)
Episode: Frequency (1973)

Not Rated | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.5
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John's policeman friend is injured and later dies from a car accident; the delay in treatment due to another Squad tying up the bio phone frequency with a heart case leads Roy to speculate ... See full summary »

Creators: Harold Jack Bloom, Robert A. Cinader | Director: Dennis Donnelly | Stars: Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth

Votes: 38

25. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Violent Village (1960)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Phil Beecher returns from a year in prison for vehicular manslaughter of Aggie Norris the sheriff's daughter. His wife Kathi forgives him, although the people of the town despise him. Phil is charged when sister Charlotte Norris is killed.

Writers: Sam Elkin, Erle Stanley Gardner, Seeleg Lester | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 75

26. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Episode: The Road to the Heart (1962)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A deaf child is brought into the hospital after accidentally swallowing poison. After his recovery, it is discovered that his deafness is treatable, but his overprotective mother refuses to allow the surgery which could cure him.

Writers: Jean Holloway, Theodore Ferro, Mathilde Ferro | Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Joanne Linville, Rory O'Brien

Votes: 6

27. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.4
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The son of a police detective solves baffling crimes.

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Tom Reese, John Hillerman

Votes: 838

28. Colt .45 (1957–1960)

30 min | Western

8.4
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Christopher Colt was apparently a gun salesman but was in fact a government agent tracking down notorious bad guys. His cousin Sam took the lead when the studio had contract disputes with the original star.

Stars: Wayde Preston, Kenneth MacDonald, Donald May, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 54

29. The Roaring 20's (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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The adventures of a newspaper reporter covering the world of cops and gangsters in 1920s Chicago.

Stars: Dorothy Provine, Donald May, Gary Vinson, Mike Road

Votes: 107

30. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 73

31. Coronado 9 (1960– )

30 min | Crime

8.4
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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

Votes: 35

32. Hazel (1961–1966)
Episode: Hazel's Midas Touch (1964)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Leo G. Carroll guest stars as a self-made millionaire.

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

Votes: 7

33. Get Smart (1965–1970)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.

Creators: Mel Brooks, Buck Henry | Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Votes: 8,065

34. Surfside 6 (1960–1962)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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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, Lee Patterson, Margarita Sierra, Troy Donahue

Votes: 155

35. The Greatest Show on Earth (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama, Family

8.3
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Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding boarding

Stars: Jack Palance, Stuart Erwin, Michael Consoldane, Del Graham

Votes: 79

36. Bourbon Street Beat (1959–1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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A former New Orleans cop partners with an Ivy League lawyer to open up a private detective agency with offices on the city's famed Bourbon Street.

Stars: Richard Long, Andrew Duggan, Van Williams, Arlene Howell

Votes: 94

37. Route 66 (1960–1964)
Episode: Most Vanquished, Most Victorious (1961)

52 min | Adventure

8.3
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Tod and Buz travel to Los Angeles in response to a letter Tod received from an Aunt who has not been heard of for 20 yrs and thought to be dead. From her deathbed she makes a final request ... See full summary »

Creators: Herbert B. Leonard, Stirling Silliphant | Director: William D. Faralla | Stars: Martin Milner, George Maharis, Beatrice Straight, Royal Dano

Votes: 42

38. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Kitty Pryer Story (1963)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Victor Harp tells Kitty that he has married her while still married to Martha who he must join on the Wagon Train to take to San Francisco for a divorce. He hires former acquaintance and ... See full summary »

Writer: Allen H. Miner | Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 9

39. 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

Votes: 3,163

40. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

8.2
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Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »

Creator: Roy Huggins | Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 1,575

41. Hank (1965–1966)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Campus lunch wagon operator "drops in" to classes to get college education.

Creator: Hugh Benson | Stars: Dick Kallman, Linda Foster, Howard St. John, Lloyd Corrigan

Votes: 55

42. The Sheriff of Cochise (1956–1959)

30 min | Crime, Western

8.2
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While this sounds like a western, THE SHERIFF OF COCHISE was a contemporary police drama set in Cochise County, AZ. Stories seemed to be strangely similar to HIGHWAY PATROL, emphasizing ... See full summary »

Creator: Mort Briskin | Stars: John Bromfield, Stan Jones, Roy Engel, Joe Kirk

Votes: 44

43. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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Documentary dramas - plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 57

44. Cannon (1971–1976)
Episode: The Conspirators (1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

8.2
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A young woman has gone missing and Cannon is hired to find her. The four men responsible for her death frame a young black man for it and Cannon sets out to clear him.

Creator: Edward Hume | Director: George McCowan | Stars: William Conrad, Tom Skerritt, Dabbs Greer, Hilly Hicks

Votes: 12

45. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.1
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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.

Creator: Roy Huggins | Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 2,308

46. Insight (I) (1960–1984)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.

Stars: Ellwood Kieser, Martin Sheen, Brian Keith, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Votes: 113

47. Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957–1960)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Richard Diamond is a suave private eye who, at first, walks the mean streets of New York, then later packs up and moves to Los Angeles, where he tools around in a convertible with a car ... See full summary »

Stars: David Janssen, Regis Toomey, Roxane Brooks, Russ Conway

Votes: 142

48. Checkmate (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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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

Votes: 171

49. The Law and Mr. Jones (1960–1962)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Abraham Lincoln Jones is a lawyer assisted by his law clerk, young C.E. Carruthers, and his secretary Marsha Spear. His cases usually did not involve violence but rather "white collar" ... See full summary »

Stars: James Whitmore, Janet De Gore, Conlan Carter, Russ Brown

Votes: 23

50. The Walter Winchell File (1957–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Crime stories that Walter Winchell had covered while working with the New York City Police Department.

Stars: Walter Winchell, John Larch, George Cisar, Robert Anderson

Votes: 17