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1. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

44 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.7
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Set decades after Captain James T. Kirk's 5-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers in a new Enterprise set off on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

2. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Howling Dog (1959)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A divorced woman escapes a sanitarium to retrieve money stolen by her ex-husband now married to her ex-sister-in-law. Her brother handles the problem but decides he wants his ex-wife back but when the ex-husband is murdered she is charged.

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

3. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Writer: Ernest Lehman | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

4. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

8.4
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Combat!, a one-hour WWII drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show offered ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

5. 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

6. Telephone Time (1956–1958)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Between 1956 and September 1957, this filmed show featured plays by John Nesbitt, the host of the show. Starting in September 1957, plays by other authors were presented.

Stars: John Nesbitt, Frank Baxter, Maurice Marsac, Norbert Schiller

7. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

30 min | Family, Western

8.3
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The adventures of a Wild West rancher who wields a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Joe Benson

8. Get Smart (1965–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, with a great deal of help from his competent partner Agent 99, battles the forces of KAOS

Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

9. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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A former underworld lawyer goes to work for the Federal Government, determined to bring 100 top criminals to justice.

Creator: Paul Monash | Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gavin MacLeod, Ted de Corsia, Martin Gabel

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

30 min | Drama

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

11. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Madcap Modiste (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A fashion designer on live TV negates a deal her husband/partner brokered with another firm. Later, before their fashion show she takes a pill with champagne provided by her husband and shortly falls to the floor saying she was poisoned.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Harold Swanton | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

12. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: The Exchange (1969)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.3
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The episode opens with a mission already underway in a foreign country. But an unforeseeable accident causes Cinnamon Carter to be captured by the foreign government just as she completes ... See full summary »

Writers: Bruce Geller, Laurence Heath | Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

13. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: Top of the Stairs (1969)

60 min | Western

8.3
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Passing through the town of Abbottsville on their way to a wedding,Victoria and Audra stop to see Victoria's brother-in-law.They are not allowed to see him and are told he is judged insane ... See full summary »

Creators: A.I. Bezzerides, Louis F. Edelman | Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

14. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

15. 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

16. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Creator: Stephen J. Cannell | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

17. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Western

8.2
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Two Secret Services agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Creator: Michael Garrison | Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Whitey Hughes, Dick Cangey

18. 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

19. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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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

20. The Dakotas (1963– )

60 min | Western

8.2
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Marshal Ragan and his deputies maintain the peace in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory.

Stars: Larry Ward, Jack Elam, Chad Everett, Michael Greene

21. Mr. Novak (1963–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The experiences of a young, tough-minded, idealistic high school English teacher on his first job provided the stories in this series. John Novak begins at Jefferson High School in Los ... See full summary »

Creators: E. Jack Neuman, Boris Sagal | Stars: James Franciscus, Dean Jagger, Burgess Meredith, Vince Howard

22. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Vagabond Vixen (1957)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A man picking up a young woman hitchhiking tries to help her but the actions backfire when he finds himself the victim of blackmail. The man's business partner was also involved with the woman and murdered for which he is charged.

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

23. 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

24. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

25. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Jeff Donnell, Mona Freeman

26. G.E. True (1962– )

30 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Episodes based on stories from "True" magazine.

Stars: Jack Webb, Felix Reinsch, Kurt Kreuger, Charles H. Radilak

27. Paris 7000 (1970– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Stars: George Hamilton, Barbara Anderson, Jack Albertson, Elizabeth Allen

28. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune! (1974)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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When knowledge of a critically ill convict's hidden fortune comes to light, Rockford becomes involved in helping the con's wife find the treasure before his former partner arrives and demands his share.

Writers: Roy Huggins, Stephen J. Cannell, Juanita Bartlett | Director: Stuart Margolin | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Shelley Fabares, Ramon Bieri

29. Combat! (1962–1967)
Episode: Counterplay (1966)

Action, Drama, War

8.1
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Saunders' squad is sent behind enemy lines to find and destroy a German radar installation. Sgt. Rawlings, a radar specialist, is sent along to learn all he can about the German radar ... See full summary »

Writer: Edward J. Lakso | Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Peter Mark Richman, Jack Hogan

30. Get Smart (1965–1970)
Episode: Double Agent (1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

8.1
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Max becomes a drunken jobless bum so that KAOS will recruit him.

Writers: Mel Brooks, Joseph Cavella, Carol Cavella, Buck Henry | Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Robert Ellenstein, Arthur Batanides

31. The Untouchables (1959–1963)
Episode: The Noise of Death (1960)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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When Eliot Ness and Agent Martin Flaherty raid a small butcher shop looking for illegal liquor, they find more the cheap booze: they find the body of the store's owner, Arturo Vittorini, in... See full summary »

Writers: Ben Maddow, Eliot Ness, Oscar Fraley | Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Robert Stack, J. Carrol Naish, Henry Silva, Norma Crane

32. The Rifleman (1958–1963)
Episode: The Photographer (1959)

30 min | Family, Western

8.1
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When a photographer, an old friend of the McCain's, is accused of murder, Mark and Lucas find themselves on opposite sides against each other.

Writer: Ken Kolb | Director: Arnold Laven | Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Sidney Blackmer, Paul Fix

33. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.0
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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

34. 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

35. 77 Sunset Strip (1958–1964)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los ... See full summary »

Creator: Roy Huggins | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, Edd Byrnes, Louis Quinn

36. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.0
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The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

Creator: Roland Kibbee | Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Edward Binns

37. The Rogues (1964–1965)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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The cousins St. Clair and Fleming are con-men so successful they no longer need to con. They can be persuaded, however, to use their skills: in a just cause, where a mark deserves it very, very much.

Creators: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts | Stars: Robert Coote, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Gig Young

38. Peter Gunn (1958–1961)

30 min | Action, Mystery, Crime

8.0
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The cases of a stylishly cool private detective.

Creator: Blake Edwards | Stars: Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright, Bill Chadney

39. The Lineup (1954–1960)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Warner Anderson, Tom Tully, Marshall Reed, Ruta Lee

40. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Desi Arnaz, Bruce Gordon, Alberto Morin, Bartlett Robinson

41. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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In revenge for the Communist government in Poland having sent his mother to a concentration camp where she died, Matt Anders devotes himself to freeing others from totalitarian countries.

Stars: Brian Keith, Edwin Reimers, Arthur Space, Leon Askin

42. The Whistler (1954– )

30 min | Mystery

8.0
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Stars: William Forman, Danni Sue Nolan, Arthur Franz, Dorothy Green

43. Channing (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Jason Evers, Henry Jones, Susan Hart, Michael Parks

44. Columbo (1971–2003)
Episode: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)

96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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A connoisseur running a California winery murders his younger half-brother to prevent him from selling the family business. Lt. Columbo is on the case.

Writers: Stanley Ralph Ross, Larry Cohen, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence, Joyce Jillson, Gary Conway

45. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: The Innocent (1970)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.0
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Barney has been captured infiltrating an enemy laboratory in the Middle East. To make matters worse he has been exposed to the chemical weapon being manufactured at the lab. Phelps devises ... See full summary »

Writers: Bruce Geller, Marc Norman, Laurence Heath | Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Peter Graves, Leonard Nimoy, Lesley Ann Warren, Greg Morris

46. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
Episode: The Night of the Winged Terror: Part 1 (1969)

60 min | Western

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James West is dispatched to a town after the U.S. receives a warning of an impending catastrophe. The Secret Service agent is unable to prevent the town's mayor from blowing up a new ... See full summary »

Creator: Michael Garrison | Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, William Schallert, Christopher Cary

47. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)

50 min | Adventure

7.9
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The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.

Stars: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll, Barbara Moore

48. Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

Creator: Merwin Gerard | Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Will J. White, Olan Soule

49. Michael Shayne (1960–1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Michael Shayne is a private detective who solves crimes in Miami, Florida.

Stars: Richard Denning, Herbert Rudley, Jerry Paris, Patricia Donahue

50. McCloud (1970–1977)
Episode: 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas... (1976)

72 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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The final "Alamo" episode is set during the Christmas holidays, as McCloud helps a suicidal woman on a window ledge, deals with a psychotic stalker, and tries to rescue "Santa" Clifford and... See full summary »

Creator: Herman Miller | Director: Dennis Weaver | Stars: Dennis Weaver, J.D. Cannon, Terry Carter, Diana Muldaur