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1. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

9.0
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Helen Hayes, Royal Dano

Votes: 100

2. Telephone Time (1956–1958)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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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, Florenz Ames

Votes: 78

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

30 min | Drama

8.7
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Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Green, Robert Paige

Votes: 23

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

60 min | Western

8.7
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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

Votes: 27

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

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Creator: Gene Roddenberry | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 64,082

6. 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

7. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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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

Votes: 43

8. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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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

Votes: 25

9. The Whistler (1954– )

30 min | Mystery

8.6
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Stars: William Forman, Danni Sue Nolan, Arthur Franz, Dorothy Green

Votes: 17

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

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 84

11. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

8.5
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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

Votes: 1,610

12. 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

13. 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

14. G.E. True (1962– )

30 min | Adventure, Drama

8.5
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Episodes based on stories from "True" magazine.

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

Votes: 10

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

Action, Drama, War

8.5
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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

Votes: 22

16. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

30 min | Family, Western

8.4
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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

Votes: 2,031

17. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.4
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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

Votes: 219,576

18. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 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

Votes: 810

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 77

20. 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

21. Channing (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The series depicted life at fictitious Channing College.

Stars: Henry Jones, Jason Evers, Tyler McVey, Ed Nelson

Votes: 24

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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

Votes: 86

23. 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

24. The Rogues (1964–1965)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.3
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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, Gig Young, Charles Boyer, David Niven

Votes: 218

25. The Dakotas (1962– )

60 min | Western

8.3
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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

Votes: 52

26. The Lineup (1954–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Based on actual cases from the San Francisco Police files, Lt. Guthrie and Inspector Grebb work as a team to track down criminals. In the last season Inspectors Delaney and Summers are ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 53

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

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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

Votes: 53

28. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

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

Votes: 19,333

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

Votes: 3,163

30. 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.

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

Votes: 4,750

31. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 2,719

32. 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

Votes: 1,195

33. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Creator: Reginald Rose | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles, Ossie Davis

Votes: 239

34. 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

Votes: 87

35. The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, etc. during it's eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's Equity ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 54

36. Paris 7000 (1970– )

60 min | Adventure, Drama

8.2
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Jack Brennan is a troubleshooter for the US State Department based in Paris helping American citizens. Jack is assisted by his aide Robert Stevens and his liason with the Paris police is detective Jules Maurois.

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

Votes: 13

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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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

Votes: 72

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

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.2
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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

Votes: 39

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

30 min | Family, Western

8.2
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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

Votes: 38

40. 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

Votes: 2,140

41. 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

Votes: 1,567

42. Peter Gunn (1958–1961)

30 min | Action, Mystery, Crime

8.1
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The cases of a stylishly cool private detective.

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

Votes: 603

43. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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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: Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens, Douglas Mossman, Robert Conrad

Votes: 282

44. 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

45. 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

46. Riverboat (1959–1961)

60 min | Adventure, Western

8.1
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Grey Holden wins a river boat in a poker game which he then captains,along with his crew, in various adventures along the Mississippi river. This action series is set in 19th century America.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Dick Wessel, Jack Lambert, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 110

47. 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

48. 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

49. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Ah Sing vs. Wyoming (1967)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

8.1
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The Grainger Chinese cook Ah Sing wants to open a restaurant in Medicine Bow in preparation for the arrival of a new wife. However, the Justice of Peace refuses to issue him a license because he is Chinese leading a high level fight.

Writers: Irve Tunick, Owen Wister | Director: Charles S. Dubin | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 11

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

96 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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.

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Leo Penn | Stars: Peter Falk, Donald Pleasence, Joyce Jillson, Gary Conway

Votes: 1,482