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1. An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin (2007 TV Special)

180 min | Music

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Writer: Cort Casady | Director: Louis J. Horvitz | Stars: Tyra Banks, Fantasia Barrino, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole

2. Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala (1977 TV Movie)

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Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Hank Aaron, Donnie Ray Albert, Muhammad Ali, Lauren Bacall

3. The 34th Annual Grammy Awards (1992 TV Special)

Music

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Writers: Buz Kohan, Bruce Vilanch | Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Clint Black, Boys II Men, Garth Brooks, James Brown

4. The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011)
Episode: Oprah's Farewell Spectacular, Part 2 (2011)

Drama, Talk-Show

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Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Nate Berkus, Halle Berry

5. VH1 Rock Docs (2006– )
Episode: Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America (2010)

64 min

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Writer: Sean Gottlieb | Directors: Amy Goldberg, J. Kevin Swain | Stars: Don Cornelius, Danyel Smith, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King

6. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg

7. The New Steve Allen Show (1961–1965)

48 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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Stars: Steve Allen, Johnny Jacobs, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Louis Nye

8. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

9. Soul Power! (2013– )

52 min | Documentary, Music

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Stars: Colin Solman, China Moses, Gabriel Roth, Alexander Weheliye

10. The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards (1981 TV Special)

Music

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Writer: Marty Farrell | Stars: Paul Simon, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Pat Benatar

11. Murphy Brown (1988–1998)
Episode: The Queen of Soul (1991)

Comedy

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Creator: Diane English | Director: Peter Bonerz | Stars: Candice Bergen, Ritch Brinkley, Aretha Franklin, John Hostetter

12. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Skitch Henderson

13. Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song (2001– )

49 min | Documentary, Music

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Eight-episode series depicting 100 years of history of popular song, from early pioneers to rock'n'roll revolution and modern-day pop.

Stars: Pat Boone, Jerry Wexler, Clive Owen, Burt Bacharach

14. Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music (2005 TV Mini-Series)

360 min | Documentary, History, Music

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Stars: Colin Salmon, Lou Adler, Muhammad Ali, Solomon Burke

15. Motown 40: The Music Is Forever (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary, Music

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Writers: Suzanne De Passe, Ruth Robinson, Ruth Adkins Robinson | Director: Yvonne Smith | Stars: Diana Ross, Nick Ashford, Florence Ballard, Shelly Berger

16. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music | Active

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The classic late night live sketch comedy show.

Creator: Lorne Michaels | Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers

17. The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert (2009 TV Special)

255 min | Music

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A four-hour music event featuring performances from two concerts held at Madison Square Garden.

Director: Joel Gallen | Stars: Jeff Beck, Crosby Stills & Nash, Aretha Franklin, Metallica

18. The 14th Annual Grammy Awards (1972 TV Special)

90 min | Music

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Writer: Marty Farrell | Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: The 5th Dimension, Muhammad Ali, Herb Alpert, Leonard Bernstein

19. The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

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Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

20. The Andy Williams Show (1962–1969)

60 min | Music

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Having hosted summer programs for three seasons before this, Andy Williams' program finally became a regular, year-round show. In addition to Andy, the program also featured numbers by a ... See full summary »

Stars: Andy Williams, Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond

21. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised.

Writers: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis | Director: John Landis | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy

22. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

23. Later with Jools Holland (1992– )

35 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Late-night music and chat show with celebrity guests.

Stars: Jools Holland, P.J. Harvey, Paul Weller, Stereophonics

24. Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (2003)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

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A documentary about Tom Dowd, who was an innovative recording engineer and producer of noted albums with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers and many others.

Director: Mark Moormann | Stars: Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Aretha Franklin, Ginger Baker

25. The Jonathan Winters Show (1967–1969)

60 min | Comedy

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Stars: Jonathan Winters, John Aylesworth, Stan Ross, Georgene Barnes

26. Immaculate Funk (2000)

90 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Tom Thurman | Stars: Al Bell, Stanley Booth, Ahmet Ertegun, Aretha Franklin

27. 60 Minutes (1968– )

60 min | Documentary, News | Active

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The premiere television News magazine.

Creator: Don Hewitt | Stars: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley

28. Shindig! (1964–1966)

60 min | Family, Music

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A musical variety show featuring the biggest acts in rock-n-roll performing their latest hits.

Creator: Jimmy O'Neill | Stars: The Blossoms, Carolyne Barry, Bobby Sherman, Diane Stuart

29. The 50th Annual Academy Awards (1978 TV Special)

Family

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Writers: William Ludwig, Leonard Spigelgass | Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Bob Hope, Jack Albertson, Irwin Allen, Edward Anhalt

30. The 41st Annual Academy Awards (1969 TV Special)

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Directors: Gower Champion, Richard Dunlap | Stars: Jack Albertson, Alan Arkin, Alan Bergman, Ingrid Bergman

31. Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly (1973 TV Special)

90 min | Music

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An all-star tribute to Duke Ellington.

Director: Stan Harris | Stars: Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Peter Cetera, Ray Charles

32. 10th Annual TV Land Awards (2012 TV Movie)

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Writers: Dave Boone, Laureen Nolan, Frank Santopadre, Gary Tellalian, David Wild | Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Kelly Ripa, Paul Reubens, Aretha Franklin, Jim Carrey

33. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (1988)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Aretha Franklin's recording career is examined through archival footage and interviews with family and prominent figures within the music industry.

Writer: Nelson George | Stars: Aretha Franklin, C.L. Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin

34. Independent Lens (1999– )

Documentary

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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.

Stars: America Ferrera, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Mary-Louise Parker

35. WrestleMania III (1987 Video)

180 min | Action, Sport

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Hulk Hogan goes up against Andre the Giant for the WWF World Championship, while Randy 'Macho Man' Savage battles Ricky Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship at the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit.

Stars: Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Randy Savage, Richard Blood

36. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Tim Conway

37. This Is Tom Jones (1969–1971)

60 min | Documentary, Music

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Stars: Tom Jones, Mike Sammes, Sue Glover, Sunny Leslie

38. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Joey Bishop, Regis Philbin, Norm Crosby, Eva Gabor

39. Sam Cooke: Legend (2003 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Writer: Peter Guralnick | Director: Mary Wharton | Stars: Lou Adler, J.W. Alexander, Dick Clark, Charles Cooke

40. From the Heart: The Four Tops 50th Anniversary & Celebration (2005 TV Special)

120 min | Documentary, Music

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Director: Michael Giacalone | Stars: The Four Tops, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, Renaldo Benson, Levi Stubbs

41. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

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72 Metascore

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his assassination.

Writers: Alex Haley, Malcolm X, Arnold Perl, Spike Lee | Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

42. Great Performances (1971– )

132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Creators: Marion J. Caffey, Daniel Ezralow, Josh Groban | Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Chita Rivera

43. Soul Train (1971– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

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A pop music dance show with an African-American focus.

Stars: Pat Davis, Don Cornelius, Albert Ebbs, Andrea N. Miles

44. All You Need Is Love (1977– )

60 min | Music, Documentary

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Series tracing the development of 20th-century popular music in all its forms.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Irving Caesar, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington

45. Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Magazine show based on the two African-American magazines "Ebony" and "Jet".

Stars: Debra Crable, Darryl Dennard, Elliott Francis, Greg Gumbel

46. 28th NAACP Image Awards (1997 TV Special)

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Writers: Vicangelo Bulluck, J.M. Morris | Director: Terri McCoy | Stars: Erika Alexander, Debbie Allen, Halle Berry, Blackstreet

47. The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards (1980 TV Special)

Music

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Writer: Marty Farrell | Stars: Kenny Rogers, Peter Allen, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte

48. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Aretha Franklin (2007)

Documentary, Biography, History

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Aretha Franklin is arguably the greatest female singer of the 20th century, but obtaining the crown of `The Queen of Soul' did not come easy. Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ritz, Aretha Franklin, Narada Michael Walden, Mark Bego

49. Muscle Shoals (2013)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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75 Metascore

A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".

Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Rick Hall, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Candi Staton

50. Room 222 (1969–1974)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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Black teacher Pete Dixon tries to teach the students at Walt Whitman High to be tolerant. He is assisted by girlfriend and school counselor Liz and student teacher (later teacher) Alice. The students love him.

Stars: Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine