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1. 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

2. 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

3. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

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82 Metascore

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him.

Writers: Winston Groom, Eric Roth | Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

4. 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

5. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.

Writers: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

6. Bloody Cuts (2011– )

Horror

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Stars: David Blood, Carol Storey, Sue Apps, Emilia Barrett

7. 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

8. 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

9. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
Episode: Tiny Toon Music Television (1991)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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Max sings motown, Buster spoofs the Sorcerer's Apprentice and Babs performs "Respect" in this parody of MTV.

Writers: Sherri Stoner, Paul Dini, Tom Minton, Art Vitello, Bruce W. Timm, Douglas McCarthy | Director: Art Vitello | Stars: Charles Adler, Tress MacNeille, Joe Alaskey, Jeff Bergman

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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, Sid Caesar

13. 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

14. 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

15. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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

16. 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

17. Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll (1991– )

60 min | Music, Documentary

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Hosted by John Sebastian, this classic series explores the music of and the stories behind the Golden Age of Rock'n'Roll.

Stars: John Sebastian, Roger McGuinn, The Beatles, Chuck Berry

18. Forever (2014– )
Episode: Pilot (2014)

TV-PG | Drama, Sci-Fi

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Henry Morgan, an immortal, searches for the man who caused a subway train accident. Meanwhile, a mysterious call informs Henry that someone knows his secret.

Creator: Matthew Miller | Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Donnie Keshawarz

19. 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

20. RuPaul's Drag Race (2009– )
Episode: Drag My Wedding (2014)

Reality-TV

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The contestants do abstract painting in honor of marriage equality using their bodies as the paintbrushes in the mini challenge. For the main challenge, they transform grooms into brides for a wedding.

Director: Nick Murray | Stars: RuPaul, Santino Rice, Michelle Visage, David Burtka

21. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: Fate (1989)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

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With Winnie still upset at him, Kevin tries to get back on good terms with her by confronting Eddie Pinetti, the school bully, for going into her locker. This plan backfires when he realizes that Winnie is now seeing Eddie.

Creators: Neal Marlens, Carol Black | Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo

22. 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

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

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Music

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80 Metascore

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

24. 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

25. Entourage (2004–2011)
Episode: Aquamansion (2005)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

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Vince is taking big risks, listening to Turtle rather then E, Ari and his financial adviser: without a new role in the pocket, he is tempted to buy a Hollywood house, and one of true star ... See full summary »

Creator: Doug Ellin | Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

26. Scandal (2012– )
Episode: Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia (2014)

TV-14 | Drama, Thriller

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Fitz begins his second term with a plan to make positive changes for the nation. Meanwhile, Mellie has trouble dealing with her son's death; and Olivia's absence leaves a void on her team.

Creator: Shonda Rhimes | Director: Tom Verica | Stars: Kerry Washington, Scott Foley, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

27. So You Think You Can Dance (2005– )
Episode: Top 20 Perform, 2 Eliminated (2014)

Game-Show, Reality-TV

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Stars: Cat Deeley, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, Misty Copeland

28. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 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

29. 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

30. Inspector George Gently (2007– )
Episode: Gently Northern Soul (2012)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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After a young black girl is murdered, Gently uncovers a disturbing and malevolent racist undercurrent lurking both within the local community and his own police force.

Writers: Alan Hunter, Peter Flannery, David Kane | Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Pippa Bennett-Warner, Lenora Crichlow, Craig Conway, Philip Correia

31. Detroit 1-8-7 (2010– )
Episode: Local Hero/Overboard (2010)

TV-14 | Action, Crime, Drama

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When Calvin Gibbs' promising life as a local football hero is cut short by violence, the city reels. Sadly, the prime suspect is the victim's brother, Terrence, a former felon and gang ... See full summary »

Creator: Jason Richman | Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Michael Imperioli, James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds, D.J. Cotrona

32. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: The Candidate (1991)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

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With Becky Slater as the only candidate for Student Council President, Paul convinces Kevin to run a campaign against her. With the deadline approaching and way behind, Kevin is tempted to ... See full summary »

Creators: Neal Marlens, Carol Black | Director: Neal Israel | Stars: Fred Savage, Jason Hervey, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano

33. 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

34. WrestleMania III (1987 TV Movie)

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

35. 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

36. The Midnight Special (1972–1981)

90 min | Music

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"The Midnight Special" was a Friday night Pop Rock variety show on NBC TV that ran in the same weekly time slot of 12:30 AM to 2AM EST for 9 years (1972-1981). It was taped in front of a ... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Summer, Wolfman Jack, Tina Turner, KC & The Sunshine Band

37. 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

38. 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

39. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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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

40. 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

41. 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

42. The Jonathan Winters Show (1967–1969)

60 min | Comedy

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

43. Sam Cooke: Legend (2003 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.0
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Writer: Peter Guralnick | Director: Mary Wharton | Stars: Lou Adler, J.W. Alexander, Dick Clark, Charles Cooke

45. Immaculate Funk (2000)

90 min | Documentary, Music

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

46. Cold Case (2003–2010)
Episode: Revolution (2005)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Rush and the team investigate the 1969 murder of a 19-year-old girl whose body was found in her boyfriend's apartment the day he fled to Canada to avoid fighting in Vietnam.

Creator: Meredith Stiehm | Director: Alex Zakrzewski | Stars: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford

47. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire

48. New American Bandstand 1965 (1952–1988)

TV-G | 90 min | Music

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On this show, Dick Clark hosts a daily to weekly dance show that features the latest hit music for the attending teens to dance to. In addition, the show has performances by popular musicians and audience members rate songs.

Stars: Dick Clark, Dion DiMucci, Duane Eddy, Brian Hyland

49. 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

50. This Is Tom Jones (1969–1971)

60 min | Documentary, Music

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