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1. 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

Votes: 65

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

Votes: 17

3. 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

Votes: 112

4. 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

Votes: 68

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

Votes: 18

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

255 min | Music

8.6
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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

Votes: 266

7. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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

Votes: 104

8. VH1 Legends (1996– )

43 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.6
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Hour-long documentary detailing the lives and careers of celebrities in the music industry.

Stars: William Baldwin, Kris Kristofferson, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow

Votes: 14

9. The 9th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Aretha Franklin (2003 TV Special)

120 min | Music

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The legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is honored by upcoming artists inspired by her years of glamour aand soulfulness, singing her classical songs and giving her pure R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Writer: Jeff Scheftel | Stars: Aretha Franklin, Donnie Simpson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige

Votes: 5

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

Talk-Show

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

Votes: 10

11. 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

Votes: 132

12. The Midnight Special (1972–1981)

90 min | Music

8.5
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Late night rock and pop music performances are featured.

Stars: Wolfman Jack, Helen Reddy, Donna Summer, Tina Turner

Votes: 157

13. 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

Votes: 33

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

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Skitch Henderson, Doc Severinsen

Votes: 1,955

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

Votes: 78

16. Bloody Cuts (2011– )

Horror

8.4
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Stars: David Blood, Carol Storey, Emilia Barrett, Anita Booth

Votes: 18

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

Comedy

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Creator: Diane English | Director: Peter Bonerz | Stars: Candice Bergen, Pat Corley, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough

Votes: 14

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

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

8.3
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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

Votes: 13,517

20. 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

Votes: 443

21. VH1 Legends (1996– )
Episode: Sam Cooke (2001)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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This film documents the rise of legendary singer Sam Cooke, from his beginnings as a gospel singer to his crossover to the pop and R&B charts. Includes interviews with Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls and more.

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

Votes: 35

22. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

8.2
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The famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

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

Votes: 31,822

23. 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

Votes: 111

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

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

Votes: 195

25. Power Vision - Pop Galerie (1995– )

55 min | Documentary, Music

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Ray Cokes talks to high profile musical guests and then we hear them playing live in front of a televised audience.

Stars: Elton John, Lauryn Hill, George Michael, George Harrison

Votes: 5

26. WrestleMania III (1987 TV Movie)

180 min | Action, Sport

8.1
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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

Votes: 962

27. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Creator: Susan Lacy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire

Votes: 408

28. 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

Votes: 14

29. Independent Lens (1999– )
Episode: Muscle Shoals (2014)

Documentary

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Story of the 2 legendary recording studios in the Muscle Shoals area, on the banks of the Tennessee River. Producer Rick Hall overcame poverty and tragedy to create FAME Studios, where ... See full summary »

Writers: Stephen Badger, Greg 'Freddy' Camalier, Jeffrey Dinsmore, Lois Vossen | Director: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier | Stars: Stanley Tucci, Stephen Badger, Gregg Allman, Barry Beckett

Votes: 7

30. Independent Lens (1999– )

Documentary

8.0
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Different celebrity host present a new independent documentary.

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

Votes: 315

31. The Jonathan Winters Show (1967–1969)

60 min | Comedy

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

Votes: 48

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

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

Votes: 79

33. The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995 TV Special)

Documentary, Music

8.0
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Director: Marty Callner | Stars: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, James Brown, Johnny Cash

Votes: 20

34. American Soundtrack: Rhythm, Love and Soul (2003 TV Special)

Documentary, Music

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Director: Barry Glazer | Stars: Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Gerald Alston, Johnny Bristol

Votes: 7

35. The Blues Brothers (1980)

R | 133 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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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

Votes: 137,262

36. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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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

Votes: 1,031

37. 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: Peaches Johnson, Dick Clark, Charlie O'Donnell, Dion DiMucci

Votes: 155

38. Soul Train (1971– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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A pop music dance show with an African-American focus.

Stars: Don Cornelius, Pat Davis, Dorian Gregory, Albert Ebbs

Votes: 318

39. Shindig! (1964–1966)

60 min | Family, Music

7.9
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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

Votes: 83

40. This Is Tom Jones (1969–1971)

60 min | Documentary, Music

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

Votes: 66

41. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

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

Votes: 87

42. All You Need Is Love (1977– )

60 min | Music, Documentary

7.9
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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

Votes: 53

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

60 min | Music, Documentary

7.9
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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

Votes: 8

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

60 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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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 | Director: Cathe Neukum | Stars: Aretha Franklin, C.L. Franklin, Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin

Votes: 54

45. Women in Rock (1986 Video)

57 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Interviews, rare concert footage and music videos featuring ladies who rock.

Directors: Thomas D. Adelman, Stephanie Bennett | Stars: Pat Benatar, Sonny Bono, Kim Carnes, Rosanne Cash

Votes: 10

46. 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

Votes: 11

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

120 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Director: Michael Giacalone | Stars: The Four Tops, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, Renaldo Benson, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 6

48. All You Need Is Love (1977– )
Episode: Introduction (1977)

Music, Documentary

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Stars: Murray the 'K', Joan Baez, Sylvie Barton, The Beatles

Votes: 5

49. Malcolm X (1992)

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

7.7
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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.

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

Votes: 61,602

50. Room 222 (1969–1974)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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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.

Creator: James L. Brooks | Stars: Lloyd Haynes, Denise Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine

Votes: 477