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1. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Bud, the Executive (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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Bud is convinced to join the school committee for a yearly picnic. He ends up being up in charge. When others do not pitch in, Bud ends up having things go wrong.

Writers: Ed James, Paul West | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

2. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: Donna Directs a Play (1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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Mary and her classmates are rehearsing for a school play, but the director steps out at the last minute. Donna steps in to be the director.

Creator: William Roberts | Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen

3. Casey Jones (1957– )
Episode: Night Mail (1957)

30 min | Adventure, Western

8.8
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Casey's employer, the Midwest & Central Railroad faces bankruptcy unless it gets a U.S. mail contract for the St. Louis to Ft. Worth run. The catch is that the company that gets the ... See full summary »

Writer: Stephen Longstreet | Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Alan Hale Jr., Mary Lawrence, Eddy Waller, Dub Taylor

4. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Franchot Tone

5. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Mister Beal Meets His Match (1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Betty reads a story she wrote for school involving her family. In the story a devil named Harry Beal is trying to get the children's souls, Jim fights him and agrees his soul in exchange ... See full summary »

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

6. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Short Wave (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Bud buys a shortwave radio and, while showing it off to the family, hears a distress call. A family had become caught in a tropical storm while offshore in their cabin cruiser, and the ... See full summary »

Writers: Ed James, Paul West | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

7. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.3
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Willis Bouchey, Laraine Day, Thomas Mitchell

8. Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958–1961)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

8.2
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Stars: Shirley Temple, Pernell Roberts, Agnes Moorehead, Jonathan Harris

9. Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955–1959)

30 min | Family, Western

8.2
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Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be ... See full summary »

Stars: Willard Parker, Harry Lauter, William Boyett, Stanley Andrews

10. Casey Jones (1957– )

30 min | Adventure, Western

8.2
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Television version of the classic train story of Casey Jones, the engineer of the steam-engine powered "Cannonball Express".

Stars: Eddy Waller, Alan Hale Jr., Dub Taylor, Mary Lawrence

11. The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

8.2
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Stars: George Sanders, Don Haggerty, Paul Harber, Toni Gerry

12. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: An Evening to Remember (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.2
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Cornel Wilde has a car accident while traveling through Springfield. The person who hit his car just happens to be a client of Jim Anderson. Due to a mix up with Jim's secretary, Cornel ... See full summary »

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

13. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Safety First (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.2
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Bud's unsafe driving habits get him into trouble with the law. To make matters worse, his father has just been appointed chairman of the city's safe driving campaign.

Writers: Ed James, Paul West | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

14. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: The Homecoming Dance (1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.2
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Mary is invited to a dance at a nearby college with a blind date, and she would have to stay overnight in the dormitory. The Stone's agree, but only because they are going to drive her to and from. Jeff gets to go camping with a friend.

Creator: William Roberts | Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen

15. The Big Heat (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

8.0
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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Writers: Sydney Boehm, William P. McGivern | Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

16. In a Lonely Place (1950)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery

8.0
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...

Writers: Andrew Solt, Edmund H. North, Dorothy B. Hughes | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

17. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
Episode: The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree (1961)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Dennis, Henry, and Mr. Wilson go out in search of the perfect Christmas tree to chop down. As problems arise, their quest turns into quite an odyssey.

Writers: Keith Fowler, Phil Leslie, Hank Ketcham | Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Willard Waterman, Pat McCaffrie

18. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)
Episode: The Penlands and the Poodle (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.0
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A troublesome Poodle upsets the marital bliss of a young couple.

Writer: Karen DeWolf | Director: William Asher | Stars: Larry Parks, Betty Garrett, Douglas Evans, Parley Baer

19. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: The Rivals (1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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A friend of Betty's seems to juggle boyfriends all the time, and Betty feels bored with her constant boyfriend. Betty gets asked out by another classmate and decides to try the exciting life with two boyfriends.

Writers: Ed James, Paul West | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

20. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: The Spelling Bee (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Kathy is nervous about the school spelling bee, so Betty gives her a penny and convinces her that it has special powers.

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

21. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Bud Buys a Car (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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Bud buys a used jalopy with his father's approval but over his mother's objection.

Writers: Ed James, Paul West | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

22. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Follow the Leader (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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Bud is extremely excited for the new school year to start. He is however shocked to find a very popular teacher has not returned and has been replaced by a Mr. Beckman. The rest of the ... See full summary »

Creator: Ed James | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

23. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Lesson in Citizenship (1954)

25 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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Jim Anderson, dismayed at his children's laziness, lectures them in the importance of good citizenship and cheerful volunteering. When each of them later heed his advice and try to do their... See full summary »

Writers: Ed James, Paul West | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

24. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)
Episode: The Gentle Deceiver (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.9
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Hobo Duke by power of suggestion convinces a small town he is an eccentric millionaire and begins to change the attitude and fortunes of the town.

Stars: Byron Foulger, Sara Haden, Lucien Littlefield, Lucy Marlow

25. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: The Secret (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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Mary's friend Carol is engaged to Matthew, but does not want her family to know. Carol asks Mary to hide the ring and have her boyfriend's letters sent to the Stone residence. Donna and ... See full summary »

Creator: William Roberts | Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen

26. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: The Trial (1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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The Anderson's neighbor accuses Bud of causing property damage because his jacket was left in the yard. Bud denies doing the damage but evidence points to him. Betty says it is circumstantial evidence and says they should hold a trial.

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

27. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)
Episode: Sometimes It Happens (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.8
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A successful advertising woman finds love through a mystical test from the folklore of her Welsh origin despite the skepticism and pressure to compromise from her brother and brother's wife.

Writers: Edwin Balmer, Gerry Day | Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Guy Madison, Dianne Foster, Michael Emmet, Jeanne Cooper

28. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: The Angel's Sweater (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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Kathy is certain that the Andersons' Christmas Eve will be ruined by the visit of spinsterish Aunt Neva, but she learns a valuable lesson when she stops pouting long enough to listen to a Christmas story told by an elderly repairman.

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

29. The Sand Pebbles (1966)

Approved | 182 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and... See full summary »

Writers: Richard McKenna, Robert Anderson | Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen, Richard Crenna

30. Sahara (I) (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

7.7
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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall ... See full summary »

Writers: John Howard Lawson, Zoltan Korda, James O'Hanlon, Philip MacDonald | Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges

31. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Brief Holiday (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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Margaret gets tired of all the housework and demands of the children, expecting her to do their every whim. She decides to take a day off and go into town. She browses the stores and has her picture drawn by a street artist.

Writers: Roswell Rogers, Ed James | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

32. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Kathy's Big Chance (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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Kathy's class has to write a civil war essay. The essays will be entered in a contest and the winner will meet Greer Garson who is in town for the premier of her period-piece civil war movie. Kathy is convinced she will win.

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

33. The Harder They Fall (1956)

Approved | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

7.6
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Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Writers: Philip Yordan, Budd Schulberg | Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

34. Funny Girl (1968)

G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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89 Metascore

Plain faced Fanny Brice rises to stardom on the New York Vaudeville Stage and maintains a turbulent marriage with suave gambler Nick Arnstein.

Writer: Isobel Lennart | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

35. Born Yesterday (1950)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A million dollar Tycoon hires a tutor to teach his lover proper etiquette.

Writers: Garson Kanin, Albert Mannheimer | Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

36. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

7.6
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Writers: Halsted Welles, Elmore Leonard | Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

37. Circus Boy (1956–1958)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

7.6
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12-year-old Corky has been adopted by a traveling circus owned by Big Tim Champion. He is water boy to baby elephant Bimbo and otherwise participates in the behind-the-scenes life of the circus.

Stars: Micky Dolenz, Noah Beery Jr., Robert Lowery, Bimbo the Elephant

38. The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

7.6
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A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation.

Writers: Abe Burrows, George S. Kaufman, Howard Teichmann | Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Judy Holliday, John Williams, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

39. Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers (1956–1957)

30 min | Adventure

7.6
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The show tells the story of two lieutenants, Michael Rhodes and William Storm, assigned to the 77th Bengal Lancers in India during the late 19th century. Colonel Standish is the commanding ... See full summary »

Creator: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Philip Carey, Warren Stevens, Patrick Whyte, Michael Carr

40. The Fat Man: The Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli (1959 TV Movie)

59 min | Mystery

7.6
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Writers: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts | Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Robert Middleton, Tony Travis, Frank Gerstle, Jan Arvan

41. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Betty Goes Steady (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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At college, Betty is enjoying the social life and is going steady with a casual acquaintance. Bud works on the school paper and brings home Mr. Beekman, the paper's adviser. Mr. Beekman tells Betty there is more to life than parties.

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers, Cameron Shipp | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

42. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: Higher Learning (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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The school issues an intelligence test to the students, and Jeff gets a score that ranks him as a genius. Alex and Donna have to decide to send him to a special school. Jeff fails the entrance exam for the school.

Creator: William Roberts | Director: Jeffrey Hayden | Stars: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen

43. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
Episode: Man of the House (1960)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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With his father away on a business trip and his mother sick in bed with a cold, Dennis has to be the "man of the house". This includes doing laundry with Margaret's help, and arranging a ... See full summary »

Writers: Hank Ketcham, Louella MacFarlane | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Joseph Kearns

44. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: The Good Prospect (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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Jim meets Aldus Lydum while visiting his friend, and thinks this might lead to a new insurance client. He invites Jim & Betty to visit he and his wife that night. Mr Lydum acts as if everyone is a long-standing friend.

Writers: Ed James, Roswell Rogers | Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray

45. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: The Wedding Present (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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Donna purchases an expensive art object and is to tell Alex about it, so it gets hidden. When Alex's Aunt Lettie calls to say she is visiting, Alex says they have to put out her wedding gift. Alex finds the statue and puts it out.

Creator: William Roberts | Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen

46. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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Another popular 1950's sitcom about a close family. The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex, and their children Mary and Jeff. Many situations arise like... See full summary »

Creator: William Roberts | Stars: Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares

47. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.5
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The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »

Creator: Ed James | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

48. The Last Hurrah (1958)

Approved | 121 min | Drama

7.5
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Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as Mayor of of a US town for the last time.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Edwin O'Connor | Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien

49. The Jolson Story (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.5
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This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a... See full summary »

Writers: Harry Chandlee, Stephen Longstreet, Andrew Solt | Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest, Bill Goodwin

50. Alcoa Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

7.5
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When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed. Instead of having a completely different cast for each episode, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Robert Ryan, Jane Powell