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

30 min | Adventure, Western

9.2
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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 »

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Alan Hale Jr., Bobby Clark, Mary Lawrence, Eddy Waller

Votes: 5

2. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)
Episode: Footnote on a Doll (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

9.1
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Following her turn as the nation's First Lady, Dolley Madison's life continued to be colorful. As a widow in Washington, she's invited to a tea party by Beatrice Trent, the spiteful wife of... See full summary »

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Bette Davis, Natalie Schafer, John Hudson, Eleanor Audley

Votes: 83

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.9
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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 »

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

Votes: 9

4. 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.

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

Votes: 9

5. The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

8.7
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Thirty minute mystery drama series hosted by George Sanders.

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

Votes: 12

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 17

7. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 187

8. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.5
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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, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 88

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

30 min | Family, Western

8.4
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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

Votes: 62

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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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.

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

Votes: 5

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

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

8.3
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Stars: Shirley Temple, Pernell Roberts, Agnes Moorehead, Jonathan Harris

Votes: 92

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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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 »

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

Votes: 7

13. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: Someone Is Watching (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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While Jeff's friend Gordie is showing off his new scooter he accidentally hits a tree and pretends his leg is hurt much worse than it is so that he can stay at the Stone's house. Donna finds out why he does not really want to go home.

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

Votes: 7

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

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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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.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Willard Waterman, Pat McCaffrie

Votes: 11

15. 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: Alan Hale Jr., Bobby Clark, Eddy Waller, Dub Taylor

Votes: 96

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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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.

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

Votes: 9

17. 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...

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 16,766

18. The Big Heat (1953)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

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

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 16,668

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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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 »

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

Votes: 7

20. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: Mary's Heart Throb (1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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While Mary is babysitting a young child, the older brother comes home and tells Mary he left college. The Stones try to help him determine which career path he wants to follow.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Donna Reed, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen, Tommy Ivo

Votes: 6

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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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.

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

Votes: 5

22. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: The Model Daughter (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Mary decides she wants to be a model. She wins a scholarship to a modeling school, but finds it expensive to live the life of a model.

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

Votes: 8

23. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: The Poodle Parlor (1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Donna and her friend Madeline decide to open a poodle parlor in town, and the husbands think it is funny because they do not know how to run a business. The women are determined, but find out there are only seven poodles in town.

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

Votes: 7

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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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.

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

Votes: 7

25. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: Tony Martin Visits (1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.0
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Donna gets a parking ticket and does not think she is in the wrong. She decides to fight it in traffic court. While there, singer Tony Martin is also in court fighting a ticket. He decides ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 9

26. Two Señoritas from Chicago (1943)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Musical

7.9
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Daisy Baker, a Chicago "refuse collector" who fancies herself as a theatrical agent, finds a play which had been thrown away by two Portuguese playwrights. Without bothering to get ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Woodruff | Stars: Joan Davis, Jinx Falkenburg, Ann Savage, Leslie Brooks

Votes: 8

27. 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 »

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

Votes: 20

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

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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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 »

Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Joseph Kearns

Votes: 12

29. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Episode: Shoot for the Moon (1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.9
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Margaret hires a man named Sageman to chop wood for their fireplace. He only wants to be paid in meals. An honest day's work for an honest meal. Sageman quietly shares his views of life with the Anderson's and inspires them all.

Director: Peter Tewksbury | Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 8

30. 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.

Director: Daniel Dare | Stars: Byron Foulger, Sara Haden, Lucien Littlefield, Lucy Marlow

Votes: 7

31. 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 »

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

Votes: 11

32. Alcoa Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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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: David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Robert Ryan, Jack Carson

Votes: 33

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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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.

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

Votes: 5

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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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.

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

Votes: 11

35. Casey Jones (1957– )
Episode: Prison Train (1957)

30 min | Adventure, Western

7.8
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Jones arrives at Finney's offices to be briefed by Peter Holmes a US treasury official. Jones is due to run a military prison train to Kansas and is instructed to take a load of gold ... See full summary »

Director: Abby Berlin | Stars: Alan Hale Jr., Bobby Clark, Eddy Waller, Dub Taylor

Votes: 6

36. 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.

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Guy Madison, Dianne Foster, Michael Emmet, Jeanne Cooper

Votes: 5

37. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
Episode: The Beaded Bag (1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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It's Donna's birthday and she claims there's nothing she wants as a present. Alex isn't so sure she telling the truth.

Director: Oscar Rudolph | Stars: Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares, Paul Petersen

Votes: 17

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

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.8
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A troublesome Poodle upsets the marital bliss of a young couple.

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

Votes: 6

39. 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 »

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

Votes: 10,238

40. Circus Boy (1956–1958)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Western

7.7
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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

Votes: 132

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

30 min | Adventure

7.7
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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 »

Stars: Philip Carey, Warren Stevens, Patrick Whyte, Michael Carr

Votes: 21

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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Bud buys a used jalopy with his father's approval but over his mother's objection.

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

Votes: 6

43. Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
Episode: Silence Is Golden (1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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Mr. Wilson wagers his large magnifying glass, betting that Dennis can't refrain from talking to him for five straight hours.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, Billy Booth, Irene Tedrow

Votes: 9

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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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.

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

Votes: 11

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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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.

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

Votes: 10

46. 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.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 14,422

47. Sahara (I) (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

7.6
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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 »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 6,161

48. 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.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Judy Holliday, John Williams, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,125

49. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.6
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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 »

Stars: Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares

Votes: 836

50. 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.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford, Howard St. John

Votes: 7,492