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1. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956–1963)

60 min | Music

8.9
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Dinah hosted this hour-long weekly for seven years. It featured Dinah and guest stars in a variety of songs, skits, production numbers. Also featured: her "See the USA in your Chevrolet" song and her warm kiss to all in conclusion.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Janet Blair, John Raitt, Roy Rogers

Votes: 111

2. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1957 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

8.8
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Directors: Joseph Behar, Ernie Kovacs | Star: Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 17

3. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.7
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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 974

4. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 837

5. The NBC Comedy Hour (1956– )

60 min | Comedy, Musical

8.7
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Stars: Jonathan Winters, Hy Averback, Gale Storm, Stan Freberg

Votes: 6

6. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)
Episode: Lucy Meets the Mustache (1960)

60 min | Comedy, Family

8.7
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Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams move in next door to the Ricardo's and Lucy can't stop torturing Ernie every time she's in his presence.

Director: Desi Arnaz | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams

Votes: 47

7. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 136

8. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

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

Votes: 195

9. You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

8.5
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Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx, Tuulikki Woods

Votes: 423

10. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

8.5
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This program aired once every fourth week and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950's. Many stars appeared on this show; see the Guest List for them.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, David Wayne

Votes: 59

11. The 30th Annual Academy Awards (1958 TV Special)

Family

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Director: Alan Handley | Stars: Anna Maria Alberghetti, June Allyson, Fred Astaire, Ann Blyth

Votes: 120

12. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)

60 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 770

13. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables.

Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 78

14. Silents Please (1960–1961)

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Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Paul Killiam

Votes: 14

15. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 83

16. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams, The Bob Hamilton Trio, Boris Karloff

Votes: 81

17. The Polly Bergen Show (1957–1958)

30 min | Music

8.3
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Stars: Polly Bergen, Bill Bergen, Kay Kendall, Julius LaRosa

Votes: 11

18. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.2
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"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Garry Moore, Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer

Votes: 300

19. The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959 TV Special)

100 min | Family

8.2
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Director: Alan Handley | Stars: Nick Adams, Buddy Adler, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Eddie Albert

Votes: 107

20. Ernie in Kovacsland (1951– )

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams

Votes: 8

21. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 9 September 1956 (1956)

Family, Game-Show

8.2
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Comic and fellow weekly panelist Ernie Kovacs, and his wife Edie Adams, are the nights mystery celebrity challengers, while Tony Randall is the guest panelist. Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf

Votes: 12

22. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1961– )

Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Maggi Brown, Bob Lauher, Jolene Brand, Joe Mikolas

Votes: 30

23. This Is Your Life (1952–1961)

30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

7.9
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Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Bob Warren, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton

Votes: 177

24. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 805

25. Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (1948–1967)

60 min | Music

7.8
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Perry Como was an American Singer, who got his start on NBC Radio. In 1948, Because of his popularity, The cameras were simply brought into the radio studio to televise the radio broadcast ... See full summary »

Stars: Perry Como, The Ray Charles Singers, Frank Gallop, Mitchell Ayres Orchestra

Votes: 63

26. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 25 August 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

7.8
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Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: John Daly, Dorothy Kilgallen, Ernie Kovacs, Arlene Francis

Votes: 11

27. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, Jeff Donnell, John Scott Trotter

Votes: 45

28. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 6 October 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

7.7
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Danny Thomas is the weeks mystery guest while Ernie Kovacs is a guest panelist. Arlene Francis, Ernie Kovacs, Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf begin the show by guessing the line of ... See full summary »

Stars: Bennett Cerf, John Daly, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 6

29. Shotgun Slade (1959–1961)

30 min | Western

7.6
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A late entry in the TV Westerns boom of the late 50s. Shotgun Slade unlike other show hero wasn't a marshal, sheriff or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Brady, Frank Ferguson, Monica Lewis, Andy Clyde

Votes: 60

30. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 1 September 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

7.6
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Stars: Bennett Cerf, John Daly, Arlene Francis, Buster Keaton

Votes: 14

31. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 8 September 1957 (1957)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

7.6
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TV's favorite father, Robert Young, is the guest panelist tonight, substituting for Ernie Kovacs, who's in Hollywood - maybe. Mr. Young joins the show's regulars, Arlene Francis, Dorothy ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: Bennett Cerf, John Daly, Doris Day, Arlene Francis

Votes: 18

32. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)
Episode: Ernie Kovacs Show (1959)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Ernie shares his mustache collection with Jack; Don becomes a Beatnik to sing about Lucky Strikes; we see what prisons will be like in 1970.

Director: Seymour Berns | Stars: Jack Benny, Ernie Kovacs, Don Wilson, Ray Kellogg

Votes: 18

33. The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (1956–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.5
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Hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford, the likeable singer, comedian, entertainer received his own variety show sponsored by the Ford Motor Company which gave Ernie the venue to entertain millions... See full summary »

Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Top Twenty, The Voices of Walter Schumann, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 31

34. The David Susskind Show (1958–1987)

Talk-Show

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Stars: David Susskind, Groucho Marx, Ernie Kovacs, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 20

35. Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (1956)

Comedy, Animation, Short

7.4
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Director: Shamus Culhane | Stars: Orson Bean, Salome Jens, Groucho Marx, Chico Marx

Votes: 25

36. Our Man in Havana (1959)

111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 3,661

37. The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show (1958–1959)

30 min | Music

7.3
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The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show was a variety TV series including musical acts hosted by Patti Page. The series ran for one season from 1958-1959.

Stars: Patti Page, Teresa Brewer, Shari Lewis, The Ames Brothers

Votes: 7

38. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 11 August 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

7.3
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Jane Russell appears as one of the weeks mystery celebrity guest, while Edie Adams tries to fool her husband, and panelist, Ernie Kovacs. Panelists Arlene Francis, Ernie Kovacs, Dorothy ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: Edie Adams, Bennett Cerf, John Daly, Arlene Francis

Votes: 9

39. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 13 October 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

7.3
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Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: John Daly, Ernie Kovacs, Arlene Francis, Michael Todd

Votes: 6

40. Tonight! (1953–1957)

TV-PG | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.2
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The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Steve Allen, Skitch Henderson, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 105

41. Goodyear Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

7.2
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Stars: Robert Ryan, David Niven, Jane Powell, Peter Leeds

Votes: 28

42. The Big Record (1957–1958)

30 min | Music

7.2
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Stars: Patti Page, Bill Hayes, Johnny Mathis, Erroll Garner

Votes: 10

43. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 29 September 1957 (1957)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

7.2
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Bennett Cerf fills in as moderator for John Daly who is off to Greece, Rome, Paris and London to cover news and review his news outlet's operations... See full synopsis »

Stars: Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Henry J. Kaiser, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 13

44. Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush

Votes: 1,389

45. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

7.0
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During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

Votes: 5,343

46. Take a Good Look (1959–1961)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

7.0
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The contestants on this quiz show had been involved in notable news events. Films clips or recordings of the event were shown; if they were unavailable, Kovacs and the three actors would ... See full summary »

Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Bob Lauher, Edie Adams, Peggy Connelly

Votes: 10

47. Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Unrated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

6.9
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A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 7,502

48. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 27 October 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

6.9
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Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: Spring Byington, Bennett Cerf, John Daly, Arlene Francis

Votes: 8

49. What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Episode: Episode dated 3 November 1957 (1957)

Family, Game-Show

6.8
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Jack Lemmon drops in as the weeks mystery guest, Ernie Kovacs is a panelist. Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Ernie Kovacs, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf begin the show by trying to guess the... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Heller | Stars: Bennett Cerf, John Daly, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 6

50. It Happened to Jane (1959)

97 min | Comedy

6.7
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Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Forrest

Votes: 1,701