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1. Kate & Allie (1984–1989)
Episode: Diner (1984)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.6
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Creator: Sherry Coben | Director: Bill Persky | Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Ari Meyers, Fred Koehler

2. Roots (1977 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, John Amos

3. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: My Mother Was Never a Kid (1981)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Teenage girl is convinced her mother doesn't understand the younger generation. Through circumstance, she is sent back in time and meets her mother as a teenager.

Writers: Jeffrey Kindley, Francine Pascal | Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Mary-Beth Manning, Holland Taylor, Rachel Longaker, Elizabeth Ward

4. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: My Mom's Having a Baby (1977)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Curious about his mom's pregnancy, a ten-year-old seeks answers to where babies come from.

Writers: Susan Fichter Kennedy, Elaine Evans Rushnell | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Lendon Smith, Shane Sinutko, Jarrod Johnson, Rachel Longaker

5. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Long Night (1977)

Drama, Family, Romance

8.2
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Grandma is in the hospital and Grandpa wants to bring her home. He is forbidden to visit in the hospital because she needs her rest. (Ellen Corby in real life had a stroke and was not able to perform.)

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Katharyn Powers, Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

6. Square One TV (1987–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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In this sketch comedy series for preteens, principles of mathematics are presented through parody and music videos. Also featured is a mock video game called "Mathman," the bumbling cartoon... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Howard, Larry Cedar, Cynthia Darlow, Beverly Mickins

7. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Changeling (1978)

Drama, Family, Romance

8.1
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Elizabeth is turning 13 years old - not quite a child, not quite a woman. Strange things begin to happen due to her being unsettled. Jason has a job giving love advice on the radio.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Robert Pirosh | Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

8. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Festival (1978)

Drama, Family, Romance

8.1
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Jason practices his music for a town festival. He finds Josh, Verdie's son, plays the horn. They practice together. The festival organizers do not want Josh. Elizabeth and Aimee Godsey compete for the same boy. (Spring 1940)

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Michael McGreevey | Director: Gwen Arner | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Judy Norton

9. Sybil (1976 TV Mini-Series)

198 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.

Stars: Joanne Woodward, Sally Field, Brad Davis, Martine Bartlett

10. A Circle of Children (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

8.0
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A teacher at a school for emotionally disturbed children takes an interest in one particular child who doesn't talk but emits a stream of gibberish.

Writers: Steve Gethers, Mary Mac Cracken | Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Jane Alexander, Rachel Roberts, David Ogden Stiers, Nan Martin

11. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Home Front: Part 2 (1979)

Drama, Family, Romance

8.0
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The family members all seem involved in the war effort. John helps with the draft board. A soldier who signed up because of John is killed in the war, and the father wants to take revenge. Bad news about John-Boy.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

12. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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A youth anthology series focusing primarily on adaptations of children's literature.

Stars: Willie Tyler, Frank Welker, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo

13. Mathnet (1987–1992)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

7.9
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Creators: David D. Connell, Jim Thurman | Stars: Joe Howard, Beverly Leech, Bari K. Willerford, Toni Di Buono

14. Roots (1977– )
Episode: Part IV (1977)

Drama, History, War

7.9
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Writers: Alex Haley, James Lee | Stars: John Amos, Tina Andrews, LeVar Burton, Chuck Connors

15. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Great Motorcycle Race (1976)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.9
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Jim-Bob fixes up Ike's old motorcycle and enters a motorcycle race. The Godseys look into adopting a baby.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., John Furia | Director: Richard Thomas | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

16. Roots (1977– )
Episode: Part III (1977)

Drama, History, War

7.8
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Writers: Alex Haley, James Lee | Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Tina Andrews, Edward Asner, LeVar Burton

17. The Waltons (1971–1981)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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The life and trials of a 1930's mountain family.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

18. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)
Episode: Little Women (1977)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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Mrs. Oleson rewrites Alcott's "Little Women" to ensure Nellie is the star in Walnut Grove's school play based on the classic story; but shy Ginny Clark steals the show when, taking a lesson... See full summary »

Writers: Blanche Hanalis, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dale Eunson, B.W. Sandefur | Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Michael Landon, Karen Grassle, Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson

19. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Battle of Drucilla's Pond (1977)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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Soldiers practice war at Drusilla's pond. Corabeth teaches a tap dance routine to Elizabeth and Aimee. They put on a show.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker | Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Judy Norton

20. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Home Front: Part 1 (1979)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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John has been appointed to the local draft board. John convinces a young soldier who went AWOL to return to his unit and the boy is subsequently lost when a troop ship is torpedoed. The boy's father wants revenge. Also, there's bad news about John-Boy.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

21. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Best Christmas (1976)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.5
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Olivia wants this Christmas to be the best ever. Everything seems to happen to prevent this.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., John McGreevey | Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

22. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Captive (1978)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.5
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Corabeth Godsey feels trapped by her unchanging life on Walton's Mountain. She begins to drink.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Ray Cunneff | Director: Ralph Waite | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

23. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Children's Carol (1977)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.5
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Two British children, separated from their parents due to the war, come to stay with the Baldwins. Jason is not sure he can fight in the war. Jim-Bob uses a short-wave radio and makes an amazing connection on that 1940 Christmas morning.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., John McGreevey | Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Judy Norton

24. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Stars: Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson, Elizabeth Franz

25. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Hawk (1977)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.4
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A hawk is attacking the Waltons' chickens. Grandpa and Jim-Bob try to catch it. Also, a new minister joins the community.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Andy White | Director: Anthony Brand | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Judy Norton

26. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Grandchild (1977)

120 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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Mary Ellen gives birth to the Waltons' first grandchild, John Curtis Willard. However, Cassie, a lonely and superstitious teenage neighbor whose premature baby girl was stillborn, believes ... See full summary »

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Rod Peterson, Claire Whitaker | Director: Ralph Senensky | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Judy Norton

27. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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The life and adventures of the Ingalls family in the 19th century American West.

Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greenbush

28. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Journal (1979)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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John-Boy is still missing, but a publisher has his journal and wants to publish it. It is told from a soldier's point of view. John and Olivia have to decide.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Robert Pirosh | Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

29. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Ordeal (1978)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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Elizabeth falls while standing on top of a wood pile. Fractures her leg. Doctors doubt her ability to walk ever again.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Paul West | Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Judy Norton

30. Kate & Allie (1984–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

7.0
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When Allie Lowell divorces her husband and gets custody of their two children, she moves to New York City and moves in with her best friend, Kate McArdle, also divorced and raising a ... See full summary »

Creator: Sherry Coben | Stars: Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Fred Koehler, Allison Smith

31. Rafferty (1977– )

60 min | Drama

7.0
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Creator: James Lee | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, John Getz, Millie Slavin, Anne-Marie Martin

32. A Case for Life (1996 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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Writer: Vickie Patik | Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Gregg Almquist, Vincent Berry, William Bumiller

33. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Moonshiner (1978)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.0
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Boone Walton returns. He was convicted of moon-shining. Jason promises to keep watch on him. Also, Daisy Garner returns to the mountain. She and John-Boy never married.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Jeb Rosebrook | Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Judy Norton

34. A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama, Family

6.9
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Fourth Waltons reunion TV movie is now set in the 1960s which has John-Boy still living in New York, trying to persuade his fiancée to marry him. Meanwhile, Ben and Cindy's daughter, ... See full summary »

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Claire Whitaker, Rod Peterson | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby

35. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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"ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.

Creator: Guy Fraumeni | Stars: Lance Kerwin, Samaria Graham, Mara Hobel, Alexa Kenin

36. Oh, God! (1977)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.

Writers: Larry Gelbart, Avery Corman | Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasence

37. The Waltons (1971–1981)
Episode: The Innocents (1979)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

6.5
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The parents who work at Picket's defense plant leave their children in the parking lot while the parents work. Olivia wants to open a day care in Picket's bar room for the workers. Guess who wins? Ike learns to dance.

Writers: Earl Hamner Jr., Juliet Law Packer | Director: Gwen Arner | Stars: Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley

38. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Pudd'nhead Wilson (1984)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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A slave switches her light-skinned baby with her master's baby. The child grows up raised by whites.

Writers: Philip H. Reisman Jr., Mark Twain | Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Lise Hilboldt, Ken Howard, James Pritchett, Dick Latessa

39. Night of the Demons 2 (1994)

R | 96 min | Horror, Comedy

6.3
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High-schoolers throw a Halloween party in a mansion haunted by a young demon

Writers: Joe Augustyn, James Penzi | Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Cristi Harris, Darin Heames, Robert Jayne, Merle Kennedy

40. The San Pedro Beach Bums (1977– )

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Stars: Christopher Murney, Stuart Pankin, John Mark Robinson, Darryl McCullough

41. Santa Barbara (1984–1993)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama

5.7
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In Santa Barbara, California, the fascinating and tumultuous life of the rich Capwells around who gravitate other families, from the Lockridges, the rival family, to the Andrades or the ... See full summary »

Creators: Bridget Dobson, Jerome Dobson | Stars: A Martinez, Marcy Walker, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn

42. Santa Barbara (1984–1993)
Episode: Episode #1.1065 (1988)

TV-PG | Drama

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Stars: Jed Allan, Jon Cypher, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn

43. Santa Barbara (1984–1993)
Episode: Episode #1.1066 (1988)

TV-PG | Drama

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Stars: Jed Allan, Jon Cypher, Scott Jaeck, Ross Kettle

44. Square One TV (1987–1992)
Episode: Episode #2.12 (1988)

TV-Y7 | Comedy, Family

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Stars: Matthew Faison, Joe Howard, Beverly Leech, Luisa Leschin

45. Mathnet (1987–1992)
Episode: The Case of the Deceptive Data (1988)

Comedy, Crime, Family

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Stars: Beverly Leech, Joe Howard, Mary Watson, James Earl Jones

46. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)
Episode: The Girl with ESP (1979)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Writers: Cynthia Chenault, Ellen Conford, Ann Elder | Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Rachel Longaker, Tracey E. Bregman, Adam Farrar, Barbara Sharma

47. Rafferty (1977– )
Episode: The Wild Child (1977)

Drama

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Creator: James Lee | Director: Patrick McGoohan | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, K Callan, Marilyn Chris, John Getz

48. The San Pedro Beach Bums (1977– )
Episode: The Winner's Circle (1977)

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Marge's uncle asks the Bums to hide a Thoroughbred because he owes everyone money.

Writer: Earl Barret | Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: Christopher Murney, Stuart Pankin, John Mark Robinson, Darryl McCullough

49. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: Where Do Teenagers Come From? (1980)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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12-year-old girl wonders about all of the changes that's happening to her body. Sequel to My Mom's Having a Baby.

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Lendon Smith, Rachel Longaker, Shane Sinutko, Jarrod Johnson