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1. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)
Episode: Monster in the Playhouse (1986)

TV-PG | Family, Comedy, Musical

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A giant one-eyed monster is on the loose and appears in the Playhouse, scaring everyone! But after Pee-wee makes the monster a snack and Jambi grants Pee-wee's wish to understand the ... See full summary »

Writer: George McGrath | Director: Stephen R. Johnson | Stars: Paul Reubens, Johann Carlo, Gilbert Lewis, George McGrath

2. Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

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In this open-letter style documentary, Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis' rich lives guide their grandson on his personal quest to master lasting love, conscious art, and undying activism.

Writer: Muta'Ali Muhammad | Director: Muta'Ali Muhammad | Stars: Alan Alda, Michelle Alexander, Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte

3. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: The Cast of Law and Order (2006)

Talk-Show

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Stars: James Lipton, Christopher Meloni, S. Epatha Merkerson, Chris Noth

4. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Torch Song (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: James A. Contner | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, George Aguilar

5. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Aftershock (1996)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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After witnessing an inmate's execution, McCoy, Kincaid, Briscoe, and Curtis react in different and extreme ways.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Martha Mitchell | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

6. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Billion Dollar Baby (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

9.0
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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: Vern Gillum | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Thomas K. Belgrey

7. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Cold, Cold Heart (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: James Quinn | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Fleck

8. South Beach (1993– )
Episode: I Witness (1993)

Crime, Drama

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Stars: Yancy Butler, Brandon Quintin Adams, Roberto Escobar, S. Epatha Merkerson

9. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)
Episode: Rainy Day (1986)

TV-PG | Family, Comedy, Musical

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Pee-wee tries to entertain himself and his playhouse friends during a rainy day, by playing games, making hot chocolate, telling a ghost story, watching cartoons and even making prank phone... See full summary »

Writers: George McGrath, John Paragon, Paul Reubens | Director: Paul Reubens | Stars: Paul Reubens, Johann Carlo, Gilbert Lewis, George McGrath

10. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show | Active

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America's top fake news show.

Creators: Lizz Winstead, Madeleine Smithberg | Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Craig Kilborn

11. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Mann's Fate (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: James Quinn | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Christine Belford

12. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Prototype (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: Vern Gillum | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Christine Belford

13. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Truth or Consequences (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linda Emond

14. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: Water, Water, Everywhere (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: Allan Arkush | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lee Arenberg

15. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

8.8
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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Dave Chappelle

16. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: The Dating Game (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: Bill Corcoran | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Richard Burgi

17. Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001–2011)
Episode: Badge (2002)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An apparent murder-suicide by an auditor at the city's comptroller office takes a turn when an audit of the school district's security system is found.

Creators: Dick Wolf, Rene Balcer | Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, Courtney B. Vance

18. Mann & Machine (1992– )
Episode: No Pain, No Gain (1992)

Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

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Creators: Robert De Laurentiis, Dick Wolf | Director: Brian Grant | Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tobin Bell

19. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)
Episode: Pajama Party (1987)

TV-PG | Family, Comedy, Musical

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Pee-wee is hosting a pajama party sleepover at the Playhouse, but no one can sleep! After all the games and dancing, why not stay up all night?

Writers: George McGrath, Paul Reubens, Max Robert | Directors: Wayne Orr, Paul Reubens | Stars: Paul Reubens, Lynne Marie Stewart, Kevin Carlson, Laurence Fishburne

20. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.5
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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her nine-year-old son, John, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal.

Writers: James Cameron, William Wisher Jr. | Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

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

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

8.5
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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

22. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Couples (2003)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Briscoe and Green catch three murder cases and one kidnapping on the same day, and one murder is tied to a fourth murder which happened ten years ago. Each case apparently involves domestic disputes gone wrong.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

23. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: Dark Side of the Moon (2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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In a session with her therapist, Daphne recalls (through flashbacks) a series of unfortunate events following the surprise shower that her fiancé, Donny, threw for her.

Creators: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee | Director: David Lee | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

24. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)
Episode: Playhouse in Outer Space (1987)

TV-PG | Family, Comedy, Musical

8.5
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The entire Playhouse is carried off into outer space to an alien planet, where they meet Zyzzybalubah, a lonely alien who brought the Playhouse to his planet so he can have friends to play ... See full summary »

Writer: George McGrath | Stars: Paul Reubens, William Marshall, George McGrath, S. Epatha Merkerson

25. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Pro Se (1996)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A schizophrenic attorney who refuses to take medication defends himself against multiple charges of murder.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Lewis Gould | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

26. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Rubber Room (2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Lupo and Bernard believe they are in a race against time to find a student threatening on an Internet blog to blow up a school--only to discover that they be looking for a disgruntled teacher instead.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Rene Balcer | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

27. Jeopardy! (1984– )

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

8.4
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A quiz show with a twist: contestants are provided with the answers. But what are the right questions?

Creator: Merv Griffin | Stars: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire, Kelly Miyahara

28. Mann & Machine (1992– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

8.4
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In the near future, cop Bobby Mann is teamed with a voluptuous robot partner, Sgt. Eve Edison. He's a brash, wise-cracking maverick; she's serious, naive, by-the-book and tends to take ... See full summary »

Stars: David Andrews, Yancy Butler, S. Epatha Merkerson, Christine Belford

29. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Bodies (2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A serial killer refuses to tell Jack McCoy the names and locations of all of his victims. The killer's defense attorney has the information too, but refuses to disclose it because of attorney-client privilege.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

30. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: For the Defense (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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The DA's office discovers that a former prosecutor now working as a defense attorney has been getting damaging witness in his trials killed, and that Rubirosa was unknowingly a co-conspirator in one of his cases.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: William Klayer | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

31. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Innocence (2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Cutter is forced to play hardball with his mentor after her Innocence Project group gets his guilty verdict in a murder trial set aside, but is he ready to handle the unexpected consequences of his actions?

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Fred Berner | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

32. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Refuge: Part 2 (1999)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Hitmen reach the last witness in the Russian mob case, which leads to the discovery of a money laundering scheme. And a related bomb scare at the police precinct forces McCoy to defy Schiff and go all out to prosecute the offenders.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Constantine Makris | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

33. The Good Wife (2009– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm.

Creator: Michelle King | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry

34. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show | Active

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Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson, Joseph Bolter

35. Find Our Missing (2012– )

Documentary

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Stars: S. Epatha Merkerson, Cornell Womack, Sharon Coleman, Harold Dennis

36. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Burn Card (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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When Detective Green shoots a murder suspect, an internal investigation reveals that he had a gambling problem and once owed money to the suspect. The DA's office reluctantly pursues murder charges against him.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Jesse L. Martin, Jeremy Sisto, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

37. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Double Down (1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Lawyers make a deal with a suspected cop killer in order to find a kidnapping victim. However, the DA's office wants to renege on the deal after the victim is found dead, and detectives suspect that he knew the victim was dead all along.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Arthur W. Forney | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

38. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Mad Dog (1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A serial rapist recently granted parole against Jack's wishes is a suspect in a new rape and murder. Detectives can't get enough evidence to charge him, so Jack orders detectives to trail and harass him.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Christopher Misiano | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

39. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Red Ball (2005)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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When a little girl is abducted as part of a car-jacking, McCoy must bargain with the devil in the form of a system-savvy criminal.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

40. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Sheltered (2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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As the DA's office tries to prosecute a teenage sniper who killed four people, prosecutors discover that he was abducted from his real family as a child and emotionally abused by the man he was living with.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Richard Dobbs | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

41. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Showtime (1997)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The prosecution's murder case against the Hollywood director threatens to fall apart. And the case could cost Jamie her job and custody of her child, and it could cost Curtis his marriage.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

42. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Tombstone (2005)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A lawyer from a prestigious corporate law firm is murdered. One of the firm's senior partners is reluctant to testify against the accused for selfish reasons. Detective Green is critically wounded escorting a reluctant witness.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Eric Stoltz | Stars: Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

43. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: By Perjury (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Cutter finds himself pitted against a lawyer whose manipulation of the legal system keeps letting him get away with murder, and Lupo's mistake risks the current case and Cutter's life.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

44. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Criminal Law (2005)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Three women with identical names are murdered with the same m.o.. And Fontana and Green's investigation turns up a "hit list" with Jack McCoy's name on it, as well as a number of witnesses in one of his trials.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

45. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Deadlock (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An ambitious defense attorney tries to use a murder case as a referendum on the death penalty, but Jack is worried that her client may not be getting the best advice.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Alex Chapple | Stars: Jesse L. Martin, Milena Govich, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

46. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Excalibur (2008)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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While preparing a murder case, the DA's office stumbles on a potential scandal involving a prostitution business and the governor of New York, and it could have serious implications on Jack McCoy's future as District Attorney.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Jim McKay | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Anderson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache

47. The Good Wife (2009– )
Episode: Going for the Gold (2013)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Elsbeth takes the fight to A-USA Josh Perotti as she defends Eli Gold, Peter needs advice as he debates Maddie Hayward, and Alicia faces hard choices in her first role as equity partner.

Creators: Robert King, Michelle King | Director: Rosemary Rodriguez | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Alan Cumming

48. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story (2009)

Biography, Drama, Music

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Writers: Dante James, Olivier Simonnet | Directors: Dante James, Olivier Simonnet | Stars: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, William Jackson Harper, Kevin Mambo, S. Epatha Merkerson

49. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Identity (2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An 80-year-old man is accused of killing the man who stole his identity and caused him to lose his home. However, the defendant's son wants him declared incompetent to stand trial.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Jace Alexander | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

50. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Invaders (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A case involving fake DEA badges leads to the death of A.D.A. Borgia. McCoy is forced to resort to dubious legal tactics to ensure that Borgia's killers are brought to justice.

Creator: Dick Wolf | Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston