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1. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: Touch of Magic (1970)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.9
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Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, Bette Davis, Edward Binns, Maurice Marsac

2. The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970–1971)
Episode: To Taste of Death But Once (1970)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Notwithstanding a threat on his life, Senator Hays Stowe is determined to deliver his speech "The Practical Uses of Dissent in the 1970s" at Garbury College.

Creators: S.S. Schweitzer, A.J. Russell | Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Sharon Acker, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

3. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock presents several short stories. The stories are invariably surprising, often containing elements of horror, comedy, suspense, and the supernatural.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

4. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.7
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This dramatic-anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Paul Bryar, Tim Graham, Marguerite Chapman, Robert Armstrong

5. The Other Man (1970 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

8.7
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The neglected wife of an ambitious district attorney starts an affair with an ex-convict he had sent to prison. When her lover is found murdered, she begins to suspect that her husband did it.

Writers: Michael Blankfort, Eric Bercovici, Margaret Lynn | Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Roy Thinnes, Arthur Hill, Joan Hackett, Tammy Grimes

6. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series hosted by the master of suspense and mystery. When the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents was revived in 1962, the name was changed, but the ... See full summary »

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

7. The Millionaire (1955–1960)
Episode: Millionaire Jane Carr (1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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After receiving her check, a woman goes undercover at a trucking company that her reporter husband was investigating in connection with a narcotics ring to find clues in the husband's car bomb murder.

Writer: Leonard Neubauer | Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Marvin Miller, Angie Dickinson, James Craig, Tom McKee

8. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: The Galloping Skin Game (1968)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.6
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Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne, Ricardo Montalban, Martine Beswick

9. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Doctor Pat (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.5
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Dr. Spaulding decides to hire another doctor to help share the load but he is unsure whether the attractive female doctor he is sent will work out. The Virginian takes a strong interest in her and her problems as she tries to adapt.

Writers: True Boardman, Owen Wister | Director: Don McDougall | Stars: James Drury, Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

10. Thriller (1960–1962)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.4
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Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, David Frankham

11. The Name of the Game (1968–1971)
Episode: Incident in Berlin (1968)

74 min | Adventure

8.4
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When a Howard Publications employee is jailed in East Germany for being an American spy, Glenn Howard attempts to negotiate for his release.

Writers: William Link, Richard Levinson | Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Gene Barry, Anne Francis, Kevin McCarthy, Geraldine Brooks

12. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Grim Reaper (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.4
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Celebrity author Beatrice Graves purchases a cursed painting of the Grim Reaper; her nephew Paul warns her that most of its previous owners have died violently but she scoffs-until blood appears on the Reaper's blade.

Writers: Robert Bloch, Harold Lawlor | Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Natalie Schafer, Henry Daniell

13. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: The Mountain Men (1961)

60 min | Western

8.4
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Daisy Cooper hoodwinks Slim Sherman and Jess Harper into painting the barn roof while she and Mike head to town, much to their chagrin. Neither Slim nor Jess planned on Ben, Carl and John ... See full summary »

Writers: Lee Erwin, Donn Mullally, Daniel B. Ullman | Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

14. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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The comic misadventures of the skinflint comedian and his friends.

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

15. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.3
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The son of a police detective solves baffling crimes.

Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Tom Reese, John Hillerman

16. Markham (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.3
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Roy Markham, a former successful New York attorney, becomes a private detective and his cases take him worldwide. For the first two months of the show, Markham had an assistant, John Riggs,... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Milland, Simon Scott, Henry Corden, Gail Bonney

17. Bachelor Father (1957–1962)
Episode: Bentley and the Combo (1960)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Bentley suffers the trials and tribulations of helping a small jazz combo from Kelly's high school rehearse for a Battle Of The Bands contest. Their new pushy young sax player becomes the ... See full summary »

Writers: Phil Davis, Laurence Marks, William Raynor | Director: Sidney Miller | Stars: John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran, Sammee Tong, Pat McCaffrie

18. Emergency! (1972–1979)
Episode: Brushfire (1972)

51 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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Station 51 is called up to fight a wildfire. John and Roy rescue an elderly woman and her sister, treat an injured fireman, deliver a baby, catch a looter, and find a boy's lost dog.

Creators: Harold Jack Bloom, Robert A. Cinader | Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth

19. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Melanie (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.3
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An old and successful friend and his daughter from Chicago visit the Graingers. John is surprised when he learns they want to stay in the area. The high society daughter falls in love with Trampas who doesn't know about her secret illness.

Writers: Stephen Lord, Owen Wister | Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: James Drury, Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

20. McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
Episode: Portrait of a Peerless Leader (1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, War

8.3
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Thinking that a visiting Personnel Officer has come to appraise Binghamton for a possible promotion and transfer, McHale and the 73 Crew put on a show of their very best behavior. But, when... See full summary »

Writers: Frank Gill Jr., George Carleton Brown | Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Joe Flynn, Tim Conway, Carl Ballantine

21. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

22. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Rod Blake, a State Trooper is an officer of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The setting is in the 1950s American West.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, Don Haggerty, Paul Stader

23. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, Roger Perry, John Larch

24. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: An Evening with Alistair Mundy (1970)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Edward Binns, Francesco Mulé

25. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Blaze of Glory (1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.2
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A respected but retired Medicine Bow lawman is trying to make a living for him and his daughter on a farm but the bank is about to foreclose. A man involved in robbing a gold shipment offers him gold for hiding him out.

Writers: John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins, Owen Wister | Director: Alexander Singer | Stars: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

26. Kojak (1973–1978)
Episode: How Cruel the Frost, How Bright the Stars (1975)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Christmas Eve is anything but peaceful for Kojak and his men. A woman is convinced her boyfriend is going to commit some kind of crime-but she doesn't know what; and a jealous husband is looking to kill his cheating wife.

Creator: Abby Mann | Director: David Friedkin | Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

27. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep (1976)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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Mobster Ralph Caesar survives a bombing attempt and plays dead, hiding out in a hotel room with two police guards. But he is found dead anyway, of poison. Furious crusading District ... See full summary »

Writers: Rudolph Borchert, Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link, Michael Rhodes | Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Edward Albert, Michael V. Gazzo

28. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman (1976)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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Society matron Lilliam McGraw is stabbed to death while examining a painting she purchased at auction. She had started to scrape off the painting to get at another painting underneath, and ... See full summary »

Writers: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link, Robert E. Swanson | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Theodore Bikel, Joyce Brothers

29. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley (1976)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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Famous crooner and cutthroat record producer Alvin Winer is doing a radio interview when songwriter Danny Murphy breaks into the studio and angrily accuses the singer of stealing his song. ... See full summary »

Writers: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link, Robert Van Scoyk | Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Polly Bergen, Ken Berry

30. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.1
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The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

Creator: Roland Kibbee | Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Edward Binns

31. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Day of the Scorpion (1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.1
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The Virginian accidentally kills the son of an Australian sheep rancher who has little time and love for his family. His daughter is in the middle between The Virginian who she loves and her father who barely notices her.

Writers: Don Ingalls, Owen Wister | Director: Robert Butler | Stars: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

32. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of Miss Aggie's Farewell Performance (1975)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.1
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Beloved Vera Bethune stars as Miss Aggie in a radio soap opera, but is about to be written out. One day she drinks water from a jug and is poisoned in a murder attempt. She is taken to the hospital and survives, but the killer returns.

Writers: Frederic Dannay, Peter S. Fischer, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Eve Arden, Nan Martin

33. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Sinister Scenario (1976)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.1
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Gil Mallory, an actor playing Ellery Queen in a motion picture, is supposed to be shot on camera, then jump up and nab the woman who shot him, exclaiming "Bulletproof vest!" The rehearsal ... See full summary »

Writers: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link, Robert Pirosh | Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Noah Beery Jr., Carole Cook

34. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Sunday Punch (1976)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.1
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During a practice bout, a lucky shot knocks champion boxer Kid Hogan unconscious. He revives enough to sip some water from his manager's "swill bottle," then falls comatose and is soon ... See full summary »

Writers: Larry Alexander, Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Robert Alda, Dane Clark

35. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Barren Ground (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.1
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The Virginian returns a man he killed to his crippled father. After helping bury the body, the man has a heart attack. He asks The Virginian to try to bring his daughter back from the Shoshone to inherit his farm - with The Virginian.

Writers: Joy Dexter, Andy Lewis, Owen Wister | Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: James Drury, Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

36. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Fortress (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

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The Virginian takes a herd to a town on the border with Canada but the bank is robbed making his bank draft worthless. He tracks the robbers into Canada to recover the $100,000 but they work for the buyer of the beef at his empire.

Writers: W.R. Burnett, Sy Salkowitz, Owen Wister | Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: James Drury, Charles Bickford, John McIntire, Doug McClure

37. Emergency! (1972–1979)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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The crew of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Station 51, particularly the paramedic team, and Rampart Hospital respond to emergencies in their operating area.

Creators: Harold Jack Bloom, Robert A. Cinader | Stars: Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Julie London, Bobby Troup

38. The Munsters (1964–1966)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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A family of friendly monsters have misadventures never quite realising why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

39. Night Gallery (1969–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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Host Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto

40. The Tall Man (1960–1962)

30 min | Western

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Fictionalized stories about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid set in New Mexico in the 1870s.

Creator: Samuel A. Peeples | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Clu Gulager, Mark Tapscott, Judy Nugent

41. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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The show consisted of 40 episodes, half were live and half were on film. The shows, often involving murder, were designed to confuse and mystify the audience and dealt with their fears and ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Mike Ragan, Marian Seldes, Jack Klugman

42. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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In revenge for the Communist government in Poland having sent his mother to a concentration camp where she died, Matt Anders devotes himself to freeing others from totalitarian countries.

Stars: Brian Keith, Edwin Reimers, Arthur Space, Leon Askin

43. Coronado 9 (1960– )

30 min | Crime

8.0
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A former Naval intelligence officer works as a private detective in San Diego, California.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Vaughn Taylor, Sue Ane Langdon, Walter Reed

44. Buckskin (1958–1965)

30 min | Western

8.0
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Annie O'Connell's boarding house in Buckskin, Montana, in 1880, is the setting for dramas unfolding for travelers and townies alike. Stories are seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Jody.

Creator: Harold Swanton | Stars: Tom Nolan, Sally Brophy, Mike Road, Shirley Knight

45. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: Payoff in the Piazza (1969)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, David Opatoshu, Rudy Solari, Carla Borelli

46. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: Situation Red (1970)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.0
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An Air Force Major, the chief of security, has an paranoid reaction to a prescription drug and takes over the Command Center during a bomber drill. Al is called in to extract him from the ... See full summary »

Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Robert Wagner, Earl Holliman, Barry Sullivan, G.D. Spradlin

47. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Star Crossed (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.0
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An old friend of Ryker's settles on a ranch with a new wife and stepson under a new name due to being wanted. Ryker helps him but loses his job when the man confesses to killing a Shiloh hand who was blackmailing him due to his past.

Writers: Don Tait, Owen Wister | Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: James Drury, Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

48. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Black Falcon (1976)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Family

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Letting a fine wine "breathe" proves deadly for the wine's owner Nick Kingston, who leaves it unattended for a killer to poison it. The vintner, who's hosting a party upstairs, comes back ... See full summary »

Writers: Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, William Link, Marc B. Ray | Director: Walter Doniger | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Howard Duff, Signe Hasso

49. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Eccentric Engineer (1976)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

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Famous inventor Lamont Franklin suddenly withdraws from the world and starts holing up in his shed, playing incessantly with his toy trains. So why would someone kill him? A clue at the ... See full summary »

Writers: Booker Bradshaw, Frederic Dannay, Manfred Lee, Richard Levinson, David P. Lewis, William Link | Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Arthur Godfrey, David Hedison

50. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Ben Engel Story (1964)

73 min | Western

8.0
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Wealthy Engel has used psychopathic Harry Diel as a proxy during the Civil War to save Diel from jail but Diel plots on the train as Engel's employee to usurp Engel's business by making himself appear a cuckold to Engel among other wiles.

Writer: Betty Andrews | Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: John McIntire, Robert Fuller, Denny Miller, Frank McGrath