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

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

9.6
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Al's old Friend, Bessie, has fallen on hard times, Al helps her recover her belief in herself as a thief.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, Bette Davis, Edward Binns, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 115

2. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Decision (1968)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

9.2
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Sheriff Dan Porter leaves his job in Mason City to follow his wife Emily to Medicine Bow as she can't handle the pressure of his job. He signs on at Shiloh to learn ranching so he can start a ranch and new life with his wife.

Director: E. Darrell Hallenbeck | Stars: John McIntire, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 6

3. The Other Man (1970 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

9.0
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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.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Roy Thinnes, Arthur Hill, Joan Hackett, Tammy Grimes

Votes: 64

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

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.9
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At the kings request Al and his dad try to steal his daughter.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Edward Binns, Francesco Mulé

Votes: 13

5. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Cassie Vance Story (1963)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.9
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Cassie Vance is accused of theft when money and items belonging to a woman on the train that she nursed turn up missing, and especially after another woman recognizes Cassie as having ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: John McIntire, Robert Fuller, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 10

6. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Handy Man (1968)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.9
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A legal fight over a strip of land between Shiloh and the Bowden ranch turns nasty. The fight over cools when the Bowdens mistakenly believe Shiloh has hired a gunfighter but turns serious when they learn he is just a simply handy man.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: John McIntire, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 15

7. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.8
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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: 785

8. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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This dramatic-anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Paul Bryar, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 81

9. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Jed (1968)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.8
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Clay tries to prevent a range war between the ranchers and homesteaders who are blocking their path to market. A hothead rancher hires a gunfighter on the sly who happens to be an old friend of Trampas who falls for a homesteader.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: John McIntire, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 10

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.8
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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.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 9

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.8
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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.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 10

12. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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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, Cris Roberts, Mike Ragan, David Armstrong

Votes: 237

13. Markham (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.7
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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

Votes: 40

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

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.7
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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 »

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Edward Albert, Michael V. Gazzo

Votes: 48

15. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Michael Malone Story (1964)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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Young Julie Holland is falling for Michael Malone, a young man haunted by the death of a woman from his past, which he feels guilty about. Meanwhile, the marriage of another young couple, ... See full summary »

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John McIntire, Robert Fuller, Denny Miller, Frank McGrath

Votes: 7

16. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

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

Votes: 9,045

17. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" hosted by the master of suspense and mystery.

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

Votes: 2,438

18. M Squad (1957–1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Crime

8.6
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The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.

Stars: Lee Marvin, Paul Newlan, Gail Kobe, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 228

19. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Add a Plot

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

Votes: 130

20. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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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

Votes: 25

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

51 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.6
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Station 51 is assigned to fight up a wildfire. John and Roy protect an elderly woman with her sister, treat an injured firefighter, deliver a baby, catch a looter, and find a boy's lost dog. Dixie treats a boy with a broken arm.

Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth

Votes: 56

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.6
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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.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 13

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

60 min | Western

8.6
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John Sanford, a mountain man, along with his sons wants revenge for the killing of his son. The man convicted is going to prison but they decide to capture him at the Sherman Relay Station and lynch him from the nearest cottonwood tree.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 19

24. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: The Old Who Came in from the Spy (1969)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.6
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Mundy and a retired British spy team up to smuggle a microdot out of an East Berlin museum.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Robert Wagner, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Binns, Francis Lederer

Votes: 11

25. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Santiago Quesada Story (1964)

73 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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When Coop brings Kim Case to her home town of San Saba, he finds the people there in fear after recent Indian raids, and the nearby Army fort ready to attack. The Army major's adopted son, ... See full summary »

Director: Virgil W. Vogel | Stars: John McIntire, Robert Fuller, Denny Miller, Frank McGrath

Votes: 7

26. Johnny Staccato (1959– )

24 min | Drama

8.5
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Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

Stars: John Cassavetes, Eduardo Ciannelli, Frank London, Garry Walberg

Votes: 129

27. Mike Hammer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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The adventures of Mickey Spillane's tough-talking, brawling, skirt-chasing private detective Mike Hammer, who's always ready to use his fists on a "mug" or his charm on a "skirt" to get the case solved.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Bart Burns, Vito Scotti, Johnny Seven

Votes: 134

28. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.5
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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

Votes: 51

29. Karen (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.5
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Southern California is a terrific place to be a teenager and Karen, with her loving parents and impish sister Mimi, is out to enjoy every minute of it. Despite the advice of her cautious ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Denning, Mary LaRoche, Gina Gillespie, Debbie Watson

Votes: 54

30. 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.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 13

31. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: Glass Riddle (1968)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Al makes a withdrawal from a safety deposit box (not his).

Director: George Tyne | Stars: Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne, Marion Marshall, Jason Evers

Votes: 10

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

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Al must steal a document hidden in a scientific paper at a conference in Rome. The SIA doesn't know which of the 100 papers contains the document. Al deduces that the paper will be handled ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne, Ricardo Montalban, Martine Beswick

Votes: 14

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.5
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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.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Natalie Schafer, Henry Daniell

Votes: 136

34. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.4
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The son of a police detective solves baffling crimes.

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

Votes: 839

35. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 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

Votes: 811

36. Coronado 9 (1960– )

30 min | Crime

8.4
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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

Votes: 35

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

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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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.

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

Votes: 57

38. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Paid in Full (1967)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.4
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Frank returns from prison to find his father crippled after saving Trampas and working at a low level job for Clay Grainger. Frank accepts a job but his attitude toward Trampas and Grainger push him toward getting revenge via rustling.

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 8

39. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Myra Marshall Story (1963)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.4
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Coop accompanies Grace Marshall to visit her sister Myra whom, traumatized by an upbringing by an abusive father, Grace finds living a life of addiction and infidelity for which Grace wrongfully blames husband Vern.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 9

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

60 min | Drama

8.4
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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.

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Sharon Acker, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 10

41. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: Justice in a Hurry (1962)

60 min | Western

8.3
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Slim can provide an alibi for a man on trial for murder but when he returns at the request of the daughter to testify, they find him already hung. After being shot at he returns to find the daughter arrested for the murder of a witness.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 15

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.3
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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.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 13

43. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Kitty Pryer Story (1963)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Victor Harp tells Kitty that he has married her while still married to Martha who he must join on the Wagon Train to take to San Francisco for a divorce. He hires former acquaintance and ... See full summary »

Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 9

44. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Sam Pulaski Story (1963)

73 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Coop and Rose Pulaski are falling in love with each other, but Rose's brother Sam objects, as he has to every man Rose has wanted to be with. When Coop finally meets Sam face to face, he ... See full summary »

Director: Allen H. Miner | Stars: Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 6

45. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: To Bear Witness (1967)

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

8.3
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Drunk, disliked Walter Verig is found murdered by Trampas who sees Doc Baldwin ride away from the body in his buggy. Trampas is first suspected due to a bloody hand but suspicion soon falls on Baldwin. Trampas tries to prove his innocence.

Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: Charles Bickford, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Don Quine

Votes: 11

46. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 19,343

47. Broadside (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Lt. Anne Morgan and her fellow Waves are posted to the backwater station on Ranakai, much to the displeasure of Commander Adrian. So his South Seas idyll, including gourmet cook, isn't disrupted has Adrian scheming to transfer the women.

Stars: Kathleen Nolan, Edward Andrews, Dick Sargent, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 24

48. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: A Man Called Kane (1964)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.2
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News that Betsy and Randy found over $900 in gold in a cave on Shiloh brings two men to Shiloh ranch looking for money. One is a government agent looking for a buried cache of bearer bonds. The other is Randy's older brother with a past.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 13

49. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument (1975)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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Edgar Manning, a mystery writer, wins the annual Blunt Instrument Award for his year's work and goes to pick it up at a party. Ellery, who was Edgar's rival for the award, is sidelined ... See full summary »

Director: Ernest Pintoff | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, John Dehner, Eva Gabor

Votes: 55

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

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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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 »

Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Arthur Godfrey, David Hedison

Votes: 53