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

TV-PG | 73 min | Western

9.0
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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.

Writers: Richard Carr, Owen Wister | Director: E. Darrell Hallenbeck | Stars: James Drury, John McIntire, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

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

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.9
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Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Edward Binns, Francesco Mulé

3. Suspicion (1957–1958)
Episode: Doomsday (1957)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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A master of disguise plans a payroll theft with the only two men that know his true identity.

Writer: Sy Bartlett | Director: Bernard Girard | Stars: Dan Duryea, Charles Bronson, Robert Middleton, Edward Binns

4. 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

5. 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.

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

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

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.8
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Mundy and a retired British spy team up to smuggle a microdot out of an East Berlin museum.

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

7. 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

8. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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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

9. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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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

10. 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

11. 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: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Paul Bryar, Marguerite Chapman

12. 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

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.7
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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.

Writers: Richard Wendley, Owen Wister | Director: Don McDougall | Stars: James Drury, Charles Bickford, John McIntire, Doug McClure

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.7
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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

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

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.7
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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.

Writers: Mel Tormé, Owen Wister | Director: Abner Biberman | Stars: James Drury, John McIntire, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

16. Thriller (1960–1962)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.6
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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

17. Markham (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Crime

8.6
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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

18. 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

19. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Show Me a Hero (1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.6
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While returning to Shiloh Trampas injures his horse saving a man with a runaway team. He is forced to stay a few days in a small town with the man as an old friend arrives to force the town to sign over its gambling rights to him.

Writers: Alvin Boretz, Frank Chase, Owen Wister | Director: Leon Benson | Stars: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

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

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.6
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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 »

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

21. 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

22. M Squad (1957–1960)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Crime

8.5
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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

23. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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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

24. 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

25. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)

60 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

26. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.4
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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

27. Johnny Staccato (1959– )

24 min | Drama

8.4
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Johnny Staccato is a jazz pianist and private detective.

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

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

51 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.4
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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.

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

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

74 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

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

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.4
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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 »

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Polly Bergen, Ken Berry

31. 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

32. 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

33. Mike Hammer (1958–1959)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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

34. Coronado 9 (1960– )

30 min | Crime

8.3
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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

35. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.3
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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

36. The Restless Gun (1957–1959)
Episode: Jebediah Bonner (1958)

30 min | Western

8.3
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To explain to a young boy why he tries not to kill in gunfights, Vint relates to him the story of his grandfather, and how he dealt with a young hoodlum bent on revenge.

Writers: Frank Burt, Will Cook, John Payne | Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: John Payne, James Best, Jean Allison, Read Morgan

37. 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

38. 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

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

49 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.3
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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 »

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Ernest Pintoff | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, John Dehner, Eva Gabor

40. Ellery Queen (1975–1976)
Episode: The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger (1976)

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.3
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An elderly amateur criminologist finally figures out how a five-year-old "locked-room" murder was committed, and is murdered by the killer before he can alert Inspector Queen. Ellery takes ... See full summary »

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Gary Burghoff, Ronny Cox

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

48 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.3
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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 »

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Theodore Bikel, Joyce Brothers

42. 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

43. Riverboat (1959–1961)

60 min | Adventure, Western

8.2
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Stars: Darren McGavin, Dick Wessel, Jack Lambert, Burt Reynolds

44. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, John Doucette, Hayden Rorke

45. 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

46. 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 »

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Peter H. Hunt | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Arthur Godfrey, David Hedison

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

49 min | Crime, Drama, Family

8.2
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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 »

Creators: Richard Levinson, William Link | Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Jim Hutton, David Wayne, Robert Alda, Dane Clark

48. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: The Family (1969)

60 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Creator: Roland Kibbee | Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne, Geraldine Brooks, Gordon Pinsent

49. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Horse Fighter (1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.2
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A renown bronc buster is hired to break a group of rough mustangs at Shiloh. He picks Randy who is green to help him and Randy comes to idolize him as they break a black stallion. However, unknown to Randy there is a dark side to man.

Writers: Richard Fielder, Owen Wister | Director: Anton Leader | Stars: James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager

50. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, Roger Perry, John Larch