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1. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Cavalcade of America documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds.

Stars: James Seay, Richard Gaines, Raymond Greenleaf, Robert Foulk

Votes: 41

2. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: The Peacemaker (1958)

30 min | Western

8.7
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While Earp is out of town bringing in Blackie Saunders against Kelley's orders, Curly and Ringgold take over Dodge City forcing Kelley to fire Earp and pay a ransom of $20,000 to prevent them from burning the city to the ground.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Morgan Woodward, Walter Maslow, Ralph Sanford

Votes: 14

3. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.6
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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: 94

4. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

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

Votes: 146

5. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: One-Man Army (1958)

30 min | Western

8.5
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Texan Drum Denman goes after northerner Earp by backing a free newspaper to print false stories about Earp trying to draw him out of Dodge City. His second story says Earp is having an affair with the minister's teenage daughter.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Robert Anderson, Paul Brinegar, William Phipps

Votes: 13

6. Pony Express (1959– )

30 min | Western

8.4
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Stars: Grant Sullivan, Don Dorrell, Boyd 'Red' Morgan, Douglas Kennedy

Votes: 19

7. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Sausalito Sunrise (1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A cop discovers that an art dealer is selling the stolen painting Sausalito Sunrise. When the cop is found dead in the gallery, Perry defends the dealer and an employee. Paul poses as a truck driver to uncover the real fencing operation.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 75

8. Get Smart (1965–1970)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.

Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Votes: 8,808

9. Navy Log (1955–1958)

30 min | History, War

8.3
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Showed featured dramatic reenactments of true Naval events taken from the files of the Defense Department. The episodes generally featured little known actors although better known performers sometimes hosted.

Stars: Robert Carson, Robert Shayne, George Conrad, John Close

Votes: 80

10. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Live drama series that was one of the best television shows ever shown. Over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 88

11. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Peggy McCay

Votes: 57

12. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Lover's Gamble (1965)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Betty Kaster is offered the chance to live with her professor and his wife, who is recovering from an accident. She becomes suspicious that he may try to harm his wife who is set to inherit $2,000,000. When he is murdered, she is charged.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 79

13. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 3,605

14. Fireside Theatre (1949–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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An anthology series which became the first successful filmed series on American television.

Stars: Gene Raymond, John Warburton, Nolan Leary, Dabbs Greer

Votes: 43

15. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: Little Gray Home in the West (1959)

30 min | Western

8.2
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Earp harbors a desire to own a ranch so when Doc has a chance to win one in a game, Earp goes in on it. They find a widow on the ranch with two of Earp's old criminal foes next door. Earp takes a liking to the widow but business first.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Myron Healey, Randy Stuart, William Phipps

Votes: 13

16. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Purple Woman (1958)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Art collector Rufus Varner has bought a famous painting from dealer Milo Girard, but the painting may be a forgery by Aaron Hubbell, and Girard's wife, Evelyn, consults Perry for protection against any involvement in the suspected fraud.

Director: Gerd Oswald | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 119

17. Tombstone Territory (1957– )

30 min | Western

8.1
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Tough sheriff Clay Hollister keeps the law in Tombstone, Arizona--"The Town Too Tough to Die"--with the support of his faithful deputies and the editor of the local newspaper.

Stars: Pat Conway, Richard Eastham, Quintin Sondergaard, Gilman Rankin

Votes: 132

18. Whirlybirds (1957–1960)

30 min | Adventure

8.1
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One hundred eleven episodes of this syndicated show were produced between 1956 and 1959, debuting in the US in January 1957. Chuck and P.T. own a helicopter company that is hired to perform... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, Nancy Hale, Sandra Spence

Votes: 204

19. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

8.1
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Lawman is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming and his deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing. In the second season Lily Merrill opens The Birdcage Saloon ... See full summary »

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

Votes: 443

20. The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the series, she played the lead in various episodes.

Stars: Loretta Young, John Milton Kennedy, Robert Foulk, John Newland

Votes: 161

21. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Documentary dramas, plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 60

22. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)
Episode: Warpath (1957)

30 min | Western

8.1
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An Army officer is captured by Pawnee Indians who have left the reservation and bought faulty guns. The undercover officer is trying to find who is selling the guns. Earp has to rescue the officer but to do so must find the seller.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Paul Brinegar, Donald Murphy, Rico Alaniz

Votes: 16

23. The Millionaire (1955–1960)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.

Stars: Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Roy Gordon, Russ Conway

Votes: 336

24. Bat Masterson (1958–1961)
Episode: The Reluctant Witness (1960)

30 min | Western

8.0
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When Ellie Winters is framed for murder, she desperately telegraphs Bat for help. He bails her out to help search for a missing witness but he decides to create a second witness and get Wyatt Earp to play her high priced lawyer.

Director: William Conrad | Stars: Gene Barry, Harry Lauter, Allison Hayes, Donald Murphy

Votes: 21

25. Lawman (1958–1962)
Episode: The Salvation of Owny O'Reilly (1960)

30 min | Western

8.0
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Owny, a boy growing into a man, wants to prove his brother Jack wrong that there's nothing more important than money. When he sees his brother's partner drop their heist into a well, he decides this may be how he can turn his life around.

Director: Robert Sparr | Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Joel Grey

Votes: 14

26. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 872

27. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

7.9
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An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude.

Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Jack Kelly

Votes: 23

28. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961)

30 min | Western

7.8
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Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks. Most of the saga is based loosely on fact, with historical badguys... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Jimmy Noel, Ethan Laidlaw, Bill Coontz

Votes: 488

29. Brenner (1959– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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Roy is a hardened twenty year cop with the NYPD; his son Ernie is an idealistic rookie. Together they face and learn from their different views of life and work.

Stars: Edward Binns, James Broderick, Dick O'Neill, Walter Greaza

Votes: 27

30. Crossroads (1955–1957)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Stars: Robert Carson, Frank J. Scannell, Douglass Dumbrille, G. Pat Collins

Votes: 53

31. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.

Stars: David Niven, Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino

Votes: 110

32. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 75

33. The Jack Benny Hour (1965 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

7.7
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The Beach Boys appear in a skit with Benny and Hope as surfers. Jack trys to weasel Disneyland tickets from Walt Disney. Also, a skit with Benny, Hope and Sommer in a takeoff on Italian ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Levy | Stars: Jack Benny, Bob Hope, The Beach Boys, Elke Sommer

Votes: 41

34. Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

30 min | Western

7.5
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Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

Stars: Gene Barry, Allison Hayes, Allen Jaffe, Ken Drake

Votes: 643

35. Shotgun Slade (1959–1961)

30 min | Western

7.5
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A late entry in the TV Westerns boom of the late 50s. Shotgun Slade unlike other show hero wasn't a marshal, sheriff or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private detective, hired to ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Brady, Frank Ferguson, Monica Lewis, Andy Clyde

Votes: 64

36. The Christophers (1952– )

30 min

7.5
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Stars: Jack Haley, Gigi Perreau, Dean Jagger, Dolores Hope

Votes: 26

37. Get Smart (1965–1970)
Episode: Perils in a Pet Shop (1966)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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KAOS is using parrots to learn secret formulas and then KAOS smuggles them out of the country.

Director: Bruce Bilson | Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Donald Murphy

Votes: 79

38. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
Episode: The Man in the Cellar (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A little girl who regularly talks to imaginary friends grows frustrated when her parents refuse to believe that there is a real man in the cellar.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Charles Boyer, Fay Baker, Beverly Washburn, Mae Clarke

Votes: 11

39. The Man Behind the Badge (1953–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Stories taken from the files of various law-enforcement agencies, including city, county and state police, park rangers, military police, etc.

Stars: Charles Bickford, Joel Aldred, Norman Rose, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 39

40. The Star and the Story (1955– )

30 min | Drama

7.4
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Stars: Henry Fonda, Hugh Sanders, Hillary Brooke, Robin Hughes

Votes: 28

41. The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)
Episode: Dr. Juliet (1954)

30 min | Drama

7.4
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A doctor unravels the mysterious circumstances and suspects surrounding the near-death of a young heiress.

Stars: Loretta Young, Donald Murphy, Barbara Ruick, Jan Merlin

Votes: 5

42. The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,035

43. The Shrike (1955)

88 min | Drama

7.1
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A successful theatrical director is driven to failure by the machinations of his vengeful wife. Eventually, he lands in a mental hospital where both his wife and his new love, a young ... See full summary »

Director: José Ferrer | Stars: José Ferrer, June Allyson, Joy Page, Kendall Clark

Votes: 109

44. On the Threshold of Space (1956)

98 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Guy Madison, Virginia Leith, John Hodiak, Dean Jagger

Votes: 116

45. Tombstone Territory (1957– )
Episode: Mine Disasters (1960)

30 min | Western

7.0
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A mine collapse kills yet another man, but Anson Gurney sends his workers back inside to dig another shaft. When Claibourne uses the Epitaph to try to improve safety at the mines, Gurney has plans of his own to ruin him and his business.

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Pat Conway, Richard Eastham, Donald Murphy, Frank Christi

Votes: 7

46. This Is the Life (1952–1988)

30 min | Drama, Family

6.7
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Long-running religious series featuring dramatizations of contemporary problems and how they were resolved using a Christian solution.

Stars: Nelson Leigh, Kathy Garver, John Bryant, Mary Ellen Kay

Votes: 30

47. Nice Girl? (1941)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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A young girl finds herself attracted to one of her father's business partners.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Walter Brennan, Robert Stack

Votes: 235

48. Lord Love a Duck (1966)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A bright satirical comedy about an innocent high school girl granted her wishes by a student prodigy. A broad satire of teenage culture in the sixties, its targets ranging from progressive education to beach movies.

Director: George Axelrod | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Tuesday Weld, Lola Albright, Martin West

Votes: 1,361

49. Driftin' River (1946)

Approved | 59 min | Music, Western

6.6
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The Army sends Eddie and Soapy to the Morgan ranch to buy horses. But the horses are rustled and the follow-up Army patrol murdered. When Eddie is mistaken for a notorious outlaw, he joins ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Emmett Tansey | Stars: Eddie Dean, Flash, Roscoe Ates, Shirley Patterson

Votes: 53

50. Seven Angry Men (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, History, Western

6.5
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Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist.

Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: Raymond Massey, Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Larry Pennell

Votes: 278