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1. Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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Rod Serling's seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished.

Creator: Rod Serling | Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

2. The Monkees (1966–1968)
Episode: Monkees Manhattan Style (1967)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.8
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The Monkees travel to New York to meet a young producer, Mackinley Baker, at The Compton Plaza Hotel. Unfortunately, they find Baker just about to be evicted out of the room and themselves ... See full summary »

Writers: Gerald Gardner, Dee Caruso | Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork

3. Hazel (1961–1966)
Episode: Potluck a la Mode (1963)

30 min | Comedy

8.8
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While the Baxters are out for the evening, Hazel entertains dinner guests who arrive at their house on the wrong night.

Writers: Jane Klove, Ted Sherdeman | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake, Bobby Buntrock

4. 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

5. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.7
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees, Slim Pickens

6. 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

7. 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

8. Ripcord (1961– )

30 min | Adventure

8.7
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Operating their skydiving service company "Ripcord", Jim Buckley and Ted McKeever are able to get to places that others can't and get there much faster. This leads them on many exciting ... See full summary »

Creator: Harry Redmond Jr. | Stars: Larry Pennell, Ken Curtis, Shug Fisher, Paul Comi

9. 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

10. The Man and the Challenge (1959–1960)

30 min | Adventure

8.7
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Stars: George Nader, Joyce Meadows, Jack Ging, Michael Keith

11. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.6
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

12. 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

13. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.6
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

14. Here's Hollywood (1960–1962)

30 min

8.6
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Hollywood celebrities are interviewed, often at their homes.

Stars: Dean Miller, Helen O'Connell, Jack Linkletter, Joanne Jordan

15. Family Affair (1966–1971)
Episode: Buffy (1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.6
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Bill Davis, owner of a successful construction company, is entertaining a date at his New York apartment. Then, Buffy, his niece and daughter of his dead brother, is brought to him. Bill is... See full summary »

Creators: Don Fedderson, Edmund L. Hartmann | Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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An elderly nurse visits Perry for advice but leaves not listening. Later, she arrives at the police station to confess to killing a columnist who is using a book she stole from a doctor to blackmail him into giving her a baby of her own.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Dick Stenger, Gene Wang | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

17. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.5
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The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Creator: Carl Reiner | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

18. 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

19. Empire (1962–1964)

60 min | Western, Drama

8.5
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Creator: Kathleen Hite | Stars: Richard Egan, Ryan O'Neal, Anne Seymour, Terry Moore

20. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
Episode: In Summer Promise (1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Writers: Lawrence B. Marcus, Collier Young | Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Ronald Reagan, Joan Fontaine, Scott Marlowe, Philip Ober

21. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Writer: Ernest Lehman | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

22. Profiles in Courage (1964–1965)

30 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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This anthology series presented episodes in the lives of true-life historical personages who each faced a terrible crisis in their life.

Stars: Walter Matthau, Simon Oakland, Michael Constantine, Edward Asner

23. Grindl (1963–1964)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Stars: Imogene Coca, Dee J. Thompson, James Millhollin, John Cliff

24. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)
Episode: The Adventures of Gallegher: Part 1 (1965)

Unrated | 55 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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Writers: Richard Harding Davis, Maurice Tombragel | Director: Byron Paul | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Roger Mobley, Ray Teal, Harvey Korman

25. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Fickle Fortune (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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While conducting an inventory of a home whose owner died intestate, tax official Ralph Duncan comes across $153,000 in very old currency hidden under a drawer. The money is stolen from his briefcase so he consults Perry Mason.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Sol Stein, Glenn P. Wolfe | Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

26. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Creator: Erle Stanley Gardner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

27. 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

28. Temple Houston (1963–1964)

60 min | Western

8.3
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The adventures of frontier lawyer Temple Houston, son of the legendary Texan Sam Houston.

Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Jack Elam, Frank Ferguson, Chubby Johnson

29. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Desi Arnaz, Bruce Gordon, Alberto Morin, Bartlett Robinson

30. Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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A former underworld lawyer goes to work for the Federal Government, determined to bring 100 top criminals to justice.

Creator: Paul Monash | Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gavin MacLeod, Ted de Corsia, Martin Gabel

31. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Green, William Phipps

32. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.2
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Willis Bouchey, Laraine Day, Thomas Mitchell

33. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.2
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A daily anthology show, featuring orginal material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

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

34. Mr. Lucky (1959–1960)
Episode: A Business Measure (1959)

24 min | Drama, Adventure

8.2
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The Fortuna II's anchorage is used by gem smugglers as a drop off point.When Mr. Lucky and Andamo find this out and notify the police,the smugglers will stop at nothing to recover their booty.

Creator: Blake Edwards | Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Philip Ober, Suzanne Lloyd

35. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Roving River (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Judy Bryant is an independent girl who becomes her own worst enemy. She is involved in a land dispute that her long lost stepfather can help with but he needs $10,000. When the package she delivers with the money explodes, she is charged.

Writers: Erle Stanley Gardner, Samuel Newman | Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

36. 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 »

Creators: Art Napoleon, Jo Napoleon | Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Craig Hill, Nancy Hale, Sandra Spence

37. Broken Arrow (1956–1960)

30 min | Western

8.1
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Indian Agent Tom Jeffords makes friends with Chief Cochise, becoming a blood brother of the Apache. Together they fight white schemers and renegade Indians.

Stars: John Lupton, Michael Ansara, Steven Ritch, Steve Conte

38. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

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

39. The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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An Anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful Fox movies.

Stars: Joseph Cotten, Carl Benton Reid, Grandon Rhodes, Robert Foulk

40. Hazel (1961–1966)
Episode: A Good Example for Harold (1963)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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George uses a white lie to get out of an event with a business partner he does not like. When Hazel catches Harold using the same type of white lie, she says everyone has to stop using lies.

Creator: Ted Key | Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake, Bobby Buntrock

41. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
Episode: Don Juan Is Shelved (1955)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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When Variety reports that M-G-M has shelved its "Don Juan" movie, Lucy is afraid that she and the gang might have to leave Hollywood. She schemes to find a man to pretend to be a producer ... See full summary »

Writers: Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis, Jess Oppenheimer | Director: William Asher | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

42. 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

43. Checkmate (1960–1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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Don Corey and Jed Sills operate Checkmate, Inc., a very high priced detective agency in San Francisco. Helping them protect the lives of their clients is British criminologist (once an Oxford professor) Carl Hyatt.

Creator: Eric Ambler | Stars: Anthony George, Doug McClure, Sebastian Cabot, Ken Lynch

44. The Eleventh Hour (1962–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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There were only two seasons of THE ELEVENTH HOUR. Both featured Jack Ging as Dr. Paul Graham, a passionate and caring young psychologist working under the aegis of elder psychiatrists ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Ging, Wendell Corey, Ralph Bellamy, Maxine Stuart

45. Channing (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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The series depicted life at fictitious Channing College.

Stars: Henry Jones, Jason Evers, Ed Nelson, Michael Parks

46. The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (1956–1959)

30 min

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Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jan Chaney, Henry Daniell, Christopher Dark

47. Tom, Dick and Mary (1964– )

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Stars: Don Galloway, Joyce Bulifant, Steve Franken, Guy Raymond

48. Elmer Gantry (1960)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

7.9
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A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause.

Writers: Richard Brooks, Sinclair Lewis | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger

49. The Real McCoys (1957–1963)

30 min | Comedy

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Creator: Irving Pincus | Stars: Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna, Kathleen Nolan, Tony Martinez

50. Mr. Lucky (1959–1960)

30 min | Drama, Adventure

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Mr. Lucky was an honest professional gambler who had won a plush floating casino, the ship Fortuna, and used it as his base of operations. Staying beyond the 3-mile limit, where he could ... See full summary »

Creator: Blake Edwards | Stars: John Vivyan, Ross Martin, Tom Brown, Joe Scott