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1. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy | Active

9.0
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

2. Becker (1998–2004)
Episode: Subway Story (2004)

TV-PG | Comedy

9.0
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Linda deletes some important files and spends the day trying to recover them or cover up what she's done. Some out-of-town friends have come to see John but he's nowhere to be seen so Chris... See full summary »

Creator: Dave Hackel | Director: Ian Gurvitz | Stars: Ted Danson, Nancy Travis, Hattie Winston, Shawnee Smith

3. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Blindsided (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A reporter dies while Brenda is helping him profile the LAPD, but she's barred from participating in the case by Pope until the department psychiatrist clears her for duty. At home, she and Fritz are expecting her parents for a visit.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Kevin Bacon | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

4. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Enemies (1974)

104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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Writers: Jeremy Brooks, Maxim Gorky, Kitty Hunter-Blair, Ellis Rabb | Directors: Kirk Browning, Ellis Rabb | Stars: George Pentecost, Will Lee, Ellis Rabb, Jane Rose

5. Parenthood (2010– )
Episode: Road Trip (2012)

12 | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Seeking his mother's approval, Zeek demands the entire family caravan on a road trip where they encounter many road blocks along the way. While spending time on the road, Adam connects with... See full summary »

Writers: Jason Katims, David Hudgins | Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter

6. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: The Donner Party (1992)

90 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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Doomed attempt to get to California in 1846. More than just a riveting tale of death, endurance and survival. The Donner Party's nightmarish journey penetrated to the very heart of the ... See full summary »

Writer: Ric Burns | Director: Ric Burns | Stars: David McCullough, J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Gene Jones

7. The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe (1962 TV Movie)

60 min | Music

8.4
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Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Julie Andrews, Richard Burton, Maurice Chevalier, Robert Goulet

8. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Double Blind (2009)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Brenda and Fritz both deal with cases on the day before their wedding; Provenza puts his foot down, resulting in a resignation.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Matthew Penn | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

9. Spencer (1984–1985)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Creator: Sy Rosen | Stars: Ronny Cox, Richard Sanders, Amy Locane, Mimi Kennedy

10. Pearl (III) (2012)

17 min | Short, Drama

8.3
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Writer: Dan Butler | Director: Dan Butler | Stars: Dan Butler, Michael Fitzpatrick, Frances Sternhagen

11. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: Coney Island (1991)

58 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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The film explores the beginnings of America's first amusement park and takes us through its good times all the way up to its end. The show was originally produced for PBS's American Experience.

Writer: Richard Snow | Director: Ric Burns | Stars: Philip Bosco, Andrei Codrescu, Vincent Gardenia, Judd Hirsch

12. Profiles in Courage (1964–1965)

30 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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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, Edward Asner, Whit Bissell, Michael Constantine

13. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Identity Theft (2009)

TV-PG | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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When a confessed killer gets an important detail of the murder wrong during his allocution, Brenda suspects that he may be covering for his schizophrenic son. Meanwhile, Brenda gets a visit from her mother and teenage niece.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Rick Wallace | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

14. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Last Rites (2012)

44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Brenda gets in more trouble with Pope when the Catholic Church stonewalls her investigation into a priest's murder. Meanwhile she also faces pressure at home caring for her sick father.

Creator: James Duff | Director: David McWhirter | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

15. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Next of Kin: Part 2 (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Brenda, her parents, Fritz and Lts. Provenza and Flynn set off on their cross-country trek to return their prisoner, Wesley Reed, to Los Angeles. Brenda's parents are the only ones who are ... See full summary »

Creator: James Duff | Director: James Duff | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

16. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Partly Cloudy, Chance of Rain (2001)

TV-14 | Drama

8.2
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When a torrential rainstorm pounds Chicago, patients deluge the emergency room while Weaver speeds to an accident site. There, she finds a pregnant woman, Vicki lying injured inside a ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Crichton, Jack Orman | Director: David Nutter | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

17. The American Experience (1988– )

60 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Creator: Henry Hampton | Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Joe Morton

18. Prohibition (2011 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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The story of the American activist struggle against the influence of alcohol, climaxing in the failed early 20th century nationwide era when it was banned.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Pete Hamill, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Michael Lerner

19. NET Playhouse (1964–1972)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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Stars: Rene Auberjonois, George Voskovec, Richard Dysart, Frances Sternhagen

20. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Mom Duty (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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When a juror dies during a mob boss trial, Brenda has to finesse her way to questioning the remaining jurors. Meanwhile an unannounced visit put her plans with Fritz on hold.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Gloria Muzio | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

21. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: New York: Part II - Order and Disorder (1999)

Documentary, History

8.1
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Episode two looks at New York's rise as a burgeoning cultural center and multi-ethnic port.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Ruth Abram, Joan Allen, Thomas Bender

22. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: New York: Part III - Sunshine and Shadow (1999)

Documentary, History

8.1
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Episode three turns the spotlight on greed and wealth.

Director: Lisa Ades | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Ruth J. Abram, Philip Bosco, Robert A. Caro

23. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Relative Matters (2011)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Brenda and Fritz come to blows when it appears that the FBI is sabotaging her murder investigation because the suspect is under FBI surveillance, and Brenda's parents come to town for the holidays with some bad news.

Creator: James Duff | Director: David McWhirter | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

24. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Slippin' (2006)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The murder of two USC students in an apparent gang shooting that leaves another in the hospital, has Brenda juggling responsibilities for entertaining her mother and solving the case.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Elodie Keene | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

25. Parenthood (2010– )

12 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A family tree with Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille Braverman (Bonnie Bedelia) serving as the patriarch and matriarch. After forty-six years of marriage, they've managed to keep their ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Monica Potter

26. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)

25 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

8.0
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Tales of horror based on the gruesome EC horror comics of the 1950's.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer, Cam Clarke

27. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Grave Doubts (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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The discovery of a body at a building site dating back to the L.A. Riots puts Brenda on a collision course with a priest, a politician, and one of her team.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Arvin Brown | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

28. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Next of Kin: Part 1 (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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It's turning out to be a not so very Merry Christmas for Brenda who is still trying to sell her house and is putting up Christmas decorations as recommended by their real estate agent. In ... See full summary »

Creator: James Duff | Director: Scott Ellis | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

29. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Split Ends (2008)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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In another brush with fame, Brenda and the team must investigate the movie set murder of a hairdresser. Meanwhile, Brenda tries to get her meddling and overbearing, parents out of her hair ... See full summary »

Creator: James Duff | Director: Roxann Dawson | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

30. Cheers (1982–1993)

TV-PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.

Creators: James Burrows, Glen Charles, Les Charles | Stars: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

31. Prohibition (2011– )
Episode: A Nation of Drunkards (2011)

Documentary, History

7.9
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The 19th century was a period of growth both for alcoholic beverages and the temperance movement. Washingtonian societies - made up of men who had taken a pledge to forgo all alcoholic ... See full summary »

Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward | Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick | Stars: Peter Coyote, Michael Lerner, Daniel Okrent, Pete Hamill

32. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

7.9
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Peter Benton's court battle enters its final stage and his lawyer advises him that if he wants to retain custody of Reese, he needs to re-evaluate his priorities. As a result, he puts his ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Crichton, Dee Johnson, Meredith Stiehm | Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

33. Law & Order (1990–2010)
Episode: Legacy (1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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After a mother orders a professional hit on her daughter-in-law's new husband, detectives reopen an investigation into her son's death.

Writers: Dick Wolf, Ed Zuckerman, Jeremy R. Littman | Director: Brian Mertes | Stars: Jerry Orbach, Benjamin Bratt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

34. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: New York: Part IV - The Power and the People (1999)

Documentary, History

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Episode four follows New York into a new century.

Director: Ric Burns | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Ruth J. Abram, Joan Allen, Marshall Berman

35. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Thriller

7.8
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A famous novelist is "rescued" from a car crash by an obsessed fan.

Writers: Stephen King, William Goldman | Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

36. The Doctors and the Nurses (1962–1965)

60 min | Drama

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The story takes place in a large hospital and revolves around two nurses, Liz Thorpe (Shirl Conway), the older head nurse, and Gail Lucas, the naive student nurse. The two nurses were ... See full summary »

Stars: Shirl Conway, Zina Bethune, Dana Elcar, Hilda Simms

37. The Road Home (1994– )

60 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Karen Allen, Jessica Bowman, Cecilley Carroll, Ed Flanders

38. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magic (2001)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

7.8
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Greene's daughter comes to live with him and Corday. Carter and Abby become more intimate. Chen must prove her skills while saving a baby. Weaver terminates Malucci after witnessing him having sex in an ambulance.

Writers: Michael Crichton, R. Scott Gemmill, Elizabeth Hunter | Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston

39. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Culture Shock (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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With her parents still visiting, Brenda investigates the murder of a Chinatown-based tour operator, found fatally bludgeoned on one of her tour buses by her husband. Her phone messages ... See full summary »

Creator: James Duff | Director: Elodie Keene | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

40. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Do You See What I See? (1997)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

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Mark treats an old lady who has been brutally raped. Carter's grandmother visits Carol's clinic. After he's touched by Benton, a blind man can see again!

Writers: Michael Crichton, Linda Gase, Jack Orman | Director: Sarah Pia Anderson | Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies

41. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Junk in the Trunk (2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Brenda's personal day is ruined when a body is found in a trunk, without the diamonds he stole.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Scott Ellis | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

42. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Living Proof: Part One (2010)

TV-14 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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The team can't get away for Christmas after they get a case involving Albanian immigrants and a "blood feud," and Brenda's parents come for Christmas and announce that they're moving to Los Angeles.

Creator: James Duff | Director: Rick Wallace | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

43. The Closer (2005–2012)
Episode: Living Proof: Part Two (2010)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The investigation into the Albanian blood feud uncovers a surprising secret about the identities of one of the family members, and somebody breaks into Brenda's parents' RV.

Creator: James Duff | Director: James Duff | Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

44. Cheers (1982–1993)
Episode: Look Before You Sleep (1993)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Since Sam's apartment is being fumigated after he has a sleepless night killing silverfish, Rebecca offers her pull-out sofa to him as a place to sleep. With some snide remarks about her ... See full summary »

Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles, James Burrows, Rebecca Parr Cioffi | Director: James Burrows | Stars: Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

45. ER (1994–2009)
Episode: Loose Ends (2000)

TV-14 | Drama

7.8
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Weaver reprimands Carter for doing a dangerous procedure without consulting Kovac. She also talks to Hathaway about Hathaway's lack of focus on the job. And while treating a 6-year-old ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Crichton, Neal Baer | Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Laura Innes

46. The American Experience (1988– )
Episode: New York: Part V - Cosmopolis (1999)

Documentary, History

7.8
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Episode five tells the African-American experience and the birth of the new media industries.

Writer: Ronald Blumer | Director: Lisa Ades | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Ruth Abram, Joan Allen, Thomas Bender

47. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

7.7
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The work and lives of a group of emergency room doctors in Chicago.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

48. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)

44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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Science fiction anthology series that occasionally features twist-endings, sometimes continues some of the stories in later episodes and avoids fantasy or supernatural story elements entirely. A modern revival of the classic 1960s show.

Stars: Alex Diakun, Eric Schneider, Garvin Cross, Kavan Smith

49. Great Performances (1971– )

132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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Creators: Marion J. Caffey, Daniel Ezralow, Josh Groban | Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Plácido Domingo, Chita Rivera

50. The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (1987–1991)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Molly Dodd was a mid-30s, divorced woman living in New York and facing the comedy and drama of a widely changing career, difficulties of apartment living, love life and its consequences, and so on.

Creator: Jay Tarses | Stars: Blair Brown, James Greene, Allyn Ann McLerie, William Converse-Roberts