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1. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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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

2. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

3. Adam-12 (1968–1975)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.

Creators: Robert A. Cinader, Jack Webb | Stars: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge, William Boyett

4. The Virginian (1962–1971)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

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The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »

Stars: James Drury, Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, Sara Lane

5. Rawhide (1959–1965)

50 min | Western

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Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive; he is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

6. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A pair of police detectives investigate cases in San Francisco.

Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins, Richard Hatch

7. Flipper (1964–1967)

Not Rated | 30 min | Adventure, Family

6.2
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Ranger Porter Ricks is responsible for the animal and human life in Coral Key Park, Florida. Stories center on his 15-year-old son Sandy and 10-year-old Bud and, especially, on their pet dolphin Flipper.

Creators: Jack Cowden, Ricou Browning | Stars: Brian Kelly, Flipper, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden

8. Mod Squad (1968–1973)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police.

Creator: Buddy Ruskin | Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

9. McMillan & Wife (1971–1977)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Attorney and US Navy vet Stuart "Mac" McMillan is appointed Commissioner of Police for the city of San Francisco. He often handles the very high profile cases personally. Helping him out on... See full summary »

Creator: Leonard Stern | Stars: Rock Hudson, John Schuck, Susan Saint James, Nancy Walker

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

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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A boy's family moves into a haunted house and tries to save the captured spirit of a boy and his mother from the evil Mr. Boogedy.

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

11. The High Chaparral (1967–1971)

60 min | Western

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The Cannon family runs the High Chaparral Ranch in the Arizona Territory in 1870s. Big John wants to establish his cattle empire despite Indian hostility. He's aided by brother Buck and son... See full summary »

Creator: David Dortort | Stars: Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, Henry Darrow, Linda Cristal

12. South Pacific (1958)

Unrated | 157 min | Musical, Romance, War

7.0
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On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Writers: Paul Osborn, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan, James A. Michener | Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Ray Walston

13. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Approved | 80 min | Horror

7.1
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Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the brutest torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Matheson, Edgar Allan Poe | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders

14. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

60 min | Comedy, Western

7.6
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Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks", since "in all the trains and banks ... See full summary »

Creator: Glen A. Larson | Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Dennis Fimple

15. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

75 min | Western

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Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

16. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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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

17. Peyton Place (1964–1969)

30 min | Drama

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The original primetime soap took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons. Some of the plots involved Rodney Harrington, the ... See full summary »

Creators: Paul Monash, Irna Phillips | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, Ed Nelson, Christopher Connelly

18. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The life of Jesus Christ.

Writer: Philip Yordan | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

19. Barnaby Jones (1973–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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The exploits of milk-swilling, geriatric private eye Barnaby Jones.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether, Mark Shera, John Carter

20. The Rookies (1972–1976)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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The trials and adventures of three young police officers.

Creator: Rita Lakin | Stars: Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville, Kate Jackson, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

21. Biography (1987– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The life stories of various historical figures and celebrities are told.

Creator: Agnes Nixon | Stars: Jack Perkins, Peter Graves, Harry Smith, Roddy McDowall

22. 12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

60 min | Drama, War

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This series chronicles the adventures--in the air and on the ground--of the men of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force. First commanded by irascible General Frank ... See full summary »

Stars: Frank Overton, Paul Burke, Chris Robinson, Robert Lansing

23. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Franchot Tone

24. Run for Your Life (1965–1968)

60 min | Drama

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Ben Gazzara plays a successful lawyer who is told by his doctor in the first episode that he will die in one to two years. He decides to do all of the things he has never had time for. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Gazzara, Nicholas Colasanto, Jack Krupnick, Fernando Lamas

25. Police Story (1973–1977)

120 min | Drama, Crime

7.5
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Classic anthology series, which details the personal lives of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department. The stories ranged from highly dramatic to extremely funny. Even though... See full summary »

Creator: Joseph Wambaugh | Stars: Scott Brady, Mel Scott, Don Meredith, Joe Santos

26. The F.B.I. (1965–1974)

60 min | Drama, Crime

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The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, Marvin Miller, William Reynolds

27. Search (1972–1973)

60 min | Adventure

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"World Securities", an international high-tech private investigation company, employs field operatives who are aided by implanted audio receivers and who carry tiny cameras and telemetry ... See full summary »

Creator: Leslie Stevens | Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Doug McClure, Anthony Franciosa, Burgess Meredith

28. The Name of the Game (1968–1971)

90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.5
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This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Barry, Susan Saint James, Robert Stack, Anthony Franciosa

29. The Park Is Mine (1986 TV Movie)

102 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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A vietnam vet (Tommy Lee Jones) takes forceful control of Central Park to remember those who served and died in the Vietnam War.

Writers: Lyle Gorch, Stephen Peters | Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Shaver, Yaphet Kotto, Lawrence Dane

30. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brenson, Mary Sinclair, Maria Riva

31. The Invisible Man (1975–1976)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

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The weekly adventures of Dr. Daniel Westin, an invisible scientist working as an agent for a private thinktank.

Creators: Harve Bennett, Steven Bochco | Stars: David McCallum, Melinda O. Fee, Craig Stevens, Paul Kent

32. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

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A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Creator: Reginald Rose | Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Ossie Davis, J.D. Cannon

33. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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Stars: Ronald Reagan, Edgar Buchanan, Lee Marvin, Nora Marlowe

34. Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

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A Harvard graduate transports a load of marijuana from Boston to Berkeley, California.

Writers: Douglas Crichton, Michael Crichton, David Odell, Paul Williams | Director: Paul Williams | Stars: Howard Gardner, Robert F. Lyons, Ellen Barber, John Lithgow

35. 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

36. Climax! (1954–1958)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Harry Townes, Michael Rennie

37. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Jeff Donnell, Mona Freeman

39. Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Drama

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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Anderson | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews

40. You Are There (1953–1957)

30 min | Drama, History

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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, E.G. Marshall, Todd Hunter

41. Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971–1974)

60 min | Drama

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In a small California town, attorney Owen Marshall, assisted by several different younger lawyers, defends clients with great compassion for the accused.

Creators: Jerry McNeely, David Victor | Stars: Arthur Hill, Joan Darling, Lee Majors, Christine Matchett

42. Yuma (1971 TV Movie)

73 min | Western

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A tough marshal is sent to clean up a lawless western town.

Writer: Charles A. Wallace | Director: Ted Post | Stars: Clint Walker, Barry Sullivan, Kathryn Hays, Edgar Buchanan

43. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

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

44. The Cobweb (1955)

134 min | Drama

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At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

Writers: John Paxton, William Gibson | Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame

45. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »

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

46. Riverboat (1959–1961)

60 min | Adventure, Western

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

47. The Long, Hot Summer (1965–1966)

48 min | Drama

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Stars: Nancy Malone, Roy Thinnes, Paul Geary, Lana Wood

48. Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977 TV Mini-Series)

750 min | Drama

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The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men he surrounds himself with in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.

Creator: David W. Rintels | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Jason Robards, Stefanie Powers, Robert Vaughn

49. Class of '44 (1973)

PG | 95 min | Drama

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Sequel to "Summer of '42" reunites Hermie, Oscy and Benjie as they graduate from high school. Benjie departs shortly to war while Hermie and Oscy go on to college and experience fraternity ... See full summary »

Writer: Herman Raucher | Director: Paul Bogart | Stars: Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant, Deborah Winters

50. The Blue Knight (1975–1976)

60 min | Action, Drama, Crime

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The exploits of Los Angeles beat cop Bumper Morgan.

Stars: George Kennedy, John Steadman, Barbara Rhoades, Lee Weaver