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1. Today (1952– )
Episode: Episode dated 21 April 1989 (1989)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bette Davis, James Earl Jones

2. The View (1997– )
Episode: Episode dated 17 November 2010 (2010)

TV-14 | Talk-Show

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Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Rachael Ray, Joy Behar, Quincy Jones

3. House M.D. (2004–2012)
Episode: The Tyrant (2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

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When a controversial African politician falls ill, he is brought to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment. The team struggles with whether to help a merciless dictator being subpoenaed for ... See full summary »

Creator: David Shore | Director: David Straiton | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

4. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Episode: Part 1 (1977)

Biography, Drama, History

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After Joseph and Mary's betrothal, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, who tells her she will bear the Son of God. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to take part in Herod's census, where Jesus is born.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Claudia Cardinale

5. House M.D. (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery

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An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.

Creator: David Shore | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer

6. The Simpsons (1989– )

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

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

Creators: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

7. Under a Killing Moon (1994 Video Game)

Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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In the year 2042, a clumsy noir gumshoe named Tex Murphy must stop a cult of religious fanatics who plan to destroy the human race.

Writer: Aaron Conners | Director: Chris Jones | Stars: James Earl Jones, Brian Keith, Russell Means, Margot Kidder

8. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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78 Metascore

After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

Writers: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas | Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

9. Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series)

382 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A reverent depiction of the life of Christ using the Gospel accounts.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

10. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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91 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Writer: George Lucas | Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

11. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Creator: Paul Attanasio | Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

12. The 65th Annual Tony Awards (2011 TV Movie)

185 min | Music

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Writers: Dave Boone, Paul Greenberg | Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Frank Abagnale Jr., Nick Adams, Theoni V. Aldredge

13. Tina Turner: One Last Time Live in Concert (2000 Video)

120 min | Documentary, Music

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Compilation of Tina Turner's two final concerts at Wembley Stadium, recorded during her 'Twenty Four Seven' tour, and featuring classic hits, cover versions and new songs.

Director: David Mallet | Stars: Tina Turner, Ivona Brnelic, Clare Louise Turton, Solange Guenier

14. Roots (1977 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama, History, War

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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Ben Vereen, John Amos

15. East Side/West Side (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

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Neil Brock is a young social worker in the slums of New York City; his boss is Frieda Hechlinger; and Jane Foster is the office secretary. This dramatic series features stories about child ... See full summary »

Stars: George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Linden Chiles

16. Monitor (1958– )

Documentary

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Arts magazine.

Stars: Huw Wheldon, John Berger, Jonathan Miller, John Betjeman

17. Super Bowl XXVII Halftime Show (1993 TV Movie)

Music

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Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Michael Jackson, James Earl Jones, Mike Kopplin, Anahita Perez

18. The Big Bang Theory (2007– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy | Active

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A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.

Creators: Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg

19. The Lion King (1994)

G | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

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83 Metascore

Tricked into thinking that he caused the death of his father, a lion cub flees and abandons his destiny as the future king.

Writers: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton, Brenda Chapman, Burny Mattinson, Barry Johnson, Lorna Cook, Thom Enriquez, Andy Gaskill, Gary Trousdale, Jim Capobianco, Kevin Harkey, Jorgen Klubien, Chris Sanders, Tom Sito, Larry Leker, Joe Ranft, Rick Maki, Ed Gombert, Francis Glebas, Mark Kausler, J.T. Allen, George Scribner, Miguel Tejada-Flores, Jenny Tripp, Bob Tzudiker, Christopher Vogler, Kirk Wise, Noni White | Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg

20. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates.

Creators: Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright | Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge

21. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, War

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96 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

22. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

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At a time when most other shows for children were either low-budget productions or product-inspired cartoons that were little more than half-hour commercials, this program set out to ... See full summary »

Stars: Shelley Duvall, John Achorn, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen

23. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg

24. Reading Rainbow (1983– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

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Levar Burton introduces young viewers to illustrated readings of children's literature and explores their related subjects.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Jennifer Betit Yen, Arnold Stang, Fred Newman

25. Square One TV (1987–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Comedy, Family

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A kids anthology show that humorously illustrates various elements of mathematics.

Stars: Joe Howard, Larry Cedar, Cynthia Darlow, Beverly Mickins

26. The States (2007– )

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Edward Herrmann, Jane Alexander, Tom Arnold, Lewis Black

27. Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (1978)

130 min | Documentary

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This documentary explores the growth and development of black theatre from its earliest roots, also examining its close ties with the civil rights movement. Included are interviews with ... See full summary »

Director: Woodie King Jr. | Stars: Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, Lorraine Hansberry, James Earl Jones

28. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005– )
Episode: Episode #5.92 (2009)

TV-14 | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Writer: Joe O'Brien | Director: Brian McAloon | Stars: Rosemarie DeWitt, Craig Ferguson, James Earl Jones, Shadoe Stevens

29. Howard Stern (1994–2005)
Episode: Episode dated 1 July 1996 (1996)

Comedy, Talk-Show

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Stars: Howard Stern, Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola, James Earl Jones

30. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (1974)

175 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Edwin Sherin | Stars: Douglass Watson, Paul Sorvino, Raul Julia, James Earl Jones

31. East Side/West Side (1963–1964)
Episode: Who Do You Kill? (1963)

60 min | Drama

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A young African-American couple battle economic and social woes. Joe can only find menial jobs and to make ends meet Ruth works in a cheap bar. Then tragedy strikes their child.

Writer: Arnold Perl | Director: Tom Gries | Stars: George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Godfrey Cambridge

32. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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52 Metascore

After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the rebels attempt to destroy the second Death Star, while Luke struggles to make Vader shake off of the dark side of the Force.

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas | Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

33. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Skitch Henderson

34. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Writer: Geoffrey C. Ward | Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

35. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

36. Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004 Video)

151 min | Documentary, History

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An in-depth making of documentary about the original Star Wars trilogy, covering the productions of the three films and their impact on popular culture.

Writer: Ed Singer | Directors: Edith Becker, Kevin Burns | Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Kenny Baker, Jim Bloom, Leo Braudy

37. Mathnet (1987–1992)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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Creators: David D. Connell, Jim Thurman | Stars: Joe Howard, Beverly Leech, Bari K. Willerford, Toni Di Buono

38. Under One Roof (1995– )

60 min | Drama

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Short lived (6 weeks) show about Neb Langston, a widowed African-American police officer sharing his home in Seattle with his family. His son, Ron,

Creators: Paul Aaron, Michael Henry Brown | Stars: Joe Morton, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Essence Atkins, Merlin Santana

39. Long Ago and Far Away (1989–1993)

Animation, Drama, Family

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Stars: Mia Farrow, Tim Curry, Tammy Grimes, Kim Loughran

40. The Second Coming (1992)

30 min | Short

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The authorities accuse a Black man wearing dreadlocks who calls himself Jesus of being a lunatic.

Writer: Frank Underwood Jr. | Director: Blair Underwood | Stars: Blair Underwood, Wren T. Brown, Rosalind Cash, Herb G. Dogan III

41. La Premiere (2009)

20 min | Short, History

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A story of two brothers and their creation of the first motion picture exhibition.

Writers: Michael Regalbuto, Nick Regalbuto | Directors: Michael Regalbuto, Nick Regalbuto | Stars: James Earl Jones, Ronald Guttman, Henri Lubatti, Matthew Wolf

42. Ennis' Gift (2000)

51 min | Documentary

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Ennis William Cosby was dyslexic. As a boy, he struggled to learn in school. And he didn't know why. Eventually, Ennis came to understand that he simply learned differently and that he ... See full summary »

Writer: Tom Miller | Director: Joshua Seftel | Stars: Ed Bradley, Ann Bancroft, Chris Belair, Marcy Bloom

43. Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (2004 TV Movie)

188 min | Sport

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Director: Bucky Gunts | Stars: Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Jan Peter Balkenende, Cherie Blair, George Costacos

44. The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (2000 TV Special)

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Stars: Jensen Ackles, Julia Barr, Jennifer Bassey, Peter Bergman

45. Frasier (1993–2004)
Episode: Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein Are Dead (1997)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

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Roz is sentenced to community service for a speeding ticket. Visiting elderly people in a retirement home, she panics when one, and then another of her charges dies suddenly.

Creators: David Angell, Peter Casey, David Lee | Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin

46. Sesame Street (1969– )

TV-Y | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.

Creator: Joan Ganz Cooney | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney, Jerry Nelson

47. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show | Active

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Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson, Joseph Bolter

48. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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A youth anthology series focusing primarily on adaptations of children's literature.

Stars: Willie Tyler, Frank Welker, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo

49. Dangerous: The Short Films (1993 Video)

112 min | Documentary, Music

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The music videos of Michael Jackson's Dangerous, including "Black or White," "Gone Too Soon," "Jam," "Heal the World," and more.

Writers: Glen Ballard, Teddy Riley | Directors: Billy DiCicco, David Fincher, Michael Jackson, David Kellogg, John Landis, Andrew Morahan, Vincent Paterson, Joe Pytka, Herb Ritts, John Singleton | Stars: Michael Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Gilby Clarke, Macaulay Culkin

50. When It Was a Game (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 57 min | Documentary, History, Sport

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This film consists solely of 8mm and 16mm film taken by players and fans from 1934 and 1957. All but a few minutes of the film are in color. Included is color footage of past major league ... See full summary »

Writer: Steven Stern | Stars: Hank Aaron, Bud Abbott, Elden Auker, Red Barber