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1. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

2. The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

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Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

3. The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956–1963)

60 min | Music

8.7
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Dinah hosted this hour-long weekly for seven years. It featured Dinah and guest stars in a variety of songs, skits, production numbers. Also featured: her "See the USA in your Chevrolet" ... See full summary »

Stars: Dinah Shore, Janet Blair, Roy Rogers, John Raitt

4. Kreating Karloff (2006)

60 min | Documentary

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For the first time in 75 years, A young actor brings back to life two of Universal's iconic Karloff monsters,"The Mummy" and "Frankenstein" for an elaborate screen test and tribute to the legendary Boris Karloff.

Writers: Vatche Arabian, Scott Allen Nollen, Steve Vertlieb | Director: Vatche Arabian | Stars: Conor Timmis, Liesl Ehardt, Rick Burns, Justin Granchelli

5. Dieter & Andreas (1989)

Short, Comedy, Music

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Director: Christian Zemlin | Stars: Matt Zemlin, Eva Zemlin

6. Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)

Short, Comedy

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Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alice Brady, George Brent, Jane Bryan

7. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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The show consisted of 40 episodes, half were live and half were on film. The shows, often involving murder, were designed to confuse and mystify the audience and dealt with their fears and ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Mike Ragan, Marian Seldes, Jack Klugman

8. Here's Hollywood (1960–1962)

30 min

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Hollywood celebrities are interviewed, often at their homes.

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

9. All Star Revue (1950– )

60 min | Comedy

8.6
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This early comedy program started off with a rotating cast of four famous comedians, each of whom would take turns hosting the show. The program format was similar to that of a Vaudeville ... See full summary »

Stars: Jimmy Durante, Eddie Jackson, Jack Roth, Danny Thomas

10. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: A Wig for Miss Devore (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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An aging actress tries for a comeback in a film about a witch hanged for murder. As a stunt she insists on wearing the historical woman's wig, which turns out to be cursed, changing her into a literal man-killer.

Writers: August Derleth, Donald S. Sanford | Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Patricia Barry, John Baragrey, John Fiedler

11. Thriller (1960–1962)

49 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.5
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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

12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Short)

Unrated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Writers: Dr. Seuss, Irv Spector, Bob Ogle | Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

13. Telephone Time (1956–1958)

30 min | Drama

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Between 1956 and September 1957, this filmed show featured plays by John Nesbitt, the host of the show. Starting in September 1957, plays by other authors were presented.

Stars: John Nesbitt, Frank Baxter, Maurice Marsac, Florenz Ames

14. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Cheaters (1960)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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A man invents a pair of glasses that can see the truth in others and oneself. They lead to a series of suicides, murders, and tragedies for the wearers.

Writers: Robert Bloch, Donald S. Sanford | Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Mildred Dunnock, Harry Townes, Jack Weston

15. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Devil's Ticket (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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A artist "pawns" his soul to the devil and must retrieve it by painting a portrait of another person whose soul will be exchanged for his.

Writer: Robert Bloch | Director: Jules Bricken | Stars: Boris Karloff, Macdonald Carey, Patricia Medina, Joan Tetzel

16. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Incredible Doktor Markesan (1962)

Crime, Drama, Horror

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Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.

Writers: August Derleth, Donald S. Sanford, Mark Schorer | Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale

17. Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula (1997)

Unrated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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Documentary on the life and career of Bela Lugosi.

Writer: Gary Don Rhodes | Director: Gary Don Rhodes | Stars: Robert Clarke, Louise Currie, Frank J. Dello Stritto, Dwight David Frye

18. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Grim Reaper (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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Celebrity author Beatrice Graves purchases a cursed painting of the Grim Reaper; her nephew Paul warns her that most of its previous owners have died violently but she scoffs-until blood appears on the Reaper's blade.

Writers: Robert Bloch, Harold Lawlor | Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Natalie Schafer, Henry Daniell

19. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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Cissy Hawk's farm keeps gaining massive blue ribbon hogs, while the passing drifters she hires magically disappear. Well-read grifter Jason Longfellow figures he'll last a lot longer at her... See full summary »

Writers: Donald S. Sanford, Margaret St. Clair | Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Jo Van Fleet, John Carradine, Paul Newlan

20. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Two Secret Services agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Creator: Michael Garrison | Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Whitey Hughes, Dick Cangey

21. The General (1926)

Unrated | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Writers: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg, Charles Henry Smith | Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

22. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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

23. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.3
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Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved TV clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

24. 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

25. 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

26. Arsenic & Old Lace (1962 TV Movie)

90 min

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Writers: Robert Hartung, Joseph Kesselring | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Tony Randall, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Stickney, Mildred Natwick

27. The Ernie Kovacs Show (1952–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

8.3
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Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Edie Adams, The Bob Hamilton Trio, Boris Karloff

28. The Lux Show (1957–1958)

Music

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Rosemary Clooney was the hostess of this variety series that also featured the Hi-Los, and Nelson Riddle and his orchestra.

Stars: Rosemary Clooney, Paula Kelly, The Modernaires, Wally Cox

29. The New Bike (2009)

Short, Drama

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Writer: David Gantz | Director: David Gantz | Stars: Matt Zemlin, John Riley Billings

30. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: A Good Imagination (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.3
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A bookworm uses his good imagination and some storylines from Poe to dispose of his cheating wife's paramours.

Writer: Robert Bloch | Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Edward Andrews, Patricia Barry, Ed Nelson

31. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Hungry Glass (1961)

Crime, Drama, Horror

8.3
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A married couple moves into a house that is haunted by images reflected in glass and mirrors.

Writers: Robert Bloch, Douglas Heyes | Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Joanna Heyes, Russell Johnson

32. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Storm (1962)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.3
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Woman & her jumpy black cat Baba increasingly besieged by amorous loon of a cabbie, power outages, and menacing sounds throughout her isolated home during a devastating storm. The newlywed ... See full summary »

Writers: William D. Gordon, MacIntoch Malmar | Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nancy Kelly, David McLean, James Griffith

33. Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958–1961)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

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Stars: Shirley Temple, Pernell Roberts, Agnes Moorehead, Jonathan Harris

34. The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (1956–1960)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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An American sitcom series starring Gale Storm. The series is about a Susanna Pomery, a cruise director for an ocean liner traveling the world.

Creator: Lee Karson | Stars: Gale Storm, Zasu Pitts, Roy Roberts, James Fairfax

35. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars and sometimes appearing in the play himself.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

36. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, John Doucette, Hayden Rorke

37. The Donald O'Connor Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Sid and Donald are two young songwriters trying to market their wares. The situations created around this premise primarily enabled them to perform.

Stars: Donald O'Connor, Sidney Miller, Joyce Cunning, Nestor Paiva

38. The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

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This was an anthology series which aired live. It often featured adaptations of one-act stage plays.

Stars: Guy Kibbee, Faye Emerson, John Conte, Vicki Cummings

39. The Paradine Case (1962 TV Movie)

60 min

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Writers: Bo Goldman, Robert Hichens | Director: Alex March | Stars: Richard Basehart, Viveca Lindfors, Boris Karloff, Robert Webber

40. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966–1967)
Episode: The Mother Muffin Affair (1966)

60 min | Action, Adventure

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Napoleon Solo joins April Dancer on an assignment in London. They are to escort a gangster's daughter to safety. However, they are being stalked by the minions of assassin Mother Muffin. ... See full summary »

Creator: Sam Rolfe | Director: Sherman Marks | Stars: Stefanie Powers, Noel Harrison, Leo G. Carroll, Boris Karloff

41. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

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"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Creators: Howard Merrill, Allan Sherman | Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Bess Myerson

42. Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 6 (1942)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Narrator Hopper covers two war benefit affairs, a garden pary and a USO fashion show, at Pickfair, "The White House of Hollywood."

Director: Herbert Moulton | Stars: Hedda Hopper, Joan Bennett, Billy Bletcher, The Canadian Legion Post Band

43. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Pigeons from Hell (1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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Two stranded motorists and a local sheriff battle evil forces that inhabit a run-down, abandoned mansion in the middle of a swamp in the middle of nowhere.

Writers: John Kneubuhl, Robert E. Howard | Director: John Newland | Stars: Boris Karloff, Brandon De Wilde, Crahan Denton, Ken Renard

44. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: The Premature Burial (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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An aging millionaire survives being buried alive, but his devilish fiancée plans to take advantage of his next cataleptic seizure, by marrying him and then making sure he stays in his grave... See full summary »

Writers: William D. Gordon, Douglas Heyes, Edgar Allan Poe | Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, Sidney Blackmer, Scott Marlowe, Patricia Medina

45. Frankenstein (1931)

Unrated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Writers: John L. Balderston, Mary Shelley, Peggy Webling, Garrett Fort, Francis Edward Faragoh, Richard Schayer | Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

46. Shindig! (1964–1966)

60 min | Family, Music

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A musical variety show featuring the biggest acts in rock-n-roll performing their latest hits.

Creator: Jimmy O'Neill | Stars: The Blossoms, Carolyne Barry, Bobby Sherman, Diane Stuart

47. Tonight or Never (1931)

80 min | Comedy, Romance

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A young opera singer finds her career stalled because of her cold and passionless performances, until she finds romance with a handsome admirer.

Writers: Fanny Hatton, Frederic Hatton, Lily Hatvany, Ernest Vajda | Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Gloria Swanson, Melvyn Douglas, Alison Skipworth, Ferdinand Gottschalk

48. The Ford Theatre Hour (1948–1951)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: William Brower, Ernest Truex, Ruth McDevitt, Pat Kirkland

49. The Jonathan Winters Show (1967–1969)

60 min | Comedy

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Stars: Jonathan Winters, John Aylesworth, Stan Ross, Georgene Barnes

50. The Rosemary Clooney Show (1956– )

30 min | Music

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Singer Rosemary Clooney and vocal group The Hi-Los were the regulars in this presentation of popular music.

Stars: Rosemary Clooney, The Hi-Los, Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, Nelson Riddle