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

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

9.1
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Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 117

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

30 min | Comedy, Music

9.1
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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, Mitzi Gaynor

Votes: 10

3. All Star Revue (1950– )

60 min | Comedy

9.0
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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

Votes: 60

4. 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

Votes: 6

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

60 min | Music

8.9
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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" song and her warm kiss to all in conclusion.

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

Votes: 109

6. Kreating Karloff (2006)

60 min | Documentary

8.9
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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.

Director: Vatche Arabian | Stars: Conor Timmis, Liesl Ehardt, Rick Burns, Justin Granchelli

Votes: 78

7. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

8.8
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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

Votes: 959

8. Suspicion (1957–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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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, Cris Roberts, Mike Ragan, David Armstrong

Votes: 247

9. Telephone Time (1956–1958)

30 min | Drama

8.8
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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

Votes: 80

10. Here's Hollywood (1960–1962)

30 min | Talk-Show

8.8
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Hollywood celebrities are interviewed, often at their homes.

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

Votes: 72

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

30 min | Drama

8.8
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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

Votes: 20

12. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Originally billed as Playhouse of the Stars this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952 and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 135

13. The Fred Waring Show (1949–1953)

60 min | Music

8.6
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Standard musical show featuring Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. During the 1949-50 season, there was a dance contest titled Video Ballroom.

Stars: Fred Waring, Gloria Mudell, Morley and Gearhart, Jane Wilson

Votes: 9

14. Dieter & Andreas (1989)

Short, Comedy, Music

8.6
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Director: Christian Zemlin | Stars: Matt Zemlin, Eva Zemlin

Votes: 67

15. Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)

7 min | Short, Comedy

8.6
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A compilation of outtakes taken from films shot in 1937 and vital behind the scenes information.

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

Votes: 58

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.6
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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.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Mildred Dunnock, Harry Townes, Jack Weston

Votes: 147

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

Crime, Drama, Horror

8.6
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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.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale

Votes: 96

18. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 195

19. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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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

Votes: 60

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.5
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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.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Patricia Barry, John Baragrey, John Fiedler

Votes: 94

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.5
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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.

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

Votes: 115

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.5
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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.

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, William Shatner, Natalie Schafer, Henry Daniell

Votes: 154

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

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,265

24. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 TV Movie)

Unrated | 26 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.4
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A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam | Stars: Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray, Dal McKennon

Votes: 34,574

25. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.4
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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

Votes: 865

26. Arsenic & Old Lace (1962 TV Movie)

90 min

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Beware those two charming, elderly ladies - especially if they offer you a glass of elderberry wine.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Tony Randall, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Stickney, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 37

27. The Rosemary Clooney Show (1956– )

30 min | Music

8.4
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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

Votes: 7

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

9 min | Documentary, Short

8.4
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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

Votes: 11

29. I Spy (1965–1968)
Episode: Mainly on the Plains (1967)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.4
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Boris Karloff portrays a well-meaning scientist who behaves suspiciously like Miguel de Cervantes's literary creation, Don Quixote.

Director: David Friedkin | Stars: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Boris Karloff, Carl Schell

Votes: 29

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

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.4
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A married couple moves into a house that is haunted by images reflected in glass and mirrors.

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

Votes: 155

31. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

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

Votes: 659

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

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

8.3
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Stars: Shirley Temple, Pernell Roberts, Agnes Moorehead, Jonathan Harris

Votes: 96

33. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

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

Votes: 119

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 81

35. The Ford Theatre Hour (1948–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An anthology series based in New York City which attracted a high caliber group of actors, often Broadway stars. Stories were both drama and comedies, some original but others adaptions of films and plays.

Stars: William Brower, Biff McGuire, Ernest Truex, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 28

36. 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

Votes: 81

37. The New Bike (2009)

Short, Drama

8.3
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Director: David Gantz | Stars: Matt Zemlin, John Riley Billings

Votes: 47

38. 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.

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

Votes: 99

39. This Is Your Life (1952–1961)
Episode: Boris Karloff (1957)

30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

8.3
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World famous star of monster movie lore Boris Karloff celebrates his 70th birthday as the very surprised guest of honor, featuring an appearance from makeup wizard Jack Pierce.

Director: Richard Gottlieb | Stars: J. Warren Bacon, Frank Brink, Russel Crouse, Barbara Edwards

Votes: 13

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.3
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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 »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Boris Karloff, Jo Van Fleet, John Carradine, Paul Newlan

Votes: 76

41. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Two Secret Services agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 2,950

42. The General (1926)

Unrated | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Votes: 56,493

43. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

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

8.2
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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 »

Stars: Garry Moore, Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer

Votes: 297

44. 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.

Stars: Gale Storm, Zasu Pitts, Roy Roberts, James Fairfax

Votes: 110

45. Out of This World (1962– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Stars: Boris Karloff, Piers Keelan, Raymond Adamson, Bill Mills

Votes: 19

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

30 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.2
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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.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Boris Karloff, Brandon De Wilde, Crahan Denton, Ken Renard

Votes: 176

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.2
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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 »

Director: Herschel Daugherty | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nancy Kelly, David McLean, James Griffith

Votes: 73

48. The Lark (1957 TV Movie)

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Closely follows a dramatization by playwright Jean Anouilh, 'The Lark' depicts the trial of Joan of Arc plus a few flashback scenes.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Julie Harris, Boris Karloff, Eli Wallach, Basil Rathbone

Votes: 8

49. Thriller (1960–1962)
Episode: Mr. George (1961)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.1
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Priscilla, a young girl, lives with her scheming relatives who are trying to get hold of her inheritance... and a ghostly protector, Mr. George.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Boris Karloff, Virginia Gregg, Howard Freeman, Lillian Bronson

Votes: 95

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.1
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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 »

Director: Douglas Heyes | Stars: Boris Karloff, Sidney Blackmer, Scott Marlowe, Patricia Medina

Votes: 88