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1. ABC Stage 67 (1966– )
Episode: The People Trap (1966)

Comedy, Drama, Musical

9.2
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Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Lew Ayres, Pearl Bailey, Ivan Bonar, Biff Elliot

Votes: 6

2. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
Episode: Doomsday Is Tomorrow (1977)

47 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.1
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A well-meaning scientist threatens the world with a doomsday device to ensure world peace, but things go terribly wrong.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lew Ayres

Votes: 79

3. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
Episode: Doomsday Is Tomorrow: Part 2 (1977)

48 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.1
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Dr. Cooper's Doomsday Device has been triggered and only Jaime Sommers can attempt to break through the defenses held up by super computer ALEX7000 before it's too late.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lew Ayres

Votes: 65

4. Cavalcade of America (1952–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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Cavalcade of America documented historical events using stories of individual courage, initiative and achievement, often with feel-good dramatizations of the human spirit's triumph against all odds.

Stars: James Seay, Richard Gaines, Raymond Greenleaf, Robert Foulk

Votes: 39

5. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.8
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Helen Hayes, Royal Dano

Votes: 114

6. Slattery's People (1964–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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Jim Slattery enters the state legislature, hopeful that he can make a difference. He finds dealing with endless rules and the majority opposition party frustrates any meaningful change but he stubbornly perseveres.

Stars: Richard Crenna, Paul Geary, Tol Avery, Robert Stevenson

Votes: 61

7. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Prodigal (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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A notorious outlaw was shot in the back, fatally, before Matt could arrest him. The large bounty on the man's head was never collected. Now a "crusading" newspaper reporter is trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 43

8. 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, Walter Coy, Robert Paige

Votes: 144

9. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.6
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 100

10. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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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: 206

11. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables.

Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 80

12. The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: June Allyson, Don Rickles, Naomi Stevens, Rossano Brazzi

Votes: 95

13. The Magician (1973–1974)
Episode: The Illusion of the Evil Spikes (1974)

45 min | Adventure, Drama

8.4
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A magician is killed during the filming of a highly risky magic trick. Blake takes on both the investigation and his friend's place in recreating the Table of Death illusion for the cameras.

Director: Bill Bixby | Stars: Bill Bixby, Joseph Sirola, Julian Christopher, Jessica Walter

Votes: 9

14. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
Episode: The Right Thing (1985)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.4
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Jonathan and Mark help a family struggling to do the right thing with an aging parent in their home. The daughter in-law demands he be put in a retirement home or she'll leave. Their caring... See full summary »

Director: Victor French | Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, Matthew Labyorteaux, Marcia Rodd

Votes: 37

15. Kung Fu (1972–1975)
Episode: The Vanishing Image (1974)

51 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.4
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Death comes in three forms when Caine (DAVID CARRADINE) confronts a killer from China, a dying photographer (LEW AYRES) and an Indian youth threatened by the death of his own spirit.

Director: Barry Crane | Stars: David Carradine, Lew Ayres, Tom Nardini, Benson Fong

Votes: 38

16. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: Time of the Traitor (1962)

60 min | Western

8.4
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When the son of neighbor is severely injured, a doctor at the Sherman Ranch is forced to help. However, the father wants revenge when the son's arm is amputated and he learns who the doctor is as he once arrested him.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 34

17. Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983)
Episode: Welcome to Olesonville (1982)

TV-G | 49 min | Drama, Family, Romance

8.4
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Harriet finds some old Walnut Grove bonds under a loose step when they are fixing up Mr. Hansen's old house. She says she won't cash them in but only if they do her this little favor of ... See full summary »

Director: Maury Dexter | Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Dean Butler, Scottie MacGregor, Richard Bull

Votes: 96

18. The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960– )

30 min | Drama

8.3
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An anthology series usually starring Miss Stanwyck with her character either facing difficulties or overcoming peril. Several of the episodes were pilots, none of them turned into series.

Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, James Hong, Weaver Levy, Lawrence Tierney

Votes: 95

19. Wide Wide World (1955–1958)

90 min | Documentary

8.3
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Using 40 cameras and 12 mobile vans, this live Sunday afternoon programme broadcast events in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. The show alternated with other programs during its run... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Garroway, Lew Ayres, Robert Fryer, Alice Ghostley

Votes: 10

20. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
Episode: Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka (1989)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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An aging teacher is being forced to retire, even though He still wants to keep teaching. His students love Him, and rally to save His job.

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, Lew Ayres, Terri Ivens

Votes: 18

21. Highway to Heaven (1984–1989)
Episode: Sail Away (1986)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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Jonathan helps a novelist and his son both find inspiration in writing their next books and connecting with each other again.

Director: Michael Landon | Stars: Michael Landon, Victor French, Lew Ayres, David Eisner

Votes: 22

22. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 21,261

23. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.2
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The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 5,197

24. Frontier Justice (1958–1961)

30 min | Western, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Lew Ayres, Melvyn Douglas, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 14

25. MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992– )
Episode: The Lion's Roar (1992)

Unrated | 122 min | Documentary

8.2
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Director: Frank Martin | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Lew Ayres, Freddie Bartholomew, Margaret Booth

Votes: 16

26. Hotel (1983–1988)
Episode: Trials (1984)

Drama, Romance

8.2
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A woman accuses Victoria of the murder of her husband who was killed in an accident whilst he was working at the hotel. To help her impress her father, Mark helps out a dancer who wants to redecorate some of the St. Gregory's rooms.

Director: Bruce Bilson | Stars: James Brolin, Connie Sellecca, Shea Farrell, Nathan Cook

Votes: 13

27. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Unrated | 136 min | Drama, War

8.1
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Votes: 49,842 | Gross: $3.27M

28. Channing (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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The series depicted life at fictitious Channing College.

Stars: Henry Jones, Jason Evers, Tyler McVey, Ed Nelson

Votes: 28

29. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.0
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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

Votes: 3,749

30. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Kraft Suspense Theater was an anthology series which featured a new cast and stories each week.

Stars: David Lewis, Francis De Sales, Harry Townes, Jack Kelly

Votes: 157

31. ABC Stage 67 (1966– )

51 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.0
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A weekly anthology of one-hour plays, both original and adapted from literary sources.

Stars: The Doodletown Pipers, Lee Grant, Arthur Kennedy, Diahann Carroll

Votes: 46

32. Savage in the Orient (1983 TV Movie)

Drama

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A wealthy P.I., Peter Savage who is operating in Manila, is hired to ensure the release of an American hostage. What could go wrong? Everything can, of course.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Butz Aquino, Lew Ayres, Don Gordon Bell, Anthony Castello

Votes: 5

33. Mary Tyler Moore (1970–1977)
Episode: Mary and the Sexagenarian (1977)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

8.0
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Without knowing it, Mary accepts a date from Murray's father.

Director: Jay Sandrich | Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight

Votes: 54

34. Holiday (1938)

Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.9
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A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres

Votes: 11,645

35. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Joey Bishop, Regis Philbin, Norm Crosby, Jan Murray

Votes: 106

36. Outlaws (1986–1987)

60 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Western

7.9
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Five cowboys are sent forward through time from 1886 to 1986, and fight crime.

Stars: Rod Taylor, William Lucking, Richard Roundtree, Charles Napier

Votes: 94

37. Pursuit (1958–1959)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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Stars: Robert Alda, Warner Anderson, Lew Ayres, Jimmy Baird

Votes: 29

38. Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)
Episode: A Matter of Humanities (1969)

TV-G | 100 min | Drama

7.9
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Marcus Welby hires brash young Doctor Kiley to assist in his bustling general practice. Among Welby's most pressing cases is a young man suffering from aphasia whose wife is seeking to have him committed to an institution.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Anne Baxter, Susan Strasberg

Votes: 80

39. The Doris Day Show (1968–1973)
Episode: Doris Leaves Today's World: Part 2 (1970)

TV-G | 24 min | Comedy

7.9
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Doris helps in closing the deal for her new boss, reclusive multi-millionaire William Tyler, on a whirlwind business trip to Tokyo, Japan, after which Tyler shows her the town in ... See full summary »

Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: Doris Day, Rose Marie, Paul Smith, McLean Stevenson

Votes: 12

40. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
Episode: Pilot (1968)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Red Chinese agent Wo Fat uses a sensory deprivation chamber to procure information from U.S. agents. McGarrett, head of Hawaii's state police force, poses as "control," possessor of the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Jack Lord, Nancy Kwan, Leslie Nielsen, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 352

41. The Fantastic Journey (1977– )
Episode: The Innocent Prey (1977)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A vessel from the future that is used for transporting prisoners is pulled into the triangle and crashes. The prisoners get free and kill the guards. When the travelers come across them, ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Jared Martin, Carl Franklin, Ike Eisenmann, Katie Saylor

Votes: 14

42. MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992– )
Episode: The Lion Reigns Supreme (1992)

Unrated | 121 min | Documentary

7.9
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Director: Frank Martin | Stars: Patrick Stewart, June Allyson, Lew Ayres, Freddie Bartholomew

Votes: 15

43. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)
Episode: The Man Who Could Move the World (1977)

TV-G | 46 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A Japanese man, bitter over the grief that he believes Wonder Woman caused him in W.W.II, unleashes his telekinetic powers against her.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Norman Burton, Yuki Shimoda

Votes: 69

44. Route 66 (1960–1964)
Episode: The Man on the Monkey Board (1960)

52 min | Adventure

7.9
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Tod and Buz take labor jobs on a Louisiana offshore oil rig. Tod immediately finds the behavior of a seemingly out-of-place older worker to be odd. As Tod continues to watch the man he ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Kay | Stars: Lew Ayres, Martin Milner, George Maharis, Alfred Ryder

Votes: 69

45. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: The Price of the Hanging (1970)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.9
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MscKenzie is injured saving Tate on a cattle drive. Tate takes him to Concho for help only to find the doctor there is in jail and to hang the next day. Tate is able to secure his release but finds that it comes with some high costs.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: Stewart Granger, Doug McClure, Lee Majors, James Drury

Votes: 7

46. Laramie (1959–1963)

60 min | Western

7.8
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It is the 1870s in Wyoming Territory. Slim Sherman and his 14-year-old brother Andy try to hang on to their ranch after their father is shot by a land grabber. They augment their slight ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Fuller, John Smith, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 598

47. Kung Fu (1972–1975)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.8
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The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.

Stars: David Carradine, Radames Pera, Keye Luke, Philip Ahn

Votes: 4,105

48. Zane Grey Theater (1956–1961)

25 min | Western

7.8
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An anthology based (earlier moreso than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Powell was often the star as well as the host.

Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

Votes: 287

49. Advise & Consent (1962)

Not Rated | 139 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Walter Pidgeon

Votes: 5,212

50. Johnny Belinda (1948)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama

7.8
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In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 3,471