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1. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: The Aspern Papers (1989)

Biography, Drama, Music

9.2
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An opera based on Henry James's famous story about an adventurer in Venice trying to get hold of the secret letters of a famous, long-dead poet.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Elisabeth Söderström, Frederica von Stade, Katherine Ciesinski, Neil Rosenshein

Votes: 6

2. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

9.1
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Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Cyril Luckham, John Bennett

Votes: 42

3. Die sündigen Engel (1962 TV Movie)

70 min

9.0
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Director: Ludwig Cremer | Stars: Gertrud Kückelmann, Trudik Daniel, Helga Anders, Manfred Kunst

Votes: 15

4. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )
Episode: Trial of Strength (1970)

9.0
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Fleda visits Mrs Gereth at Ricks and finds she has furnished it with all the best furniture and pictures from Poynton. Mona Brigstock is angry with what she looks on as this theft. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 6

5. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.9
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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, Martin Gabel

Votes: 115

6. Playdate (1961–1964)

60 min

8.8
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Stars: Christopher Plummer, Gillie Fenwick, Gerard Parkes, Jack Creley

Votes: 8

7. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )
Episode: Sharp Practice (1970)

8.8
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Owen asks his friend Fleda Vetch to help him to persuade his mother to clear out of Poynton. Mrs Gereth decides to move to another house on the estate, called Ricks. But she does not plan ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 6

8. Masterpiece Classic (1971– )

Drama, Romance

8.6
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An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.

Stars: Alistair Cooke, John Neville, Robert Robinson, John Standing

Votes: 319

9. The Aspern Papers (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

8.6
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A young American publisher sets off on a journey to the jungles of Venezuela to acquire the valuable and original manuscripts of his beloved poet, Jeffery Aspern. There he discovers the ... See full summary »

Director: Mariana Hellmund | Stars: Lourdes Brito, Joan Juliet Buck, Felix D'Alviella, Marvin Huise

Votes: 36

10. The Prudential Family Playhouse (1950–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Live dramatic series featuring top rated actors in adaptations of Broadway plays or top rated novels.

Stars: Walter Abel, Gertrude Lawrence, Kevin McCarthy, John McQuade

Votes: 19

11. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 104

12. The Golden Bowl (1972– )

50 min | Drama

8.5
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Stars: Barry Morse, Jill Townsend, Daniel Massey, Gayle Hunnicutt

Votes: 79

13. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )
Episode: Retribution (1970)

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Mrs Gereth returns all the best furniture to Poynton, just before Owen and Mona get married, and they go abroad on their honeymoon. Owen writes to Fleda, inviting her to choose one item ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 6

14. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )
Episode: Pride of Possession (1970)

8.4
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The cultivated Mrs Adela Gereth is worried that her son Owen will marry Mona Brigstock - she considers Mona to be brash and completely unsuitable. Owen soon gets engaged to Mona and expects... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 7

15. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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: 221

16. The Spoils of Poynton (1970– )

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Stars: Pauline Jameson, Gemma Jones, Ian Ogilvy, Diane Fletcher

Votes: 47

17. The Heiress (1949)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 10,951

18. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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"Armchair Theatre" is a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid-1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 91

19. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.2
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Peggy McCay

Votes: 62

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Live drama series that was one of the best television shows ever shown. Over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 90

21. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford, Gene Lyons

Votes: 44

22. La bête dans la jungle (1988 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Sami Frey

Votes: 10

23. Berkeley Square (1959 TV Movie)

Fantasy, Romance

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Peter Standish (John Kerr) travels back in time to 1780's London, switching places with his ancestor, Peter Standish. There, he meets the Pettigrew family, who lives in the house he will ... See full synopsis »

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Edna Best, Jeannie Carson, John Colicos, Sheila M. Coonan

Votes: 5

24. Affairs of the Heart (1974– )
Episode: Bessie (1974)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Director: John Sichel | Stars: Sinéad Cusack, Anna Palk, Christopher Cazenove, Geoffrey Whitehead

Votes: 5

25. Affairs of the Heart (1974– )
Episode: Flora (1974)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Director: Michael Ferguson | Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Patricia Routledge, Anton Rodgers, Roger Brierley

Votes: 6

26. The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 64

27. Camera Three (1955–1979)

30 min | Music

8.1
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Stars: James Macandrew, Margaret Croyden, Lois Nettleton, Michael Kane

Votes: 27

28. The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972– )

90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Stars: Rosemary Prinz, Denise Alexander, Barbara Barrie, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 17

29. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

8.0
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, George Woodbridge, Robert Brown, Brian Rix

Votes: 55

30. Historias para no dormir (1964–1968)

Horror, Sci-Fi, Crime

8.0
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Stars: Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Estanis González, Lola Lemos, Pedro Sempson

Votes: 97

31. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: The Ambassadors (1977)

Drama

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Strether is sent to Europe to rescue a young American from the charms of a mysterious French beauty. But he is soon under the liberating influence of Europe himself.

Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: David Huffman, Gayle Hunnicutt, Lee Remick, Paul Scofield

Votes: 13

32. The Golden Bowl (1972– )
Episode: The Prince (1972)

Drama

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Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Barry Morse, Jill Townsend, Daniel Massey, Gayle Hunnicutt

Votes: 5

33. Startime (1959–1961)
Episode: The Turn of the Screw (I) (1959)

75 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.0
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A governess put in charge of two young children begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Isobel Elsom, Laurinda Barrett, Hayward Morse

Votes: 68

34. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

7.9
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 21,812

35. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 171

36. Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963–1967)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Comedy

7.9
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Legendary entertainer Bob Hope hosted, and occasionally starred in, one of the last major anthology series on network television. Dramatic and comedy shows were presented, featuring many of... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Hope, Jack Weston, Jack Kelly, George N. Neise

Votes: 124

37. Au théâtre ce soir (1966–1986)

Comedy

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Stars: Edward Sanderson, Robert Manuel, Bernard Durand, Jacques Ardouin

Votes: 35

38. Encounter (1952–1961)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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An anthology television series aired from Toronto, Canada, and carried by both CBC and ABC. In Canada, the series was known as "General Motors Presents". The one-hour dramas were either ... See full summary »

Stars: Austin Willis, Barry Morse, Katharine Blake, James Doohan

Votes: 16

39. Great Performances (1971– )

Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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"You Can't Take It With You" is hailed one of the greatest revivals and filmed plays for PBS television. David Woods brought stunning charm, humor, and time to this Moss Hart masterpiece. ... See full summary »

Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo

Votes: 457

40. American Playhouse (1981– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Deanna Dunagan, Sada Thompson

Votes: 155

41. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Unrated | 193 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier

Votes: 3,745 | Gross: $0.03M

42. Estudio 1 (1965–1984)

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Stars: Ana María Vidal, Fernando Delgado, José Bódalo, Luisa Sala

Votes: 28

43. Affairs of the Heart (1974– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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Stars: Georgina Hale, Anton Rodgers, Pamela Brown, Anna Calder-Marshall

Votes: 28

44. Nouvelles de Henry James (1974– )
Episode: Le tour d'écrou (1974)

110 min | Drama

7.8
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A new governess arrives at a country house to take care of two seemingly angelic young children. But she begins to suspect that the house is haunted, and that the ghosts mean harm to the children.

Director: Raymond Rouleau | Stars: Suzanne Flon, Robert Hossein, Marie-Christine Barrault, Andrée Tainsy

Votes: 6

45. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 75

46. Affairs of the Heart (1974– )
Episode: Emma (1974)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Director: John Frankau | Stars: Cheryl Campbell, Jeremy Clyde, Lally Bowers, Valerie White

Votes: 7

47. Nouvelles de Henry James (1974– )
Episode: L'auteur de Beltraffio (1976)

Drama

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A young American writer visits a famous (and controversial) author in the English countryside, and notices antagonism between the author and his wife over the upbringing of their young son.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Tom Baker, Georgina Hale, Michael Shannon, Catherine Willmer

Votes: 7

48. Affairs of the Heart (1974– )
Episode: Milly (1975)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Director: Derek Bennett | Stars: Rosalind Ayres, Lois Baxter, Gary Bond, Stuart Wilson

Votes: 6

49. Affairs of the Heart (1974– )
Episode: Miss Tita (1975)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Director: Derek Bennett | Stars: Margaret Tyzack, Beatrix Lehmann, John Carson, Petra Davies

Votes: 6

50. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)

120 min | Drama

7.6
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Stars: Charles Gray, Eric Porter, Lally Bowers, John Gielgud

Votes: 78