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1. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
Episode: Episode dated 22 May 1992 (1992)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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May 22, 1992 was the last "Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson as host. Carson presents a retrospective of clips covering the past 30 years. Carson says goodnight for the last time.

Writers: Darrell Vickers, Andrew Nicholls, Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Bob Keane, Tony DeSena, Bob Dolan Smith, Tom Finnigan | Directors: Bobby Quinn, Steve Purcell | Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Louis Armstrong

2. An Evening with Ethel Merman (1965 TV Movie)

Documentary, Music

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Writer: Buddy Bregman | Director: Buddy Bregman | Star: Ethel Merman

3. The Judy Garland Show (1963–1964)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1963)

Comedy, Music

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Writers: John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt | Stars: Judy Garland, Jerry Van Dyke, Ethel Merman, Dick Smothers

4. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)
Episode: Episode #2.20 (1969)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

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Highlights include: guest Tim Conway introduces his onetime comic partner (and future series announcer) Ernie Anderson in the audience during the opening question-and-answer segment; Tim as... See full summary »

Writers: Arnie Rosen, Stan Burns, Mike Marmer, Hal Goldman, Al Gordon, Don Hinkley, Kenny Solms, Gail Parent, Buz Kohan, Bill Angelos | Director: Dave Powers | Stars: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner

5. The Judy Garland Show (1963–1964)
Episode: The Judy Garland Christmas Show (1963)

60 min | Comedy, Music

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Writers: John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt | Stars: Judy Garland, Shelley Berman, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin

6. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

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Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

7. The Judy Garland Show (1963–1964)

60 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Judy Garland, Jerry Van Dyke, Mel Tormé, Ken Murray

8. Gypsy (1965– )

30 min | Talk-Show

8.8
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Stars: Gypsy Rose Lee, Iris Adrian, Judy Garland, Susan Hart

9. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

8.7
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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

10. 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

11. The Jack Paar Program (1962–1965)

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

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This was a variety show, hosted by Jack Paar, that had live and filmed interviews with famous people; comedy and musical acts; and home movies of trips Paar took with his wife Miriam and ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Paar, Jose Melis, Jim G. Lucas, Jonathan Winters

12. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.6
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Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show.

Creator: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

13. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

8.6
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Person to Person is about wtf man? Just stop

Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Audrey Meadows, Jerry Lewis

14. The Wonder Years (1988–1993)
Episode: On the Spot (1989)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

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Kevin joins the school play just to get out of Gym class, while Winnie and Paul seem to take it very seriously. Winnie has problems with her performance, and Kevin unexpectedly helps her during the show.

Creators: Neal Marlens, Carol Black | Director: Matia Karrell | Stars: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo

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

105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.5
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

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

16. The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

8.5
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Dean Martin hosts with several different celebrities that have several sketches of improv that breaks down comedy, race, and sex all at of the same time.

Stars: Dean Martin, Sandahl Bergman, Dom DeLuise, Bob Newhart

17. The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Sid Caesar

18. That's Life (1968–1969)

60 min | Comedy, Musical

8.5
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The life and love of a young couple is told through a series of monologues, sketches, and song and dance routines.Each episode followed how they met, fell in love, and subsequent married ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Morse, E.J. Peaker, Kay Medford, Shelley Berman

19. The Ford 50th Anniversary Show (1953 TV Movie)

120 min | Music

8.5
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Writer: Howard Teichmann | Director: Jerome Robbins | Stars: Marian Anderson, Theda Bara, Charles Chaplin, Winston Churchill

20. Musical Comedy Tonight (1979 TV Movie)

87 min | Documentary

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First of two programs about musical theatre hosted by writer-composer-lyricist Sylvia Fine.

Writer: Sylvia Fine | Director: Stan Harris | Stars: Carol Burnett, Richard Chamberlain, John Davidson, Agnes de Mille

21. The 26th Annual Tony Awards (1972 TV Movie)

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Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Paul Ainsley, Tom Aldredge, Jonelle Allen, Desi Arnaz

22. Vacation Playhouse (1963–1967)

30 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Summer replacement show featuring pilot programs that had not been sold.

Creator: Richard Michaels | Stars: Soupy Sales, Darryl Hickman, Wallace Ford, Marvin Kaplan

23. Evening at Pops (1970– )

Documentary, Music

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Stars: Arthur Fiedler, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Earl Wild

24. Designing Women (1986–1993)
Episode: A Toe in the Water (1991)

Comedy

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Julia has not felt comfortable dating since Reese's death, but she has gotten close to a man named Mark. While Allison assumes he is gay based on his personality and tastes, she proves to ... See full summary »

Creator: Linda Bloodworth-Thomason | Director: David Steinberg | Stars: Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Julia Duffy, Jan Hooks

25. The Lucy Show (1962–1968)
Episode: Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Show (1964)

30 min | Comedy

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Ethel Merman, AKA Agnes Schmidlapp, is staying with Lucy and Viv and has agreed to sing at the Cub Scout charity show. As the girls create the costumes, Lucy becomes a bit resentful that ... See full summary »

Creators: Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis, Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf | Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Ethel Merman

26. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: The Best of Broadway (1985)

Biography, Drama, Music

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Tom Bosley hosts a tribute to the American musical theater taped before a live audience featuring dozens of stars recreating their original performances. Among the show-stoppers are Chita ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Brandman, Ken Shapiro, Leonora Thuna | Director: Robert Iscove | Stars: Gail Benedict, Tom Bosley, Barry Bostwick, Susan Browning

27. 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

28. 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

29. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986 TV Movie)

Comedy, Family

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For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

Writer: Jerry Juhl | Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

30. Match Game 73 (1973–1982)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

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The five-day-a-week syndicated successor to the popular CBS game show, where two contestants compete to match fill-in-the-blank phrases with those of the celebrities.

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Brett Somers, Richard Dawson

31. Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955–1967)

60 min | Comedy, Music

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Stars: Bruce Forsyth, Jack Parnell, Don Arroll, Norman Vaughan

32. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: A Lincoln Center Special: Beverly! Her Farewell Performance (1981)

Biography, Drama, Music

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Stars: Carol Burnett, Kitty Carlisle, Plácido Domingo, Eileen Farrell

33. Great Performances (1971– )

132 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Creators: Marion J. Caffey, Daniel Ezralow, Josh Groban | Stars: Julie Andrews, Plácido Domingo, Walter Cronkite, Renée Fleming

34. 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

35. The Love Boat (1977–1987)
Episode: Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Part 1 (1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Romance

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The crew is in Australia to work on one of the cruise lines ships based there. And a wealthy man named Fransworth has decided to invite his whole family for a reunion. But in actuality he ... See full summary »

Writers: Art Baer, Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs, Ray Jessel, Ben Joelson, Jeraldine Saunders | Director: Richard Kinon | Stars: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange

36. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

60 min | Family, Drama

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Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

37. Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (2009 Video)

Documentary, Musical

8.0
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A two-hour in-depth exploration into the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s.

Writer: Phillip Dye | Director: Phillip Dye | Stars: Shirley Jones, Amanda Abel, Don Ameche, Fred Astaire

38. Six by Sondheim (2013 TV Movie)

86 min | Documentary

7.9
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An intimate and candid look at the life and art of the legendary composer-lyricist.

Directors: James Lapine, Autumn DeWilde, Todd Haynes | Stars: Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, Glenn Close

39. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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

40. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Joey Bishop, Regis Philbin, Norm Crosby, Eva Gabor

41. At Long Last Cole (1975 TV Movie)

90 min

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A delightful, delicious, delovely tribute to Cole Porter. A special star-studded gala event filmed at 20th Century Fox studios for the premiere of "At Long Last Love."

Director: Ronald Lyon | Stars: Fred Astaire, Peter Bogdanovich, Ray Bolger, Eileen Brennan

42. Bones (2005– )
Episode: The Girl with the Curl (2006)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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When a girl's body is identified as a missing pageant queen, the investigation focuses on her parents.

Creator: Hart Hanson | Director: Thomas J. Wright | Stars: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin, Eric Millegan

43. Batman (1966–1968)
Episode: The Wail of the Siren (1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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Lorelei Circe, aka The Siren, launches a two part plan to become the richest and wickedest woman in Gotham City. First she puts Commissioner Gordon under her stunning spell and orders him ... See full summary »

Creator: Lorenzo Semple Jr. | Director: George Waggner | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig, Alan Napier

44. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

7.8
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An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.

Writers: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

45. All That Jazz (1979)

R | 123 min | Drama, Music, Musical

7.8
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Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider), a womanizing, drug-using dancer.

Writers: Robert Alan Aurthur, Bob Fosse | Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer, Ann Reinking

46. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and its rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Jack Carter

47. Kid Millions (1934)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Musical

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A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.

Writers: Arthur Sheekman, Nat Perrin, Nunnally Johnson | Directors: Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman, George Murphy

48. The Bell Telephone Hour (1959–1968)

60 min | Music

7.8
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The long-running television version of the long-running NBC radio series devoted to classical music as well as Broadway composers.

Stars: Edward Villella, Jacques d'Amboise, John Raitt, Joan Sutherland

49. Night of 100 Stars (1982 TV Special)

180 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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All-star variety special celebrating the centennial of the Actors' Fund of America.

Writer: Hildy Parks | Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Jane Alexander, Peter Allen, Steve Allen, June Allyson

50. This Is Your Life (1971–1973)

30 min | Biography, Reality-TV

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Stars: Ralph Edwards, Carol Channing, Bette Davis, Rose Marie