Primetime Emmy Award Winning Drama Series

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Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950 TV Series)
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Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, etc. (60 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Carra
 
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Studio One in Hollywood (1948 TV Series)
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas... (60 mins.)
 
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Robert Montgomery Presents (1950 TV Series)
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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing... (60 mins.)
 
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The United States Steel Hour (1953 TV Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
 
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Producers' Showcase (1954 TV Series)
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This program aired once every fourth week and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950's. Many stars appeared on this show; see the Guest List for them. (90 mins.)
 
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Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City. (60 mins.)
 
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Playhouse 90 (1956 TV Series)
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Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with oustanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season. (90 mins.)
 
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Goodyear Theatre (1957 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
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Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951 TV Series)
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Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.
 
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The Defenders (1961 TV Series)
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A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day. (60 mins.)
 
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Mission: Impossible (1966 TV Series)
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An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture. (50 mins.)
 
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NET Playhouse (1964 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
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Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969 TV Series)
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The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant... (60 mins.)
 
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The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970 TV Series)
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Hays Stowe is a new senator who comes to Washington DC with his wife Erin and daughter Norma. He arrives... (60 mins.)
 
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Elizabeth R (1971 Mini-Series)
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When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement. (85 mins.)
 
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The Waltons (1971 TV Series)
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II. (60 mins.)
 
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Upstairs, Downstairs (1971 TV Series)
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff. (60 mins.)
 
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Police Story (1973 TV Series)
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Classic anthology series, which details the personal lives of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department... (120 mins.)
 
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The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
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Lou Grant (1977 TV Series)
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The trials of the former TV station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff. (60 mins.)
 
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Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. (60 mins.)
 
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Cagney & Lacey (1981 TV Series)
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Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives. (60 mins.)
 
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L.A. Law (1986 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm. (46 mins.)
 
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Thirtysomething (1987 TV Series)
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Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst... (60 mins.)
 
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Northern Exposure (1990 TV Series)
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A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town. (60 mins.)
 
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Picket Fences (1992 TV Series)
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An aging sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes. (120 mins.)
 
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NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
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NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
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ER (1994 TV Series)
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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital. (44 mins.)
 
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Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
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The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. (45 mins.)
 
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The Practice (1997 TV Series)
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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm. (60 mins.)
 
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The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
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Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
 
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The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
 
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Lost (2004 TV Series)
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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
 
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24 (2001 TV Series)
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Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
 
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Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. (47 mins.)