ANTHOLOGY TV SERIES from the 1940's on...

by ReelRarities | last updated - 9 months ago | Public

There are lots of seldom or never seen anthology tv shows from years past that were a great place to find many wonderful character actors in different roles... sure wish one of the fun retro channels would bring them back on!

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1. Screen Directors Playhouse (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Presented by Eastman Kodak, the program was a series of original scripts directed by acclaimed directors and featuring well known performers. The stories ranged from musicals to comedies and dramas.

Stars: Arthur Q. Bryan, Bill Erwin, Macdonald Carey, George Sanders

Votes: 97

2. Vacation Playhouse (1963–1967)

30 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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Summer replacement show featuring pilot programs that had not been sold.

Stars: Soupy Sales, Ned Glass, Sid Gould, Darryl Hickman

Votes: 23

3. 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

4. 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, etc. during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's Equity ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 62

5. 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: 42

6. Fireside Theatre (1949–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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An anthology series which became the first successful filmed series on American television.

Stars: Gene Raymond, John Warburton, Nolan Leary, Dabbs Greer

Votes: 43

7. Fireside Arena Theatre (1951– )

30 min | Drama

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8. Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955–1958)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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An anthology series hosted by Jane Wyman.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Paul Bryar, Simon Scott, Edith Evanson

Votes: 30

9. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared hosting duties the first season that was originally filmed live but switched to film. ... See full summary »

Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Green, Robert Paige

Votes: 29

10. Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951– )

Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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.

Votes: 248

11. CBS Playhouse (1967– )

90 min

7.2
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Stars: Jason Wingreen, Paulene Myers, Mildred Trares, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 20

12. CBS Afternoon Playhouse (1978– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Predecessor to CBS Schoolbreak Specials, this late-afternoon anthology series features stories designed to appeal to the preteen after school audience.

Stars: Chris Petersen, Ronny Cox, Guillermo San Juan, David Hollander

Votes: 35

13. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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An American anthology series, with a new Episode and different Actors each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Lee Marvin, Edgar Buchanan, Nancy Reagan

Votes: 210

14. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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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: 149

15. 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

16. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 23

17. Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–1952)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, etc.

Stars: Elmer Davis, Charles Dingle, Richard Bishop, Joan Chandler

Votes: 19

18. Celebrity Playhouse (1955– )

30 min | Drama

8.8
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Stars: Scott Brady, Angela Lansbury, Howard Duff, Philip Carey

Votes: 16

19. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2017)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Comedic anthology series.

Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Graham Stark

Votes: 24

20. Comedy Playhouse (1971– )

30 min | Comedy

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Anthology series consisting of unsold television pilots developed for the 1971-1972 season that weren't picked-up by CBS for their fall line-up

21. Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.1
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Stars: Parker Fennelly, James Dean, Don Hanmer, Margaret Hayes

Votes: 12

22. The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972– )

90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Stars: Rosemary Prinz, Denise Alexander, Barbara Barrie, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 14

23. 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: 29

24. Inside/Out (1973–1974)

15 min | Family

8.6
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Dramatizations of various social issues and ethical dilemmas are presented for the viewer to ponder the resolutions themselves.

Votes: 17

25. The O. Henry Playhouse (1957– )

30 min | Comedy

5.5
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Stars: Thomas Mitchell, Russell Thorson, Morey Amsterdam, Paul Birch

Votes: 19

26. Love Story (1954– )

30 min | Romance, Drama

7.3
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Stars: James Gregory, Beatrice Straight, Lee Bowman, Patricia Breslin

Votes: 6

27. Front Row Center (1955–1956)

60 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.5
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Broadway plays are presented live in condensed one hour versions.

Stars: Robert Sterling, Fletcher Markle, James Daly, Olive Sturgess

Votes: 13

28. 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: 122

29. The Gulf Playhouse (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama

3.9
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This live show was seen through the "eye" of the camera. The actors in each episode would talk to the camera as if it were a person.

Stars: Mildred Dunnock, James Westerfield, Eddie Bracken, Henry Jones

Votes: 21

30. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.4
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 250

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

30 min | Drama

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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: 21

32. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)

60 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.2
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A youth anthology series focusing primarily on adaptations of children's literature.

Stars: Willie Tyler, Frank Welker, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo

Votes: 186

33. Summer Theatre (1953– )

30 min | Drama

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A filmed anthology presented in the summer of 1953.

Stars: Vincent Price, Bernadene Hayes, Joan Leslie, Phyllis Coates

Votes: 9

34. Pursuit (1958–1959)

60 min | Drama

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

Votes: 29

35. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.3
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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: 57

36. The Millionaire (1955–1960)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.

Stars: Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Roy Gordon, Russ Conway

Votes: 338

37. The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

8.7
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Thirty minute mystery drama series hosted by George Sanders.

Stars: George Sanders, Don Haggerty, Paul Harber, Toni Gerry

Votes: 13

38. 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

39. TV Reader's Digest (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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Family-oriented stories from the pages of "Reader's Digest" were dramatized on film.

Stars: Hugh Reilly, Gene Raymond, Paul Cavanagh, Anthony Eustrel

Votes: 21

40. The Vise (1954–1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds.

Stars: Donald Gray, Colin Tapley, Ron Randell, Robert Arden

Votes: 26

41. Telephone Time (1956–1958)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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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: 87

42. G.E. True (1962– )

30 min | Adventure, Drama

8.6
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Episodes based on stories from "True" magazine.

Stars: Jack Webb, Felix Reinsch, Kurt Kreuger, Charles H. Radilak

Votes: 11

43. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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A filmed series of one-hour dramatizations of the lives of famous historical persons, as well as important historical events.

Stars: Russell Johnson, Van Heflin, Kent Smith, Eddie Little Sky

Votes: 83

44. NET Playhouse (1964–1972)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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American television anthology series of wide range of genres - from history and drama to fantasy and science fiction. Fiction novels, stories, stage-plays, fairy-tales and actual historic events are dramatized in each stand-alone episode.

Stars: Rene Auberjonois, Irene Dailey, George Voskovec, Richard Dysart

Votes: 18

45. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas and one of the first U.S. TV dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 44

46. Broadway Television Theatre (1952–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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This syndicated show presented adaptations of Broadway shows.

Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Melville Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, Ernest Truex

Votes: 12

47. Damon Runyon Theater (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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An anthology, the episodes of which were based mostly on the original short stories of Daymon Runyan.

Stars: Donald Woods, Wally Vernon, Allen Jenkins, Clegg Hoyt

Votes: 26

48. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

7.8
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An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude.

Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Jack Kelly

Votes: 24

49. Ponds Theater (1953– )

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Valerie Cossart, Harry Townes, Mildred Dunnock, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 28

50. The Best of the Post (1960– )

30 min | Drama

8.4
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A syndicated anthology series adapted from stories published in the Saturday Evening Post magazine.

Stars: John Conte, Karl Swenson, Alan Lee, Burt Douglas

Votes: 16

51. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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The award winning bing play of Mary Chase came to television in. 1958. It tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd, (Art Carney) a personable chap who drinks a little, and befriends a "pookah", a ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim O'Connor, James Valentine, Hurd Hatfield, Max Adrian

Votes: 30

52. Official Detective (1957– )

Mystery, Adventure

8.2
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Stars: Everett Sloane, Ted de Corsia, James Griffith, Steve Pendleton

Votes: 10

53. The Web (1950–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.4
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Live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Leslie Nielsen, Haila Stoddard, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 28

54. Alcoa Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

7.6
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When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed. Instead of having a completely different cast for each episode, ... See full summary »

Stars: David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Robert Ryan, Jack Carson

Votes: 42

55. Center Stage (1954– )

60 min | Drama

6.6
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Stars: Luther Adler, Robert Barrat, Vivian Blaine, Alonzo Bozan

Votes: 8

56. Sure As Fate (1950–1951)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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Live melodrama series featuring situations that people did not create themselves.

Stars: John McQuade, Marsha Hunt, Frank Campanella, Augusta Dabney

Votes: 8

57. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )

Mystery

8.6
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Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.

Stars: Walter Slezak, Vincent Price, Everett Sloane, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 14

58. West Point (1956–1957)

30 min | Drama

7.6
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Dramatic series of actual people and events at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Stars: Donald May, Larry Thor, Lew Gallo, Don Eitner

Votes: 68

59. The Danny Thomas Hour (1967–1968)

60 min | Musical, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Thomas starred in the musical-variety and comedy episodes (many drawn from his earlier "Make Room for Daddy") and hosted the more dramatic offerings.

Stars: Danny Thomas, Hans Conried, Van Johnson, Joe Besser

Votes: 62

60. Short Short Dramas (1952–1953)

15 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Model Ruth Woods hosted this anthology series of twice-weekly one act plays. The stories could be either dramatic or light comedy with a different cast for each episode. The series ran for ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Jones, June Dayton, Bernard Burke, Frank Albertson

Votes: 15

61. Panic! (1957– )

30 min | Thriller

8.4
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A short-lived anthology series narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis. Each episode tells its own thriller story and featured its own unique cast.

Stars: Westbrook Van Voorhis, Bill Erwin, Norman Alden, Robert Anderson

Votes: 40

62. 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: 105

63. The Best of Broadway (1954–1955)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.4
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Stars: Claudette Colbert, Reginald Gardiner, Margaret Hamilton, Helen Hayes

Votes: 22

64. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Hosted by famous dancer and actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode. Unlike some of the earlier drama series, which tended either toward classics or ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Astaire, Keir Dullea, Paul Comi, Joan Staley

Votes: 82

65. 'Way Out (1961)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

8.2
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A new drama in the macabre genre was broadcast each week hosted by Roald Dahl.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Richard Morse, George Turner, Constance Ford

Votes: 100

66. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Stars: Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, Bonita Granville, Ludwig Donath

Votes: 19

67. CBS Television Workshop (1952– )

30 min | Drama

6.6
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Stars: Robert Baines, John Baragrey, Harry Bellaver, Philip Bourneuf

Votes: 29

68. The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An Anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful Fox movies.

Stars: Joseph Cotten, Carl Benton Reid, Grandon Rhodes, Robert Foulk

Votes: 92

69. The Philip Morris Playhouse (1953–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Everett Sloane, John Beal, Donald Cook, Eddie Albert

Votes: 15

70. The Motorola Television Hour (1953–1954)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Smith, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 15

71. The Walter Winchell File (1957–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Crime stories that Walter Winchell had covered while working with the New York City Police Department.

Stars: Walter Winchell, John Larch, George Cisar, Robert Anderson

Votes: 23

72. Target (1958– )

30 min | Drama

7.4
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This anthology program featured shows about horror and suspense.

Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Troy Melton, Charles Davis, Frank Warren

Votes: 12

73. Frontier Justice (1958–1961)

30 min | Western, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Lew Ayres, Melvyn Douglas, Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 14

74. Crossroads (1955–1957)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Stars: Robert Carson, Frank J. Scannell, Douglass Dumbrille, G. Pat Collins

Votes: 53

75. The Alcoa Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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This live series featured adaptations of other works (novels, plays, etc.) plus original works for the show. It was primarily dramas but a few musicals also were presented. The show is ... See full summary »

Stars: Luis Van Rooten, Loïs Bolton, Robert Emhardt, Robert Dryden

Votes: 52

76. Dead of Night (1972– )

50 min | Horror

7.5
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A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown, Sylvia Kay

Votes: 61

77. Star Tonight (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Nancy Coleman, Kathleen Comegys, Doreen Lang, Dennis Patrick

Votes: 16

78. Your Favorite Story (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Adolphe Menjou, John Hamilton, Gertrude Michael, Bruce Payne

Votes: 12

79. Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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A classic anthology science fiction series which features adaptations of stories by famous authors including Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Frederik Pohl and John Wyndham.

Stars: Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Peter Copley, Geoffrey Palmer, Erik Chitty

Votes: 57

80. Sunday Showcase (1959–1960)

60 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

4.5
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A show featuring various specials. Some specials were comedy and others were serious drama by famous authors.

Stars: Robert Emhardt, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope

Votes: 77

81. The Wide World of Mystery (1973– )

90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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A 90 minute late-night mystery and suspense anthology series which ran on ABC (American Broadcasting Company), between 1973 and 1978.

Stars: John Karlen, Joel Fabiani, Peter Coffield, Robert Foxworth

Votes: 60

82. Circle of Fear (1972–1973)

60 min | Horror, Thriller

7.9
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An anthology of suspense dramas concentrating on individuals confronted with supernatural occurrences.

Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Sheila Larken, Meg Foster, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 256

83. 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: 451

84. The Evil Touch (1973– )

30 min | Horror, Thriller

8.2
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Weekly anthology series consisting of stories involving ghosts, monsters, witchcraft, possession and other supernatural wonders. Every episode featured at least one famous American star, ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Quayle, Mildred Natwick, Jack Thompson, Peter Sumner

Votes: 60

85. Insight (I) (1960–1984)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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American Roman Catholic religious-themed anthology shedding light on the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love.

Stars: Ellwood Kieser, Martin Sheen, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Brian Keith

Votes: 142

86. 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

87. 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 18-Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year-run on ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 172

88. Climax! (1954–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Harry Townes

Votes: 133

89. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

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

Votes: 104

90. The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956–1957)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Live dramas that were broadcast every other week. The show had covered both light and serious drama and featured both well-known and not so well-known actors and actresses.

Stars: Alexander Scourby, William Shatner, Larry Gates, Paul Mazursky

Votes: 29

91. Playwrights '56 (1955– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Stars: Gene Saks, Albert Dekker, Nina Foch, Russell Hicks

Votes: 20

92. The Catholic Hour (1953– )

60 min | Drama, Family

7.0
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Stars: Carolyn Coates, Eleanor Phelps, Eugene Roche, Frederick Rolf

Votes: 10

93. Startime (II) (1959–1960)

90 min | Drama

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Stars: Eric House, Barry Morse, Mary Savidge, Norman Welsh

94. Lamp Unto My Feet (1948–1979)

60 min

9.0
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One of Television's earliest religious series providing inspirational drama and readings. Aired usually on Sunday mornings.

Stars: Carmen De Lavallade, Glen Tetley, Lyman Bryson, Marvin Silbersher

Votes: 7

95. CBS Schoolbreak Special (1984–1996)

Drama, Family, Romance

7.2
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CBS late-afternoon specials designed for middle school and high school students, dramatizing issues affecting teenagers.

Stars: Monica Calhoun, Tammy Lauren, Nick Angotti, Beau Dremann

Votes: 161

96. NBC Children's Theatre (1963–1973)

Family

6.3
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Stars: Fran Allison, Bill Cosby, Sterling Holloway, Peter Halton

Votes: 9

97. 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: 215

98. The People's Choice (1955–1958)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Socrates "Sock" Miller joins the city council, clashing with the mayor John Peoples. Sock dates then marries his daughter Mandy complicating things. Sock has a basset named Cleo who shares her thoughts and best friend Rollo.

Stars: Jackie Cooper, Patricia Breslin, Bernadette, Mary Jane Croft

Votes: 88

99. The Buick Circus Hour (1952– )

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

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A once-a-month replacement for Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, it was a one-hour variety show with a circus theme. Hosted by Jimmy Durante.

Stars: Milton Berle, Ben Blue, Joe E. Brown, Dippy Diers

100. Showtime, U.S.A. (1950–1951)

30 min

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Stars: Henry Fonda, Thomas Mitchell, Benny Goodman, Ken Murray