Outstanding Drama Series Nominees

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1.
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
 
2.
Fireside Theatre (1949 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
3.
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948 TV Series)
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, etc. during it's eight year run... (60 mins.)
Director: Ira Skutch, Fred Coe
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
Robert Montgomery Presents (1950 TV Series)
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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing... (60 mins.)
 
6.
Kraft Theatre (1947 TV Series)
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas. (60 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Four Star Playhouse (1952 TV Series)
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This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama. (30 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
9.
Medic (1954 TV Series)
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Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner... (30 mins.)
Director: Lonnie D'Orsa
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Goodyear Theatre (1957 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
12.
Climax! (1954 TV Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
Director: Don Medford
 
13.
Gunsmoke (1955 TV Series)
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City. (60 mins.)
 
14.
Lassie (1954 TV Series)
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The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie. (30 mins.)
 
15.
Maverick (1957 TV Series)
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Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers... (60 mins.)
 
16.
Perry Mason (1957 TV Series)
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A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients. (60 mins.)
 
17.
Wagon Train (1957 TV Series)
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Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains... (75 mins.)
 
18.
Playhouse 90 (1956 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
19.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 TV Series)
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not. (25 mins.)
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20.
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.
 
21.
General Electric Theater (1953 TV Series)
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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. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Peter Gunn (1958 TV Series)
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The cases of a stylishly cool private detective. (30 mins.)
 
23.
The Loretta Young Show (1953 TV Series)
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A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the seres, she played the lead in various episodes. (30 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
24.
Naked City (1958 TV Series)
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The cases of the NYPD's 65th Precinct. (60 mins.)
 
25.
Startime (1959 TV Series)
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Ford Motor Company sponsored this hour long program which rotated between variety shows, dramatic productions and musical comedies. One of the offerings was turned into a regular series, Sing Along With Mitch. (60 mins.)
 
26.
The Untouchables (1959 TV Series)
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Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago. (50 mins.)
 
27.
Macbeth (1960 TV Movie)
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Hallmark Hall of Fame's second version of Shakespeare's classic play, with the same two stars and the same director as its first version, but a different supporting cast. (90 mins.)
Director: George Schaefer
 
28.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner. (51 mins.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
Alcoa Premiere (1961 TV Series)
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Hosted by famous dancer/actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode... (60 mins.)
 
31.
Ben Casey (1961 TV Series)
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Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland. (60 mins.)
 
32.
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961 TV Series)
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Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was... (60 mins.)
 
33.
The Eleventh Hour (1962 TV Series)
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There were only two seasons of THE ELEVENTH HOUR. Both featured Jack Ging as Dr. Paul Graham, a passionate... (60 mins.)
 
34.
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963 TV Series)
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Legendary entertainer Bob Hope hosted, and occasionally starred in, one of the last major anthology series on network TV... (60 mins.)
 
35.
East Side/West Side (1963 TV Series)
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Neil Brock is a young social worker in the slums of New York City; his boss is Frieda Hechlinger; and Jane Foster is the office secretary... (60 mins.)
Director: Ron Winston
 
36.
Mr. Novak (1963 TV Series)
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The experiences of a young, tough-minded, idealistic high school English teacher on his first job provided the stories in this series... (60 mins.)
 
37.
The Richard Boone Show (1963 TV Series)
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An anthology series starring Richard Boone as host and starred in about 50% of the shows. Each regular... (60 mins.)
 
38.
The Fugitive (1963 TV Series)
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A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer. (51 mins.)
 
39.
Bonanza (1959 TV Series)
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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. (49 mins.)
 
40.
I Spy (1965 TV Series)
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A pair of intelligence agents posing as a tennis pro and his coach go on secret missions around the world. (51 mins.)
 
41.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964 TV Series)
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The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH. (50 mins.)
 
42.
Slattery's People (1964 TV Series)
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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. (60 mins.)
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
The Avengers (1961 TV Series)
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A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners. (60 mins.)
 
45.
Run for Your Life (1965 TV Series)
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Ben Gazzara plays a successful lawyer who is told by his doctor in the first episode that he will die in one to two years... (60 mins.)
 
46.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
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Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
 
47.
NET Playhouse (1964 TV Series)
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(90 mins.)
 
48.
The F.B.I. (1965 TV Series)
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The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. (60 mins.)
 
49.
Ironside (1967 TV Series)
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Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco. (60 mins.)
 
50.
Judd for the Defense (1967 TV Series)
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High-priced Houston lawyer Clinton Judd, and his assistant Ben Caldwell, take cases throughout the USA. The program dealt with then-taboo subjects. (60 mins.)
 
51.
The Name of the Game (1968 TV Series)
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This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme... (90 mins.)
 
52.
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.)
 
53.
The Forsyte Saga (1967 Mini-Series)
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England... (50 mins.)
 
54.
Mod Squad (1968 TV Series)
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Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police. (60 mins.)
Director: William Crain
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
The First Churchills (1969 Mini-Series)
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The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah. (50 mins.)
 
57.
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.)
 
58.
Columbo (1971 TV Series)
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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. (100 mins.)
 
59.
Mannix (1967 TV Series)
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Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and police department contact Tobias. (60 mins.)
 
60.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970 Mini-Series)
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A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself. (540 mins.)
 
61.
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.)
 
62.
Cannon (1971 TV Series)
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Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
63.
Hawaii Five-O (1968 TV Series)
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The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett. (60 mins.)
 
64.
Kung Fu (1972 TV Series)
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The adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu. (60 mins.)
 
65.
Upstairs, Downstairs (1971 TV Series)
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff. (60 mins.)
 
66.
Kojak (1973 TV Series)
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A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city. (60 mins.)
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
The Streets of San Francisco (1972 TV Series)
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A veteran cop with more than 20 years of experience is teamed with a young Inspector to solve crimes in San Francisco. (60 mins.)
 
69.
Baretta (1975 TV Series)
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The cases of maverick undercover New York detective Tony Baretta. (60 mins.)
 
70.
Family (1976 TV Series)
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The joys and heartaches of the Lawrence family of Pasadena, California. (60 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
71.
The Rockford Files (1974 TV Series)
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. (60 mins.)
 
72.
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.)
 
73.
Quincy M.E. (1976 TV Series)
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The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder. (60 mins.)
 
74.
The Paper Chase (1978 TV Series)
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A TV Series about a bunch of Law students, their everyday lives and their effort to make it through Law School... (60 mins.)
 
75.
Dallas (1978 TV Series)
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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family. (60 mins.)
 
76.
The White Shadow (1978 TV Series)
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A white former NBA professional retires from the pro game and gets a job as a basketball coach in a predominantly black inner-city high school. (60 mins.)
Director: Jackie Cooper
 
77.
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.)
 
78.
Dynasty (1981 TV Series)
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The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado. (60 mins.)
 
79.
Fame (1982 TV Series)
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The stories of the students and faculty of the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. (60 mins.)
 
80.
Magnum, P.I. (1980 TV Series)
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The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator. (48 mins.)
 
81.
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.)
 
82.
St. Elsewhere (1982 TV Series)
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The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital. (60 mins.)
 
83.
Miami Vice (1984 TV Series)
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Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami. (48 mins.)
 
84.
Murder, She Wrote (1984 TV Series)
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Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters. (93 mins.)
 
85.
Moonlighting (1985 TV Series)
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency. (60 mins.)
 
86.
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.)
 
87.
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.)
 
88.
Beauty and the Beast (1987 TV Series)
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The adventures and romance of a sensitive and cultured lion-man and a crusading assistant district attorney in Manhattan, New York City. (60 mins.)
 
89.
Rumpole of the Bailey (1978 TV Series)
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister. (60 mins.)
 
90.
China Beach (1988 TV Series)
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Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach... (120 mins.)
 
91.
Wiseguy (1987 TV Series)
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Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for... (60 mins.)
 
92.
Quantum Leap (1989 TV Series)
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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. (60 mins.)
Director: John Cullum
 
93.
Twin Peaks (1990 TV Series)
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks. (47 mins.)
 
94.
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.)
 
95.
I'll Fly Away (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Forrest Bedford is a Southern lawyer in the late 1950s, generally content with his privileged life. But the winds of change are blowing... (60 mins.)
 
96.
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.)
 
97.
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.)
 
98.
Homefront (1991 TV Series)
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World War II is over and the boys from the town of River Run, Ohio, are coming home. It seems that life is slowly back to normal, but war has changed everything and they will never be the same again. (60 mins.)
 
99.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
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NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
100.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before. (44 mins.)