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1. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 811

2. The Dana Carvey Show (1996– )

30 min | Comedy

7.1
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Riffs on pop culture, politics and even the show's own sponsors.

Stars: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Heather Morgan

Votes: 527

3. 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: 196

4. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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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 Branson, Paul Brenson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 163

5. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a 30-minute weekly show but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to 60-minutes and the plays ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 68

6. 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, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 102

7. Texaco Star Theatre (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Arnold Stang

Votes: 79

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 83

9. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Hollywood actor-director-producer Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars and sometimes appearing in the play himself.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 62

10. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Kraft Suspense Theater was an anthology series which featured a new cast and stories each week.

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

Votes: 152

11. Voice of Firestone Televues (1943–1947)

15 min

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Documentary films on diverse subjects.

12. Tonight! (1953–1957)

TV-PG | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.2
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The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Steve Allen, Skitch Henderson, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 105

13. 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 it's 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: 58

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

30 min | Drama

8.6
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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: 26

15. The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: June Allyson, Don Rickles, Naomi Stevens, Rossano Brazzi

Votes: 91

16. 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: 40

17. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Hosted by famous dancer/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: 77

18. The DuPont Show of the Week (1961– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.6
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Stars: Walter Matthau, Frank McGee, Art Carney, Dane Clark

Votes: 76

19. Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951– )

Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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: 240

20. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Documentary dramas - plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 60

21. 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: 78

22. Kraft Mystery Theater (1959– )

60 min | Mystery

8.1
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A successor to Kraft Television Theater with a change of focus away from straight drama. The high productions remained along with the ability to attract well known talent.

Stars: Frank Gallop, Keir Dullea, Richard Anderson, George Kennedy

Votes: 33

23. The General Motors Playwrights Theater (1991–1993)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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Stars: Anthony Edwards, Kevin Anderson, Lauren Bacall, Mark Linn-Baker

Votes: 5

24. The Alcoa Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 50

25. Encounter (1952–1961)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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An anthology television series aired from Toronto, Canada, and carried by both CBC Television and ABC. In Canada the series was known as General Motors Presents. The one-hour dramas were ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 14

26. The Kraft Music Hall (1967–1971)

60 min | Music

6.8
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A few years after Perry Como left as host, "The Kraft Music Hall" was revived as a regular series from 1967-71. There was no set host during this period, and various guest hosts, usually a ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Alan King, Eddy Arnold, Anne Meara

Votes: 55

27. 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: 27

28. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

60 min | Family, Drama

8.0
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Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

Votes: 43

29. Goodyear Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

7.2
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Stars: Robert Ryan, David Niven, Jane Powell, Peter Leeds

Votes: 28

30. 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: 14

31. Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952–1954)

30 min | Drama

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

Votes: 11

32. 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: 13

33. The Motorola Television Hour (1953–1954)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Smith, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 13

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

30 min | Drama

8.8
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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

35. The Revlon Mirror Theater (1953– )

30 min | Drama

3.8
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Stars: Robin Chandler, Ellen Corby, Glenn Langan, Harry Harvey

Votes: 64

36. Ponds Theater (1953– )

60 min | Drama

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

Votes: 27

37. Lux Playhouse (1958–1959)

30 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

8.3
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This filmed series of light comedies, romances and melodramas alternated on Friday nights with the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" between October 1958 and Sepetmeber 1959.

Stars: Alice Backes, Charles Keane, Nesdon Booth, Polly Bergen

Votes: 30

38. 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: 18

39. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, Bonita Granville, Ludwig Donath

Votes: 17

40. Celanese Theatre (1951–1952)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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This program consisted of adaptations of high-quality plays written by leading playwrights.

Stars: Philip Coolidge, Wendell Corey, Ralph Morgan, Wesley Addy

Votes: 10

41. Swing Into Spring! (1959 TV Movie)

42 min | Music

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Special celebrating "the 25th anniversary of the great Benny Goodman Band."

Director: Dave Geisel | Stars: Wilma Curley, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Urbie Green

42. Westinghouse Playhouse (1961– )

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Nan, a successful Broadway star, marries Dan McGovern a widower. On their way home, Dan tells her that he had not told his two children, Buddy and Nancy, that he was getting married. Nan is... See full summary »

Stars: Nanette Fabray, Wendell Corey, Bobby Diamond, Jacklyn O'Donnell

Votes: 10

43. The General Electric College Bowl (1959–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.5
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Two teams each representing a college or university and composed of four students answered questions rooted in the liberal arts in a battle for scholarship money and prestige.

Stars: Robert Earle, Allen Ludden, John Bellairs, Mel Brandt

Votes: 24

44. General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (1954 TV Movie)

Comedy, History, Musical

8.8
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Director: Ralph Levy | Stars: Mary Martin, Ed Sullivan, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen

Votes: 14

45. The Donald O'Connor Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy, Music

9.1
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Sid and Donald are two young songwriters trying to market their wares. The situations created around this premise primarily enabled them to perform.

Stars: Donald O'Connor, Sidney Miller, Joyce Cunning, Mitzi Gaynor

Votes: 10

46. The Ezio Pinza Show (1951–1953)

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Stars: Ezio Pinza, Mindy Carson, Eddie Foy Jr., Jane Froman

47. Nash Airflyte Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama

6.6
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Live anthology series featuring a wide format of stories, e.g., western, musical comedy, dramatic, etc.

Stars: William Gaxton, Ralph Riggs, Ian Keith, Dane Clark

Votes: 15

48. The Kraft Summer Music Hall (1966– )

60 min | Music

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Stars: John Davidson, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lively Set

50. General Electric Summer Originals (1956– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.3
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Stars: Hugh Beaumont, Joe E. Brown, Reginald Denny, Marie Windsor

Votes: 9