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1. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

30 min | Western

8.0
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The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Creator: George W. Trendle | Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Lane Bradford

Votes: 985

2. The Scapegoat (2012)

108 min | Drama

7.2
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Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face.

Writers: Daphne Du Maurier, Charles Sturridge | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Matthew Rhys, Eileen Atkins, Anton Lesser, Jodhi May

Votes: 2,276

3. 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: 69

4. Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

Writers: Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel | Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt

Votes: 3,739

5. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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The misadventures of a rural family in the 1940s.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 107

6. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brenson, Mary Sinclair, Maria Riva

Votes: 138

7. I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

6.2
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60 Metascore

About a man who has trouble with his job, trouble with women, and uses food to deal with it all.

Writer: Jeff Garlin | Director: Jeff Garlin | Stars: Jeff Garlin, Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt, Dan Castellaneta

Votes: 2,905

8. Pioneers of Television (2008 TV Mini-Series)

55 min | Documentary

7.9
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A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.

Stars: Ryan Seacrest, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson, Dick Van Dyke

Votes: 137

9. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

7.1
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In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Writers: David Elfick, Bob Ellis, Philippe Mora, Phillip Noyce | Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 510

10. Dreamboat (1952)

83 min | Comedy

6.7
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Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Writers: Claude Binyon, John D. Weaver | Director: Claude Binyon | Stars: Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 375

11. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

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

Votes: 92

12. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

7.9
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An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jack Carter, The June Taylor Dancers, Art Carney

Votes: 31

13. Always - Sunset on Third Street (2005)

133 min | Drama, Family

7.8
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Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by ... See full summary »

Writers: Ryôhei Saigan, Takashi Yamazaki, Ryota Kosawa | Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki

Votes: 1,543

14. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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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.

Stars: David Niven, Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino

Votes: 91

15. Yoyo (1965)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.7
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A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ... See full summary »

Writers: Pierre Étaix, Jean-Claude Carrière | Director: Pierre Étaix | Stars: Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger, Philippe Dionnet, Luce Klein

Votes: 698

16. International House (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.2
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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television.

Writers: Francis Martin, Walter DeLeon, Neil Brant, Louis E. Heifetz | Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 904

17. Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)

30 min | Music

8.0
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The format was to sing the seven top rated popular songs for the week; the songs were sung by the regular cast of vocalists. An attempt was made to revive the show in 1974 with songs from ... See full summary »

Stars: Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, Russell Arms, Raymond Scott

Votes: 43

18. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

7.6
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, Robert Brown, Jane Barrett, Brian Rix

Votes: 48

19. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.1
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Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Jack Grimes

Votes: 48

20. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

8.5
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Creator: Mike Stokey | Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Beverly Garland, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 49

21. A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

5.5
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A male Parisian driving school owner who goes to see his doctor and complains of feeling run down is pronounced four months pregnant. When the diagnosis is confirmed by a specialist, the ... See full summary »

Writer: Jacques Demy | Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 331

22. My Blue Heaven (1950)

96 min | Drama, Musical

6.3
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Betty Grable and Dan Dailey are a married song and dance team who cannot have children. The movie follows the travails as they try and adopt and keep the kids they adopt while performing on their TV show.

Writers: Claude Binyon, S.K. Lauren, Lamar Trotti | Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, David Wayne, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 311

23. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 42

24. Man Against Crime (1949– )

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.1
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Mike Barnett is the title character, a bright and tough private detective in New York. This very violent show was broadcast live until 1952.

Creator: Lawrence M. Klee | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Nita Talbot, Henry Lascoe, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 50

25. Life Is Worth Living (1952–1957)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

8.6
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The show featured Most Reverent Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of New York City, offering anecdotes and moral lessons. Many of the talks were about the evils of the Communist form of government.

Stars: Fulton J. Sheen, Don Russell

Votes: 40

26. The Big Time (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

6.2
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In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic ... See full summary »

Writers: Carol Flint, Thornton Wilder | Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Dylan Baker, Molly Ringwald, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 149

27. The Lawrence Welk Show (1951–1955)

60 min | Music

8.3
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Stars: Lawrence Welk, Dick Dale, Myron Floren, Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra

Votes: 20

28. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.7
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This dramatic-anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Paul Bryar, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 80

29. The Brighter Day (1954–1962)

25 min | Drama

7.2
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"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep hoping that our dreams come true on that brighter day." These words opened this ... See full summary »

Creator: Irna Phillips | Stars: Blair Davies, Walter Brooke, Mona Bruns, Murial Williams

Votes: 18

30. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

8.5
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In a pattern that many domestic sitcoms would follow over the next 15 years, the plotlines followed the exploits of zany Mary Kay. Her husband, Johnny, was a sane, sensible banker who had ... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Kay Stearns, John Stearns, Howard Fischer, Nydia Westman

Votes: 16

31. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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The first TV adaptation of the adventures of super sleuth Ellery Queen, broadcast live from Hollywood. Queen was a mystery writer who assisted his father, a detective with the New York ... See full summary »

Stars: Rex Marshall, Lee Bowman, Florenz Ames, Richard Hart

Votes: 29

32. My Hero (1952–1953)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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A well-meaning but bumbling real-estate agent always getting into trouble with his boss and has to be constantly rescued by his secretary, who loves him.

Stars: Robert Cummings, Julie Bishop, John Litel, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 34

33. The New Watchdogs (2011)

104 min | Documentary

7.4
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This documentary takes an in depth look at France's mass medias and shines a light on corporate and political interests that shape the news.

Writers: Gilles Balbastre, Serge Halimi, Yannick Kergoat, Renaud Lambert, Patrick Rimbert | Directors: Gilles Balbastre, Yannick Kergoat

Votes: 228

34. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

6.6
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A live CBS half-hour dramatic anthology series, but on two networks in its second season (as "Bigelow-Sanford Theater"); Sunday evenings over CBS and Thursday evenings over DuMont.

Stars: Don DeFore, William Frawley, Jeffrey Silver, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 12

35. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.5
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At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mable, and says, "Case is closed Mable, I'm coming home".

Stars: Roscoe Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond, Ken Roberts

Votes: 38

36. Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.9
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Ernest P. Duckweather, a general-store clerk, invents an interplanetary television set, thus developing a friendship with a puppet named Johnny Jupiter.

Creator: Martin Stone | Stars: Gilbert Mack, Cliff Hall, Pat Peardon, Wright King

Votes: 20

37. The Ed Wynn Show (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

6.6
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The comedy on The Ed Wynn Show consisted mostly of old vaudeville schtick, with lots of corny jokes and silly sight gags. Each week, the show would end with Ed retiring to his bed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Wynn, Bob LeMond, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel

Votes: 25

38. Sherlock Holmes (1951 TV Mini-Series)

Mystery

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Stars: Alan Wheatley, Raymond Francis, Iris Vandeleur, Bill Owen

Votes: 20

39. The Dinah Shore Show (1951–1956)

15 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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Dinah hosted this 15 minute live musical and variety show, two nights a week. It led to her own hour long show in 1956.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Gisele MacKenzie, Fred Waring, Jeff Chandler

Votes: 38

40. Patrol Car (1954– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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Stars: Bruce Seton, Robert Raglan, Philip Dale, Jack Melford

Votes: 13

41. The Poltergeist (1950 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

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Writer: Frank Harvey | Stars: Margaret Anderson, Betty Blackler, Ysanne Churchman, Julian D'Albie

42. The Magic Cottage (1949–1951)

7.8
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A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.

Stars: Pat Meikle, Stuart Bradley, Don Hastings, Bernard Kates

Votes: 10

43. Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955– )

15 min | Biography, Talk-Show

7.7
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Star: Orson Welles

Votes: 55

44. Blithe Spirit (1946 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

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Writer: Noel Coward | Stars: Leonora Corbett, Estelle Winwood, Carol Goodner, Philip Tonge

45. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.3
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The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square. Charlie the Doorman (later Newton the ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Russell

Votes: 23

46. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A newspaper columnist who helps police solve especially difficult mysteries. The title derived from a popular mystery magazine of the same name.

Stars: Edmund Lowe, Paula Drew, George Pembroke, Norman Budd

Votes: 18

47. Coke Time (1953–1957)

15 min | Comedy, Music

7.6
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An American Musical Variety series that was both entertaining and brilliant at marketing Coca Cola.

Stars: Eddie Fisher, Fred Robbins, Lou Crosby, Axel Stordahl and His Orchestra

Votes: 19

48. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy

7.1
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A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Mary McCarty, Imogene Coca, Marge Champion

Votes: 8

49. Valiant Lady (1953)

15 min | Drama

7.0
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Helen Emerson was daytime's "valiant lady", a fortyish matron who was widowed in the serial's first year. Helen valiantly endured sudden financial hardship while alternately fretting over ... See full summary »

Stars: Jerome Cowan, James Kirkwood Jr., Lydia Reed, Helen Wagner

Votes: 9

50. The Alan Young Show (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Hosted by and starring veteran radio comedian Alan Young, this program entertained viewers in a less physical, more intellectual style than Milton Berle, Abbott and Costello or other comedy... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Young, Gloria DeHaven, Joe Besser, Nelson Eddy

Votes: 16