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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

2. The Scapegoat (2012)

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

3. Dreamboat (1952)

83 min | Comedy

6.8
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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

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

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

55 min | Documentary

7.4
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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

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

R | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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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

7. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brenson, Mary Sinclair, Maria Riva

8. The Goldbergs (1949–1956)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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"The Goldbergs" were, if not the first, among the first of the sitcoms. It was a domestic comedy featuring the home life of a Jewish family... See full synopsis »

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

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

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.2
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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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. International House (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.1
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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

14. Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)

30 min | Music

7.9
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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

15. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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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

16. The Milton Berle Show (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, Ruth Gilbert

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

Drama

7.6
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Brian Rix, Victor Platt, Peter Cushing, Michael Brennan

18. 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

19. Life Is Worth Living (1952–1957)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

8.5
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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

20. 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

21. 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

22. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.5
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Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter, Fred MacMurray

23. Man Against Crime (1949– )

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.3
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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

24. 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

25. 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

26. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

8.1
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Creator: Mike Stokey | Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Beverly Garland, Sebastian Cabot

27. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.5
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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

28. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.7
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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

29. Sherlock Holmes (1951 TV Mini-Series)

Mystery

7.2
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Stars: Alan Wheatley, Raymond Francis, Iris Vandeleur, Bill Owen

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

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

32. The Ed Wynn Show (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

6.6
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Stars: Ed Wynn, Bob LeMond, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel

33. Gas Light (1939 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Thriller

8.1
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Writer: Patrick Hamilton | Stars: Dennis Arundell, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Elizabeth Inglis, Milton Rosmer

34. Coke Time (1953–1957)

15 min | Comedy, Music

7.7
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Stars: Eddie Fisher, Fred Robbins, Lou Crosby, Axel Stordahl and His Orchestra

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

30 min | Drama

7.6
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Stars: Guy Kibbee, Faye Emerson, John Conte, Vicki Cummings

36. 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

37. 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

38. The New Watchdogs (2011)

104 min | Documentary

7.4
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Writers: Gilles Balbastre, Serge Halimi, Yannick Kergoat, Renaud Lambert, Patrick Rimbert | Directors: Gilles Balbastre, Yannick Kergoat

39. The Lawrence Welk Show (1951–1955)

60 min | Music

7.9
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Stars: Lawrence Welk, Dick Dale, Myron Floren, Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra

40. 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

41. Patrol Car (1954– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Stars: Bruce Seton, Robert Raglan, Philip Dale, Jack Melford

42. 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

43. The Bob Crosby Show (1953–1957)

30 min | Music

7.6
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Daily daytime show featuring music by Bob Crosby's band and different singers.

Stars: The Modernaires, Paula Kelly, Joan O'Brien, Stephen Dunne

44. Faraway Hill (1946– )

30 min | Drama

6.9
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Newly widowed New Yorker Karen St. John moves to a rural town to be close to her relatives. There she falls for a man who was adopted by her relatives when he was a boy. But, he's already ... See full summary »

Stars: Flora Campbell, Mel Brandt, Julie Christy, Barry Doig

45. The Brighter Day (1954–1962)

25 min | Drama

7.1
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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

46. Stage 7 (1955– )

30 min

7.1
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A weekly half-hour anthology series, similar to "Four Star Playhouse".

Stars: Dan Barton, Gordon Mills, Macdonald Carey, Frank Lovejoy

47. Dagmar's Canteen (1951– )

30 min

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Stars: Dagmar, Milton Delugg, Ray Malone, Jean Egnor

48. The Al Jarvis Show (1949– )

Family

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Stars: Anita Coleman, Al Jarvis

49. The Merry Mailman (1950–1956)

Family

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Stars: Ray Heatherton, Red Buttons, Celeste Holm

50. What's My Line (1956–1958)

30 min | Game-Show

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A panel game, in which a panel had to determine the occupation of the contestant. Popular though short-lived Australian version of the popular U.S. series, later replaced with a version "Tell the Truth"

Stars: George Kennedy, Betty Sara