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1. State of Affairs (2014– )

45 min | Drama, Thriller | Active

6.2
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A CIA officer plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.

Stars: Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand

2. Hatfields & McCoys (2013 TV Movie)

Drama

7.8
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Creator: John Glenn | Director: Michael Mayer | Stars: Sophia Bush, Patrick John Flueger, Jesse Lee Soffer, Rebecca De Mornay

3. Survival Code (2013 TV Movie)

R | Action, Sci-Fi

6.0
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In 2045, a former MMA fighter turned government agent, runs a bar in the tiny town of Borealis - where a number of international interests are vying for control of the area.

Writers: Andrew Rai Berzins, Andrew Wreggitt | Director: David Frazee | Stars: Ty Olsson, Patrick Gallagher, Michelle Harrison, Christine Horne

4. Tilda (2011 TV Movie)

Comedy

7.5
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A powerful Hollywood journalist and an upstart creative assistant.

Writers: Bill Condon, Cynthia Mort | Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Diane Keaton, Ellen Page, Sanaa Lathan, Jason Patric

5. The Ratings Game (1984 TV Movie)

102 min | Comedy

6.1
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A New Jersey trucker creates a hit TV show with help from his girlfriend in the ratings business.

Writers: Jim Mulholland, Michael Barrie | Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Gerrit Graham, Bernadette Birkett

6. New Town (2009 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The New Town area of Edinburgh is a magnet for architects, estate agents and upwardly-mobile families, each wanting to remould it in their own way. So when the head of Scottish Heritage ... See full summary »

Writer: Annie Griffin | Director: Annie Griffin | Stars: Cameron Bowie, Ewan Donald, Gabriel Quigley, Natasha Watson

7. Gimme Shelter (2010 TV Movie)

Drama

6.8
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Writer: Hannah Shakespeare | Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: Michael Beach, John Harrington Bland, Christa Beth Campbell, Parker Chapin

8. Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965 TV Movie)

47 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.9
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The mighty Hercules battles a sea monster to save the legendary city of Troy.

Writers: Larry Forrester, Ugo Liberatore | Director: Albert Band | Stars: Gordon Scott, Paul Stevens, Mart Hulswit, Diana Hyland

9. Husbands and Wives (1977 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy

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Writers: Hal Dresner, Joan Rivers | Director: Bill Persky | Stars: Eddie Barth, Cynthia Harris, Randee Heller, Mark Lonow

10. In Trouble (1981 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Generic, formulaic comedy taking place on a high school campus.

Stars: Deena Freeman, Lisa Freeman, Tim Thomerson

11. Spoof Troupe (2014 TV Movie)

23 min | Comedy

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A sketch comedy show that spoofs everything.

Writers: Charles Dewandeler, David Lautman, Minchi Murakami, James Peyton, Mike Targus | Director: Charles Dewandeler | Stars: Julie David, Diane Harman, Sarah Laine Milner, BJ Lange

13. Elias Paniki (2010)
Episode: A New Hero Is Born (2010)

Action

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Writers: Philip King, Dindo Perez | Director: Tots Mariscal | Stars: Jake Cuenca, Cherry Pie Picache, Baron Geisler, Jojit Lorenzo

14. Concrete Cowboys (1979– )
Episode: Concrete Cowboys (1979)

Not Rated | 90 min | Adventure

5.1
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Two Montana saddletramps head to Nashville to open up a detective agency. At first, the agency begins on a lark, but soon they get involved in a case involving a kidnapped singer.

Writer: Jimmy Sangster | Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Jerry Reed, Tom Selleck, Morgan Fairchild, Claude Akins

15. Rookie Blue (2010– )
Episode: Fresh Paint (2010)

41 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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Triumph turns to humiliation when a high-stakes take-down of a suspect goes awry. Andy McNally has made a critical rookie mistake, ruining a long-running undercover drug sting, and tries to... See full summary »

Creators: Tassie Cameron, Morwyn Brebner, Ellen Vanstone | Director: David Wellington | Stars: Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne

16. Saturday Night Live (1975– )
Episode: George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian (1975)

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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The host for the episode is George Carlin, and the musical guests are Billy Preston and Janis Ian. The skits for this episode are as follows: an ESL teacher gives increasingly bizarre ... See full summary »

Writers: Anne Beatts, Chevy Chase, Al Franken, Tom Davis, Lorne Michaels, Rosie Shuster, Garrett Morris, Michael O'Donoghue, Herbert Sargent, Tom Schiller, Alan Zweibel, Albert Brooks | Director: Dave Wilson | Stars: George Carlin, Janis Ian, Billy Preston, Albert Brooks

17. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
Episode: Hot Footage (1960)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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Writers: Danny Arnold, Roland Kibbee | Director: Danny Arnold | Stars: Richard Greene, Robert Strauss, Hazel Court, Jerome Cowan

18. Knight Rider (2008–2009)
Episode: Knight Rider (2008)

TV-14 | 45 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

6.0
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When a group of ruthless mercenaries kill a reclusive scientist, his creation, a new model of artificially intelligent supercar, escapes to find his daughter and recruit a ex-soldier to thwart them.

Writers: Dave Andron, Glen A. Larson | Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Bruce Davison

19. Outreach Connection (2007– )
Episode: Laura Willing: Care Net Pregnancy (2007)

Unrated | Talk-Show

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Laura Willing with Care Net Pregnancy sits down with Debra and is the first guest to be interviewed by Dr.Peppers in this pilot episode of the Outreach Connection program.

Writer: Debra Peppers | Director: Donette Douglas | Star: Debra Peppers

20. Roseanne (1988–1997)
Episode: Life and Stuff (1988)

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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In the series pilot, Roseanne is summoned to a parent/teacher conference after Darlene has been barking in class.

Creator: Matt Williams | Director: Ellen Falcon | Stars: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sal Barone

21. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Matt Gets It (1955)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.1
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Matt is critically wounded while attempting to arrest super-fast gunman Dan Grat. Grat runs rampant in Dodge while Matt recovers, but is unpleasantly surprised when the recovered marshal challenges him again.

Writers: Charles Marquis Warren, John Meston | Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

22. The A-Team (1983–1987)
Episode: Mexican Slayride (1983)

TV-PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.2
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Amy Allen is a reporter who is worried when her friend another reporter went to Mexico to do a story but appears to have disappeared. She tries to use everything she can to find even the ... See full summary »

Creators: Frank Lupo, Stephen J. Cannell | Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: George Peppard, Melinda Culea, Tim Dunigan, Dwight Schultz

23. Rude Awakening (1998–2001)
Episode: Naked Again (1998)

TV-MA | Comedy

7.6
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Actress-turned-writer Billie Frank confronts her problems with her addictions. She finds herself in Addictions Anonymous after a DWI accident.

Creator: Claudia Lonow | Director: Alan Myerson | Stars: Sherilyn Fenn, Jonathan Penner, Rain Pryor, Lynn Redgrave

24. Guns of Paradise (1988–1990)
Episode: Out of the Ashes (1991)

Drama, Western

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Creators: David Jacobs, Robert Porter | Director: Cliff Bole | Stars: Lee Horsley, Sigrid Thornton, Jenny Beck, Matthew Newmark

25. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2008)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.7
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A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and resorts to selling methamphetamine to provide for his family when he is dead.

Creator: Vince Gilligan | Director: Vince Gilligan | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris

26. House M.D. (2004–2012)
Episode: Pilot (2004)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Young kindergarten teacher Rebecca Adler collapses in her classroom after uncontrolled gibberish slips out of her mouth while she is about to teach students.

Creator: David Shore | Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

27. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )
Episode: Pilot (2014)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Student Wes Gibbins begins attending law classes taught by renowned lawyer, the tough and enigmatic Annalise Keating. She offers five students the chance to work with her, while in a flash forward, the students chosen dispose of a body.

Creator: Peter Nowalk | Director: Michael Offer | Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee

28. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)
Episode: Pilot (1993)

TV-14 | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A group of detectives and officers work at the 15th Precinct, a seedy police station in Manhattan, New York City. Detective John Kelly, a 15-year veteran of the force, deals with his ... See full summary »

Creators: David Milch, Steven Bochco | Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: David Caruso, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield

29. Person of Interest (2011– )
Episode: Pilot (2011)

44 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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When the social security number of a young prosecutor comes up, Reese and Finch work together to figure out if their person of interest is the victim or perpetrator.

Creator: Jonathan Nolan | Director: David Semel | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

30. The X-Files (1993–2002)
Episode: Pilot (1993)

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.3
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A young F.B.I. agent is assigned watchdog duty over a fellow agent, but finds herself drawn into his investigations of paranormal and unexplained phenomena.

Writer: Chris Carter | Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Charles Cioffi, Cliff De Young

31. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000– )
Episode: Pilot (2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A murder appears to be a suicide with very little evidence.

Creator: Anthony E. Zuiker | Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads

32. Gotham (2014– )
Episode: Pilot (2014)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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James Gordon and Harvey Bullock are assigned to track down the killer of Thomas and Martha Wayne.

Creator: Bruno Heller | Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara

33. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)
Episode: Pilot (1993)

TV-PG | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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After Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, he joins Lois in investigating space shuttle sabotage, which he must thwart as Superman.

Creators: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Deborah Joy LeVine | Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, Michael Landes

34. Marry Me (2014– )
Episode: Pilot (2014)

TV-14 | Comedy

7.8
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After returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake is all set to pop the question on bended knee, but before he can ask, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. ... See full summary »

Creator: David Caspe | Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Casey Wilson, Ken Marino, John Gemberling, Sarah Wright

35. Covert Affairs (2010– )
Episode: Pilot (2010)

TV-PG | 77 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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New CIA recruit Annie Walker is brought in to retrieve secrets from a Russian spy seeking asylum, but he is assassinated by a sniper before the exchange can be finished.

Creators: Matt Corman, Chris Ord | Director: Tim Matheson | Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Eric Lively

36. 2 Broke Girls (2011– )
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | Comedy

7.3
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Experienced waitress Max Black meets her new co-worker, former rich-girl Caroline Channing, and puts her skills to the test at an old but re-emerging Brooklyn diner. Despite her initial ... See full summary »

Creators: Michael Patrick King, Whitney Cummings | Director: James Burrows | Stars: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite

37. The Cape (2011– )
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Fueled by a desire to reunite with his wife Dana and son Trip, former police officer Vince Faraday becomes "The Cape" -- his son's favorite comic book superhero -- and takes the law into ... See full summary »

Creator: Tom Wheeler | Director: Simon West | Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, Summer Glau, James Frain

38. Ben and Kate (2012–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2012)

TV-14 | Comedy

6.6
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When they were orphaned, goofy rascal Ben Fox broke away from his uptight sister Kate, who became a single but devoted mother to Maddie. Ben, years ago often drops by, using Kate's ... See full summary »

Creator: Dana Fox | Director: Jake Kasdan | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Lucy Punch, Maggie Elizabeth Jones

39. Best of the West (1981–1982)
Episode: Pilot (1981)

Comedy, Western

6.5
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Creator: Earl Pomerantz | Director: James Burrows | Stars: Joel Higgins, Carlene Watkins, Meeno Peluce, Valri Bromfield

40. The Jane Show (2004–2007)
Episode: Pilot (2004)

Comedy

4.6
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Director: Ron Murphy | Stars: Teresa Pavlinek, Polly Shannon, John Ralston, Keram Malicki-Sánchez

41. The Untouchables (1993–1994)
Episode: Pilot - Part 1 (1993)

Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Creator: Christopher Crowe | Stars: Michael Horse, John Newton, Hynden Walch, Nancy Everhard

42. The Untouchables (1993–1994)
Episode: Pilot - Part 2

Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Stars: Tom Amandes, Valentino Cimo

43. According to Jim (2001–2009)
Episode: Pilot Episode (2001)

TV-PG | Comedy

6.1
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Cheryl can't leave Ruby alone on her first week at kindergarten. Jim says it's because she's a woman and decides to take her himself, but he also can't leave her behind. Jim not only can't ... See full summary »

Creators: Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark | Director: Andy Cadiff | Stars: James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Larry Joe Campbell

45. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Rumpole of the Bailey (1975)

Drama

8.4
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An irreverent barrister chooses to defend a young Jamaican boy accused of stabbing on the same day his only son leaves for college in America.

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Leo McKern, Joyce Heron, Noel Willman, David Yelland

46. Flashpoint (2008–2012)
Episode: Scorpio (2008)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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When an enraged gunman takes a hostage in a public square, the team must take drastic action and deal with the consequences.

Creators: Mark Ellis, Stephanie Morgenstern | Director: David Frazee | Stars: Gabriel Hogan, Philip Akin, Lisa Marcos, Janaya Stephens

47. Martial Law (1998–2000)
Episode: Shanghai Express (1998)

Comedy, Crime, Action

7.4
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Sammo Law a cop from China comes to L.A. to find a criminal. The LAPD assigns him two cops to help him.

Creator: Carlton Cuse | Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tammy Lauren, Tom Wright, Kelly Hu

48. Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
Episode: The Family Man (1975)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

6.4
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The story of Grady and his eyebrow-raising gift to his daughter and son-in-law just before their cocktail party for stuffy university professors.

Creator: Norman Lear | Director: Bud Yorkin | Stars: Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, Whitman Mayo, Joe Morton

49. Republic of Doyle (2010– )
Episode: The Hidden Agenda (2010)

22 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.8
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Creators: Perry Chafe, Allan Hawco, Malcolm MacRury | Director: James Allodi | Stars: Allan Hawco, Peter MacNeill, Krystin Pellerin, Rachel Wilson

50. Barney Miller (1974–1982)
Episode: The Life and Times of Barney Miller (1974)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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When a drug addict holds the precinct hostage, Captain Barney Miller has to talk him out of it.

Writers: Danny Arnold, Theodore J. Flicker | Director: Theodore J. Flicker | Stars: Hal Linden, Abby Dalton, Henry Beckman, Val Bisoglio