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1. Isis (1975–1976)
Episode: ...And Now You Don't (1976)

22 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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Detective Andrea and her students are hard on the case to prove Rick's innocence.

Director: Arthur H. Nadel | Stars: JoAnna Cameron, Brian Cutler, Ronalda Douglas, John Davey

Votes: 14

2. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: Assignment: Earth (1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

7.7
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While back in time observing Earth in 1968, the Enterprise crew encounters the mysterious Gary Seven who has his own agenda on the planet.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Robert Lansing

Votes: 1,367

3. Johnny Ringo (1959–1960)
Episode: Border Town (1960)

25 min | Western

7.0
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After Case Thomas is killed during a robbery, Ringo and Cully trail the alleged murderer to a wide-open town on the Arizona-New Mexico border. Their efforts to apprehend the suspect are ... See full summary »

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Don Durant, Mark Goddard, Karen Sharpe, Terence de Marney

Votes: 5

4. Climax! (1954–1958)
Episode: Casino Royale (1954)

Unrated | 58 min | Drama

5.8
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American spy James Bond must outsmart card wiz and crime boss LeChiffre while monitoring his actions.

Director: William H. Brown Jr. | Stars: Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre, Linda Christian, Michael Pate

Votes: 835

5. Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Episode: Charmed Lives (1986)

TV-G | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.2
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Angela travels to San Fransisco to shoot a commercial. There, the competition between Joyce, who is set to star, and Lauren, a photographer, stir when Lauren is accidentally chosen for the lead.

Director: Asaad Kelada | Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro

Votes: 17

6. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)
Episode: Cross-Jurisdictions (2002)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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Las Vegas's retired police commissioner Duke Rittle was tortured to death after an 'exclusive' party. The ex-con who drove him is found murdered in the car's trunk, but not the last on ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads

Votes: 653

7. Mister Ed (1958–1966)
Episode: Ed, the Matchmaker (1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.0
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A going-on-15-year-old boy-crazy girl has moved into the neighborhood.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Larry Keating, George O'Hanlon

Votes: 20

8. Married with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Enemies (1996)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

6.5
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In this pilot for a proposed TV series, a group of "friends" live in a sometimes peaceful co-existence. Tom is a handsome deliveryman living with his gorgeous girlfriend Shannon, his ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 243

9. CHiPs (1977–1983)
Episode: Force Seven (1982)

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

6.2
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In a failed backdoor pilot, a special group of martial arts experts are introduced, assigned here to break up a missile smuggling operation.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Fred Dryer, Robert Pine

Votes: 34

10. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
Episode: MIA/NYC Nonstop (2004)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Examining the bloody murder of a Miami father and his wife, which the teenage daughter survived, Horatio's team soon finds trails to a car rented by a man who flew in from New York City. ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Khandi Alexander

Votes: 241

11. CHiPs (1977–1983)
Episode: Mitchell & Woods (1981)

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

6.0
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In a spin-off episode, Ocean City PD motorcycle officers Paula Woods and Melanie Mitchell are promoted to detective and investigate a murder.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada, Robert Pine, Jayne Kennedy

Votes: 24

12. Mister Ed (1958–1966)
Episode: Moko (1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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A mischievous Martian visits the neighborhood. He has the power to change an individual's personality.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Leon Ames, Florence MacMichael

Votes: 29

13. Isis (1975–1976)
Episode: Now You See It... (1976)

23 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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Rick is framed for stealing a machine that controls the weather.

Director: Arthur H. Nadel | Stars: JoAnna Cameron, Brian Cutler, Ronalda Douglas, John Davey

Votes: 16

14. Mister Ed (1958–1966)
Episode: Pine Lake Lodge (1961)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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Wilbur and Carol head out to Pine Lake Lodge for a little rest and relaxation, leaving Ed at home.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Alan Young, Connie Hines, Larry Keating, William Bendix

Votes: 31

15. Married with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Radio Free Trumaine (1995)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

7.3
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In this pilot for a proposed new TV series, set on Trumaine University's radio station, W.H.I.P., DJ's Oliver Cole and Mark Campbell host several hours of unconventional and overlooked ... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 240

16. The Nanny (1993–1999)
Episode: The Chatterbox (1995)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

5.4
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Maggie receives a party invitation so Fran takes her to her favorite beauty salon. Fran gets a job there for an actress who loses a Sheffield audition.

Director: Lee Shallat Chemel | Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

Votes: 139

17. The Vampire Diaries (2009– )
Episode: The Originals (2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.9
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Klaus returns to his past in New Orleans and meets with his former protégé, Marcel (CHARLES MICHAEL DAVIS), a charismatic vampire with control over the city's inhabitants.

Director: Chris Grismer | Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen

Votes: 1,297

18. Arrow (2012– )
Episode: The Scientist (2013)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.2
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After an impossible break in at Queen Consolidated, CSI Barry Allen comes to Starling to help with the investigation, Sin asks Roy for help so Thea tags along.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland

Votes: 3,730

19. 26 Men (1957–1959)
Episode: The Tiger (1959)

30 min | Western

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When a gang of American outlaws takes over a Mexican border town, Colonel Kesterlitzky aka 'El Tigre' of the Mexican Rurales requests the assistance of Captain Rynning to recapture the town.

Director: Russell Hayden | Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Britt Lomond, Robert Foulk

20. Married with Children (1987–1997)
Episode: Top of the Heap (1991)

TV-PG | 23 min | Comedy

6.1
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Al Bundy's childhood pal, Charlie Verducci, and the guy's dumb son Vinnie, attend a high society fund raiser in this pilot for the short-lived TV series, 'Top of the Heap.'

Director: Gerry Cohen | Stars: Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, Amanda Bearse, Christina Applegate

Votes: 287

21. 26 Men (1957–1959)
Episode: Tumbleweed Ranger (1959)

30 min | Western

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Rynning orders Frank Seldom to meet a stagecoach heading from New Mexico to Wilcox, Arizona to ensure its cargo of six lovely mail-order brides arrive unscathed. Seldom has his hands full ... See full summary »

Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Tap Canutt, Lyn Thomas