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1. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Drama

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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov | Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

2. Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' (2006 Video)

79 min | Documentary

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Firefly and Serenity have grown beyond the genius of Joss Whedon. The words Firefly and Browncoat have come to symbolize a sense of community, family, and believing that the impossible can ... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Hadlock, Jason Heppler, Jeremy Neish, Jared Nelson, Brian Wiser | Stars: Morena Baccarin, Kevin Bachelder, Adam Baldwin, Michael Boretz

3. Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Comedy

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When the Batmobile is stolen, Adam West and Burt Ward search for it while remembering their days as the stars of the Batman live action series.

Writer: Duane Poole | Director: Paul A. Kaufman | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Jack Brewer, Jason Marsden

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

55 min | Documentary

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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

5. Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (2001 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

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A fun behind-the-scenes look into the 60's television series, "Gilligan's Island."

Writer: Duane Poole | Director: Paul A. Kaufman | Stars: Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson, Bob Denver, Kristen Dalton

6. Casting By (2012)

89 min | Documentary

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70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

7. Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Documentary, History

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85 Metascore

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies ... See full summary »

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Robert Altman, Vera Carlisle Anderson, C.L. Batten, Jacqueline Bisset

8. Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians.

Writer: Ron McGee | Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: George Stanchev, L.B. Fisher, Jeff Geddis, Aaron Lohr

9. The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Documentary

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Writer: Frank Lombardi | Director: Peter Marc Jacobson | Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

10. The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry (2003 TV Special)

E | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Rodney Dillard, Don Knotts sat in their court room set where the show was made. They talked about the show and how the show affected their lives and how others ... See full summary »

Directors: Eamon Harrington, John Watkin | Stars: Frances Bavier, Aneta Corsaut, Rodney Dillard, Elinor Donahue

11. The Movie Orgy (1968)

420 min | Documentary, History

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A compilation film designed to evoke nostalgia for the shared entertainment experiences of early baby boomers, "The Movie Orgy" includes clips from television programs and B-movies of the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ann-Margret, Ngo Dinh Diem, Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Beatles

12. American Scary (2006)

91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

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American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated ... See full summary »

Writer: Sandy Clark | Director: John E. Hudgens | Stars: Mike Price, Joseph Fotinos, George 'E-Gor' Chastain, James Morrow

13. The Seinfeld Story (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Documentary

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The origins of the "Seinfeld" TV series.

Writers: Spike Feresten, Darin Henry, Jerry Seinfeld | Director: Morgan Sackett | Stars: Jason Alexander, Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

14. Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

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This hour-long special that aired on ABC finds Davy, Micky, Peter, and Mike loking back on the old days (with a medley of their hits) and promoting their 1996 CD "Justus" with 3 music ... See full summary »

Writer: Michael Nesmith | Director: Michael Nesmith | Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork

15. Funny Business (1992– )

50 min | Comedy, Documentary

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An examination of the art of comedy and the styles and techniques of some of the world's greatest comedians.

Stars: Hugh Armstrong, John Cleese, Oliver Hardy, Bill Hicks

16. Hey, Hey We're the Monkees (1997 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

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Documentary focusing The Monkees, the 1960s pop group originally created for a TV sitcom. Interviews with the band members, the show's creators, and musical collaborators and peers are featured.

Writer: Chuck Harter | Director: Alan Boyd | Stars: The Monkees, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork

17. The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot (2004 TV Movie)

History

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Writer: Tracey Barry | Stars: Stockard Channing, Ethan Kogan

18. Dinner for One (2003 TV Movie)

29 min | Documentary

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A half-hour introduction to one of the world's most-loved televised sketches, Freddie Frinton's "Dinner for One".

Writers: Paul Anthony Sørensen, Martin Turner | Directors: Helen Atty, Torsten Rosendahl, Paul Anthony Sørensen, Martin Turner | Stars: Nora Harding, Audrey Maye, Len Howe, Stefan Mayr

19. Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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The history of the television version of "Amos and Andy" and the public outcry to cancel it.

Writers: Bob Greenberg, Michael Avery, H.E. Hammerstead | Director: Stanley Sheff | Stars: George Kirby, Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Tim Moore

20. Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Documentary

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The history of the irreverent "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and the content battles it fought with its television network.

Writer: Maureen Muldaur | Director: Maureen Muldaur | Stars: Joan Baez, Jack Benny, David Bianculli, Allan Blye

21. The 100 Most Memorable TV Moments (2004 TV Mini-Series)

TV-G | 300 min | Documentary

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TV Land presents 100 of the greatest moments in television from the past 50 years

Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Jason Alexander, Laila Ali, Ant

22. NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look (1976 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary

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A celebration of 50 years of NBC broadcasting in radio and television, since first going on the airwaves on 15 November 1926.

Writers: Bill Angelos, Abby Mann, Mike Marmer, Jess Oppenheimer, Orson Welles | Director: Greg Garrison | Stars: Orson Welles, Jack Albertson, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle

23. The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

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This 90-minute special aired on the Lifetime network in June 2003 served as a reunion show for 3 of the 4 Golden Girls. This show has clips from the girls' favorite moments from the show, ... See full summary »

Stars: Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Estelle Getty

24. Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Writer: Ed Singer | Director: Edith Becker | Stars: Robert Culp, Julie Andrews, Angela Cartwright, Yvonne Craig

25. Neighbours Revealed (2000– )

25 min | Documentary, History

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A glimpse at Australia's longest running drama series; behind-the-scenes interviews and anecdotes from some of Australia's most well known actors as they guide the viewer through an average... See full summary »

Stars: Janet Andrewartha, Andrew Bibby, Carla Bonner, Anne Charleston

26. The Funny Blokes of British Comedy (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Comedy, Documentary

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A tribute to the leading men of British television situation comedies, including: John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Lenny Henry, Frank Thornton, Ardal O'Hanlon, John... See full summary »

Director: Duane Huey | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Philip Bretherton, Richard Briers, John Cleese

27. The Mongols (1973)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a ... See full summary »

Writers: Mohammad Reza Aslani, Nader Ebrahimi, Parviz Kimiavi, Abbas Nalbandian, Aqa Seyyed | Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Stars: Fahimeh Rastegar, Parviz Kimiavi, Aqa Seyyed, Ali Mirza

28. Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner (1998 Video)

158 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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Thirty years after the ending of his famous TV series, Martin Milner once again climbs into a classic red Corvette and drives down Route 66, the "Mother Road", from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Director: John Paget | Star: Martin Milner

29. ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003 TV Special)

Documentary

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A retrospective of the 50-year history of the American Broadcasting Company, showcasing clips from past shows and current programs.

Writers: Dave Boone, Jon Macks, Jeff Stilson | Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Garcelle Beauvais, James Belushi

30. Love Letters in the Sands of Time (2010 TV Movie)

58 min | Music

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During the hit show's three-year run, Pat's guest stars were the biggest names in the entertainment industry. This program is literally a time capsule of television variety entertainment, as it existed over half a century ago.

Writer: Tom Parks | Director: Chris Monte | Stars: Count Basie, Pat Boone, Edd Byrnes, Nat 'King' Cole

31. CBS at 75 (2003 TV Special)

150 min | Documentary

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Writers: Dave Boone, Buz Kohan, Jon Macks, Stephen Pouliot | Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Chuck Workman | Stars: Alan Alda, John Amos, Loni Anderson, Lucie Arnaz

32. The Funny Ladies of British Comedy (2004 TV Movie)

Comedy, Documentary

7.1
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A tribute to the leading ladies of British television situation comedies, including: Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales, Mollie Sugden, Judi Dench, Dawn French, Felicity Kendal, and Penelope Keith.

Writer: Michelle Street | Director: Duane Huey | Stars: Chris Barrie, Philip Bretherton, Richard Briers, Moira Brooker

33. TV's Greatest Sidekicks (2004 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

6.4
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Television's biggest stars gather to honor TV's greatest sidekicks.

Writer: Bruce Bailey | Director: Dennis Rosenblatt | Stars: Christina Applegate, Bea Arthur, Hermione Baddeley, Lucille Ball

34. On the Edge of Black and White (2008)

G | 63 min | Documentary, History

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In the mid 1960's, the last of the old American television shows converted from black and white to color. At the same time, America was undergoing an epic cultural revolution. The Stars ... See full summary »

Writer: Sean Laskey | Director: Sean Laskey | Stars: Beth Bemis, Angela Cartwright, Veronica Cartwright, Tony Dow

35. CBS: On the Air (1978 TV Mini-Series)

450 min | Documentary

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7-part series celebrating the first 50 years of CBS broadcasting.

Stars: Alan Alda, Eve Arden, James Arness, Bea Arthur

36. The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments (2005 TV Mini-Series)

TV-G | Documentary

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TV Guide and TV Land present the 100 most unexpected moments in television, the moments that surprised and shocked us.

Stars: Norman Alden, Ed Ames, Louie Anderson, Bob Barker

37. Television (1988– )

Documentary, History

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Star: Edwin Newman

38. Will & Grace: Backstage Pass (2005 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

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This Behind-the-scenes exclusive on the famed TV show, Will & Grace, tells about each character individual, and together. This aired on Lifetime in September of 2005, because Will and Grace started syndication on the Network.

Director: Joseph Freed | Stars: Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

39. The Designing Women Reunion (2003 TV Movie)

Comedy, Documentary

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Writers: Allen Crowe, Pamela Norris | Director: Harry Thomason | Stars: Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart

40. The Last Morse: A Documentary (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary

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A review as well as a celebration of the television series Inspector Morse (1987) as it concluded its 64-episode, 13-year run.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Julian Mitchell | Star: John Thaw

41. SMW: Night of the Legends (1994 Video)

Sport

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Stars: Tony Anthony, Roger Barnes, Larry Booker, Whitey Caldwell

42. Television Under the Swastika (1999 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary, History, Sport

7.1
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A history of Nazi television programming and technology, from 1935 to 1944.

Writer: Michael Kloft | Director: Michael Kloft | Stars: Eugen Hadamovsky, Adolf Heuser, Kurt Hinzmann, Joseph Hoppe

43. Denying Brazil (2000)

92 min | Documentary

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Documentary about Brazilian black actors, and their role in the history of soap-opera, the product with more audience in Brazilian TV.

Writer: Joel Zito Araújo | Director: Joel Zito Araújo

44. Black and White in Colour (1992 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary

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Stars: Stuart Hall, Pearl Connor, Carmen Munroe, Michael Abbensetts

45. CBS: The First 50 Years (1998 TV Movie)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

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A two hour prime time television spectacular, commemorating the golden jubilee of the CBS TV Network.

Directors: Frank Martin, Andrew Solt | Stars: Lynda Carter, Alan Alda, Adam Arkin, Bea Arthur

46. Eye Witness (1947–1948)

30 min | Documentary

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A documentary series showing every conceivable angle on the workings of television--receiving sets, studios, mobile units, the (literally) everyday problems of broadcasting, even the ... See full summary »

Star: Ben Grauer

47. That's What I'm Talking About (2006– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Talk-Show

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Creators: Tonya Lee, Nikki Silver, Ed Wiseman, Orly Wiseman | Stars: Wayne Brady, Greg Anthony, Harry Belafonte, Bud'da

48. Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994 TV Movie)

92 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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A history of science fiction and fantasy television programs.

Writer: Scott Goldstein | Directors: Scott Goldstein, Judy Korin | Stars: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Dean Cain, Carrie Fisher

49. Zulu 5 år (2005– )

7 min | Talk-Show

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TV 2/Zulu's founders and managing directors Palle Strøm and Keld Reinicke celebrate the channel's 5th anniversary. In each episode they interview various hosts and stars from their shows.

Stars: Palle Strøm, Keld Reinicke, Vigga Svensson, Peter Amelung

50. They Went to the Stars (1980 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Writer: David Houston | Director: David Houston | Stars: Don Hastings, Al Hodge, David Houston, Ed Kemmer