Highest Rated TV Series Released 1953-01-01 to 1953-12-31


1. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

9.2
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Interviews with figures from public life.

Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Charles Collingwood, Audrey Meadows, Jerry Lewis

Votes: 102

2. Confidential File (1953–1959)

30 min | Talk-Show

9.2
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Stars: Paul Coates, June Foray, Del Moore, Cesar Romero

Votes: 5

3. You Are There (1953–1971)

30 min | Drama, History

8.9
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Walter Cronkite hosted the reenactments of historical events. Shows included "The Landing of the Hindenburg", "The Salem Witchcraft Trials", "The Gettysburg Address", "The Fall of Troy", and "The Scuttling of the Graf Spee".

Stars: Walter Cronkite, Paul Birch, Todd Hunter, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 104

4. The Sandy Becker Show (1953– )

60 min | Comedy

8.8
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Star: Sandy Becker

Votes: 28

5. Der Polizeibericht meldet... (1953–1961)

Documentary

8.8
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Stars: Jürgen Roland, Carl Breuer

Votes: 16

6. Rheingold Theatre (1953–1957)

23 min | Drama

8.7
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Fairbanks narrated, produced and frequently starred in this well-made anthology series which presented everything from drama to mystery to farce. Filmed in England, usually with lesser known actors.

Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Christopher Lee, Ron Randell, Barbara Mullen

Votes: 39

7. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared hosting duties the first season that was originally filmed live but switched to film. ... See full summary »

Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Dorothy Green, Robert Paige

Votes: 26

8. The Ray Milland Show (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Originally Ray McNutley is an English professor at an all girls school where every female swoons for him except for the Dean. Luckily he has an understanding wife Peggy. By the second year ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Milland, Phyllis Avery, Gordon Jones, Minerva Urecal

Votes: 27

9. Life with Father (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Stars: Leon Ames, Lurene Tuttle, Dorothy Bernard, Harvey Grant

Votes: 21

10. Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity.

Stars: Boris Aplon, Eddie Hyans, Sally Jessup, Jack Klugman

Votes: 16

11. Marge and Jeff (1953– )

15 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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A domestic sitcom about a Manhattan newlywed couple.

Stars: Jess Cain, Marge Greene, Dick Stark

Votes: 5

12. The Life of Riley (1953–1958)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

Stars: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Wesley Morgan, Tom D'Andrea

Votes: 254

13. Topper (1953–1955)

30 min | Fantasy, Comedy

8.3
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This series was about a somewhat grumpy and uptight banker, Cosmo Topper, and the ghosts which only he could see or hear, George and Marion Kerby. The Kerbys would often try to get Cosmo to... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Leo G. Carroll, Buck

Votes: 298

14. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Live drama series that was one of the best TV shows ever shown. Over 200 live plays covering all aspects of society were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Hans Conried, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 83

15. The Pride of the Family (1953–1955)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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Stars: Larry J. Blake, Paul Hartman, Fay Wray, Natalie Wood

Votes: 12

16. Valiant Lady (1953)

15 min | Drama

8.3
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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: 7

17. Place the Face (1953–1955)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.3
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Contestants were tasked with identify people from their past who encountered them in a specific situation within a short time limit. Originally the show's contestants consisted of ordinary ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Cullen, Jack Narz, Joanne Gilbert, Xavier Cugat

Votes: 6

18. Private Secretary (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.2
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Susie is secretary to handsome talent agent Peter Sands and keeps getting messed up in (and messing up) his private life. She's assisted (usually) by receptionist Vi and semi-rival Sylvia. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ann Sothern, Don Porter, Ann Tyrrell, Joan Banks

Votes: 103

19. Your Favorite Story (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Stars: Adolphe Menjou, John Hamilton, Gertrude Michael, Bruce Payne

Votes: 12

20. Bank on the Stars (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.2
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Stars: Jack Paar, Bill Cullen, Jimmy Nelson, Bill McCord

Votes: 5

21. The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the seres, she played the lead in various episodes.

Stars: Loretta Young, John Milton Kennedy, Robert Foulk, John Newland

Votes: 152

22. City Detective (1953– )

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Rod Cameron, Dorothy Green, Jorja Curtright, Ross Elliott

Votes: 16

23. Where's Raymond? (1953– )

Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Ray Bolger, Richard Erdman, Sylvia Lewis, Marjie Millar

Votes: 11

24. I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan, Ed Hinton

Votes: 93

25. Winky-Dink and You (1953–1957)

Family, Animation

8.0
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"winky-dink and you" was the pioneer in interactive programming. The core of the program was children sent away for a kit. The kit had a plastic screen that stuck to the TV tube with static... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Barry, Dayton Allen, Mae Questel

Votes: 31

26. Ethel and Albert (1953– )

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, living in the small town of Sandy Harbor.

Stars: Peggy Lynch, Alan Bunce, Jim Bannon, Margaret Hamilton

Votes: 7

27. The Bob Crosby Show (1953–1957)

30 min | Music

8.0
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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

Votes: 8

28. Billy Bean and His Funny Machine (1954–1956)

30 min | Family

8.0
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Stars: Gaylord Cavallaro, Peter Hawkins, Ivan Owen, Dick Vosburgh

Votes: 5

29. Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City (1953– )

30 min | Drama

8.0
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This live program consisted of adaptations of the author Ben Hecht's stories.

Stars: Ben Hecht, Robert H. Harris, Gary Merrill, Olga Baclanova

Votes: 6

30. La séquence du spectateur (1953–1989)

Documentary, Family

8.0
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Stars: Pierre Tchernia, Catherine Langeais

Votes: 6

31. Old American Barn Dance (1953– )

30 min | Music

8.0
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A country-and-western music show.

Stars: Bill Bailey, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Pee Wee King

Votes: 5

32. Coke Time (1953–1957)

15 min | Comedy, Music

7.9
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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: 18

33. Rag Tag and Bobtail (1953–1963)

15 min | Family

7.9
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Adventures of Rag the Hedgehog, Tag the Mouse, and Botail the Rabbit in their countryside home.

Stars: David Enders, Charles E. Stidwill

Votes: 10

34. The Philip Morris Playhouse (1953–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Everett Sloane, John Beal, Donald Cook, Eddie Albert

Votes: 14

35. Romper Room and Friends (1953–1994)

60 min | Family

7.7
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Children's program that was often franchised rather than syndicated (meaning, local television stations could use their own hostesses in lieu of national hosts if they chose). A typical ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Claster Gelbard, Bruce Edward Hall, Molly McCloskey, Nancy Claster

Votes: 96

36. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

Stars: Fred Emery, David Dimbleby, Richard Lindley, Richard Dimbleby

Votes: 249

37. Ponds Theater (1953– )

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Valerie Cossart, Harry Townes, Mildred Dunnock, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 27

38. Bonino (1953– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Bonino, a world-famous concert singer, leaves show business to care for his eight children after the death of his wife.

Stars: Ezio Pinza, Lenka Peterson, Chet Allen, Donald Harris

Votes: 7

39. Candid Camera (1953– )

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

7.7
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Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: Allen Funt, Johnny Roventini

Votes: 54

40. Summer Theatre (1953– )

30 min | Drama

7.7
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A filmed anthology presented in the summer of 1953.

Stars: Vincent Price, Bernadene Hayes, Joan Leslie, Phyllis Coates

Votes: 9

41. The Man Behind the Badge (1953–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Stories taken from the files of various law-enforcement agencies, including city, county and state police, park rangers, military police, etc.

Stars: Charles Bickford, Joel Aldred, Norman Rose, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 31

42. The Irv Kupcinet Show (1953–1984)

Talk-Show

7.6
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Stars: Irv Kupcinet, Bob Hope, Patty Duke, Rich Little

Votes: 15

43. The Motorola Television Hour (1953–1954)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Smith, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 13

44. Make Room for Daddy (1953–1965)

30 min | Comedy, Family

7.4
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Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright

Votes: 611

45. The Quatermass Experiment (1953– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

7.4
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Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »

Stars: Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Hugh Kelly, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 195

46. Space Command (1953– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

7.4
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Frank Anderson was a young adventurer working for Space Command, an international organization working to explore and colonize space.

Stars: Andrew Anthony, Joe Austin, Robert Barclay, James Doohan

Votes: 14

47. The Big Picture (1953–1967)

30 min | Documentary

7.4
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From 1953 to 1963, the U.S. Army produced THE BIG PICTURE television show. Part history lesson, part recruiting tool and part propaganda, the show was widely embraced by the public. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Audie Murphy, Vic Morrow, Stuart Queen, Lorne Greene

Votes: 17

48. Jamie (1953–1954)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Jamie is an orphan who is shuttled from one uncaring home to another. He finally ends up in Aunt Laurie's house where he meets kindred spirit Granpa who is ignored by everyone. The two of ... See full summary »

Stars: Brandon De Wilde, Polly Rowles, Ernest Truex, Kathleen Nolan

Votes: 5

49. Dollar a Second (1953–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

7.4
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A prime-time game show, where contestants earned one dollar for each second that the host's questions were answered correctly. Incorrect replies earned punishment - a stunt had to be performed, a la "Truth or Consequences".

Stars: Jan Murray, Ken Roberts, Dagmar, Riley Murray

Votes: 8

50. Tonight! (1953–1957)

TV-PG | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.2
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The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Steve Allen, Skitch Henderson, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 105