Highest Rated TV Series Released 1955-01-01 to 1955-12-31


1. Look (1955–1969)

30 min | Documentary

9.2
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Stars: Peter Scott, Guy Mountfort, Eric Hosking, James Ferguson Lees

Votes: 6

2. Celebrity Playhouse (1955– )

30 min | Drama

8.8
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Stars: Scott Brady, Angela Lansbury, Howard Duff, Philip Carey

Votes: 16

3. Was bin ich? (1955–1989)

Game-Show

8.8
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Stars: Robert Lembke, Hans Sachs, Annette von Aretin, Guido Baumann

Votes: 37

4. The Honeymooners (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.7
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A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph

Votes: 3,584

5. Stage 7 (1955– )

30 min

8.7
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A weekly half-hour anthology series, similar to "Four Star Playhouse".

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

Votes: 12

6. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 10,076

7. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.6
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Sgt. Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas US Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. Bilko ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Allan Melvin

Votes: 1,046

8. Wonderama (1955–1987)

Family

8.6
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It was a children's variety show on every Sunday. It had a live children's audience and it was on Channel 5 in New York, which was WNEW, a local station before FOX. Sandy Becker was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat Meikle, Sonny Fox, Brianna Dotson, Corianna Dotson

Votes: 60

9. Million Dollar Movie (1955–1966)

Drama

8.6
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This series began in NYC, on local station WOR TV 9, in 1955, and ran for over a decade. It featured first run movies, where each feature would run for an entire week, airing twice nightly.... See full summary »

Star: Ted Meyers

Votes: 20

10. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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In revenge for the Communist government in Poland having sent his mother to a concentration camp where she died, Matt Anders devotes himself to freeing others from totalitarian countries.

Stars: Brian Keith, Edwin Reimers, Arthur Space, Leon Askin

Votes: 25

11. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 21

12. Warner Brothers Presents (1955–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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This show featured three rotating series, "Kings Row", "Cheyenne" and "Casablanca". The last 15 minutes was devoted to promoting Warner Brothers movies but this was dropped along with "... See full summary »

Stars: Gig Young, Charles McGraw, Marcel Dalio, Dan Seymour

Votes: 13

13. Crunch and Des (1955– )

30 min

8.6
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Crunch and Des are amiable partners in a sailfish sportfishing operation. Lots of sailfish hooked up-action and humerous interaction with their customers.

Stars: Forrest Tucker, Sandy Kenyon, Joanne Bayes, Murray Burns

Votes: 8

14. Front Row Center (1955–1956)

60 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

8.6
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Broadway plays are presented live in condensed one hour versions.

Stars: Robert Sterling, Fletcher Markle, James Daly, Olive Sturgess

Votes: 11

15. Those Whiting Girls (1955–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.6
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The 1955 show concerned sisters Margaret and Barbara Whiting, a coed at UCLA, who lived at home with their mother in Los Angeles, California. The series concerned the adventures of the two ... See full summary »

Stars: Margaret Whiting, Barbara Whiting, Mabel Albertson, Jerry Paris

Votes: 5

16. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.5
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 232

17. Brave Eagle (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

8.5
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Reflecting the Native American viewpoint in the settlement of the American West, This was the first series where an American Indian was the lead character.

Stars: Keith Larsen, Anthony Numkena, Kim Winona, Bert Wheeler

Votes: 50

18. Jungle Jim (1955– )

20 min | Adventure

8.5
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Stars: Johnny Weissmuller, Martin Huston, Dean Fredericks, Tamba

Votes: 169

19. The Johnny Carson Show (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.5
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Comedy routines, featuring Johnny Carson and guests, and singing were the theme of this program.

Stars: Johnny Carson, James Arness, Dimitri Tiomkin, Jack Albertson

Votes: 69

20. Ontdek de ster (1955– )

Family, Musical

8.5
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As the title, Dutch for 'Discover the star', indicates, this Flemish show format was a talent-hunt, one of the primitive precursors of our age's "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" ... See full summary »

Stars: Jef Burm, Oscar De Naeyer, Jan Theys, Tony Corsari

Votes: 11

21. Tales of the Texas Rangers (1955–1959)

30 min | Family, Western

8.4
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Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be ... See full summary »

Stars: Willard Parker, Harry Lauter, William Boyett, Stanley Andrews

Votes: 65

22. The People's Choice (1955–1958)

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Socrates "Sock" Miller joins the city council, clashing with the mayor John Peoples. Sock dates then marries his daughter Mandy complicating things. Sock has a basset named Cleo who shares her thoughts and best friend Rollo.

Stars: Jackie Cooper, Patricia Breslin, Bernadette, Mary Jane Croft

Votes: 81

23. Andy's Gang (1955–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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A TV Show where Andy, with a studio audience full of loud screaming kids, would show movies. At the opening of the show he had a puppet friend called "Froggy". To get the frog to appear ... See full summary »

Stars: Andy Devine, Paul Cavanagh, Nino Marcel, Vito Scotti

Votes: 64

24. Navy Log (1955–1958)

30 min | History, War

8.4
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Showed featured dramatic reenactments of true Naval events taken from the files of the Defense Department. The episodes generally featured little known actors although better known performers sometimes hosted.

Stars: Robert Carson, Robert Shayne, George Conrad, John Close

Votes: 73

25. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.4
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Peggy McCay

Votes: 55

26. Sam and Friends (1955–1961)

5 min | Family

8.4
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Early showcase of Jim Henson's puppet characters.

Stars: Jim Henson, Kermit the Frog, Stan Freberg, Jane Henson

Votes: 27

27. The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (1955– )

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Stars: Eddie Cantor, Keith Richards, Joe Besser, Ida Tobias Cantor

Votes: 17

28. The Children's Corner (1955–1961)

Family

8.4
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Stars: Josie Carey, Fred Rogers

Votes: 12

29. Star Tonight (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Nancy Coleman, Kathleen Comegys, Doreen Lang, Dennis Patrick

Votes: 15

30. The Adventures of Spin and Marty (1955– )

Adventure, Western, Family

8.3
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Stars: Dee Aaker, Tim Considine, David Stollery, Roy Barcroft

Votes: 149

31. Camera Three (1955–1979)

30 min | Music

8.3
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Stars: James Macandrew, Margaret Croyden, Lois Nettleton, Michael Kane

Votes: 21

32. The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An Anthology of mini-features, new productions largely consisted of hasty retreads of successful Fox movies.

Stars: Joseph Cotten, Carl Benton Reid, Grandon Rhodes, Robert Foulk

Votes: 87

33. Grand Ole Opry (1955– )

60 min | Family, Music

8.3
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Country music series that represented the first televised attempt to present the Grand Ole Opry as a regular series.

Stars: Minnie Pearl, Rod Brasfield, Eddie Hill, Carl Smith

Votes: 11

34. Lilli Palmer Theatre (1955– )

30 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Lilli Palmer, Roddy Hughes, Ian Fleming, Brian Wilde

Votes: 6

35. Wide Wide World (1955–1958)

90 min | Documentary

8.3
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Using 40 cameras and 12 mobile vans, this live Sunday afternoon programme broadcast events in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. The show alternated with other programs during its run... See full summary »

Stars: Dave Garroway, Lew Ayres, Robert Fryer, Alice Ghostley

Votes: 9

36. Cheyenne (1955–1963)

60 min | Western

8.2
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After the Civil War, nomadic adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks, Lane Chandler

Votes: 939

37. TV Reader's Digest (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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Family-oriented stories from the pages of "Reader's Digest" were dramatized on film.

Stars: Hugh Reilly, Gene Raymond, Paul Cavanagh, Anthony Eustrel

Votes: 19

38. The Little Rascals (1955– )

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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Television syndication package of the classic 1929-1938 shorts from the "Our Gang Comedies" movie series.

Stars: Wally Albright, Sherwood Bailey, Bobbie 'Cotton' Beard, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard

Votes: 788

39. Captain Kangaroo (1955–1992)

TV-G | 60 min | Family

8.1
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Daily children's program hosted by Captain Kangaroo.

Stars: Robert Keeshan, Hugh Brannum, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

Votes: 757

40. The Millionaire (1955–1960)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.

Stars: Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Roy Gordon, Russ Conway

Votes: 313

41. Damon Runyon Theater (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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An anthology, the episodes of which were based mostly on the original short stories of Daymon Runyan.

Stars: Donald Woods, Wally Vernon, Allen Jenkins, Clegg Hoyt

Votes: 26

42. Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955–1958)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Jane Wyman, Paul Bryar, Simon Scott, Edith Evanson

Votes: 27

43. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.0
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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 3,499

44. The Bob Cummings Show (1955–1959)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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The romantic misadventures of Bob Collins, a suave, sophisticated bachelor and photographer operating in Hollywood, California. The show centers around his womanizing ways with his models, and his sister's attempts to make him settle down.

Stars: Robert Cummings, Ann B. Davis, Rosemary DeCamp, Dwayne Hickman

Votes: 260

45. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

8.0
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An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude.

Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Jack Kelly

Votes: 22

46. Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1955–1967)

60 min | Comedy, Music

8.0
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Stars: Bruce Forsyth, Tommy Trinder, Norman Vaughan, Don Arroll

Votes: 18

47. Take Your Pick (1955–1968)

30 min | Game-Show

8.0
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Contestants picked from the studio audience play a game for cash prizes where they must answer questions without ever saying the words "yes" or "no".

Stars: Michael Miles, Alec Dane, Bob Danvers Walker, Harold Smart

Votes: 13

48. The Woodentops (1955–1958)

15 min | Family

8.0
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Adventures of a family of wooden dolls living on a farm.

Stars: Maria Bird, Eileen Browne, Peter Hawkins, Josefina Ray

Votes: 18

49. Highway Patrol (1955–1959)

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Powerful patrol cars, fast motorcycles, and superheterodyne two-way radios combine to fight crime on the rural highways of America's wide open spaces.

Stars: Broderick Crawford, Art Gilmore, William Boyett, Vance Skarstedt

Votes: 615

50. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955–1960)

Approved | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.9
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A long-running series of adventures featuring Robin of Loxley - Robin Hood - and his group of Sherwood-Forest-based freedom fighters. Robin and his men protected England from the evil ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Greene, Victor Woolf, Archie Duncan, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 517