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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

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Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Of the many anthology series, Playhouse 90 is considered the most ambitious with oustanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter
Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Hosted by famous dancer/actor Fred Astaire, this series presented a new drama with each week's episode. Unlike some of the earlier drama series, which tended either toward classics or ... See full summary »

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Adventures in Paradise (1959–1962)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Adam Troy was an American Korean War veteran who stayed in the Pacific after the war. As captain of the schooner "Tiki III", Troy drifted from adventure to adventure while carrying ... See full summary »

Stars: Gardner McKay, James Holden, Lani Kai
Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

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

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One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »

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Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A master defense attorney handles difficult criminal cases for his accused clients.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
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 O'Brien (2 episodes, 1957)
Henry Hunter
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 Spencer (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Thief (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 Mrs. Evelyn Stevens / ... (2 episodes, 1958)
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When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed. Instead of having a completely different cast for each episode, the series now used a set group of actors who would appear repeatedly throughout the series in various roles. While most of the productions were serious dramas, a few comedies were also included in the mix. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Predictable fare, well made with starry cast
9 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Also known as 'Turn of Fate', this series presents mysteries and stories with a twist - a kind of 1950s Tales of the Unexpected. With stars such as David Niven, Jane Powell, and Robert Ryan, the quality of the acting is high - the stories somewhat easy to work out, but entertaining nonetheless.

The prints currently airing on TV are sharp and clear so it's likely some restoration has been done; the quality of this series also proves that the 1950s were indeed a golden age for American television, when stage and movie stars alike were embracing the medium.

Turn of Fate is well worth half an hour of anyone's time and the stories and situations are varied enough for several episodes to be watched without the viewer getting bored.


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