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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Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Elizabeth Allen
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 »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Francis De Sales
Ben Casey (1961–1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Gritty realistic hospital drama featuring manly Dr. Casey against the medical establishment, at first under the watchful eye of Dr. Zorba and later under the thumb of Chief of Surgery Dr. Freeland.

Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Jeanne Bates
Horatio Hornblower 3 (TV Movie 2003)
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.

Director: Andrew Grieve
Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After the Civil War, ex-Union Colonel John Henry Thomas and ex-Confederate Colonel James Langdon are leading two disparate groups of people through strife-torn Mexico. John Henry and ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Antonio Aguilar
Naked City (1958–1963)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The cases of the NYPD's 65th Precinct.

Stars: Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon, Paul Burke
McQ (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Police Lieutenant Lon McQ investigates the killing of his best friend and uncovers corrupt elements of the police department dealing in confiscated drugs.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur
Brannigan (1975)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin's hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

Director: Douglas Hickox
Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson
The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Powell served as host and, in early shows at least, occasional star in this dramatic anthology. It was his last television series and contained his last filmed acting (episode: 'The ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Powell, David Niven, June Allyson
Breaking Point (1963–1964)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dr. Raymer is the mentor and also boss of Dr. McKinley Thompson at York Hospital. The actions centers around the lives of the people who eventually seek help and their situations rather than the treatment prescribed.

Stars: Paul Richards, Eduard Franz, Cece Whitney
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

New high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dick Clark, Victoria Shaw, Michael Callan
Cain's Hundred (1961–1962)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A former underworld lawyer goes to work for the Federal Government, determined to bring 100 top criminals to justice.

Stars: Peter Mark Richman, Gavin MacLeod, Ted de Corsia
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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 toward light subject matter, this series often had powerful stories about painful or controversial subjects. Many big names got involved with this series, including actors like Charlton Heston and Lee Marvin, directors like John Ford, and writers like Ray Bradbury. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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