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1. Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Musical

6.6
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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 6,879 | Gross: $13.13M

2. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,825

3. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.6
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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 1,204

4. The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Music

7.8
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The classic prime time variety show most famous for its vaudeville acts and rock music performances.

Stars: Ed Sullivan, Johnny Wayne, Frank Shuster, Roberta Peters

Votes: 1,026

5. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,401

6. The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1982)

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.3
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Mike Douglas, aided by a different celebrity co-host every week, interviews a variety of figures from the world of entertainment.

Stars: Mike Douglas, Ellie Frankel, Ellie Frankel Sextet, Totie Fields

Votes: 343

7. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

8.5
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The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,093

8. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.5
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Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas U.S. Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base, tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,230

9. The Red Skelton Hour (1951–2016)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.2
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Long-running weekly show that spotlighted legendary comedian and beloved television clown, Red Skelton. Each show featured comedy skits, gags, and vignettes starring Skelton and guest performers.

Stars: Red Skelton, David Rose and His Orchestra, Art Gilmore, Tom Hansen Dancers

Votes: 917

10. I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.1
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"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Garry Moore, Betsy Palmer

Votes: 366

11. The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1970)

60 min | Comedy

7.9
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The Smothers Brothers host a comedy variety show that became notorious for its topical satirical humor.

Stars: Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Pat Paulsen, Peter Cullen

Votes: 1,121

12. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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An American anthology series, with a new episode and different actors and actresses each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan, the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Lee Marvin, Edgar Buchanan, Nancy Reagan

Votes: 225

13. The Jackie Gleason Show (1952–1973)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy

8.5
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Live variety show with Jackie Gleason.

Stars: Jack Lescoulie, The June Taylor Dancers, Jackie Gleason, Ray Bloch

Votes: 304

14. Merrily We Live (1938)

Passed | 95 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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Dizzy society matron Emily Kilbourne has a habit of hiring ex-cons and hobos as servants. Her latest find is a handsome "tramp" who shows up at her doorstep and soon ends up in a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Constance Bennett, Brian Aherne, Alan Mowbray, Billie Burke

Votes: 1,379

15. The Phynx (1970)

GP | 81 min | Comedy, Music

4.6
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A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by Communist enemies of the U.S.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Michael A. Miller, Ray Chippeway, Dennis Larden, Lonny Stevens

Votes: 178

16. Man on Fire (1957)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

6.5
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A wealthy businessman whose wife has divorced him, is bitter about the divorce, and prevents his ex-wife from seeing their child. The ex-wife takes him to court, and a judge tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Bing Crosby, Inger Stevens, Mary Fickett, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 300

17. This Is Your Life (1955–2003)

30 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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The UK version of the popular US show. Eamonn Andrews (later Michael Aspel) surprises celebrities by presenting them with the Big Red Book before taking them into the studio to tell viewers... See full summary »

Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel, Eric Sykes, William Roache

Votes: 149

18. The Singing Nun (1966)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.1
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Young and inexperienced Sister Ann has just arrived at her next posting at Samaritan House, a Dominican order located in a disreputable neighborhood of Ghent, Belgium. Sister Ann is ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Ricardo Montalban, Greer Garson, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,053

19. The Patsy (1964)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy

6.3
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When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy). But the man they choose, bellboy Stanley Belt, cant do ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Ina Balin, Everett Sloane, Phil Harris

Votes: 1,754

20. Flip (1970–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.3
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One of the many variety shows available in the 1970s (along with Sonny and Cher, Captain and Tennille, Donny and Marie, etc). Hosted by African American comic actor Flip Wilson, this show ... See full summary »

Stars: Flip Wilson, Tim Conway, George Carlin, Roy Clark

Votes: 865

21. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 93

22. The Bob Hope Show (1950– )

60 min | Comedy, Family

6.3
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Stars: Bob Hope, Les Brown, Les Brown and His Band of Renown, Peter Leeds

Votes: 148

23. Mr. Adams and Eve (1957–1958)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Two famous Hollywood actors Eve Drake and Howard Adams, a married couple, are shown at home plus at work usually to comedic effect. They wrangle with studio head J.B. Hafner and deal with agent, the affable Steve.

Stars: Howard Duff, Ida Lupino, Olive Carey, Hayden Rorke

Votes: 33

24. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

7.7
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Stars: Regis Philbin, Joey Bishop, Norm Crosby, Jan Murray

Votes: 113

25. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends (1949–1959)

60 min | Music

6.1
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Arthur Godfrey and his Friends entertained the audience with many skits and Musical numbers. The show was live, and Godfrey often did away with the script and improvised. He refused to ... See full summary »

Stars: Arthur Godfrey, Tony Marvin, Roberta Sherwood, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 19

26. Person to Person (1953–1961)

30 min | Documentary, News

9.0
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Interviews with figures from public life.

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

Votes: 113

27. The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

8.6
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Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 188

28. The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966)

92 min | Comedy

4.6
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Marty and Steve, American tourists in France, are given a multipurpose umbrella and pitted against an international band of art thieves. Among the stolen treasures is the Statue Of Liberty.

Director: Norman Abbott | Stars: Marty Allen, Steve Rossi, John Williams, Nancy Sinatra

Votes: 142

29. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

8.2
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American show featuring the popular British talk show host.

Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

Votes: 117

30. The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and ... See full summary »

Director: John Moffitt | Stars: Art Carney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 49

31. There Goes My Heart (1938)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

6.6
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A young heiress runs away from her overprotective grandfather. Penniless on the streets of New York, she manages to find employment, but a reporter knows her true identity.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Fredric March, Virginia Bruce, Patsy Kelly, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 517

32. This Is Your Life (1971–1973)

30 min | Biography, Reality-TV

8.1
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Stars: Ralph Edwards, Carol Channing, Nanette Fabray, Bette Davis

Votes: 97

33. The Ford Theatre Hour (1948–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An anthology series based in New York City which attracted a high caliber group of actors, often Broadway stars. Stories were both drama and comedies, some original but others adaptions of films and plays.

Stars: William Brower, Biff McGuire, Ernest Truex, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 32

34. The $64,000 Question (1955–1958)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.5
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Among the most influential of the big-money quiz shows, and the undisputed king of the genre of the 1950s, contestants answer questions in a specific field in an attempt to win $64,000.

Stars: Joyce Brothers, Barbara Feldon, Hal March, Lynn Dollar

Votes: 48

35. The Kraft Music Hall (1967–1971)

60 min | Music

6.4
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A few years after Perry Como left as host, "The Kraft Music Hall" was revived as a regular series from 1967-71. There was no set host during this period, and various guest hosts, usually a ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Herlihy, Alan King, Eddy Arnold, Anne Meara

Votes: 67

36. The ABC Comedy Hour (1972– )

60 min | Comedy

8.0
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On an alternate basis, "The ABC Comedy Hour" presented "The Kopykats" with various comedy specials.

Stars: George Kirby, Frank Gorshin, Marilyn Michaels, Joe Baker

Votes: 43

37. The Joan Rivers Show (1968– )

30 min | Talk-Show

6.4
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Stars: Joan Rivers, Richard Benjamin, Rodney Dangerfield, Phil Foster

Votes: 37

38. Mr. Broadway (1933)

63 min | Comedy

6.1
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Ed Sullivan shows night spots all over New York in this movie, joking and listening to stories the patrons tell.

Directors: Johnnie Walker, Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Ed Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Ruth Etting, Bert Lahr

Votes: 9

39. Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Documentary

6.4
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This short shows how Hollywood gets ready for the world premiere of an "important" movie. The film celebrated here is Marie Antoinette (1938), which had its premiere at the Carthay Circle ... See full summary »

Director: Herman Hoffman | Stars: Don Wilson, Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Una Merkel

Votes: 72

40. The Beatles at Shea Stadium (1966 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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Documentary film of The Beatles classic August 15, 1965 New York concert.

Director: Robert Precht | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 447

41. Look Up and Live (1954–1979)

30 min

5.9
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Stars: Ed Summerlin, Edward Mulhare, Claudia McNeil, Andrew Young

Votes: 16

42. Alice in Movieland (1940)

Approved | 22 min | Short, Drama, Music

5.9
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In a U.S. town that could be anywhere, 18-year-old Alice Purdee wins a free trip to Hollywood. With the assistance of a cheerful porter, she takes the night train and dreams about her ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Joan Leslie, Nana Bryant, Clara Blandick, Clarence Muse

Votes: 196

43. Senior Prom (1958)

82 min | Musical

5.8
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Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Jill Corey, Paul Hampton, James Komack, Barbara Bostock

Votes: 57

44. Fight of the Century (1971 TV Special)

64 min | Sport

7.8
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World championship heavyweight boxing live from Madison Square Garden in New York City as the defending champion, Joe Frazier, takes on the undefeated challenger, Muhammad Ali.

Stars: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Johnny Addie, Woody Allen

Votes: 22

45. General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (1954 TV Special)

Comedy, History, Musical

8.6
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Tribute to the then-ten-year partnership between composer Richard Rodgers and librettist-lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, presented by General Foods, celebrating its 25th anniversary. ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Levy | Stars: Mary Martin, Ed Sullivan, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen

Votes: 18

46. Ma! He's Making Eyes at Me (1940)

Approved | 61 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

7.0
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Woodbury's fashionable gown-salon on Fifth Avenue is about to take bankruptcy. An unemployed showgirl, Connie Curtiss, tell's the store's press agent, Tommy Shaw, that more girls would buy ... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Tom Brown, Constance Moore, Richard Carle, Anne Nagel

Votes: 10

47. The Million Dollar Incident (1961 TV Movie)

73 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A couple of crooks made off with one of the largest hauls. The crime - they made off with Jackie Gleason, the kidnaping began at the benefit for the Heart Fund.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Jackie Gleason, Millette Alexander, Sorrell Booke, Robert Dane

Votes: 13

48. Big Town Czar (1939)

Passed | 66 min | Mystery

5.3
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When gangster Phil Daley gets rid of his chief Paul Burgess he has everything that money can buy, except the respect of his parents and his sweetheart Susan Warren. His younger brother ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Barton MacLane, Tom Brown, Eve Arden, Jack La Rue

Votes: 9

49. The 14th Annual Grammy Awards (1972 TV Special)

90 min | Music

7.9
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Grammy - music award of the American academy of the audio recording, was founded by the American association of sound-recording companies of March, 14, 1958. Grammy is awarded annually as a... See full summary »

Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: The 5th Dimension, Muhammad Ali, Herb Alpert, Leonard Bernstein

Votes: 7

50. Ghost of the Town (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.2
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In this pun-title cartoon (from Toast of the Town) Casper, the friendly ghost, is banished from Ghost Town/Heaven/Territory, because he refuses to frighten living people. He saves a baby ... See full summary »

Director: Izzy Sparber | Stars: Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer, Mae Questel, Alan Shay

Votes: 35



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