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1. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)
Episode: T.K.O. (1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

9.0
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Director: Frank Woodruff | Stars: Regis Toomey, Martin Milner, Richard Jaeckel, James Dean

Votes: 5

2. Omnibus (1952–1961)

55 min | Drama, History, Music

8.8
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Starting out as a live show from New York City, "Omnibus" was hosted by Alastair Cooke and featured everything from discussions about science and the arts, to original works by such ... See full summary »

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph N. Welch, Helen Hayes

Votes: 136

3. You Are There (1953–1971)
Episode: The Capture of Jesse James (1953)

30 min | Drama, History

8.8
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On April 3, 1882, Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford, a member of his own gang.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Walter Cronkite, Jackie Scholle, James Dean, John Kerr

Votes: 5

4. You Are There (1953–1971)

30 min | Drama, History

8.7
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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: 117

5. The Kate Smith Hour (1950–1954)
Episode: The Hound of Heaven (1953)

Comedy, Family, Music

8.7
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Stars: John Carradine, James Dean, Edgar Staley

Votes: 6

6. Forgotten Children (1952 TV Movie)

8.6
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Director: William Corrigan | Stars: Barbara Bolton, James Dean, Cloris Leachman, Lee Lindsey

Votes: 15

7. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 114

8. Crossroads (1955–1957)
Episode: Broadway Trust (1955)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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A man embezzles $5,000 from his employer to pay for a land deal. When the deal falls through, he has until 3:00 the next day topay it back before the bank examiners discover the loss.

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Tina Carver, James Dean, Russell Hicks

Votes: 5

9. The Big Story (1949–1959)
Episode: Rex Newman, Reporter for the Globe and News (1953)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Ernest Chappell, James Dean, Wendy Drew, Carl Frank

Votes: 5

10. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)
Episode: The Unlighted Road (1955)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Director: Justus Addiss | Stars: James Dean, Murvyn Vye, Edgar Stehli, Patricia Hardy

Votes: 46

11. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 179

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

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 104

13. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Actor, Producer, and Director Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars, and sometimes appearing in the play.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 74

14. Repertory Theatre (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 68

15. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Documentary dramas, plays that were based on true stories, were the forte of Armstrong Circle Theater. Many movie actors and actresses got their start here.

Stars: Douglas Edwards, Sandy Becker, Bob Sherry, John Cameron Swayze

Votes: 69

16. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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Live psychological and murder mystery dramas, and one of the first U.S. television dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 50

17. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

8.0
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A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 35,453

18. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: Ten Thousand Horses Singing (1952)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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James Dean and John Forsythe star in this story of a wealthy orphan who meets a shy airline owner aboard a plane and later discovers that a corpse has been stowed there.

Director: Paul Nickell | Stars: John Forsythe, Catherine McLeod, Joe Maross, Grady Sutton

Votes: 14

19. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 185

20. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 74,170

21. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 30,424 | Gross: $35.00M

22. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 80

23. Crossroads (1955–1957)

30 min | Drama

7.7
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The anthology series dramatized the lives of clergymen of all faiths and the problems they faced in both their professional and personal lives.

Stars: Robert Carson, Frank J. Scannell, Douglass Dumbrille, G. Pat Collins

Votes: 58

24. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
Episode: The Dark, Dark Hours (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A hood forces a doctor and his wife to remove a bullet from the hood's partner.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Ronald Reagan, James Dean, Constance Ford, Jack Simmons

Votes: 68

25. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)
Episode: The Life of Emile Zola (1955)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, William Bakewell, Edgar Barrier, Robert Burton

Votes: 6

26. Treasury Men in Action (1950–1955)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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A squad of Treasury Department agents, headed by "The Chief", go after counterfeiters and other criminals who commit crimes that fall under the Treasure Department's jurisdiction.

Stars: Walter Greaza, Ross Martin, Tom McKee, John Stephenson

Votes: 36

27. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: Sentence of Death (1953)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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A woman witnesses a murder during a store robbery but claims the accused man is not the killer. After he is convicted and weeks away from his execution date, she sees the real killer, but the police are reluctant to reopen the case.

Director: Matt Harlib | Stars: Gene Lyons, Betsy Palmer, Ralph Dunn, James Dean

Votes: 98

28. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)
Episode: Harvest (1953)

53 min | Drama

7.5
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A young man in love with a sophisticated woman from the city is torn between his desires and those of his family. His parents wish him and his brother to stay and work on their small ... See full summary »

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Dorothy Gish, Ed Begley, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 87

29. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 237

30. The Stu Erwin Show (1950–1955)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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Stu Erwin played a mild-mannered high-school principal, with June Collyer as his wife.

Stars: Stuart Erwin, June Collyer, Ann E. Todd, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 80

31. The Big Story (1949–1959)

30 min | Drama

7.4
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Based on a popular radio series, each show tells a different reporter's Big Story, a true story selected from newspapers across the United States. Comments from the actual reporter open and... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Sloane, Ernest Chappell, Ben Grauer, Ernest Chappell

Votes: 22

32. Beat the Clock (1950–1961)

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

7.3
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Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Dolores Rosedale, John Reed King, Bern Bennett

Votes: 82

33. The Web (1950–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.3
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Live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Leslie Nielsen, Haila Stoddard, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 29

34. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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A live CBS half-hour dramatic anthology series, but on two networks in its second season (as "Bigelow-Sanford Theater"); Sunday evenings over CBS and Thursday evenings over DuMont.

Stars: Don DeFore, William Frawley, Jeffrey Silver, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 14

35. Armstrong Circle Theatre (1950–1963)
Episode: The Bells of Cockaigne (1953)

30 min | Drama

7.3
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An old warehouse worker dreams of saving enough money to return to his native Ireland, but it would seem unlikely. A young man who also works there is in a bad fix, he too has little money ... See full summary »

Director: James Sheldon | Stars: Gene Lockhart, James Dean, Vaughn Taylor, Donalee Marans

Votes: 39

36. Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy

7.2
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An aging heir-less millionaire wants to leave his fortune to the unsuspecting family of his first love but not before testing his prospective heirs by living with them under the guise of a poor boarder.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn, Gigi Perreau

Votes: 1,105

37. The Stu Erwin Show (1950–1955)
Episode: Jackie Knows All (1951)

Comedy

7.2
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James Dean briefly appears as Randy in a story about love, real estate, and mind reading.

Director: Howard Bretherton | Stars: Stuart Erwin, June Collyer, James Dean, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 10

38. Family Theatre (1949–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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Crucifixion parable set during Korean War.

Stars: Tudor Owen, Raymond Burr, Richard Hale, Ruth Hussey

Votes: 34

39. The Kate Smith Hour (1950–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.1
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A half-hour variety program which aired on CBS television with host Kate Smith.

Stars: Kate Smith, Ted Collins, Bill Norvas, The Upstarts

Votes: 16

40. Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952–1954)

30 min | Drama

7.1
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Stars: Parker Fennelly, James Dean, Don Hanmer, Kristine Miller

Votes: 14

41. Campbell Summer Soundstage (1952–1954)
Episode: Something for an Empty Briefcase (1953)

Drama

7.1
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Joe wants a different future than one as a petty hoodlum and when he attempts to rob an aspiring dancer Noli, he glimpses the possibilities. He imagines purchasing a briefcase as a start but his crime partner is reluctant to let him go.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Susan Douglas Rubes, James Dean, Don Hanmer, Robert Middleton

Votes: 95

42. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)
Episode: The Evil Within (1953)

TV-G | 30 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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Scientist perfects a chemical unleashing the beast within, but before he can create an antidote, his neglected wife accidentally is dosed when he has to rush a batch home to keep it ... See full summary »

Director: Don Medford | Stars: James Dean, Margaret Phillips, Rod Steiger

Votes: 68

43. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton

Votes: 1,479

44. Trouble Along the Way (1953)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Wayne, Donna Reed, Charles Coburn, Tom Tully

Votes: 1,414

45. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)
Episode: Abraham Lincoln (1952)

60 min | Drama

6.9
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The story of court-martialed Union soldier William Scott, who is slated for execution for sleeping on duty after he was sent for by Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Paul Nickell | Stars: Judith Evelyn, Robert Pastene, Harry Townes, Betty Low

Votes: 13

46. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)
Episode: The Thief (1955)

Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Director: Vincent J. Donehue | Stars: Diana Lynn, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, Patric Knowles

Votes: 50

47. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
Episode: I'm a Fool (1954)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A man tells the story of his coming to adulthood when he left home at age 18 and learned the consequences of telling a lie to impress a girl.

Director: Don Medford | Stars: Eddie Albert, James Dean, Natalie Wood, Roy Glenn

Votes: 116

48. Repertory Theatre (1948–1956)
Episode: Run Like a Thief (1954)

Drama

6.8
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Alexander has been a faithful employee of Madame Pollard as maitre d' at her elegant resort. Eager to introduce his protege Rob, things go wrong when his wife Della finds an expensive ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Hayden | Stars: Kurt Kasznar, Gusti Huber, Ward Costello, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 41

49. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)
Episode: A Long Time Till Dawn (1953)

60 min | Drama

6.7
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Just out of prison Joe Harris looks to restart his life. His wife Barbie has moved and the one man who can tell him where refuses to do so. Enraged, Joe beats the old man senseless and runs... See full summary »

Director: Richard Dunlap | Stars: Robert Cass, James Dean, Pud Flanagan, Billy M. Greene

Votes: 63

50. CBS Television Workshop (1952– )

30 min | Drama

6.6
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Stars: Robert Baines, John Baragrey, Harry Bellaver, Philip Bourneuf

Votes: 29



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