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1. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Splinter Station (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

9.6
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Mary runs an outpost on the American frontier where her most important job is providing horses to the Union side. But a confederate Caleb is intent on derailing her operation until they meet over a horse's foal delivery.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Claude Akins, Phil Dean, Jeff DeBenning, Raymond Guth

Votes: 5

2. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

9.1
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A filmed series of one-hour dramatizations of the lives of famous historical people, as well as important historical events.

Stars: Russell Johnson, Van Heflin, Kent Smith, Eddie Little Sky

Votes: 83

3. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 54,294

4. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: Among the Missing (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.0
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Jess and Sheriff Cory find two of the three men who held up the Laramie bank and shot Mike. Before he dies one tells them they may find the third man Mitch in Chlorine. Jess must go alone but the reception in Chlorine is icy at best.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Spring Byington, Dennis Holmes

Votes: 42

5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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On a peaceful suburban street, strange occurrences and mysterious people stoke the residents' paranoia to a disastrous intensity.

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: Rod Serling, Claude Akins, Barry Atwater, Jack Weston

Votes: 2,864

6. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Cabin (1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

8.9
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To escape a potentially lethal blizzard, Matt seeks shelter in a cabin in which two psychopathic bandits have enslaved and repeatedly molested a young woman after murdering her father.

Director: John Rich | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 104

7. You Are There (1953–1971)

30 min | Drama, History

8.8
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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: 111

8. Law of the Plainsman (1959– )

30 min | Western

8.8
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Sam Buckhart was an Apache Indian who had saved the life of a U.S. Cavalry officer after an Indian ambush. When the officer died, he left Sam money that was used for an education at private... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Ansara, Gina Gillespie, Dayton Lummis, Nora Marlowe

Votes: 47

9. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Jean Byron, Paul Bryar

Votes: 92

10. Slattery's People (1964–1965)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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Jim Slattery enters the state legislature, hopeful that he can make a difference. He finds dealing with endless rules and the majority opposition party frustrates any meaningful change but he stubbornly perseveres.

Stars: Richard Crenna, Paul Geary, Tol Avery, Robert Stevenson

Votes: 64

11. Big Town (1950–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.8
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"Big Town" was a long running and highly successful network radio series (1937- 1952) and film series ("I Cover the Underworld," "Underworld After Dark," and "Underworld Scandal") before ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McVey, Mark Stevens, Jane Nigh, Mary K. Wells

Votes: 21

12. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
Episode: Desert Island (1956)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.8
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While filming a movie, actor Claude Akins, dressed in wild native costume, meets with Ricky and agrees to scare Lucy and Ethel for playing a trick that got them stranded on the island earlier.

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 130

13. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: Queen of Diamonds (1960)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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A beautiful woman tries to avoid her marshal husband for his own protection, because a gang of robbers is planning on killing him over a robbery he foiled, thanks to her warning. She draws Slim in to help but Jess thinks she is bad luck.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: John Smith, Robert Fuller, Julie London, Claude Akins

Votes: 47

14. Slattery's People (1964–1965)
Episode: Question: When Do We Hang the Good Samaritan? (1965)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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One of the two episodes of this highly praised, but sadly almost forgotten, series that I have seen. Directed by Richard( "Vanishing Point") Sarafian and co-starring Claude Akins, Barbara ... See full synopsis »

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Richard Crenna, Claude Akins, Joe Brooks, Owen Bush

Votes: 6

15. Cannon (1971–1976)
Episode: Target in the Mirror (1973)

PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

8.8
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Cannon turns down a client, and when she is killed in her house shortly after his visit, he is drawn into both her murder investigation and the reason she called him.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: William Conrad, Claude Akins, Frank Marth, Alex Rocco

Votes: 25

16. The Dick Powell Theatre (1961–1963)
Episode: Epilogue (1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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An attorney is involved in a duel of wits with a psychopath.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: David Niven, Lee Marvin, Ricardo Montalban, Claude Akins

Votes: 7

17. Longstreet (1971–1972)
Episode: Eye of the Storm (1972)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.7
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Mike travels to a lonely roadside diner to meet the representative of a gang that stole a valuable jade chess set, in order to pay the ransom for its return. The man he is supposed to meet ... See full summary »

Director: Don McDougall | Stars: James Franciscus, Marlyn Mason, Peter Mark Richman, Claude Akins

Votes: 10

18. The Rifleman (1958–1963)
Episode: The Safe Guard (1958)

30 min | Family, Western

8.7
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A Texas gunslinger is hired to protect the bank of North Fork. When he appears at the McCain Ranch, he doesn't leave a very good impression with Lucas, and for good reason - he has a secret. Mark is proud when he sells his first pig.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Claude Akins, Marc Lawrence

Votes: 71

19. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: The Sendoff (1961)

Not Rated | 50 min | Western

8.7
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While gathering mavericks in deep brush, Favor discovers the remnants of a wagon train destroyed by Comanches along with 12 graves. Some are looking for a a survivor including a woman whose son was killed and the man helping her.

Director: George Templeton | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Sheb Wooley, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 32

20. The Rebel (1959–1961)
Episode: The Waiting (1960)

Approved | 30 min | Western

8.7
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Yuma stops at a bar where a bounty hunter is holding the wife of the outlaw he hopes to collect on. Seeing Yuma's descriptive resemblance to the outlaw, the bounty hunter decides upon an alternative plan---killing Yuma and passing him off as the outlaw. Will the wife go along with this idea?

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Nick Adams, Claude Akins, William Bryant, Harry Whisner

Votes: 17

21. 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 backgrounds 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: 11,772

22. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the master of suspense and mystery.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

Votes: 3,076

23. The Silent Service (1957– )

30 min | Action, War

8.6
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Documentary dramatic anthology about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Thomas M. Dykers, Eric Morris, Robert Knapp, Ron Foster

Votes: 82

24. Medic (1954–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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Highlights the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors and surgeons headed by Dr. Konrad Styner. One of the first medical shows on TV that paid strict attention to detail, and... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Boone, Mary Stewart, Robert Stevenson, Robert Bray

Votes: 98

25. The Alaskans (1959–1960)

60 min | Adventure

8.6
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When gold was discovered in the Yukon in the 1890s, thousands of hopeful prospectors headed north for a chance at becoming rich. The easiest passage to the Yukon was through the small ... See full summary »

Stars: Roger Moore, Dorothy Provine, Jeff York, Ray Danton

Votes: 54

26. Wide Country (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Sport, Western

8.6
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Mitch Guthrie is a champion bronco rider in the rodeo who tries to keep his kid brother, Andy, from pursuing the same life.

Stars: Earl Holliman, Andrew Prine, Slim Pickens, Ray Teal

Votes: 45

27. Rawhide (1959–1965)
Episode: Incident of the Lost Idol (1961)

Not Rated | 52 min | Western

8.6
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The drovers come across a teenage brother and sister and their ill dying mother, alone on the trail. The family had planned to relocate to the East to elude the outlaw father who had just escaped from jail and is evading bounty hunters.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Eric Fleming, Clint Eastwood, Sheb Wooley, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 37

28. State Trooper (1956– )
Episode: Rodeo Rough House (1956)

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.6
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Blake is sent to northern Nevada to investigate the robbery and beating of a rancher who just withdrew 600 dollars in brand new bills from the Tonopah bank. Blake investigation of the crime... See full summary »

Director: John English | Stars: Rod Cameron, Beverly Garland, Claude Akins, Robert Burton

Votes: 5

29. Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)

Approved | 25 min | Western

8.5
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The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham, Stewart East

Votes: 1,846

30. Combat! (1962–1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

8.5
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Combat!, a one-hour World War II drama series on television, followed a frontline American infantry squad as they battled their way across Europe. With mud-splattered realism, the show ... See full summary »

Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Pierre Jalbert, Jack Hogan

Votes: 1,857

31. Adventures in Paradise (1959–1962)

60 min | Adventure

8.5
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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, Guy Stockwell

Votes: 226

32. State Trooper (1956– )

30 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Rod Blake, a State Trooper is an officer of the Nevada Department of Public Safety. The setting is in the 1950s American West.

Stars: Rod Cameron, Robert Armstrong, Don Haggerty, Paul Stader

Votes: 63

33. Combat! (1962–1967)
Episode: Ask Me No Questions (1966)

Action, Drama, War

8.5
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Saunders is imprisoned in a German compound where an enemy soldier is posing as a GI.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Claude Akins, Ed Peck

Votes: 28

34. Movin' On (1974–1976)
Episode: From Baltimore to Eternity (1975)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama

8.5
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Sonny and Will pick up a load from a Baltimore furniture factory whose owner has refused to pay a local thug "protection" money. The bomb intended for the factory ticks hidden in the ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Claude Akins, Frank Converse, George Dzundza, Thom Christopher

Votes: 10

35. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Greater Love (1956)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

8.5
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Killer Jed Butler takes Doctor Adams hostage to help his dying partner, and learns the true meaning of love for a friend, when Matt risks his life to rescue the good doctor.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 90

36. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: He Learned About Women (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Taken prisoner by a band of comancheros, Chester is helped to escape by one of the band's women and flees with another who may or may not be worthy of his trust.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 66

37. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Innocence (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Art and Bob both have an eye on a new girl in town. She works at the Long Branch but only has eyes for the most well liked man in town. On the eve of their marriage, it all comes to a head and the town is out for blood.

Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 55

38. Combat! (1962–1967)
Episode: Nightmare on the Red Ball Run (1967)

60 min | Action, Drama, War

8.5
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A tyrannical sergeant, snipers and a dangerous cargo plague Kirby and Littlejohn as they drive trucks to the front lines.

Director: Michael Caffey | Stars: Vic Morrow, Rick Jason, Claude Akins, Jack Hogan

Votes: 37

39. Bronco (1958–1962)
Episode: The Besieged (1958)

60 min | Western

8.5
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Bronco hears gunfire while riding. He spots a family headed for California being attacked by a band of gunmen. The family is not firing back so he helps assuming they are out of ammo but they are Quakers who do not believe in fighting.

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Ty Hardin, Claude Akins, Sue Randall, Jack Elam

Votes: 23

40. Movin' On (1974–1976)
Episode: The Toughest Men in America (1975)

TV-PG | 48 min | Drama

8.5
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Sonny's comment published in a trucker's magazine about truckers being "the toughest men in America" draws the ire of the US Marines, and results in a challenge to complete one week of Marine basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Director: Lawrence Dobkin | Stars: Claude Akins, Frank Converse, Roosevelt Grier, Art Metrano

Votes: 11

41. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.4
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A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 19,559

42. 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: 2,566

43. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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: 167

44. Empire (1962–1964)

60 min | Western, Drama

8.4
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Jim Redigo is foreman for the enormous Garrett Ranch owned by matriarch Lucia with her children Tal and Constance. Redigo had his hands full managing people, machines, and animals with a specific interest in the attractive Connie.

Stars: Richard Egan, Ryan O'Neal, Anne Seymour, Terry Moore

Votes: 45

45. Pony Express (1959– )

30 min | Western

8.4
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Add a Plot

Stars: Grant Sullivan, Don Dorrell, Boyd 'Red' Morgan, Douglas Kennedy

Votes: 20

46. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared hosting duties the first season that was originally filmed live but switched to film. ... See full summary »

Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Anita Colby, Dorothy Green

Votes: 31

47. Crusader (1955–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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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: 28

48. Laramie (1959–1963)
Episode: Death Wind (1960)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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A stage arrives with passengers that want to continue on at the same time a twister is supposed to hit the area. One of the passengers is hurt when Slim has to hit him when he pulls a gun. They are followed by a hit man who is after him.

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: John Smith, Hoagy Carmichael, Robert Crawford Jr., Robert Fuller

Votes: 43

49. Movin' On (1974–1976)
Episode: Landslide (1975)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama

8.4
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While detouring around a road construction site, Will and Sonny are trapped by a landslide on a wilderness road, along with six other people: a runaway and her boyfriend, an alcoholic ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Fenady | Stars: Claude Akins, Frank Converse, Cameron Mitchell, John Ritter

Votes: 10

50. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Snap Decision (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.4
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Matt quits his job as Marshal when he shoots Ray Gilcher, a prisoner and wartime buddy, dead in apparent self defense and it turns out Glicher was actually trying to save Matt's life.

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 67