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1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: To Serve Man (1962)

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

9.2
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An alien race comes to Earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man".

Director: Richard L. Bare | Stars: Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings, Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright

Votes: 2,961

2. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
Episode: Diamond Field Jack (1963)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

9.1
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An attorney takes the case of a famed gunman who is charged with murder. The attorney begins to question whether his reputation was deserved or whether it was hyped.

Director: Murray Golden | Stars: Edward Binns, Frank Sutton, Don Hanmer, Joseph Ruskin

Votes: 8

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: 60,254

4. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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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: 86

5. Judd for the Defense (1967–1969)
Episode: The Deep End (1967)

60 min | Crime, Drama

9.0
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Judd defends a skipper charged with the murder of four people aboard his boat. The only witness is a little girl who was also wounded during the slaughter.

Director: Seymour Robbie | Stars: Carl Betz, Stephen Young, Leslie Nielsen, Beverly Garland

Votes: 6

6. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Episode: Doberman the Crooner (1958)

Comedy, Family

8.9
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Bilko hears a recording made by a mystery singer & sets out to find out who the voice belongs to. Doberman is the mystery singer & Bilko sets up an audition at a record company. Is Duane about to become the nation's next big thing?

Director: Al De Caprio | Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 14

7. Ben Casey (1961–1966)
Episode: To the Pure (1961)

60 min | Drama

8.9
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Add a Plot

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Vince Edwards, Sam Jaffe, Aki Aleong, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 10

8. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )

Mystery

8.8
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Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.

Stars: Walter Slezak, Vincent Price, Everett Sloane, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 16

9. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Episode: The Elusive Dik-Dik (1964)

60 min | Drama

8.8
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A renowned tropical doctor and his young son are both stricken with a rare fever from an elusive animal. Unfortunately, there is only enough serum available to treat one of them, and Kildare may be the one to decide who gets it.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Brooks, Barbara McNair

Votes: 6

10. The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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This was an anthology series which aired live. It often featured adaptations of one-act stage plays.

Stars: Guy Kibbee, Faye Emerson, John Conte, Vicki Cummings

Votes: 23

11. Emergency! (1972–1979)
Episode: Alley Cat (1973)

Not Rated | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.7
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John discovers he's going to be a father... to kittens... when a pregnant stray cat appears on his bed, and Boot the Dog is not happy about the cat being there. The paramedics rescue a ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Crosland Jr. | Stars: Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup, Randolph Mantooth

Votes: 47

12. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Episode: The Search (1962)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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A woman and a little girl are admitted to the hospital and determined to be suffering from botulism poisoning. A dedicated but overly brash and assertive young pediatrician teams with a ... See full summary »

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Jeremy Slate, George Mathews

Votes: 9

13. Hazel (1961–1966)
Episode: You Ain't Fully Dressed Without a Smile (1963)

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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Dorothy is still out of town helping her aunt who has a broken heel. Hazel won a recipe contest. George wants to sell an old desk in the house, but someone tells him President Lincoln may have used it.

Director: William D. Russell | Stars: Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, Bobby Buntrock, Ellen Corby

Votes: 23

14. 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: 1,221

15. 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: 116

16. Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Episode: A Sense of Tempo (1964)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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An eccentric, acerbic author checks himself in at Blair. Despite tests showing him to be in perfect health, he insists that he has a premonition that he is going to die, and refuses to ... See full summary »

Director: John Newland | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Cyril Ritchard, Pat Crowley

Votes: 5

17. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Episode: Bilko Goes South (1957)

Comedy, Family

8.4
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Roseville is freezing and Bilko enters the platoon into a singing contest. First prize is a trip Florida. The platoon arrives in Miami and is treated like royalty. Could it be that the singing contest is what they have really signed up for?

Director: Al De Caprio | Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 28

18. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.3
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Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,048

19. 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

20. Daniel Boone (1964–1970)
Episode: A Touch of Charity (1969)

60 min | Adventure, History, Western

8.3
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To help out Jimmy McGill, a penniless young man swindled in a land deal, Daniel offers him a piece of land to be paid for over time. When Amos Brown's daughter Charity, betrothed to another... See full summary »

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Fess Parker, Patricia Blair, Darby Hinton, Dal McKennon

Votes: 18

21. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Episode: Bilko Gets Some Sleep (1956)

Comedy, Family

8.3
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Bilko is having trouble sleeping. A psychiatrist advises Bilko to reform his ways and stop gambling. However, it's not long before the whole camp becomes unsettled as they believe Bilko is simply cooking up a new set of schemes.

Director: Al De Caprio | Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 19

22. Perry Mason (1957–1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 4,140

23. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,693

24. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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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

25. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Episode: Bilko the Art Lover (1958)

Comedy, Family

8.2
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Bilko is in dire need of a break but true to form has no funds. He contacts Carlyle Thompson III thinking he now has his millions but instead finds him as penniless as himself.

Director: Al De Caprio | Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 24

26. The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
Episode: Silent Partner (1969)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Steven Harber, in debt with a pregnant wife, is also on the jury for the federal trial of a Cosa Nostra leader in San Diego. Harber takes a $5,000 bribe while at work at a filling station, ... See full summary »

Director: William Hale | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, William Reynolds, Robert Hooks

Votes: 5

27. The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
Episode: Sky on Fire (1967)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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George Bellamy, married just three months, has gotten another woman pregnant. That woman's brother meets Bellamy in a cabin in a national forest in the middle of a fire alert area. A fight ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, Stephen Brooks, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 9

28. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Duplicate Daughter (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Carter Gilman hires Perry to investigate a female private detective he believes is blackmailing his wife. When Perry calls Paul to look into it, Paul tells him the woman was found murdered. Gilman is charged as she was killed in his shop.

Director: Arthur Marks | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 106

29. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Episode: The Council: Part 1 (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.2
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A top mob leader, Frank Wayne, is endangering the U.S. economy. Phelps's plan attacks Wayne on various fronts. First the IMF watches as Jimmy Bibo, one of Wayne's associates is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris

Votes: 135

30. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Episode: The Face on the Recruiting Poster (1956)

Comedy, Family

8.2
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Mike McCluskey is assigned to Bilko's platoon. Bilko tries to get McCluskey's face on the new Army recruiting poster, but Doberman unwittingly winds up being picked as the best-looking soldier on the camp.

Director: Al De Caprio | Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Maurice Gosfield

Votes: 25

31. Maverick (1957–1962)
Episode: The Ice Man (1961)

60 min | Comedy, Western

8.2
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Bart Maverick finds a body encased in ice, but the body raises more troubles than just the usual who-dunit.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Jack Kelly, Andrew Duggan, Shirley Knight, Bruce Gordon

Votes: 31

32. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 186,037 | Gross: $102.31M

33. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

8.1
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Bret and Bart Maverick are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore, Lane Chandler

Votes: 2,224

34. The Invaders (1967–1968)

51 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. Suddenly, in the middle of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Max Kleven, William Windom

Votes: 2,030

35. Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.1
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Set against the beautiful tropical landscape of Honolulu, Hawaii, this series centered around the cases of Hawaiian Eye Private Investigations and the two handsome, slick, tough-guy ... See full summary »

Stars: Poncie Ponce, Connie Stevens, Douglas Mossman, Robert Conrad

Votes: 359

36. The Paper Chase (1978–1986)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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The trials of a group of law students under the tutelage of a strict professor.

Stars: John Houseman, James Stephens, Tom Fitzsimmons, James Keane

Votes: 678

37. 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: 70

38. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford, Gene Lyons

Votes: 52

39. Mannix (1967–1975)
Episode: A Copy of Murder (1968)

52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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An author, preparing a book about a well-publicized murder case in a small California city, is killed when his yacht blows up. The author's publisher hires Mannix to find the book's last ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Mayer | Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Barbara Rush, Clifton James

Votes: 50

40. Batman (1966–1968)
Episode: Batman's Waterloo (1967)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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Though Batman escapes his watery trap, Robin is left in the hands of King Tut. The deluded villain still believes that Lisa Carson is really Queen Cleopatra, and calls Lisa's father to ... See full summary »

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 141

41. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Episode: Bilko's Vampire (1958)

30 min | Comedy, Family

8.1
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Ritzik leaves Bilko's poker sessions early to watch his favorite horror movies. Bilko convinces Ritzik that he's a vampire. Hollywood are looking for a new horror movie star, Bilko tries to convince them he has just the man for the job.

Directors: Al De Caprio, Aaron Ruben | Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Maurice Gosfield, Allan Melvin

Votes: 12

42. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Grover Johnson and his wife Eula have a rural ranch with a big mortgage. Eula wants to leave but no one wants to pay enough to make it worthwhile to sell until a rich Texan says it is what he wants. When Eula is killed, Grover is charged.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, Ray Collins

Votes: 106

43. Sunday Showcase (1959–1960)
Episode: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (1959)

Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Sammy's irresistible rise to Hollywood success continues.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Sidney Blackmer, Larry Blyden, Norman Fell, John Forsythe

Votes: 23

44. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.0
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An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 6,955

45. Cheyenne (1955–1963)

60 min | Western

8.0
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After the Civil War, nomadic adventurer Cheyenne Bodie roamed the west looking for fights, women, and bad guys to beat up. His job changed from episode to episode.

Stars: Clint Walker, Clyde Howdy, Chuck Hicks, Lane Chandler

Votes: 1,180

46. Judd for the Defense (1967–1969)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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High-priced Houston lawyer Clinton Judd, and his assistant Ben Caldwell, take cases throughout the U.S. The program dealt with then-taboo subjects.

Stars: Carl Betz, Stephen Young, Walter Brooke, John Dehner

Votes: 157

47. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Kraft Suspense Theater was an anthology series which featured a new cast and stories each week.

Stars: David Lewis, Francis De Sales, Harry Townes, Jack Kelly

Votes: 170

48. Broadside (1964–1965)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Lt. Anne Morgan and her fellow Waves are posted to the backwater station on Ranakai, much to the displeasure of Commander Adrian. So his South Seas idyll, including gourmet cook, isn't disrupted has Adrian scheming to transfer the women.

Stars: Kathleen Nolan, Edward Andrews, Dick Sargent, Sheila James Kuehl

Votes: 28

49. The Law and Mr. Jones (1960–1962)

30 min | Drama

8.0
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Abraham Lincoln Jones is a lawyer assisted by his law clerk, young C.E. Carruthers, and his secretary Marsha Spear. His cases usually did not involve violence but rather "white collar" ... See full summary »

Stars: James Whitmore, Janet De Gore, Conlan Carter, Russ Brown

Votes: 35

50. Cheyenne (1955–1963)
Episode: Pocketful of Stars (1962)

60 min | Western

8.0
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Cheyenne scouts for a railroad to lay track to the West. Where the track goes may not be up to the company paying for the route as someone else has a preferred one. At the same time Cheyenne wins a Chinese pearl - a woman.

Director: Robert Sparr | Stars: Clint Walker, Lisa Lu, Weaver Levy, Robert Foulk

Votes: 28



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