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1. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.9
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Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 1,017

2. The Dana Carvey Show (1996– )

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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Riffs on pop culture, politics and even the show's own sponsors.

Stars: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert

Votes: 815

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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: 171

7. 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

8. 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: 82

9. Texaco Star Theatre (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.8
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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: 92

10. 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

11. The DuPont Show of the Week (1961– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

5.8
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Stars: Walter Matthau, Frank McGee, Art Carney, Dane Clark

Votes: 86

12. 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: 75

13. 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: 53

14. Encounter (1952–1961)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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An anthology television series aired from Toronto, Canada, and carried by both CBC and ABC. In Canada, the series was known as "General Motors Presents". The one-hour dramas were either ... See full summary »

Stars: Austin Willis, Barry Morse, Katharine Blake, James Doohan

Votes: 18

15. Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951– )

Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.

Stars: Richard Derr, Vinton Hayworth, Parker McCormick, Harry Mehaffey

Votes: 258

16. Alcoa Premiere (1961–1963)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Hosted by famous dancer and 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 »

Stars: Fred Astaire, Keir Dullea, Paul Comi, Joan Staley

Votes: 84

17. 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: 70

18. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables (1959).

Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 89

19. The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.8
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Stars: June Allyson, Don Rickles, Dick Powell, Naomi Stevens

Votes: 104

20. Tonight! (1953–1957)

TV-PG | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.2
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The show originated as a local New York City late night program in June 1953 and went onto the network in September 1954. Throughout the summer of 1956, Steve Allen was the only host. When ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Skitch Henderson, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 113

21. The General Motors Playwrights Theater (1991–1993)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Anthony Edwards, Kevin Anderson, Lauren Bacall, Mark Linn-Baker

Votes: 12

22. Kraft Mystery Theater (1959– )

60 min | Mystery

8.2
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A successor to Kraft Television Theater with a change of focus away from straight drama. The high productions remained along with the ability to attract well known talent.

Stars: Frank Gallop, Conrad Phillips, Lee Patterson, S. John Launer

Votes: 37

23. 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: 33

24. Shower of Stars (1954–1958)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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A CBS variety show that ran monthly from 1954-1958, broadcast in color. Stars appearing included Betty Grable, Mario Lanza, Jack Benny, Basil Rathbone, Fredric March, Shirley MacLaine and ... See full summary »

Stars: William Lundigan, Jack Benny, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa

Votes: 50

25. Benson & Hedges World Cup Cricket (1992– )

Sport

8.0
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The 1992 Cricket World Cup (officially the Benson and Hedges World Cup 1992) was the fifth staging of the Cricket World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). It was ... See full summary »

Stars: Wasim Akram, Ian Botham, Martin Crowe, Imran Khan

Votes: 14

26. The Motorola Television Hour (1953–1954)

60 min | Drama

7.4
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Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Smith, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 18

27. The Alcoa Hour (1955–1957)

60 min | Drama

7.1
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This live series featured adaptations of other works (novels, plays, et cetera) plus original works for the show. It was primarily dramas, but a few musicals also were presented. The show ... See full summary »

Stars: Luis Van Rooten, Loïs Bolton, Robert Emhardt, Robert Dryden

Votes: 58

28. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )

Mystery

8.7
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Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.

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

Votes: 16

29. Goodyear Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

7.3
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Stars: David Niven, Robert Ryan, Jane Powell, Peter Leeds

Votes: 35

30. Ponds Theater (1953– )

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Valerie Cossart, Harry Townes, Mildred Dunnock, Carmen Mathews

Votes: 30

31. The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956–1957)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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Live dramas that were broadcast every other week. The show had covered both light and serious drama and featured both well-known and not so well-known actors and actresses.

Stars: Alexander Scourby, William Shatner, Larry Gates, Walter Kingsford

Votes: 33

32. 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: 69

33. The General Electric College Bowl (1959–1970)

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

8.5
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Two teams each representing a college or university and composed of four students answered questions rooted in the liberal arts in a battle for scholarship money and prestige.

Stars: Robert Earle, Allen Ludden, John Bellairs, Mel Brandt

Votes: 25

34. The Revlon Mirror Theater (1953– )

30 min | Drama

3.8
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Stars: Robin Chandler, Ellen Corby, Glenn Langan, Harry Harvey

Votes: 68

35. Lux Playhouse (1958–1959)

30 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

8.1
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This filmed series of light comedies, romances and melodramas alternated on Friday nights with the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" between October 1958 and Sepetmeber 1959.

Stars: Alice Backes, Charles Keane, Nesdon Booth, Polly Bergen

Votes: 35

36. Prudential World Cup Cricket 1983 (1983– )

Sport

8.0
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The 1983 Cricket World Cup (officially the Prudential Cup '83) was the 3rd edition of the Cricket World Cup tournament. It was held from 9 June to 25 June 1983 in England and Wales and was won by India.

Stars: Kapil Dev, Viv Richards, Zaheer Abbas, Michael Holding

Votes: 8

37. 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

38. The Donald O'Connor Show (1954–1955)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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Sid and Donald are two young songwriters trying to market their wares. The situations created around this premise primarily enabled them to perform.

Stars: Donald O'Connor, Sidney Miller, Joyce Cunning, Mitzi Gaynor

Votes: 18

39. Celanese Theatre (1951–1952)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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This program consisted of adaptations of high-quality plays written by leading playwrights.

Stars: Philip Coolidge, Wendell Corey, Ralph Morgan, Wesley Addy

Votes: 13

40. 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

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

30 min | Drama

8.8
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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: 24

42. Nash Airflyte Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama

6.8
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Live anthology series featuring a wide format of stories (western, musical comedy, dramatic, et cetera).

Stars: William Gaxton, Ralph Riggs, Dane Clark, Ian Keith

Votes: 16

43. Gruen Guild Theater (1951–1953)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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Stars: Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, Bonita Granville, Ludwig Donath

Votes: 18

44. Tecmo Bowl (1987 Video Game)

Sport

7.8
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In this Football game, the player can choose their NFL licensed team they want to play with as they face off football rivals and is later treated to a halftime show with cheerleaders.

Votes: 27

45. Westinghouse Playhouse (1961– )

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Nan, a successful Broadway star, marries Dan McGovern a widower. On their way home, Dan tells her that he had not told his two children, Buddy and Nancy, that he was getting married. Nan is... See full summary »

Stars: Nanette Fabray, Wendell Corey, Bobby Diamond, Jacklyn O'Donnell

Votes: 12

46. Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going (1962 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal, Jason Robards, Kim Stanley

47. Westinghouse Presents: The Sound of the Sixties (1961 TV Special)

60 min | Musical

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Great fun with sketches and songs, such as "Do It Yourself" sung by Carney, "If I Loved You" by Vic Damone, "Make Someone Happy" by Vic Damone and Gogi Grant, "Bless This House" by Mahalia ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Art Carney, John Daly, Vic Damone, Gogi Grant

48. Chesterfield Presents (1952– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery

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Mystery anthology sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes.

Stars: Wendell Corey, Faye Emerson, Nina Foch, Signe Hasso

49. The Gulf Playhouse (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama

3.9
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This live show was seen through the "eye" of the camera. The actors in each episode would talk to the camera as if it were a person.

Stars: Mildred Dunnock, James Westerfield, Eddie Bracken, Henry Jones

Votes: 23

50. Westinghouse Preview Theatre (1961– )

30 min | Comedy

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Summer replacement show of 10 unsold pilots plus one musical.

Stars: Hal March, Jack Albertson, Merry Anders, Joe E. Brown



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