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1. Joy (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama

6.6
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56 Metascore

Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramírez

Votes: 109,716 | Gross: $56.45M

2. Jackie (V) (2016)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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81 Metascore

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Votes: 59,427 | Gross: $13.96M

3. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 88,243 | Gross: $31.50M

4. The Late Shift (1996 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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A dramatization of the rivalry between David Letterman and Jay Leno to over which of them would succeed Johnny Carson as the host of "The Tonight Show".

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: John Michael Higgins, Daniel Roebuck, Kathy Bates, Bob Balaban

Votes: 2,611

5. Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

6.7
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When the Batmobile is stolen, Adam West and Burt Ward search for it while remembering their days as the stars of the Batman live action series.

Director: Paul A. Kaufman | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Jack Brewer, Jason Marsden

Votes: 1,672

6. The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.4
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Director: Peter Marc Jacobson | Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane

Votes: 125

7. The Designing Women Reunion (2003 TV Movie)

66 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.6
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This five principal original cast members (plus a handful of recurring guests) from the popular sitcom Designing Women (1986) reunite for the first time since 1991 to reminisce and discuss the show.

Director: Harry Thomason | Stars: Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart

Votes: 32

8. Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (2001 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A fun behind-the-scenes look into the 60's television series, "Gilligan's Island."

Director: Paul A. Kaufman | Stars: Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson, Bob Denver, Kristen Dalton

Votes: 432

9. Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.7
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This hour-long special that aired on ABC finds Davy, Micky, Peter, and Mike loking back on the old days (with a medley of their hits) and promoting their 1996 CD "Justus" with 3 music ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Nesmith | Stars: Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork

Votes: 117

10. Pioneers of Television (2008– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson, Betty White

Votes: 175

11. The Movie Orgy (1968)

420 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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A compilation film designed to evoke nostalgia for the shared entertainment experiences of early baby boomers, "The Movie Orgy" includes clips from television programs and B-movies of the ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Ann-Margret, Ngo Dinh Diem, Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Beatles

Votes: 85

12. Casting By (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

7.6
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70 Metascore

The surprising, never-before-told tale of the indispensable yet unsung Casting Director - Iconoclasts whose keen eye, exquisite taste and gut instincts redefined Hollywood.

Director: Tom Donahue | Stars: Deborah Aquila, Risa Bramon Garcia, Ellen Chenoweth, Marion Dougherty

Votes: 1,316 | Gross: $0.01M

13. Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians.

Director: Neill Fearnley | Stars: George Stanchev, L.B. Fisher, Jeff Geddis, Aaron Lohr

Votes: 566

14. Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

6.8
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67 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the great theatre, radio and film artist.

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Orson Welles, Simon Callow, Christopher Welles, Joanne Hill Styles

Votes: 691 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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85 Metascore

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies ... See full summary »

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Robert Altman, Vera Carlisle Anderson, C.L. Batten, Jacqueline Bisset

Votes: 1,186

16. The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry (2003 TV Special)

E | 60 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Rodney Dillard, Don Knotts sat in their court room set where the show was made. They talked about the show and how the show affected their lives and how others ... See full summary »

Directors: Eamon Harrington, John Watkin | Stars: Frances Bavier, Aneta Corsaut, Rodney Dillard, Elinor Donahue

Votes: 54

17. 50 Years of Star Trek (2016 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

7.2
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The cast , crew , creators & critics discuss the impact of Star Trek from its creation by Gene Roddenberry to the present into today and the future. Showing clips from the original unaired ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Roumain | Stars: J.J. Abrams, Mark A. Altman, John Barrowman, Robert Beltran

Votes: 125

18. Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl (2012 TV Movie)

90 min

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Special documenting Betty White's 90th birthday celebration in Los Angeles, CA.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Zachary Levi, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 89

19. Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

8.2
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The history of the television version of "Amos and Andy" and the public outcry to cancel it.

Director: Stanley Sheff | Stars: George Kirby, Freeman F. Gosden, Charles J. Correll, Tim Moore

Votes: 82

20. Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

6.9
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Firefly and Serenity have grown beyond the genius of Joss Whedon. The words Firefly and Browncoat have come to symbolize a sense of community, family, and believing that the impossible can ... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Hadlock, Jason Heppler, Jeremy Neish, Jared Nelson, Brian Wiser | Stars: Morena Baccarin, Kevin Bachelder, Adam Baldwin, Michael Boretz

Votes: 689

21. Funny Business (1992– )

50 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.2
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An examination of the art of comedy and the styles and techniques of some of the world's greatest comedians.

Stars: Hugh Armstrong, Bill Hicks, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin

Votes: 64

22. Dreams Rewired (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, History, News

6.1
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62 Metascore

'Every age thinks it's the modern age...'

Directors: Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode | Star: Tilda Swinton

Votes: 101

23. The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.7
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This 90-minute special aired on the Lifetime network in June 2003 served as a reunion show for 3 of the 4 Golden Girls. This show has clips from the girls' favorite moments from the show, ... See full summary »

Stars: Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, Estelle Getty

Votes: 73

24. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005 Video)

62 min | Documentary

7.6
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Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms,... See full summary »

Director: Loretta Alper | Stars: Stanley Aranowitz, Edward Asner, Roseanne Barr, George W. Bush

Votes: 43

25. The Seinfeld Story (2004 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.2
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The origins of the "Seinfeld" TV series.

Director: Morgan Sackett | Stars: Jason Alexander, Ty Copeman, Larry David, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 269

26. NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002 TV Special)

180 min

6.4
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Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Barbara Eden, Bill Daily, Barbara Feldon, Laura Innes

Votes: 142

27. A Tour of the White House (1962 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

8.1
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Mrs. Kennedy provided a masterful, authoritative, knowledgeable tour of the various historical artifiacts furnishing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, "the people's house", its interior design and ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charles Collingwood, Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy

Votes: 65

28. Hey, Hey We're the Monkees (1997 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

7.9
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Documentary focusing The Monkees, the 1960s pop group originally created for a TV sitcom. Interviews with the band members, the show's creators, and musical collaborators and peers are featured.

Director: Alan Boyd | Stars: The Monkees, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork

Votes: 84

29. Mogholha (1973)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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A director of a television series on the history of cinema, who has been grappling with the screenplay of his first feature film, receives an assignment to oversee the installation of a ... See full summary »

Director: Parviz Kimiavi | Stars: Fahimeh Rastkar, Parviz Kimiavi, Aqa Seyyed, Ali Mirza

Votes: 92

30. Goedenavond, Dames en Heren (2015– )

Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Stars: Anna Raadsveld, Sophie Höppener, Huub Stapel, Loes Luca

Votes: 44

31. Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Documentary

8.4
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The history of the irreverent "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and the content battles it fought with its television network.

Director: Maureen Muldaur | Stars: Joan Baez, Jack Benny, David Bianculli, Allan Blye

Votes: 178

32. American Scary (2006)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

6.5
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American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated ... See full summary »

Director: John E. Hudgens | Stars: Mike Price, Joseph Fotinos, George 'E-Gor' Chastain, James Morrow

Votes: 284

33. Denying Brazil (2000)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

7.1
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Documentary about Brazilian black actors, and their role in the history of soap-opera, the product with more audience in Brazilian TV.

Director: Joel Zito Araújo | Stars: João Acaiabe, Joel Zito Araújo, Walter Avancini, Maria Ceiça

Votes: 34

34. The Funny Blokes of British Comedy (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Comedy, Documentary

7.4
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A tribute to the leading men of British television situation comedies, including: John Cleese, Andrew Sachs, Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Lenny Henry, Frank Thornton, Ardal O'Hanlon, John... See full summary »

Director: Duane Huey | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Philip Bretherton, Richard Briers, John Cleese

Votes: 30

35. NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look (1976 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary

7.9
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A celebration of 50 years of NBC broadcasting in radio and television, since first going on the airwaves on 15 November 1926.

Director: Greg Garrison | Stars: Orson Welles, Jack Albertson, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle

Votes: 16

36. Dinner for One (2003 TV Movie)

29 min | Documentary

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A half-hour introduction to one of the world's most-loved televised sketches, Freddie Frinton's "Dinner for One".

Directors: Helen Atty, Torsten Rosendahl, Paul Anthony Sørensen, Martin Turner | Stars: Nora Harding, Audrey Maye, Len Howe, Stefan Mayr

Votes: 33

37. NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration (1986 TV Special)

180 min | Documentary

5.4
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A cavalcade of NBC stars gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the network, culminating in the unveiling of the new (and current) network logo, the six-feathered peacock.

Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Debbie Allen, Steve Allen, Fran Allison, Harry Anderson

Votes: 34

38. Television Under the Swastika (1999 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary, History, Sport

7.1
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A history of Nazi television programming and technology, from 1935 to 1944.

Director: Michael Kloft | Stars: Eugen Hadamovsky, Adolf Heuser, Kurt Hinzmann, Joseph Hoppe

Votes: 82

39. ABC's 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003 TV Special)

Documentary

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A retrospective of the 50-year history of the American Broadcasting Company, showcasing clips from past shows and current programs.

Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Garcelle Beauvais, Jim Belushi

Votes: 68

40. CBS: The First 50 Years (1998 TV Movie)

Unrated | 120 min | Documentary

5.6
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A two hour prime time television spectacular, commemorating the golden jubilee of the CBS TV Network.

Directors: Frank Martin, Andrew Solt | Stars: Lynda Carter, Alan Alda, Adam Arkin, Bea Arthur

Votes: 17

41. Gotha - kult, kitsch og b-film (1996–1997)

28 min | History, Talk-Show

7.4
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Palle Strøm presents memorable and often rare footage from the archives of Danmarks Radio, trailers from horror and science fiction b-movies from the 1950s and 1960s, obscure educational ... See full summary »

Stars: Palle Strøm, Jakob Stegelmann, Hans Georg Møller, Georg Metz

Votes: 31

42. Route 66: Return to the Road with Martin Milner (1998 Video)

158 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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Thirty years after the ending of his famous TV series, Martin Milner once again climbs into a classic red Corvette and drives down Route 66, the "Mother Road", from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Director: John Paget | Star: Martin Milner

Votes: 19

43. TV's Greatest Sidekicks (2004 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

6.1
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Television's biggest stars gather to honor TV's greatest sidekicks.

Director: Dennis Rosenblatt | Stars: Christina Applegate, Bea Arthur, Hermione Baddeley, Lucille Ball

Votes: 12

44. Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Director: Edith Becker | Stars: Robert Culp, Julie Andrews, Angela Cartwright, Yvonne Craig

Votes: 17

45. The Fools on the Hill (1986 TV Movie)

99 min | Drama

6.8
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This is a dramatisation of the events surrounding the opening night of British television on November 2, 1936 at Alexandra Place in London. It was produced to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The characters are both real and fictional.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Shaughan Seymour, Nicholas Farrell, Caroline Embling, Nicola King

Votes: 13

46. Jack Paar: Smart Television (2003 TV Movie)

Documentary, Comedy, Talk-Show

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Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Woody Allen, The Beatles, Peggy Cass

Votes: 21

47. The Sitcom Story (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

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Stars: Dawn French, Richard Briers, Ben Elton, Ardal O'Hanlon

48. Love Letters in the Sands of Time (2010 TV Movie)

58 min | Music

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During the hit show's three-year run, Pat's guest stars were the biggest names in the entertainment industry. This program is literally a time capsule of television variety entertainment, as it existed over half a century ago.

Director: Chris Monte | Stars: Count Basie, Pat Boone, Edd Byrnes, Nat 'King' Cole

49. TV om TV (1987 TV Special)

Documentary

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Documentary about the kind of reality television creates.

Directors: Lars Grarup, Dan Tschernia

50. The Last Morse: A Documentary (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary

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A review as well as a celebration of the television series Inspector Morse (1987) as it concluded its 64-episode, 13-year run.

Star: John Thaw

Votes: 30