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1. 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

2. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Cassie Vance Story (1963)

TV-PG | 75 min | Drama, Western

8.8
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Cassie Vance is accused of theft when money and items belonging to a woman on the train that she nursed turn up missing, and especially after another woman recognizes Cassie as having served time in prison for theft when young.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: John McIntire, Robert Fuller, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 24

3. The Man and the Challenge (1959–1960)

30 min | Adventure

8.6
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Dr. Glenn Barton is a scientist, explorer, and all around adventurer which makes him perfect for the assignments, on which the government sends him. Whether it's testing space equipment or attempting rescues, his quick wits generally save the day.

Stars: George Nader, Joyce Meadows, Jack Ging, Michael Keith

Votes: 57

4. The Prudential Family Playhouse (1950–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Live dramatic series featuring top rated actors in adaptations of Broadway plays or top rated novels.

Stars: Walter Abel, Gertrude Lawrence, Kevin McCarthy, John McQuade

Votes: 19

5. Eye Witness (1953– )

30 min | Drama

8.6
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Live dramatic-anthology emphasizing supernatural and strange twists of fate. Each show had a different host who would appear at the beginning of the show; this host would then appear on the... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Bowman, Wesley Addy, Joseph Anthony, Fay Bainter

Votes: 5

6. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)
Episode: Onward and Upward (1964)

75 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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Corporate lackey Larry Tavener agrees to dispose of the body of his boss' s mistress after she fatally overdoses at a wild party, but when he winds up arrested for murder, he calls on Egan to defend him.

Director: Herman Hoffman | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, John Larch, Roger Perry

Votes: 7

7. I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)
Episode: Radioactive (1956)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Cynthia Leighton, Joseph Hamilton

Votes: 5

8. The Detectives (1959–1962)
Episode: Shadow of His Brother (1961)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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While leaving a restaurant, Captain Holbrook and a waitress are taken prisoner by homicidal maniac Vince Treynor, who is intent on killing Holbrook that night at the same time his brother ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Carlson | Stars: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Adam West, Mark Goddard

Votes: 7

9. 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: 117

10. Your Show of Shows (I) (1950–1954)

90 min | Comedy

8.5
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Live, original comedy originally featuring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Carl Reiner and Howard Morris joined the show later. Two of the great skits on the show were "The Hickenloopers", a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Felisa Vanoff, Carl Reiner

Votes: 258

11. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )

Mystery

8.5
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Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.

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

Votes: 17

12. The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
Episode: Moment of Truth (1969)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A high-ranking executive of a Los Angeles bank is running a loan shark operation on the side. His son-in-law is a famous former football player and U.S. military veteran. The bank executive... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, William Reynolds, Marlyn Mason

Votes: 6

13. Riverboat (1959–1961)
Episode: The Faithless (1959)

60 min | Adventure, Western

8.5
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An escaped prisoner being returned to jail is chained to the Enterprise's mast by his guard. The convict has medical training, but refuses to aid a child who been stricken with a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bartlett | Stars: Darren McGavin, Burt Reynolds, Richard Carlson, Bethel Leslie

Votes: 6

14. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Smile of a Dragon (1964)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

8.4
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An injured Trampas is thought to be a stagecoach robber according to a Sheriff and is reported dead to Shiloh. He is forced to rely on a young Chinese woman for help until a grieving Steve arrives to find he must help rescue Trampas.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Gary Clarke, James Drury

Votes: 43

15. Lancer (1968–1970)
Episode: Welcome to Genesis (1969)

60 min | Western

8.4
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When Jelly is seriously mauled by a cougar, the closest thing to a doctor Murdoch can find to treat him is a man in jail for practicing without a license. The man is brought out to treat ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Day | Stars: James Stacy, Wayne Maunder, Andrew Duggan, Paul Brinegar

Votes: 11

16. 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: 1,093

17. 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: 181

18. The Aquanauts (1960– )

60 min | Adventure

8.3
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Professional salvage divers Larry and Drake (later replaced by Mike) made their livings braving the dangers of the deep recovering sunken wrecks off the Southern California coast. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Ely, Keith Larsen, Jeremy Slate, Peter Falk

Votes: 50

19. The Ford Television Theatre (1952–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.3
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The show started in New York with Broadway actors. It then moved to Hollywood where Hollywood actors headed the cast.

Stars: Philip Carey, Laraine Day, Willis Bouchey, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 127

20. The Ford Theatre Hour (1948–1951)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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An anthology series based in New York City which attracted a high caliber group of actors, often Broadway stars. Stories were both drama and comedies, some original but others adaptions of films and plays.

Stars: William Brower, Biff McGuire, Ernest Truex, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 32

21. Wagon Train (1957–1965)
Episode: The Clay Shelby Story (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

8.3
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With Hawks ill and Comanches threatening to attack, an Army troop meets up with the wagon train. The Indians appear to greatly outnumber the soldiers, so to give the train hope the troop's ... See full summary »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Robert Fuller, John McIntire, Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson

Votes: 9

22. Burke's Law (1963–1966)
Episode: Who Killed Sweet Betsy ? (1963)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.3
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One of a set of identical sisters with odd personalities is poisoned with cyanide at the residence of a beach bum and Burke and Tilson uncover a family history of suspicious deaths involving a cast of quirky characters.

Director: Hy Averback | Stars: Gene Barry, Gary Conway, Regis Toomey, Leon Lontoc

Votes: 42

23. 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: 4,255

24. The Little Foxes (1941)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Richard Carlson

Votes: 9,310

25. I Led 3 Lives (1953–1956)

30 min | Drama

8.2
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Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, John Zaremba, Virginia Stefan, Ed Hinton

Votes: 108

26. 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

27. This Man Dawson (1959– )

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Keith Andes stars as an ex- military man hired on to root out corruption in the police department in an unnamed U.S. city.

Stars: Keith Andes, William Conrad, William Woodson, Tom McDonough

Votes: 18

28. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )
Episode: Enough Rope (1960)

60 min | Mystery

8.2
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Psychologist Robert Flemming wants to be rid of his wife, but his solution is not divorce. Instead, he seduces a young patient, Susan, and convinces her to join him in a conspiracy to kill ... See full synopsis »

Director: Don Richardson | Stars: Walter Slezak, Frank Behrens, Richard Carlson, Bert Freed

Votes: 6

29. The Detectives (1959–1962)
Episode: The Legend of Jim Riva (1961)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Director: Richard Carlson | Stars: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Mark Goddard, Adam West

Votes: 5

30. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
Episode: The Naked Billionaire (1969)

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

8.2
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Daniel Ryder's electronics firm has won a defense contract, but the SIA suspects the reclusive billionaire is being impersonated. Al's old flame Nina Gray is involved with the firm. Can Al trust her help and will she be in danger?

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Robert Wagner, Malachi Throne, Sally Kellerman, Richard Carlson

Votes: 18

31. Rawhide (1959–1965)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way.

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Paul Brinegar, Steve Raines, Eric Fleming

Votes: 2,831

32. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 2,948

33. The Loretta Young Show (1953–1961)

30 min | Drama

8.1
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A drama anthology series hosted by actress Loretta Young. In addition to hosting the series, she played the lead in various episodes.

Stars: Loretta Young, John Milton Kennedy, Robert Foulk, John Newland

Votes: 182

34. Men Into Space (1959–1960)

30 min | Sci-Fi

8.1
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The adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.

Stars: William Lundigan, Joyce Taylor, Charles Herbert, Tyler McVey

Votes: 145

35. Arrest and Trial (1963–1964)

90 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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Los Angeles is where Sergeant Nick Anderson and his fellow officers work to keep the streets safe. After the arrest of the accused, attorney John Egan plans their defense, while the prosecution is lead by Jerry Miller.

Stars: Ben Gazzara, Chuck Connors, Roger Perry, John Larch

Votes: 93

36. Perry Mason (1957–1966)
Episode: The Case of the Tragic Trophy (1964)

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

8.1
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Movie producer Anthony Fry returns from Mexico supposedly engaged to aspiring actress Kathy Anders. In reality, she is trying to clear her father, who Fry claimed worked drunk on a film. When Fry is murdered, Kathy is seen leaving the site.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper, William Talman

Votes: 104

37. The Detectives (1959–1962)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Captain Matt Holbrook leads a squad of brave and tough detectives in a large, unnamed city. Instead of leading personal lives, they spend all of their time tracking murderers, thieves, ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Taylor, Tige Andrews, Russell Thorson, Mark Goddard

Votes: 128

38. Going My Way (1962–1963)

60 min | Drama, Family

8.0
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Father O'Malley is sent to a parish in lower class New York City to assist old, crusty pastor Father Fitzgibbon. Mrs. Featherstone is the housekeeper in the rectory. When he arrives, Father... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kelly, Leo G. Carroll, Dick York, Nydia Westman

Votes: 62

39. Mackenzie's Raiders (1958–1959)
Episode: Deadlock (1959)

30 min | Western

8.0
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An outlaw gang steals an army wagon full of repeating rifles and hightails it for Mexico. Mackenzie and his men cross the Rio Grande and steal the wagon back. Trying to hide the wagon's ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Richard Carlson, Fortunio Bonanova, Jim Bannon, Suzanne Lloyd

Votes: 5

40. Mackenzie's Raiders (1958–1959)
Episode: Pistol Whipped (1958)

30 min | Western

8.0
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While pursuing a gang of outlaws, Colonel Mackenzie enters a remote farmhouse and finds a woman bludgeoned to death and Andy Wheeler barely conscious from what he claims as a pistol ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Richard Carlson, Charles Maxwell, George Gilbreth, Charles Heard

Votes: 6

41. Burke's Law (1963–1966)
Episode: Who Killed My Girl? (1964)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.0
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Using a .38 revolver with a silencer, an assailant murders heiress Diana Mercer in her bedroom after she's been dropped off by her date that night -- her old flame, Amos Burke. As he ... See full summary »

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Gene Barry, Gary Conway, Regis Toomey, Leon Lontoc

Votes: 26

42. 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: 184

43. Cameo Theatre (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

7.9
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Live dramatic plays presented in the round with minimal props, scenery and costumes.

Stars: Claire Luce, Ernest Truex, Douglass Montgomery, Judy Parrish

Votes: 8

44. The Virginian (1962–1971)
Episode: Farewell to Honesty (1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Western

7.9
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The Virginian goes to Honesty, Wyoming to collect $8000 owed the Judge on a crooked cattle deal. The town is owned and run by the corrupt man who owes the money. The fight over the money spills into a murder charge against the Virginian.

Director: Leon Benson | Stars: Lee J. Cobb, Doug McClure, Clu Gulager, Roberta Shore

Votes: 29

45. Riverboat (1959–1961)

60 min | Adventure, Western

7.8
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Grey Holden wins a river boat in a poker game, which he then pilots, along with his crew, in various adventures along the Mississippi River. This action series is set in the nineteenth century.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Dick Wessel, Jack Lambert, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 146

46. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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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: 84

47. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.8
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A daily anthology show, featuring original material, as well as adaptations of literary classics.

Stars: John Conte, Johnny Crawford, Sarah Churchill, Joan Elan

Votes: 73

48. Crossroads (1955–1957)

30 min | Drama

7.8
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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: 59

49. Mackenzie's Raiders (1958–1959)

30 min | Western

7.8
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Colonel Mackenzie, commander of the 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Clark near Brackettville in Kinney County in southwest Texas during the 1870s, receives secret orders from President Ulysses... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Carlson, Art Gilmore, Riley Hill, Jack Ging

Votes: 66

50. Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–1952)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, et cetera.

Stars: Elmer Davis, Charles Dingle, Richard Bishop, Joan Chandler

Votes: 20



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