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1. Closure (1997 Video)

91 min | Documentary, Music

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A two video set from the band Nine Inch Nails. The first tape consists of all NIN's music videos, including several that were never released previously. The second tape is a documentary of ... See full summary »

Directors: Jonathan Rach, Serge Becker, Peter Christopherson, Eric Goode, Simon Maxwell, Jon Reiss, Mark Romanek, Ben Stokes, Brett Turnbull, Eric Zimmerman | Stars: Charlie Clouser, Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Trent Reznor

Votes: 848

2. A Token of His Extreme (2013 TV Movie)

Unrated | 90 min | Music

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Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Napoleon Murphy Brock, George Duke, Chester Thompson, Ruth Underwood

Votes: 11

3. The Yellow Shark (1992)

88 min | Music

8.8
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This live recording was culled from seven September 1992 concerts given in Vienna, Berlin, and Frankfurt by the Ensemble Modern, a Frankfurt-based chamber orchestra that performs only contemporary music.

Director: Egbert van Hees | Stars: Frank Zappa, Peter Rundel, Ensemble Modern, Andreas Böttger

Votes: 29

4. Cousteau: Alaska: Outrage at Valdez (1989)

48 min

8.8
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Director: Jean-Michel Cousteau

Votes: 20

5. Roxy the Movie (2015)

116 min | Documentary, Music

8.7
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A concert movie showing a performance by the much-loved 1973 incarnation of the Mothers of Invention. An incredible cast of musicians treat us to a selection of blistering, pointillist jazz... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Frank Zappa, Ruth Underwood, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Tom Fowler

Votes: 150

6. Peefeeyatko (1991)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.7
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This Film is an intimate music portrait of American composer Frank Zappa, who lives secluded from the outside world at his home and music studio in Los Angeles, California. For the past ten... See full summary »

Director: Henning Lohner | Stars: Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Matt Groening, Karlheinz Stockhausen

Votes: 42

7. The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991–1996)
Episode: In the Army/Powdered Toastman (1992)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Comedy

8.6
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Ren and Stimpy join the Army, where they begin basic training under a very demanding Drill Sargent. We then follow the unusual and bizarre adventures of "Powdered Toast Man" as he is called on for various rescue missions.

Directors: Kelly Armstrong, Gregg Vanzo, Bob Camp, John Kricfalusi, Bong Hee Han | Stars: Bob Camp, Gary Owens, Cheryl Chase, John Kricfalusi

Votes: 105

8. Miami Vice (1984–1990)
Episode: Payback (1986)

TV-14 | 48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.6
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Crockett goes undercover to take down Mario Fuente (Zappa), a dealer of 'weasel dust'.

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott

Votes: 248

9. The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (1988 Video)

59 min | Comedy, Documentary

8.5
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Using takes and rehearsals discarded from the original edit plus interviews made during the shooting, Zappa reconstructs the bizarre story of 200 Motels, one of the most problematic ... See full synopsis »

Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 89

10. The Dub Room Special! (1984 Video)

92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.5
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Direct to video film by Frank Zappa. Features footage from two of his concerts: a 1974 Los Angeles concert and a 1981 New York City concert. It also includes clay animation by Bruce Bickford.

Directors: Dick Darley, Clark Santee, Frank Zappa | Stars: Frank Zappa, George Duke, Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson

Votes: 174

11. Video from Hell (1985 Video)

60 min | Music

8.5
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In a little over an hour, 'VIDEO FROM HELL' provides a preview of current and projected Honker releases, including 'BABY SNAKES', 'THE TRUE STORY OF 200 MOTELS' and 'UNCLE MEAT' (all 1987 ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, Adrian Belew, Jimmy Carl Black

Votes: 74

12. Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution (1967 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary

8.5
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Stars: Leonard Bernstein, Janis Ian, Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash

Votes: 10

13. Frank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (1980 TV Movie)

44 min | Documentary, Music

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Directors: Rudi Dolezal, Hannes Rossacher | Stars: Frank Zappa, Ike Willis, Tommy Mars, David Logeman

Votes: 8

14. Livewire (1980– )

30 min | Talk-Show

8.5
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Stars: Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Mark Cordray, Afrika Bambaataa, R.E.M.

Votes: 8

15. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: Joking the Chicken (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.5
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Duckman cannot understand the inexplicable popularity of a non-offensive comedian, until he learns the hack comic's secret.

Director: Jeff McGrath | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 47

16. 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: 2,825

17. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.4
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Inspired by an earlier children's series, Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958), Shelley Duvall hosted this series featuring some of the best known actors in Hollywood performing adaptations of... See full summary »

Stars: Shelley Duvall, John Achorn, Patrick DeSantis, David McCharen

Votes: 1,736

18. Does Humor Belong in Music? (1985 Video)

57 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.4
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Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.

Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Ike Willis, Bobby Martin

Votes: 302

19. Whistle Test (1971–2018)

Music

8.3
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Contemporary music show featuring live performances and interviews with an emphasis on album acts.

Stars: Bob Harris, Richard Williams, Anne Nightingale, David Hepworth

Votes: 135

20. The Steve Allen Playhouse (1962–1964)
Episode: Episode dated 31 October 1963 (1963)

Comedy, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Denver, John R. Diehl, Adam Keefe, Stuffy Smith

Votes: 6

21. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: I, Duckman (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.3
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Duckman tries to figure out who is trying to kill him.

Director: Marv Newland | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 76

22. The David Frost Show (1969–1972)

90 min | Talk-Show

8.2
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American show featuring the popular British talk show host.

Stars: David Frost, Gerri Granger, Tiny Tim, Dana Valery

Votes: 117

23. The New Steve Allen Show (1961–1965)

48 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.2
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It was a show basically about laughing until you were in tears, or just falling down, doubling over with laughter...a show for the whole family, with some of the funniest comic people on ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Allen, Johnny Jacobs, Louis Nye, Les Brown and His Band of Renown

Votes: 58

24. The New Steve Allen Show (1961–1965)
Episode: Episode dated 27 March 1963 (1963)

Comedy, Talk-Show

8.2
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Stars: Steve Allen, Mel Tormé, Jennie Smith, Sammy Fain

Votes: 6

25. Crossfire (1982– )
Episode: Rock 'n' Roll Ruckus (1986)

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Thomas Braden, Robert D. Novak, John Lofton, Frank Zappa

Votes: 6

26. Big Little Lies (2017– )
Episode: Somebody's Dead (2017)

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A suspicious death at an elementary school fundraiser draws attention to the frictions among three mothers and their families.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 3,839

27. Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

8.1
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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

Stars: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson

Votes: 39,291

28. The Norman Gunston Show (1975–1979)

Comedy

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A subversive parody of the established variety "Tonight Show" format, centering on a weekly roster of celebrity guests who were 'interviewed' by Norman Gunston.

Stars: Garry McDonald, Max Rowley, Abigail, Candy Raymond

Votes: 71

29. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: A Civil War (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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While investigating a murder, Duckman becomes jealous of the attention being given to his partner, Cornfed, and fires him.

Director: Norton Virgien | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 42

30. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: It's the Thing of the Principal (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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Ajax falls in love with his vice principal.

Director: Igor Kovalyov | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 42

31. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: Psyche (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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Feeling inadequate, Duckman gets a bill job, leading to other problems.

Director: Paul Demeyer | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 48

32. Baby Snakes (1979)

R | 166 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

8.0
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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.

Director: Frank Zappa | Stars: Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, Tommy Mars, Terry Bozzio

Votes: 769

33. Saturday Night Live (1975– )
Episode: Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa (1976)

TV-14 | 90 min | Comedy, Music

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The host for the episode is Candice Bergen (her third appearance), and the musical guest is Frank Zappa. The skits for this episode are as follows: For the opening, Patty Hearst enjoys a ... See full summary »

Directors: Dave Wilson, Gary Weis | Stars: Candice Bergen, Frank Zappa, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi

Votes: 74

34. Beavis and Butt-Head (1993–2011)
Episode: Canoe (1993)

TV-14 | Animation, Comedy, Music

8.0
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Mr. Van Driessen takes Stewart, Beavis and Butt-Head on a therapeutic camping trip, where disaster strikes.

Directors: Mike Judge, Gregg Vanzo | Stars: Mike Judge, Adam Welsh

Votes: 65

35. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: Cellar Beware (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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Duckman purchases an expensive home protection system. The next morning, when the family is robbed, Duckman poorly rewires the system, leading them to run to the basement to avoid being killed by it.

Director: Norton Virgien | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 41

36. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: Gripes of Wrath (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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Duckman would rather go see mud wrestling, but is forced to take the kids to the unveiling of a supercomputer, where he makes a comment that inspires the computer to make the world a better place, for a while anyway.

Director: Norton Virgien | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 47

37. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: T.V. or Not to Be (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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A televangelist hires a skeptical Duckman to find a painting that she claims creates miracles, and has a near-death experience.

Director: Raymie Muzquiz | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 55

38. All You Need Is Love (1977– )

60 min | Music, Documentary

7.9
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Series tracing the development of 20th-century popular music in all its forms.

Stars: Irving Caesar, Hoagy Carmichael, Bing Crosby, John Hammond

Votes: 65

39. Hoepla (1967)

Documentary, Music

7.9
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Stars: Hans Verhagen, Wim T. Schippers, Wim van der Linden, Trino Flothuis

Votes: 9

40. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: Gland of Opportunity (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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Recieving the gland of a daredevil gives Duckman a new outlook on life.

Director: John Eng | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dana Hill

Votes: 43

41. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)
Episode: Not So Easy Riders (1994)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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Evading the IRS, Duckman and Cornfed go on a road trip.

Director: Paul Demeyer | Stars: Jason Alexander, Nancy Travis, Gregg Berger, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 43

42. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 19,408 | Gross: $0.19M

43. Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994–1997)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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A crass, womanizing duck works as a private eye with his level-headed pig sidekick, all-the-while raising a family as a single dad.

Stars: Jason Alexander, Gregg Berger, Nancy Travis, Dweezil Zappa

Votes: 5,078

44. The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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Live performances by some of the top rock-and-roll acts of the mid 60s. Includes Ray Charles, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, and several more.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Joan Baez, Gene Clark, Mike Clarke, The Byrds

Votes: 146

45. Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World (2011 Video)

Documentary

7.8
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Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World tells the story of the wah wah effect pedal, from its invention in 1966 to the present day. Musicians, engineers, and historians discuss the impact ... See full summary »

Directors: Max Baloian, Joey Tosi | Stars: Bob Bradshaw, Jerry Cantrell, Del Casher, Bobby Cedro

Votes: 49

46. Zappa's Universe (1993 Video)

90 min | Music

7.8
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Director: Willy Smax | Stars: Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Mats Öberg, Morgan Agren

Votes: 8

47. The Steve Allen Playhouse (1962–1964)

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

7.8
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Stars: Steve Allen, Johnny Jacobs, Donn Trenner, Herb Ellis

Votes: 15

48. The '80s: The Decade That Made Us (2013– )
Episode: Shop 'til You Drop (2013)

Documentary

7.8
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Director: Jonathan Rudd | Stars: Rob Lowe, Kurt Andersen, David Sirota, Gil Troy

Votes: 38

49. Daria (1997–2001)
Episode: That Was Then, This Is Dumb (1998)

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Helen and Jake's former-hippie friends Willow and Coyote Yeager visit, causing the Morgendorffers to doubt their own value system. Daria and Quinn stick around to use their protest ... See full summary »

Directors: Sue Perrotto, Karen Disher | Stars: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo, John Lynn

Votes: 135

50. Faerie Tale Theatre (1982–1987)
Episode: The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers (1984)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.8
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An intelligent, fearless boy living in a superstitious Transylvanian village goes out into the world to figure out what everyone else is afraid of, "the shivers". The king hires him to rid the castle of ghosts and evil spirits.

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Dana Hill, Christopher Lee, Peter MacNicol, David Warner

Votes: 120



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