tv shows 1948-1989

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1. Lawman (1958–1962)

30 min | Western

This is the story of Marshal Dan Troop of Laramie, Wyoming, and his Deputy Johnny McKay, an orphan Troop took under his wing.

Stars: John Russell, Peter Brown, Peggie Castle, Emile Avery

Votes: 551

2. Wagon Train (1957–1965)

TV-PG | 75 min | Drama, Western

Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts, and Rocky Mountains.

Stars: Frank McGrath, Terry Wilson, Robert Horton, John McIntire

Votes: 2,127

3. The Lone Ranger (1949–1957)

TV-G | 30 min | Western

The adventures of the masked hero and his Native American partner.

Stars: Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart, Chuck Courtney

Votes: 1,787

4. Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo, Pamela Hensley

Votes: 1,206

5. Mannix (1967–1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and Police Department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood, Ron Nyman

Votes: 2,310

6. The Munsters (1964–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

Votes: 10,791

7. Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow

Votes: 5,969

8. Father Knows Best (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy.

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin

Votes: 1,639

9. The Addams Family (1964–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.

Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy

Votes: 12,150

10. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 4,515

11. Bonanza (1959–1973)

TV-PG | 49 min | Western

The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 7,121

12. Star Trek (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 67,018

13. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)

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

After a severely injured test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear-powered limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.

Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lindsay Wagner

Votes: 8,066

14. The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)

TV-G | 60 min | Comedy, Family

Television show featuring skits by Carol Burnett and her comedy troupe.

Stars: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner

Votes: 4,254

15. The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A veteran cop with more than twenty years of experience is teamed with a young Inspector to solve crimes in San Francisco, California.

Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas, Reuben Collins, Richard Hatch

Votes: 4,558

16. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Music

The original rapid fire sketch comedy show.

Stars: Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens

Votes: 2,303

17. Laredo (1965–1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Rustlers, bank robbers, and their own wild schemes: a band of Texas Rangers keeps getting in and out of trouble, under the jaundiced eye of Captain Parmalee.

Stars: Neville Brand, Peter Brown, William Smith, Philip Carey

Votes: 480

18. Tate (1960– )

30 min | Western

The adventures of a one-armed gunfighter (he lost the use of an arm during the Civil War) in the Old West.

Stars: David McLean, Don Wilbanks, Robert Redford, Jean Allison

Votes: 63

19. Police Story (1973–1987)

120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Classic anthology series, which details the personal lives of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department. The stories ranged from highly dramatic to extremely funny. Even though... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Brady, Mel Scott, Don Meredith, Joe Santos

Votes: 709

20. The Comedy Shop (1978–1983)

30 min | Comedy

Not as much a game show, as a syndicated comedy show, with comedians - usually unknown (at the time) tried out their material, and got their first TV exposure. Many of the faces on the show would go on to become well known.

Stars: Norm Crosby, Henny Youngman, Art Metrano, Don Rickles

Votes: 22

21. Mister Ed (1958–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The misadventures of a wisecracking talking horse and his human owner.

Stars: Allan Lane, Alan Young, Connie Hines, Mister Ed

Votes: 3,190

22. Three's Company (1976–1984)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Richard Kline

Votes: 10,808

23. The Ropers (1979–1980)

30 min | Comedy

Stanley and Helen Roper have sold their apartment complex and moved into a new one. Their trademark quirks are intact as they deal with new neighbors and frequent visits from Helen's sister.

Stars: Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor, Patty McCormack

Votes: 742

24. Shotgun Slade (1959–1961)

30 min | Western

A late entry in the television Western boom of the late 1950s. Shotgun Slade was unlike other show heroes. He wasn't a Marshal, Sheriff, or gunfighter for hire, but Slade was a private ... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Brady, Frank Ferguson, Monica Lewis, Andy Clyde

Votes: 75

25. Bat Masterson (1958–1961)

30 min | Western

Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun.

Stars: Gene Barry, Allison Hayes, Allen Jaffe, Ken Drake

Votes: 758

26. Maverick (1957–1962)

60 min | Comedy, Western

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: 2,290

27. Rawhide (1959–1965)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Western

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: 2,839

28. Movin' On (1974–1976)

TV-PG | 90 min | Drama

A pair of big-rig truckers, one a crusty old veteran, the other a college-educated youngster, team up to haul cargo across the country.

Stars: Claude Akins, Frank Converse, Roosevelt Grier, Ned Austin

Votes: 324

29. Kojak (1973–1978)

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

A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

Votes: 5,798

30. The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)

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

A fugitive scientist has the curse of becoming a powerful green monster under extreme emotional stress.

Stars: Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin, Charles Napier

Votes: 10,791

31. The A-Team (1983–1987)

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

Four Vietnam vets, framed for a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while on the run from the military.

Stars: George Peppard, Mr. T, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict

Votes: 31,235

32. Airwolf (1984–1986)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.

Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott

Votes: 8,789

33. Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a Hawaii based private investigator.

Stars: Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley, Larry Manetti

Votes: 19,807

34. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The investigations of Hawaii Five-0, an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police answerable only to the governor and headed by stalwart Steve McGarrett.

Stars: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Kam Fong, Herman Wedemeyer

Votes: 5,144

35. Night Gallery (1969–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Rod Serling presents tales of horror illustrated in various paintings.

Stars: Rod Serling, Larry Watson, Joanna Pettet, Matt Pelto

Votes: 4,266

36. 26 Men (1957–1959)

30 min | Western

True stories of the Arizona rangers around 1900.

Stars: Tristram Coffin, Kelo Henderson, Hal Hopper, Jack Riggs

Votes: 76

37. Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.

Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady

Votes: 2,169

38. Happy Days (1974–1984)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley

Votes: 14,454

39. The Cisco Kid (1950–1956)

Approved | 30 min | Western

The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it.

Stars: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo, Troy Melton, Bill Catching

Votes: 441

40. The Rifleman (1958–1963)

TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Western

The adventures of a Wild West rancher wielding a customized rapid fire Winchester rifle and his son.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Johnny Crawford, Paul Fix, Joe Benson

Votes: 2,797

41. Branded (1965–1966)

30 min | Western

In the 1880s Jason McCord travels the country trying to prove he's no coward. He needs to do this because the military career of this West point graduate came to an end when he was thrown out of the army after being accused of cowardice.

Stars: Chuck Connors, Chuck Hamilton, William Bryant, John Pickard

Votes: 571

42. Adam-12 (1968–1975)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.

Stars: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Shaaron Claridge, William Boyett

Votes: 2,688

43. Dragnet (1951–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Ben Alexander, Olan Soule, Vic Perrin

Votes: 1,597

44. Dragnet 1967 (1967–1970)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Police Detective Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

Stars: Jack Webb, Harry Morgan, Don Ross, Clark Howat

Votes: 2,003

45. The Odd Couple (1970–1975)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Two men, a neat freak and a slob separated from their wives, have to live together despite their differences.

Stars: Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Al Molinaro, Penny Marshall

Votes: 4,682

46. Soap (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

Stars: Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Votes: 5,418

47. The Benny Hill Show (1969–1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour.

Stars: Benny Hill, Henry McGee, Jackie Wright, Bob Todd

Votes: 4,052

48. Cannon (1971–1976)

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

Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator.

Stars: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman, Charles Bateman

Votes: 2,293

49. Batman (1966–1968)

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