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1. 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: 90,411 | Gross: $31.50M

2. Quiz Show (1994)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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88 Metascore

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield

Votes: 61,039 | Gross: $24.82M

3. 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

4. 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

5. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 138

6. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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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: 94

7. Mama (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

8.3
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This well-received series was a comedy-drama about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.

Stars: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Dick Van Patten, Rosemary Rice

Votes: 110

8. Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)

30 min | Music

7.9
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The format was to sing the seven top rated popular songs for the week; the songs were sung by the regular cast of vocalists. An attempt was made to revive the show in 1974 with songs from ... See full summary »

Stars: Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms, Dorothy Collins, Raymond Scott

Votes: 46

9. The Price Is Right (1956–1965)

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

7.3
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The original version of an American icon, "The Price is Right" rewarded contestants with valuable prizes for their ability to price items.

Stars: Bill Cullen, Don Pardo, Johnny Gilbert, Jack Narz

Votes: 188

10. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.

Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 47

11. Kiss Me, Kate (1958 TV Movie)

90 min | Musical

8.3
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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Julie Wilson, Bill Hayes

Votes: 42

12. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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The adventures and misadventures of the strait-laced bank employee Johnny Stearns and his zany wife Mary Kay.

Stars: Mary Kay Stearns, John Stearns, Nydia Westman, Howard Fischer

Votes: 29

13. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

8.0
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An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jack Carter, The June Taylor Dancers, Art Carney

Votes: 37

14. The Alan Young Show (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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A dynamic combination of comedy vignettes and visually attractive musical numbers, hosted by Alan Young.

Stars: Alan Young, Tom Mahoney, Polly Bergen, Joseph Kearns

Votes: 15

15. A Reckoning (2011)

101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The story of a lone man, trapped in a barren, desolate landscape, and his only companions: a village of straw people. They are his friends and neighbours; he teaches straw children at the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew David Barker | Stars: Leslie Simpson, Axelle Carolyn, Daniel Tee, Marcus Green

Votes: 41

16. Masquerade Party (1952–1960)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.8
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A panel of celebrities met with another celebrity who was in heavy make-up and/or costume; this disguise would always provide clues to the celebrity's actual identity. The panel asked ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Parks, Ilka Chase, Peter Donald, Ogden Nash

Votes: 14

17. The Ed Wynn Show (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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The comedy on The Ed Wynn Show consisted mostly of old vaudeville schtick, with lots of corny jokes and silly sight gags. Each week, the show would end with Ed retiring to his bed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Wynn, Bob Lamond, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel

Votes: 32

18. The Astronauts (1960 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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A live television drama about four men training in Australia to become astronauts.

Stars: Tony Brown, Keith Eden, Anne Harvey, Collins Hilton

19. Ding Dong School (1952–1956)

30 min | Family

7.5
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This educational program for children was seen daily.

Stars: Fran Allison, Frances Horwich

Votes: 20

20. Beat the Clock (1950–1961)

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

7.2
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Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Dolores Rosedale, John Reed King, Bern Bennett

Votes: 84

21. Hit Parade (1957–1959)

30 min | Music

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Hit recordings were danced to and lip-synced in settings.

Stars: Don Bennetts, Joan Bilceaux, Don Carter, John D'Arcy

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

30 min | Drama

8.4
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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

23. Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel (1950–1955)

15 min | Drama

8.3
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Life in small-town America during the 1950s. Broadcast live, some episodes survive as kinescopes.

Stars: Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Jim Bannon, Arthur Peterson

Votes: 15

24. Autumn Affair (1958–1959)

15 min | Drama

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A soap opera about a middle-aged woman in a love-triangle with two men.

Stars: Queenie Ashton, Leonard Bullen, Janette Craig, John Juson

25. Valiant Lady (1953–1955)

15 min | Drama

7.9
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Helen Emerson was daytime's "valiant lady", a fortyish matron who was widowed in the serial's first year. Helen valiantly endured sudden financial hardship while alternately fretting over ... See full summary »

Stars: Flora Campbell, Lawrence Weber, James Kirkwood Jr., Nancy Coleman

Votes: 9

26. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

Votes: 9

27. The Bobby Limb Show (1959–1961)

60 min | Comedy, Music

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Variety show with music, dancing, comedy sketches, etc.

Stars: Buster Fiddess, Bobby Limb

28. The Kate Smith Hour (1950–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

6.7
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A half-hour variety program which aired on CBS television with host Kate Smith.

Stars: Kate Smith, Ted Collins, Bill Norvas, The Upstarts

Votes: 17

29. The Bob Crosby Show (1953–1957)

30 min | Music

8.0
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Daily daytime show featuring music by Bob Crosby's band and different singers.

Stars: Bob Crosby, The Modernaires, Paula Kelly, Joan O'Brien

Votes: 9

30. The Magic Cottage (1949–1951)

7.8
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A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.

Stars: Pat Meikle, Stuart Bradley, Don Hastings, Bernard Kates

Votes: 16

31. Welcome Aboard (1948–1949)

30 min | Comedy, Music

4.8
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Live variety show with a nautical theme featuring top-name singers and comedians.

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Phil Silvers

Votes: 5

32. Chesterfield Sound Off Time (1951–1952)

30 min | Comedy, Music

6.6
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"Sound-Off Time" was a live, half-hour variety series with Fred Allen and Bob Hope alternating at hosts, and not very successfully. However, on December 16, 1951, "Sound-Off Time" aired the... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Hope, Hy Averback, Les Brown, William Bendix

Votes: 7

33. Bride and Groom (1951– )

30 min

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An on-air wedding with great prizes for the happy couple.

Stars: Howard Kershner, Mary Kershner, Robert Paige, Byron Palmer

34. Passaic: Birthplace of Television and the DuMont Story (1951 TV Movie)

15 min | Drama

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The invention and development of television, with emphasis on the work of DuMont Laboratories.

Director: Harry Coyle | Stars: Leslie Barrett, Joe Bassett, Jim Boles, Allen B. DuMont

35. The Great Foodini (1948–1951)

15 min | Family

7.8
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Stars: Doris Brown, Hope Bunin, Morey Bunin

Votes: 6

36. Fireball Fun-For-All (1949– )

60 min | Comedy

6.8
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A lively comedy series. It was short-lived, but stars Olsen and Johnson continued to work on television variety shows during the 1950s.

Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Marty May, J.C. Olsen

Votes: 9

37. 20 Questions (1949– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

5.3
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Stars: Bobby McGuire, John McPhee, Herbert Polesie, Florence Rinard

Votes: 6

38. The Wonderful World of Leslie Uggams (1965 TV Special)

60 min | Music

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A variety special, starring American performer Leslie Uggams, along with Sydney vocalist Paul Wayne.

Stars: Leslie Uggams, Paul Wayne

39. Wuthering Heights (1959 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

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Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Director: Alan Burke | Stars: Annette Andre, David Bluford, Richard Davies, Geoffrey King

40. Personal Touch (1966– )

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A decorating show which aired monthly.

Stars: Mary Mackay, Jim Swartzman

41. The Story of Peter Grey (1961–1962)

15 min | Drama

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Soap about the life and adventures of a clergyman.

Stars: James Condon, Diana Perryman, Stewart Ginn, Lou Vernon

42. Emergency (1959– )

30 min | Drama

9.0
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One of the earliest ever medical series, this Australian drama takes place in the Emergency Ward of a hospital, and was an early protype for series such as Emergency Ward 10 and Casualty.

Stars: Brian James, Syd Conabere, Judith Godden, Natalie Raine

Votes: 8

43. The Abduction from the Seraglio (1961 TV Movie)

90 min | Musical

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Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail). Zubin Mehta leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in this historic live 1967 Salzburg Festival performance of ... See full summary »

Stars: Rae Cocking, Rosalind Keene, Alan Light, Donald Smith

44. Claudio Arrau Concert (1957 TV Movie)

60 min | Music

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A televised concert by visiting Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau, who performs Beethoven's Concerto No. 5 in E Flat.

Stars: Claudio Arrau, Nicolai Malko

45. The Johns Hopkins Science Review (1948–1954)

Documentary

7.0
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A regularly-aired documentary series covering a very wide range of subjects related to science.

Stars: Lynn Poole, Joel Chaseman, Wernher von Braun, Timmy Corcoran

Votes: 7

46. The Bigelow Show (1948–1949)

30 min | Music

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Stars: Peg Marshall and the Holidays, Billy Rose, Paul Winchell, Joseph Dunninger

47. The Swift Show (1948– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Live music and light comedy featuring singer Lanny Ross. For the first 5 months, a quiz segment was included where contestants attempted to determine names, places and events from a series ... See full summary »

Stars: Lanny Ross, Fred Barry, Milton Berle, Delage

48. Bassey at Chequers (1968 TV Movie)

60 min | Music

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Shirley Bassey sings at the Chequers nightclub.

Director: Norman Spencer | Star: Shirley Bassey

49. Symphonie Pastorale (1958 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Tragedy results when a pastor falls in love with a blind orphan.

Stars: John Kirkbride, Beryl Marshall, Wyn Roberts, Maree Tomasetti

50. Cafe Continental (1958–1961)

30 min | Comedy, Music

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Variety series featuring international performers.

Stars: June Bassi, Leo Bassi, Wilhelmina Bermingham, Terry Carr



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