100 Favorite Vintage Series (50s 'til 80s)

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1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 6,265

2. A Little Princess (1973– )

25 min | Drama

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Stars: Deborah Makepeace, Lesley Dunlop, Ruth Dunning, Alison Glennie

Votes: 70

3. Rhoda (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

After spending several years in her young adult life in Minneapolis but with her brash Bronx Jewish upbringing in tow and with its associated sarcasm, artistically inclined Rhoda ... See full summary »

Stars: Valerie Harper, Julie Kavner, Lorenzo Music, David Groh

Votes: 1,939

4. Get Smart (1965–1970)

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

Maxwell Smart, a highly intellectual but bumbling spy working for the CONTROL agency, battles the evil forces of rival spy agency KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.

Stars: Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Robert Karvelas

Votes: 10,138

5. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 24,635

6. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

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

The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 6,257

7. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)

50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.

Stars: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Dick Cangey, Whitey Hughes

Votes: 3,910

8. QB VII (1974)

390 min | Drama, Mystery

A physician (Sir Anthony Hopkins) sues a novelist (Ben Gazzara) for publishing statements implicating the doctor in Nazi war crimes.

Stars: Ben Gazzara, Anthony Hopkins, Leslie Caron, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 580

9. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

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

In the twenty-third century, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

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

Votes: 68,065

10. The Feather and Father Gang (1976– )

60 min | Drama

A gorgeous lawyer and her con man father solve crimes.

Stars: Lewis Charles, Frank Delfino, Harold Gould, Monte Landis

Votes: 45

11. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,294

12. Julia (1968–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

Stars: Diahann Carroll, Lloyd Nolan, Marc Copage, Michael Link

Votes: 418

13. The Sixth Sense (1972)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dr. Michael Rhodes is a college professor with an interest in the paranormal. He and his assistant Nancy spend much of their time investigating mysteries involving extra-sensory perception,... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Collins, Rod Serling, Catherine Ferrar, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 348

14. The Untouchables (1959–1963)

50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Special Agent Eliot Ness and his elite team of incorruptable agents battle organized crime in 1930s Chicago.

Stars: Robert Stack, Walter Winchell, Nicholas Georgiade, Paul Picerni

Votes: 2,112

15. Mod Squad (1968–1973)

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

Three young outsiders fight crime as undercover agents for the police. (One white man, one black man, one blonde woman.)

Stars: Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, Peggy Lipton, Tige Andrews

Votes: 1,619

16. The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith, Juliet Harmer

Votes: 4,330

17. Police Woman (1974–1978)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Follows Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson, LAPD's top undercover cop. A member of the Criminal Conspiracy Unit, Pepper works the wild side of the street, where she poses as everything from a gangster's moll to a streetwalker to a prison inmate.

Stars: Angie Dickinson, Earl Holliman, Charles Dierkop, Ed Bernard

Votes: 1,485

18. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 64,458

19. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 6,572

20. Barnaby Jones (1973–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The exploits of milk-swilling, geriatric private eye Barnaby Jones.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Lee Meriwether, Mark Shera, John Carter

Votes: 1,920

21. 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: 4,668

22. It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

TV-PG | 51 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne, Murray Pollack

Votes: 1,557

23. Lou Grant (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The trials of a former television station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff.

Stars: Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams, Jack Bannon

Votes: 1,571

24. Switch (1975–1978)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ex-cop Frank McBride (Eddie Albert) and ex-con Pete Ryan (Robert Wagner) start their own detective agency.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert, Charlie Callas, Sharon Gless

Votes: 339

25. All in the Family (1971–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A working class man constantly squabbles with his family over the important issues of the day.

Stars: Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, Sally Struthers

Votes: 13,078

26. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 47,742

27. The Monkees (1966–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Music

The misadventures of a struggling rock band.

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

Votes: 3,419

28. 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: 11,073

29. The Girl with Something Extra (1973–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Sally and John Burton were normal but cute newlyweds attempting to begin a quiet new life together. The only problem was that Sally was "blessed" with powers of ESP. Her skills at ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Field, John Davidson, Jack Sheldon, Zohra Lampert

Votes: 118

30. Hooperman (1987–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Free-wheeling San Francisco cop Harry Hooperman inherits a run down apartment building, and the building owner's mean, hateful and just plain annoying dog Bijoux. Not having the time to ... See full summary »

Stars: John Ritter, Barbara Bosson, Felton Perry, Sydney Walsh

Votes: 280

31. Starsky and Hutch (1975–1979)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Gran Torino, with the help of police snitch, Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas).

Stars: David Soul, Paul Michael Glaser, Antonio Fargas, Bernie Hamilton

Votes: 6,825

32. Search (1972–1973)

60 min | Adventure

"World Securities", an international high-tech private investigation company, employs field operatives who are aided by implanted audio receivers and who carry tiny cameras and telemetry ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Doug McClure, Anthony Franciosa, Burgess Meredith

Votes: 224

33. Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)

TV-PG | 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: 5,244

34. Mannix (1967–1975)

TV-PG | 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: 2,381

35. McCloud (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.

Stars: Dennis Weaver, J.D. Cannon, Terry Carter, Ken Lynch

Votes: 2,442

36. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 7,323

37. 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: 2,353

38. Garrison's Gorillas (1967–1968)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, War

The adventures of a group of convicts recruited into the U.S. Army by the offer of a post-war parole. Commanded by West Point graduate, Lt. Garrison, the "Gorillas" function as commandos ... See full summary »

Stars: Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Brendon Boone, Christopher Cary

Votes: 257

39. Bewitched (1964–1972)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 15,156

40. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)

TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.

Stars: John Kassir, Roy Brocksmith, Miguel Ferrer, Cam Clarke

Votes: 19,954

41. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974–1975)

TV-PG | 51 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A newspaper reporter investigates strange supernatural occurrences in Chicago.

Stars: Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt

Votes: 3,790

42. Remington Steele (1982–1987)

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

The cases of a female private detective partnered with a former thief who assumes the role of a fictitious detective in the business.

Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, Pierce Brosnan, Doris Roberts, James Read

Votes: 6,718

43. 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: 20,271

44. Hunter (I) (1984–1991)

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

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

Votes: 3,381

45. Baretta (1975–1978)

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

The cases of maverick undercover New York City detective Tony Baretta (Robert Blake).

Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts, Edward Grover

Votes: 1,892