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1. Screen Directors Playhouse (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Presented by Eastman Kodak, the program was a series of original scripts directed by acclaimed directors and featuring well known performers. The stories ranged from musicals to comedies and dramas.

Stars: Arthur Q. Bryan, Bill Erwin, Macdonald Carey, George Sanders

Votes: 113

2. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 83

3. Repertory Theatre (1948–1956)

60 min | Drama

This live dramatic series featured original stories and adaptations of novels, plays, et cetera during its eight year run. During the first year, the show was sponsored by the Actor's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Lytell, Jay Jackson, Bob Stanton, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 70

4. Goodyear Playhouse (1951–1957)

60 min | Drama

The show featured original plays plus plays adapted from works.

Stars: Walter Matthau, David White, Constance Ford, Gene Lyons

Votes: 52

5. Fireside Theatre (1949–1955)

30 min | Drama

An anthology series which became the first successful filmed series on American television.

Stars: Gene Raymond, John Warburton, Nolan Leary, Dabbs Greer

Votes: 47

6. Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955–1958)

30 min | Drama

An anthology series hosted by Jane Wyman.

Stars: Jane Wyman, Paul Bryar, Tim Graham, Simon Scott

Votes: 36

7. The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (1953–1955)

30 min | Drama

An anthology series with episodes split between comedies and drama. Anita Colby and Arlene Dahl shared hosting duties the first season that was originally filmed live but switched to film. ... See full summary »

Stars: Polly Bergen, Arlene Dahl, Anita Colby, Dorothy Green

Votes: 35

8. Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951– )

Comedy, Drama

Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.

Stars: Richard Derr, Vinton Hayworth, Parker McCormick, Harry Mehaffey

Votes: 257

9. CBS Playhouse (1967– )

90 min | Drama

An anthology series of well regarded screenplays. Presenting twelve shows over it's run it showcased many up and coming actors and garnered it's share of Emmy nominations.

Stars: Jason Wingreen, Paulene Myers, Mildred Trares, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 26

10. General Electric Theater (1953–1962)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

An American anthology series, with a new episode and different actors and actresses each week. Hosted by Ronald Reagan, the series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Don Herbert, Nancy Reagan, Lee Marvin

Votes: 227

11. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 182

12. Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)

60 min | Drama

An anthology series hosted by Betty Furness in the first season, and Desi Arnaz in the second. Stories came from several genres, often based on fact. A two part episode was spun off as the popular show The Untouchables (1959).

Stars: Desi Arnaz, Betty Furness, Bruce Gordon, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 89

13. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

Richard o Sullivan as a child genius in the play Honour Bright

Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Madeleine Christie

Votes: 32

14. Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–1952)

60 min | Drama

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

16. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2017)

30 min | Comedy

Comedic anthology series.

Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Bernard Cribbins

Votes: 31

19. The Ford Theatre Hour (1948–1951)

60 min | Drama

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: 33

21. Suspense (1949–1954)

25 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Live plays featuring people who were in dangerous and threatening situations.

Stars: Rex Marshall, Robert Emhardt, John Baragrey, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 147

22. The Gulf Playhouse (1952–1953)

30 min | Drama

This live show was seen through the "eye" of the camera. The actors in each episode would talk to the camera as if it were a person.

Stars: Mildred Dunnock, James Westerfield, Eddie Bracken, Henry Jones

Votes: 23

23. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 297

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

30 min | Drama

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

25. ABC Weekend Specials (1977–1995)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A youth anthology series focusing primarily on adaptations of children's literature.

Stars: Willie Tyler, Frank Welker, Hal Smith, Janet Waldo

Votes: 219

26. Summer Theatre (1953– )

30 min | Drama

A filmed anthology presented in the summer of 1953.

Stars: Vincent Price, Bernadene Hayes, Joan Leslie, Phyllis Coates

Votes: 10

28. Matinee Theatre (1955–1958)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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

29. The Millionaire (1955–1960)

30 min | Drama

In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.

Stars: Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, Roy Gordon, Russ Conway

Votes: 401

30. The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957– )

30 min | Mystery

Thirty minute mystery drama series hosted by George Sanders.

Stars: George Sanders, Don Haggerty, Paul Harber, Toni Gerry

Votes: 13

31. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 106

32. The Vise (1954–1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds.

Stars: Donald Gray, Colin Tapley, Ron Randell, Robert Arden

Votes: 32

33. Telephone Time (1956–1958)

30 min | Drama

Between 1956 and September 1957, this filmed show featured plays by John Nesbitt, the host of the show. Starting in September 1957, plays by other authors were presented.

Stars: John Nesbitt, Frank Baxter, Maurice Marsac, Florenz Ames

Votes: 89

34. G.E. True (1962– )

30 min | Adventure, Drama

Episodes based on stories from "True" magazine.

Stars: Jack Webb, Felix Reinsch, Kurt Kreuger, Charles H. Radilak

Votes: 13

35. The Great Adventure (1963–1964)

60 min | Drama

A filmed series of one-hour dramatizations of the lives of famous historical people, as well as important historical events.

Stars: Russell Johnson, Van Heflin, Kent Smith, Eddie Little Sky

Votes: 87

36. NET Playhouse (1964–1972)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

American television anthology series of wide range of genres, from history and drama, to fantasy, and science fiction. Fiction novels, stories, stage plays, fairytales, and historic events are dramatized in each episode.

Stars: Rene Auberjonois, Irene Dailey, George Voskovec, Richard Dysart

Votes: 19

37. Danger (1950–1955)

30 min | Drama

Live psychological and murder mystery dramas, and one of the first U.S. television dramas to make effective use of background music.

Stars: Dick Stark, Edward Binns, Joseph Anthony, Richard Kiley

Votes: 54

38. Broadway Television Theatre (1952–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

This syndicated show presented adaptations of Broadway shows.

Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Melville Cooper, Edward Everett Horton, Ernest Truex

Votes: 14

39. Damon Runyon Theater (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

An anthology, the episodes of which were based mostly on the original short stories of Daymon Runyan.

Stars: Donald Woods, Wally Vernon, Allen Jenkins, Clegg Hoyt

Votes: 28

40. Frontier (1955–1956)

30 min | Western

An unglamorized look at the settling of the American West with pioneers dealing with the elements, beset with nefarious characters and other problems that test their fortitude.

Stars: Walter Coy, Scott Forbes, Dabbs Greer, Jack Kelly

Votes: 31

42. The Best of the Post (1960– )

30 min | Drama

A syndicated anthology series adapted from stories published in the Saturday Evening Post magazine.

Stars: John Conte, Karl Swenson, Alan Lee, Burt Douglas

Votes: 17

43. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The award winning bing play of Mary Chase came to television in 1958. It tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd (Art Carney), a personable chap who drinks a little, and befriends a "pookah", a ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim O'Connor, James Valentine, Hurd Hatfield, Max Adrian

Votes: 40

45. The Web (1950–1954)

30 min | Drama

Live dramas based on stories by members of the Mystery Writers of America

Stars: Jonathan Blake, E.G. Marshall, Leslie Nielsen, Haila Stoddard

Votes: 32

46. Alcoa Theatre (1957–1960)

30 min | Drama

When The Alcoa Hour dramatic anthology series moved from Sunday night to Monday, both the name and the format were changed. Instead of having a completely different cast for each episode, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Lemmon, David Niven, Robert Ryan, Charles Boyer

Votes: 49

47. Center Stage (1954– )

60 min | Drama

American television anthology series that aired in 1954 on the American Broadcasting Company "ABC" as a summer replacement for The Motorola Television Hour on alternate weeks from June 1, ... See full summary »

Stars: Luther Adler, Robert Barrat, Vivian Blaine, Alonzo Bozan

Votes: 7

48. Sure As Fate (1950–1951)

60 min | Drama

Live melodrama series featuring situations that people did not create themselves.

Stars: John McQuade, Marsha Hunt, Frank Campanella, Augusta Dabney

Votes: 9

49. The Chevy Mystery Show (1960– )


Anthology series featuring a different mystery each week.

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

Votes: 17