"Universal" TV: some of the most memorable shows in history.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 27 May 2019 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

This studio has been producing TV shows of high quality since the 1950s. Millions of viewers tuning in, watching the latest "Columbo," "The Rockford Files," "Kojak" and many others.

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1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 14,351

Stories are mostly excellent and the overall presentation is impeccable.

2. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A continuation of the dramatic anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by the Master of Suspense and Mystery.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Hinton Pope, Jimmy Joyce, Lew Brown

Votes: 3,722

3. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,195

4. The Munsters (1964–1966)

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: 11,923

The funniest American sitcom of the 1960s!

5. Ironside (1967–1975)

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

Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson

Votes: 2,962

Quality is uneven.

6. Ironside (1967 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama

Citizens of San Francisco are stunned by the news that Robert Ironside, the city's hard-nosed, tough-talking chief of detectives, has been shot and left for dead while vacationing at his ... See full summary »

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Raymond Burr, Geraldine Brooks, Wally Cox, Kim Darby

Votes: 249

7. Night Gallery (1969–1973)
Episode: Pilot (1969)

Unrated | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A seemingly haunted painting drives a greedy man insane. A rich blind woman gets a new pair of eyes that allow her to see for only one brief ironic moment. An idyllic painting gives a Nazi war criminal in hiding some fleeting comfort.

Directors: Boris Sagal, Barry Shear, Steven Spielberg | Stars: Joan Crawford, Ossie Davis, Richard Kiley, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,514

8. 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: 4,590

When it's good, the show is worth seeing.

9. 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 ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,590

10. Prescription: Murder (1968 TV Movie)

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

A psychiatrist uses a patient he is having an affair with to help him kill his wife, but his perfect alibi may come apart at the hands of a seemingly befuddled LAPD lieutenant.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom

Votes: 3,265

11. 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: 26,140

Still the definitive cop show of the decade.

12. Alias Smith and Jones (1971–1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry, two of the most wanted outlaws in the history of the West, are popular "with everyone except the railroads and the banks".

Stars: Ben Murphy, Roger Davis, Pete Duel, Walt Davis

Votes: 1,621

13. Banacek (1972–1974)

TV-PG | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The adventures of proud Polish-American freelance insurance investigator Thomas Banacek.

Stars: George Peppard, Ralph Manza, Murray Matheson, Christine Belford

Votes: 1,142

14. 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 bionic limbs and implants, he serves as an intelligence agent.

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

Votes: 9,036

15. The Six Million Dollar Man (1973 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

After an astronaut and test pilot is catastrophically mutilated in a test plane crash, he is rebuilt and equipped with nuclear powered bionic limbs and implants.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Lee Majors, Barbara Anderson, Martin Balsam, Darren McGavin

Votes: 3,726

Excellent opening pilot episode.

16. The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (1973 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

After Colonel Steve Austin fails to retrieve the contents of a safe owned by arms dealer Arlen Findletter, he takes up a friendly offer of a vacation in the Bahamas. There, he runs into ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Alan Oppenheimer, Britt Ekland

Votes: 632

17. The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 73 min | Sci-Fi

A criminal organization, known as "O.S.O.", specializes in kidnapping high ranking U.S. representatives. Although Colonel Steve Austin has already thwarted one of their kidnappings, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Alan Oppenheimer, Elizabeth Ashley

Votes: 471

18. 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: 6,347

19. The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 125 min | Crime, Drama

A homicide detective begins to suspect that the black teenager accused of murdering two white girls is being framed by his fellow detectives.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Telly Savalas, Marjoe Gortner, José Ferrer, Ned Beatty

Votes: 459

20. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

TV-PG | 50 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: 6,649

21. 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: 3,974

22. The Invisible Man (1975–1976)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

The weekly adventures of Dr. Daniel Westin, an invisible scientist working as an agent for a private thinktank.

Stars: David McCallum, Melinda O. Fee, Craig Stevens, Paul Kent

Votes: 713

23. Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)

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

The cases of a coroner who investigates suspicious deaths that usually suggest murder.

Stars: Jack Klugman, John S. Ragin, Robert Ito, Joseph Roman

Votes: 5,049

24. The Incredible Hulk (1977–1982)

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: 11,491

25. Battlestar Galactica (1978–1979)

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

39 Metascore

After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson Jr.

Votes: 13,373

26. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979–1981)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A 20th-century astronaut emerges out of 500 years of suspended animation into a future time to become Earth's greatest hero.

Stars: Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla, Mel Blanc

Votes: 7,421

27. 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: 21,563

28. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 29,246

29. 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: 33,323

30. Miami Vice (1984–1989)

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

Resplendent with authentic 1980's music, fashion and vibe, "Miami Vice" follows two undercover detectives and their extended team through the mean streets of Miami, Florida.

Stars: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown

Votes: 22,539

31. 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: 9,675

32. Dr. Strange (1978 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 93 min | Action, Fantasy

A psychiatrist becomes the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth in order to battle an evil Sorceress from the past.

Director: Philip DeGuere Jr. | Stars: Peter Hooten, Clyde Kusatsu, Jessica Walter, Anne-Marie Martin

Votes: 1,492

33. Captain America (1979 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A recipient of an experimental body enhancement chemical retaliates against his would be killers as a star spangled superhero.

Director: Rod Holcomb | Stars: Reb Brown, Len Birman, Heather Menzies-Urich, Robin Mattson

Votes: 1,449

34. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 61,111

35. The Killers (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

Surprised that their contract victim didn't try to run away from them, two professional hit men try to find out who hired them and why.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, John Cassavetes, Clu Gulager

Votes: 6,506

36. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

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

During a government experiment into time travel, a scientist finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis and sorting out their problems whilst trying to get back home to his own time.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt, Dennis Wolfberg

Votes: 25,415

37. Knight Rider 2000 (1991 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In the future, guns are banned and criminals are frozen for the duration of their sentences. A recent spate of killings involving handguns brings Michael Knight back to fight for justice, ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Levi | Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Susan Norman, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 2,582

38. SeaQuest 2032 (1993–1996)

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

In the early 21st century, mankind has colonized the oceans. The United Earth Oceans Organization enlists Captain Nathan Bridger and the submarine seaQuest DSV to keep the peace and explore the last frontier on Earth.

Stars: Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Ted Raimi, Roy Scheider

Votes: 6,048

39. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Follows a crime (usually a murder), usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 30,850

40. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

This series follows the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the N.Y.P.D., who investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 76,829

41. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak, Louis Herthum

Votes: 17,469

42. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)

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

After fully recovering from her nearly fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.

Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Ford Rainey

Votes: 5,935

43. Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The Bionic Woman and the Six Million Dollar Man reunite, with a few younger bionic assistants, and try to catch a bionic spy.

Director: Alan J. Levi | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 871

44. The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Ten years after his retirement from the government, Colonel Steve Austin must again team up with Jaime Sommers to stop a terrorist group. Complicating matters for Austin are his estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Lee Majors, Tom Schanley, Richard Anderson

Votes: 700

45. American Gothic (1995–1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A quiet, seemingly-quaint small town is ruled over by its charming yet evil sheriff who uses his demonic powers to remove anyone who dares to stand in his way. The only one he fears is a young boy he fathered through rape.

Stars: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 4,035

46. The Snoop Sisters (1972–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama