TV: Anthologies

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1. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1997)

TV-G | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens

Votes: 1,872

2. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

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

An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Diana Rigg

Votes: 809

3. Masterpiece Classic (1971– )

Drama, History, Mystery

An anthology drama series featuring primarily British productions.

Stars: Alistair Cooke, Laura Linney, David Bamber, Russell Baker

Votes: 516

4. CBS Children's Film Festival (1967–1978)

Family

Kukla, Fran and Ollie hosted this film program. They would introduce children's films from around the world. In between, the three would act in short skits.

Stars: Perry Benson, Anoop Singh, Raymond Boal, Brett Way

Votes: 73

5. Hammer House of Horror (1980)

54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

This British anthology series, which was produced by England's leading exporters of horror films, told tales of haunted houses, demons, ghosts, and other supernatural wonders.

Stars: Nicholas Ball, Anna Calder-Marshall, Christopher Cazenove, Peter Cushing

Votes: 1,754

6. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,845

7. Tales of the Unexpected (1977)

60 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Anthology series presenting stories of suspense, mystery and science-fiction, usually with some sort of twist ending.

Stars: William Conrad, David Birney, Bill Bixby, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 116

8. 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: 26

9. Love, American Style (1969–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Romance

An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.

Stars: Stuart Margolin, Barbara Minkus, William Callaway, Mary Grover

Votes: 1,986

10. NBC Experiment in Television (1967–1971)

60 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

An attempt by NBC to emulate the success of the CBS hit The Twilight Zone, this hour-long anthology series showcased different actors, stories and creative talent each week.

Stars: David Warner, Edward Binns, Jo Van Fleet, James Edwards

Votes: 80

11. Kraft Mystery Theater (1961–1963)

60 min | Crime, Mystery

A successor to Kraft Television Theater with a change of focus away from straight drama. The high productions remained along with the ability to attract well known talent.

Stars: Frank Gallop, Keir Dullea, John Ericson, Richard Anderson

Votes: 50

12. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)

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

Kraft Suspense Theater was an anthology series which featured a new cast and stories each week.

Stars: David Lewis, Francis De Sales, Harry Townes, Jack Kelly

Votes: 229

13. Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A classic anthology science fiction series which features adaptations of stories by famous authors including Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Frederik Pohl and John Wyndham.

Stars: John Gabriel, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Erik Chitty, Peter Copley

Votes: 118

14. 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: 15,958

15. Circle of Fear (1972–1973)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An anthology of suspense dramas concentrating on individuals confronted with supernatural occurrences.

Stars: Sebastian Cabot, Sheila Larken, Meg Foster, Don 'Red' Barry

Votes: 430

16. 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: 5,188

17. 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: 7,722

18. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A modern revival of the classic science fiction horror anthology show The Outer Limits (1963). Episodes often have twist-endings and involve aliens. Sometimes, a story from one episode continues in a later episode.

Stars: Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun, Eric Schneider, Garvin Cross

Votes: 11,978

19. The Twilight Zone (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

This second revival of The Twilight Zone (1959) presents tales of suspense, fantasy, science fiction and horror.

Stars: Forest Whitaker, June B. Wilde, Chris Shields, Tangi Miller

Votes: 5,808

20. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan, William Atherton

Votes: 10,787

21. 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: 75,906

22. Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A horror anthology series where the viewer is taken through ghost stories, science fiction adventures, and creepy, unexplained events.

Stars: Paul Sparer, Catherine Battistone, John Marzilli, Karen Shallo

Votes: 6,000

23. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985–1989)

22 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Updated remakes of classic stories from Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), originally produced by the Master of Suspense. His original opening bits are colorized for re-use here.

Stars: Bernard Behrens, Cynthia Belliveau, David B. Nichols, Kathleen Quinlan

Votes: 2,661

24. The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962–1965)

TV-PG | 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: 4,271

25. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)

PG | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Truly amazing, fantastical, funny, and odd, and sometimes scary, sad, and endearing stories are portrayed. Many famous actors, actresses, and directors made guest appearances.

Stars: Charles Durning, Douglas Seale, Louis Giambalvo, Sharon Spelman

Votes: 5,527

26. The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)

TV-14 | 23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Canadian-produced anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 1,296

27. One Step Beyond (1959–1961)

Approved | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Produced at the same time as the more well-known The Twilight Zone (1959), this series was an extension of the tradition of radio horror and supernatural dramas such as Light's Out, The ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Robert Douglas, Olan Soule, Will J. White

Votes: 1,439

28. The Next Step Beyond (1978–1979)

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An updated version of the popular series from the late 50's and early 60's, One Step Beyond. Still hosted by John Newland, this series looked for supposedly real stories of hauntings, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Newland, Henry Brandon, Craig Littler, Martin Rudy

Votes: 41

29. The Veil (1958)

25 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology of horror stories hosted by actor Boris Karloff.

Stars: Boris Karloff, Denise Alexander, Tod Andrews, Harry Bartell

Votes: 431

30. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Now available for the first time, experience the complete series hailed as the most frightening ever created for television.

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

Votes: 1,336

31. Fox Mystery Theater (1984)

70 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An anthology series of chilling tales with a twist.

Stars: Dirk Benedict, Barbi Benton, David Carradine, Mary Crosby

Votes: 372

32. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 729

33. The Wide World of Mystery (1973–1976)

90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A 90 minute late-night mystery and suspense anthology series which ran on ABC (American Broadcasting Company), between 1973 and 1978.

Stars: John Karlen, Joel Fabiani, Robert Symonds, Philip Carey

Votes: 101

34. 'Way Out (1961)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A new drama in the macabre genre was broadcast each week hosted by Roald Dahl.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Richard Morse, George Turner, Philip Coolidge

Votes: 157

35. American Playhouse (1980–1994)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Anthology series which ran on PBS throughout the 1980s.

Stars: Elizabeth Franz, Edward Herrmann, Robert Minkoff, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 331

36. G.E. True (1962–1963)

30 min | Adventure, Drama

Episodes based on stories from "True" magazine.

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

Votes: 22

37. Espionage (1963–1964)

48 min | Drama, War

An anthology series telling different and unrelated stories of espionage set in many countries and historical periods.

Stars: Victor Platt, Martin Lyder, Maxwell Shaw, Alan Tilvern

Votes: 59

38. Off to See the Wizard (1967–1968)

60 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

Family-oriented TV series, produced by MGM, in which guest hosts and animated versions of the "Wizard of Oz" characters were used as wrap-arounds to introduce various family-oriented films ... See full summary »

Stars: Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, June Foray, Vito Scotti

Votes: 56

39. Visions (1976–1980)

Drama

Weekly anthology series of original dramas, often with period settings.

Stars: Philip Baker Hall, Nan Martin, Maxine Stuart, Ellen Travolta

Votes: 69

40. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A British anthology series about everyday people finding themselves put into unusual circumstances...many of them supernatural in nature.

Stars: Michael Callan, Joseph Cotten, Brandon De Wilde, Julie Harris

Votes: 198

41. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Of the many anthology series, this is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts, it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 342

42. Studio One (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

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 Branson, Charlton Heston, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 264

43. Love Story (1973–1974)

60 min | Drama, Romance

An anthology of love stories dealing each week with a different couple with a different set of problems.

Stars: Clifton Davis, Samantha Eggar, Bruce Davison, Janet MacLachlan

Votes: 47

45. 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: 900

46. Zane Grey Theatre (1956–1961)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

An anthology based (earlier more so than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Dick Powell was often the star, as well as the host.

Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle, Bill Erwin

Votes: 463

47. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western