TV Series (Sorted by Number of Votes Ascending)



1. Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

4.0
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A panel show in which two critics debated a recently-published book; one critic would assail it, the other would praise it. Later in the program, the author would be given the chance to ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barkham, Ray Brock, H.V. Kaltenborn, Quentin Reynolds

Votes: 5

2. Break the $250,000 Bank (1948–1957)

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

6.8
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Stars: Bert Parks, Ethel Waters, Abbe Lane, Bud Collyer

Votes: 5

3. 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

4. ABC Television Players (1949– )

30 min | Drama

4.0
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Prodced during the earliest days of television, this program was essentially a series of short stage plays performed in front of a camera. Filmed in Chicago and starring little-known local ... See full summary »

Star: Donald Gallaher

Votes: 5

5. Your Big Moment (1949–1953)

30 min | Game-Show

4.2
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A short-lived prime-time matchmaking program in whih viewers who had written in search of a blind date could meet someone who met their specifications of a dream partner. Jan Murray ... See full summary »

Stars: Arlene Francis, Jan Murray, Ken Roberts, Ray Bloch

Votes: 5

6. Celebrity Time (II) (1948–1952)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.0
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Stars: Conrad Nagel, John Daly, Ilka Chase, Herman Hickman

Votes: 5

7. The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (1949–1952)

30 min | Music

5.6
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Stars: Paul Whiteman, Paul Whiteman and Orchestra, Earl Wrightson, Maureen Cannon

Votes: 5

8. This Is Show Business (1949–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

5.2
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Stars: Clifton Fadiman, Abe Burrows, George S. Kaufman, Ethel Waters

Votes: 5

9. Abe Burrows' Almanac (1950– )

30 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

5.6
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Host Abe Burrows, before he was a big singing star, invites other popular singers to perform.

Stars: Abe Burrows, Milton Delugg, Alan Lund, Blanche Lund

Votes: 5

10. Crash Corrigan's Ranch (1950– )

30 min | Family, Music, Western

5.4
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Children's variety show in a western setting featuring music and skits.

Star: Ray Corrigan

Votes: 5

11. Escape (1950– )

30 min | Drama

8.8
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Stars: Hanna Landy, Jack Lescoulie, Klock Ryder, Dave Ballard

Votes: 5

12. The Faye Emerson Show (1950– )

15 min | Family, Talk-Show

4.2
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Stars: Faye Emerson, Joan Blondell, Jimmy Cannon, William Cimillo

Votes: 5

13. The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter (1950–1951)

60 min | Comedy, Music

5.4
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Stars: Jack Carter, Donald Richards, William Callahan, Ben Blue

Votes: 5

14. The Marshal of Gunsight Pass (1950– )

30 min | Western

8.2
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A marshal maintains law and order in his local town.

Stars: Roscoe Ates, Eddie Dean, Russell Hayden, Andy Parker

Votes: 5

15. The Big Payoff (1951–1959)

60 min | Game-Show, Music

6.2
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Game show. A daily program in which men win prizes for the ladies that accompany them.

Stars: Robert Paige, Bess Myerson, Randy Merriman, Bert Parks

Votes: 5

16. Fairmeadows, U.S.A. (1951– )

30 min | Drama

5.4
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After his partner kills himself for losing $250,000, John Olcott and his family leave the big city and decide to start anew in the country town of Fairmeadows. However, they face hardships ... See full summary »

Stars: Hazel Dawn Jr., Lauren Gilbert, Monica Lovett, Ruth Matteson

Votes: 5

17. Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt (1951– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

5.2
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Stars: Henry Morgan, Kaye Ballard, Art Carney, Pert Kelton

Votes: 5

18. Those Two (1951–1953)

15 min

7.8
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Stars: Vivian Blaine, Martha Stewart, Pinky Lee, Anthony George

Votes: 5

19. The Buick Circus Hour (1952– )

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

6.6
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A once-a-month replacement for Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre, it was a one-hour variety show with a circus theme. Hosted by Jimmy Durante.

Stars: Joe E. Brown, Dolores Gray, John Raitt, Milton Berle

Votes: 5

20. The Hunter (1952– )

30 min | Drama

7.2
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A Spy series where character Bart Adams is a master of disguise. He uses the cover of being an international businessman to fight Communism abroad.

Stars: Barry Nelson, Keith Larsen, Barbara Joyce, Alan Stevenson

Votes: 5

21. The Walter Winchell Show (1952–1955)

15 min | News, Talk-Show

5.2
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Simulcast of Walter Winchell's radio show.

Stars: Arlene Dahl, Betty Grable, Walter Winchell

Votes: 5

22. The Week in Religion (1952–1954)

60 min | News

5.2
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One hour ecumenical religious show divided into three 20-minute segments for the Protestants, Catholics and Jewish viewers.

Stars: Robbins Barstow Sr., Joseph N. Moody, William S. Rosenbloom

Votes: 5

23. Eye Witness (1953– )

30 min | Drama

8.6
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Live dramatic-anthology emphasizing supernatural and strange twists of fate. Each show had a different host who would appear at the beginning of the show; this host would then appear on the... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Bowman, Wesley Addy, Joseph Anthony, Fay Bainter

Votes: 5

24. Jimmy Hughes, Rookie Cop (1953– )

30 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Jimmy Hughes, a Korean War veteran now on the New York Police force, seeks the killer of his father, also a policeman.

Stars: William Redfield, Wendy Drew, Rusty Lane, David Winters

Votes: 5

25. Take a Guess (1953– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

5.2
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Summer quiz show. The moderator and studio audience knew what a "mystery object" was and the contestant had to determine what it was based on questions asked by the panelists.

Stars: John Crawford, Dorothy Hart, Ernie Kovacs, Margaret Lindsay

Votes: 5

26. Talent Patrol (1953–1955)

60 min | Game-Show

5.4
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This show was a military talent show sponsored by the US Army to aid recruiting. The show, emceed by Steve Allen, featured amateurs trying to win a night on the town with a pretty actress. ... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Allen, Bud Collyer, Arlene Francis, Richard Hayes

Votes: 5

27. Your Play Time (1953– )

30 min | Drama

9.0
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Summer replacement show with live and filmed plays on the melodramatic side with foreign settings.

Stars: Leslie Bradley, Robert Hutton, Andrea King, Dorothy Patrick

Votes: 5

28. Woman with a Past (1954– )

15 min | Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Lynn Sherwood is a New York dress designer who has arrived in town with her daughter, Diane, and a terrible secret. This secret, that Diane was illegitimate, becomes her worst nightmare, as... See full summary »

Stars: Constance Ford, Geraldine Brooks, Felice Camargo, Barbara Myers

Votes: 5

29. The Big Surprise (1955–1957)

30 min | Game-Show

2.6
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Stars: Jack Barry, Perry Como, Jack Clark, Lorraine Rogers

Votes: 5

30. Jan Murray Time (1955– )

15 min

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Stars: Jan Murray, Tina Louise, Fletcher Peck

Votes: 5

31. Top Secret (1954– )

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Stars: Paul Stewart, Charles Cooper, Vergel Cook, Irma Sandre

Votes: 5

32. Ethel Barrymore Theater (1956– )

30 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Ethel Barrymore, Anthony Caruso, Jeff Donnell, Robert Osterloh

Votes: 5

33. The Vic Damone Show (1956– )

60 min | Music

7.4
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Summer replacement show for "December Bride." The show featured Vic Damone singing with many of his friends as guests.

Stars: Vic Damone, The Tutti Camarata Orchestra, The Bert Farber Orchestra, The Spellbinders

Votes: 5

34. Brains & Brawn (1958– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.0
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Stars: Gypsy Rose Lee, Bert Wheeler, Jack Lescoulie, Fred Davis

Votes: 5

35. Dough Re Mi (1960)

30 min | Game-Show

5.8
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Stars: Sammy Kaye, Sheree North, Don Tannen, Gene Rayburn

Votes: 5

36. E.S.P. (1958– )

30 min | Game-Show

6.0
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Stars: Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Lillian Roth, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 5

37. Ranch Party (1957– )

30 min | Music

7.0
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Stars: Tex Ritter, Larry Collins, Lorrie Collins, Joe Maphis

Votes: 5

38. This Is Music (1951–1959)

30 min | Family, Music

6.0
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Stars: Nancy Carr, Bruce Foote, Alexander Gray, Lucy Reed

Votes: 5

39. Oldsmobile Music Theatre (1959– )

30 min | Music

6.0
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A short lived series, hosted by Bill Hayes and Florence Henderson, which presented live theater. Interpersed in the plays were songs that help convey the story but not written specifically for the production.

Stars: Jackie Cooper, Genevieve, Hurd Hatfield, Hayes.Bill

Votes: 5

40. Diagnosis: Unknown (1960– )

60 min

7.0
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Head pathologist Coffee works at a big-city hospital helping police solve peculiar murders with the assistance of able colleagues Hudson and Mookerji and lab boy/handyman Link.

Stars: Patrick O'Neal, Phyllis Newman, Cal Bellini, Chester Morris

Votes: 5

41. The Frances Langford Show (1960– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

6.4
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Frances Langford hosts a variety special.

Stars: Frances Langford, Don Ameche, Rosemary Clooney, Mary Costa

Votes: 5

42. The Kate Smith Show (1957– )

30 min | Music, Comedy

7.0
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Stars: Kate Smith, The Barbara Carroll Trio, The Chordettes, Jule Styne

Votes: 5

43. The Revlon Revue (1959– )

60 min | Music, Comedy

6.8
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A variety show that presented comedy and music with the emphasis on the star who appeared that week.

Stars: Peggy Lee, Mike Wallace, Gene Barry, Barbara Britton

Votes: 5

44. The Summer Sports Spectacular (1960– )

60 min | Sport

5.0
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The show featured a different sports activity each week, e.g., baseball, figure skating, lacrosse, etc.

Stars: Milton Gross, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Jack Whitaker

Votes: 5

45. The Voice of Firestone (1962–1963)

30 min | Music

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Most of the shows featured grand opera but on occasion, ballet dancers and popular singers were also guests.

Stars: Wilfrid Pelletier, Patrice Munsel, Nicolai Gedda, John Daly

Votes: 5

46. Dimensions of Fear (1963– )

45 min | Sci-Fi

6.6
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A space research centre near a sleepy English village is threatened by an other-wordly force.

Stars: Robin Bailey, Katharine Blake, Peter Copley, Jo Rowbottom

Votes: 5

47. Your Funny, Funny Films (1963– )

30 min | Comedy, Reality-TV

5.6
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Summer replacement show featuring amateur home movies especially involving humorous scenes and events.

Star: George Fenneman

Votes: 5

48. Moment of Truth (1964– )

30 min | Drama

7.0
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Stars: Douglass Watson, Ivor Barry, Anne Campbell, Louise Collins

Votes: 5

49. The Steve Lawrence Show (1965– )

60 min

7.4
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Stars: Steve Lawrence, Connie Francis, Minnie Pearl, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 5

50. The Kraft Summer Music Hall (1966– )

60 min | Music

7.4
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Stars: John Davidson, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lively Set

Votes: 5


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