TV Series (Sorted by Number of Votes Ascending)



1. Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

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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

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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. Shadow of the Cloak (1951–1952)

30 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

5.8
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Peter House was an agent for International Security Intelligence in this live spy series.

Stars: Helmut Dantine, William Kemp, Judson Pratt, John Shay

Votes: 5

19. Those Two (1951–1953)

15 min

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

Votes: 5

20. 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

21. 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

22. Bank on the Stars (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.2
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Stars: Bill Cullen, Jack Paar, Jimmy Nelson, Bill McCord

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. Judge for Yourself (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

7.0
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Stars: Fred Allen, Robert Carroll, Kitty Kallen, The Skylarks

Votes: 5

26. Old American Barn Dance (1953– )

30 min | Music

8.0
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A country-and-western music show.

Stars: Bill Bailey, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Pee Wee King

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. The Blue Angel (1954– )

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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Stars: Orson Bean, The Norman Paris Trio, Trude Adams, Pearl Bailey

Votes: 5

29. The Tony Martin Show (1954– )

15 min | Music

7.4
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This was a music program (not a talk show as described in some sources), featuring the talented Tony Martin performing songs. He also had guest singers, and the whole thing aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Stars: Tony Martin, Margaret Whiting, Anna Luther

Votes: 5

30. Woman with a Past (1954– )

15 min | Drama, Mystery

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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

31. Ethel Barrymore Theater (1956– )

30 min | Drama

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

Votes: 5

32. Giant Step (1956–1957)

30 min | Game-Show

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Talent show for young kids. Leslie Uggams was one that went on to stardom.

Star: Bert Parks

Votes: 5

33. Adventures of the Sea Hawk (1958– )

30 min | Action

6.6
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Caribbean adventure series on board the "Sea Hawk", a 100-foot schooner floating electronics lab.

Stars: John Howard, John Lee, Michael Brennan, Mary Holland

Votes: 5

34. Keep Talking (1958–1960)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.4
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The regulars were divided into two teams of three players. The host would give each player a secret word and the player had to tell a story using that word. The other team then had to guess the secret word.

Stars: Danny Dayton, Paul Winchell, Joey Bishop, Ilka Chase

Votes: 5

35. 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

36. 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

37. 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

38. Moment of Truth (1964– )

30 min | Drama

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

Votes: 5

39. You Can't See Round Corners (1967)

30 min | Drama, History

8.2
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Drama series You Can't See Around Corners saw much of it's plot centering around a young woman's love affair with an army deserter at the height of the Vietnam war.

Stars: Ken Shorter, Rowena Wallace, Slim DeGrey, Lyndall Barbour

Votes: 5

40. Frost on Saturday (1968– )

Talk-Show

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Stars: David Frost, John Betjeman, Blossom Dearie, Stan Freberg

Votes: 5

41. Lulu's Back in Town (1968– )

Music

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Stars: Lulu, The Ladybirds, Peter Knight, Frank Bough

Votes: 5

42. Della (1969– )

Talk-Show

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Stars: Della Reese, Rich Little, Marty Allen, Louis Nye

Votes: 5

43. American Lifestyle (1972– )

30 min

6.8
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Star: E.G. Marshall

Votes: 5

44. My Good Woman (1972–1974)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Stars: Leslie Crowther, Sylvia Syms, Richard Wilson, Keith Barron

Votes: 5

45. Emergency Call Ten-Four Ten-Four (1973– )

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Stars: Toshio Kurosawa, Jo Mizuki, Shunsuke Ikeda, Rei Maki

Votes: 5

46. Escape (1973)

30 min | Adventure

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Based-on-true-story anthology about victims who need rescuing.

Stars: Jack Webb, Christopher Caine, Robin Clarke, Glenn Corbett

Votes: 5

47. Loves Me, Loves Me Not (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

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Jane, a teacher, begins dating reporter Dick with neither one sure how they feel about each other. Their initial dates have very mixed results but they continue to go out. Tom is Dick's boss at the newspaper, Sue his wife.

Stars: Susan Dey, Kip Gilman, Phyllis Glick, Art Metrano

Votes: 5

48. Joe & Valerie (1978–1979)

30 min | Comedy

7.0
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Joe, who works at his dad's plumbing store, meets Valerie at a disco and a romance begins. But Joe's roommates, hearse driver Paulie and chauvinist Frankie interfer as does Valerie's divorced mother Stella with whom she lives.

Stars: Donna Ponterotto, David Elliott, Char Fontane, Paul Regina

Votes: 5

49. Send in the Girls (1978– )

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Stories of girls on a Sales Promotion Team.

Stars: Annie Ross, Norma West, Diana Davies, Carole Hayman

Votes: 5

50. Behind the Screen (1981–1982)

35 min | Drama

6.8
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Stars: Eileen Barnett, Mel Ferrer, Debbi Morgan, Janine Turner

Votes: 5


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