The [Insert Name] Show

by TheMovieSmith | created - 15 Jan 2018 | updated - 24 Jan 2018 | Public

In the early years of television, through the 1970's, whenever a major movie star got his or her own TV series, their name was used as the title of the series. Which series to feature the name of the star in the title was your favorite?

(Note: the list is limited to titles which were sitcoms and does not include talk shows or variety programs like "The Ed Sullivan Show".)

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1. The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex, and their children Mary and Jeff. Many situations arise like when they found a baby on their doorstep or take in... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Reed, Paul Petersen, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares

Votes: 1,230

2. The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam

Votes: 8,041

3. The Jimmy Stewart Show (1971–1972)

30 min | Comedy

Beloved film legend James Stewart made his much-anticipated, highly-publicized series TV debut in this domestic comedy about the frequently chaotic home and professional lives of a small-town college professor.

Stars: James Stewart, Julie Adams, Jonathan Daly, Ellen Geer

Votes: 167

4. The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)

30 min | Comedy

Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.

Stars: George Burns, Gracie Allen, Bea Benaderet, Harry von Zell

Votes: 1,101

5. The Jack Benny Program (1950–1965)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy

The comic misadventures of the "skinflint" comedian and his friends.

Stars: Jack Benny, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Don Wilson, Dennis Day

Votes: 1,134

Also known as 'The Jack Benny Show'.

6. The Bob Newhart Show (1972–1978)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The professional and personal misadventures of a psychologist and his family, patients, friends and colleagues.

Stars: Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace

Votes: 4,469

7. The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971–1974)

30 min | Comedy

Dick Van Dyke and Hope Lange play modern married couple Dick and Jenny Preston, who have comic misadventures raising their teenage daughter.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Hope Lange, Marty Brill, Fannie Flagg

Votes: 181

8. The Bob Crane Show (1975– )

30 min | Comedy

Bob Wilcox decides to leave his insurance job to enter medical school, needing the support of his family to deal with the curriculum and being older. He must deal with obstacles placed by Dean Ingersoll plus his eccentric landlord Busso.

Stars: Bob Crane, Patricia Harty, Jack Fletcher, Todd Susman

Votes: 40

9. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 11,153

10. The Lucy Show (1962–1968)

30 min | Comedy

The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend, and her cantankerous boss.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett

Votes: 2,099

11. The George Burns Show (1960 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy

Musical-comedy special featuring George Burns and an assortment of guest-stars.

Director: Greg Garrison | Stars: George Burns, Betty Grable, Bobby Darin, The Hermes Pan Dancers

12. The Cosby Show (1984–1992)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Votes: 29,782

13. The Redd Foxx Show (1986)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

An American sitcom starring Redd Foxx as a newsstand owner who adopts a street smart teenage daughter, played by Pamela Adlon. The series premiered January 18, 1986 on the ABC television ... See full summary »

Stars: Redd Foxx, Rosanna DeSoto, Pamela Adlon, Sinbad

Votes: 80

14. The Sinbad Show (1993–1994)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

David (Sinbad) is a single foster father for Zana and LJ, and he's very new to the game. He learns as much from the children as they learn from him.

Stars: Sinbad, T.K. Carter, Erin Davis, Ray J

Votes: 357

15. The John Larroquette Show (1993–1996)

30 min | Comedy

Television sitcom about a recovering alcoholic who becomes the manager of a big city bus station. The tragicomic theme of the show is perhaps summed up best by an old carnival sign that now... See full summary »

Stars: John Larroquette, Liz Torres, Daryl Mitchell, Chi McBride

Votes: 806

16. The Drew Carey Show (1995–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A sitcom about Drew's personal and professional life.

Stars: Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Kathy Kinney, Ryan Stiles

Votes: 15,177

17. The Gregory Hines Show (1997– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

An American television sitcom starring Gregory Hines as a publishing agent and widower, who's dedicated to raising his 12-year old son Matty (Brandon Hammond) along with returning to the ... See full summary »

Stars: Gregory Hines, Wendell Pierce, Robin Riker, Brandon Hammond

Votes: 65

18. The Tony Danza Show (1997– )

30 min | Comedy

Tony DiMeo is a sportswriter who also happens to have two daughters. He must rely on his young assistant Carmen to help with...both! She also happens to be the reason why the building ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Danza, Maria Canals-Barrera, Shaun Weiss, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 78

19. The Doris Day Show (1968–1973)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

After spending most of her life in big cities, widow Doris Martin decides to move back to the family ranch.

Stars: Doris Day, Philip Brown, Todd Starke, Denver Pyle

Votes: 534

20. The Bill Cosby Show (1969–1971)

30 min | Comedy

Chet Kincaid, gym teacher at an inner-city Los Angeles high school, deals with students, principal Mr. Langford, and counselor Marsha Peterson. He lives with his mother Rose, brother Brian,... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Cosby, Joyce Bulifant, Olga James, Lee Weaver

Votes: 757

21. The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Family

A story revolving around the life of therapist, Bill Pearson, and his family.

Stars: Bill Engvall, Nancy Travis, Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Patrick Martin

Votes: 1,872

22. The Jeff Foxworthy Show (1995–1997)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Air conditioning repair man Jeff finds himself a fish out of water living in Indiana with his Southern ways and humor. Eventually he takes his family back to Georgia and reconnects with his eccentric relations.

Stars: Jeff Foxworthy, Haley Joel Osment, Ann Cusack, G.W. Bailey

Votes: 567

23. The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Family

Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas U.S. Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base, tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Silvers, Harvey Lembeck, Paul Ford, Allan Melvin

Votes: 1,269

24. The Steve Harvey Show (1996–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A former funk star named Steve Hightower enlists as a high school music teacher away from his original career in Chicago.

Stars: Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, Merlin Santana, William Lee Scott

Votes: 2,417

25. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

The lives and trials of a young single woman and her friends, both at work and at home.

Stars: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper

Votes: 6,321

Also known as the Mary Tyler Moore Show.



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