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1. The Scapegoat (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

7.1
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Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Matthew Rhys, Eileen Atkins, Anton Lesser, Jodhi May

Votes: 3,764

2. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

7.8
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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 Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 187

3. Kraft Theatre (1947–1958)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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A well-received anthology series presenting live television dramas.

Stars: Vaughn Taylor, Ed Herlihy, Valerie Cossart, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 122

4. The Goldbergs (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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Comedy-drama about a Jewish-American family living in New York City.

Stars: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade, Robert H. Harris

Votes: 138

5. Mr. Saturday Night (1992)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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The life of Buddy Young, a comic legend in flashbacks but an old man looking for work in the present.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt

Votes: 4,309 | Gross: $13.35M

6. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

8.0
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, George Woodbridge, Robert Brown, Brian Rix

Votes: 65

7. Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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This show featured four rotating stars, Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino, and Dick Powell in individual episodes consisting of everything from comedy to drama.

Stars: David Niven, Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino

Votes: 133

8. A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

5.7
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A male Parisian driving school owner who goes to see his doctor and complains of feeling run down is pronounced four months pregnant. When the diagnosis is confirmed by a specialist, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 548

9. The Milton Berle Show (1948–1956)

60 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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The Texaco Star Theatre was one of the most popular shows in the history of television. In the first year, Milton Berle was not the permanent emcee, but once he replaced the rotation, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Milton Berle, Sid Stone, Jimmy Nelson, Hal Sawyer

Votes: 94

10. I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With (2006)

TV-PG | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

6.1
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60 Metascore

About a man who has trouble with his job, trouble with women, and uses food to deal with it all.

Director: Jeff Garlin | Stars: Jeff Garlin, Sarah Silverman, Bonnie Hunt, Dan Castellaneta

Votes: 3,140 | Gross: $0.19M

11. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.3
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Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Jack Grimes

Votes: 72

12. International House (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Comedy

7.0
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Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention, television.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee, Stuart Erwin

Votes: 1,113

13. Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005)

133 min | Drama, Family

7.7
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Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki

Votes: 2,000

14. Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)

30 min | Music

7.9
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The format was to sing the seven top rated popular songs for the week; the songs were sung by the regular cast of vocalists. An attempt was made to revive the show in 1974 with songs from ... See full summary »

Stars: Snooky Lanson, Russell Arms, Dorothy Collins, Raymond Scott

Votes: 47

15. Dreamboat (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

6.8
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Thornton Sayre, a respected college professor, is plagued when his old movies are shown on TV and sets out with his daughter to stop it. However, his former co-star is the hostess of the TV show playing his films and she has other plans.

Director: Claude Binyon | Stars: Clifton Webb, Ginger Rogers, Anne Francis, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 601

16. Yoyo (1965)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.5
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A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix | Stars: Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger, Philippe Dionnet, Luce Klein

Votes: 1,151

17. My Blue Heaven (1950)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Musical

6.2
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Betty Grable and Dan Dailey are a married song and dance team who cannot have children. The movie follows the travails as they try and adopt and keep the kids they adopt while performing on their TV show.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Betty Grable, Dan Dailey, David Wayne, Jane Wyatt

Votes: 401

18. Gas Light (1939 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Thriller

8.2
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Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if means driving his wife insane.

Stars: Dennis Arundell, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Elizabeth Inglis, Milton Rosmer

Votes: 35

19. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

7.0
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In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 647

20. Man Against Crime (1949–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.5
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Mike Barnett is the title character, a bright and tough private detective in New York. This very violent show was broadcast live until 1952.

Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Nita Talbot, Henry Lascoe, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 61

21. Studio 57 (1954–1958)

30 min | Drama, Family

8.8
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This dramatic anthology series went into open syndication when the DuMont Television Network ceased operations.

Stars: Joel Aldrich, Tim Graham, Jean Byron, Marguerite Chapman

Votes: 94

22. The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Ellery Queen was a mystery writer who assisted his father, a detective with the New York Police Department, in solving murders. Queen's methods were arcane and intellectual rather than ... See full summary »

Stars: Florenz Ames, Lee Bowman, Rex Marshall, Hugh Marlowe

Votes: 33

23. Pioneers of Television (2008– )

TV-PG | 55 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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A four-part documentary series focusing on the legends that helped launched TV and left lasting impression on sitcoms, talk shows, variety shows and game shows in television's early years.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson, Betty White

Votes: 190

24. Cavalcade of Stars (1949–1952)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Music

8.0
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An hour of live variety, in the classic sense of television's Golden Age.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Jack Carter, The June Taylor Dancers, Art Carney

Votes: 37

25. The Big Time (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

5.9
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In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic ... See full summary »

Director: Paris Barclay | Stars: Dylan Baker, Molly Ringwald, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 156

26. Stump the Stars (1947– )

30 min | Game-Show

8.6
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Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film", "TV show", "book" or "song" as well as "small word (... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Stokey, Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Beverly Garland

Votes: 56

27. Life Is Worth Living (1952–1965)

30 min | Family, Talk-Show

8.8
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The show featured Most Reverent Fulton J. Sheen, the Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of New York City, offering anecdotes and moral lessons. Many of the talks were about the evils of the Communist form of government.

Stars: Fulton J. Sheen, Don Russell

Votes: 62

28. The Brighter Day (1954–1962)

25 min | Drama

7.8
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"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep hoping that our dreams come true on that brighter day." These words opened this ... See full summary »

Stars: Blair Davies, Mona Bruns, Walter Brooke, Murial Williams

Votes: 19

29. Rocky King, Detective (1950–1954)

30 min | Action, Drama, Crime

7.8
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At the end of each show, Rocky King (Roscoe Karns) calls his wife, Mabel, and says, "Case is closed Mabel, I'm coming home".

Stars: Roscoe Karns, Todd Karns, Grace Carney, Earl Hammond

Votes: 41

30. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005 Video)

62 min | Documentary

7.6
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Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms,... See full summary »

Director: Loretta Alper | Stars: Stanley Aranowitz, Edward Asner, Roseanne Barr, George W. Bush

Votes: 50

31. My Hero (1952–1953)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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A well-meaning but bumbling real-estate agent always getting into trouble with his boss and has to be constantly rescued by his secretary, who loves him.

Stars: Robert Cummings, Julie Bishop, John Litel, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 34

32. Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.4
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Ernest P. Duckweather, a general-store clerk, invents an interplanetary television set, thus developing a friendship with a puppet named Johnny Jupiter.

Stars: Wright King, Gilbert Mack, Cliff Hall, Pat Peardon

Votes: 30

33. Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel (1950–1955)

15 min | Drama

8.3
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Life in small-town America during the 1950s. Broadcast live, some episodes survive as kinescopes.

Stars: Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Jim Bannon, Arthur Peterson

Votes: 15

34. The Bigelow Theatre (1950–1951)

30 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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A live CBS half-hour dramatic anthology series, but on two networks in its second season (as "Bigelow-Sanford Theater"); Sunday evenings over CBS and Thursday evenings over DuMont.

Stars: Don DeFore, William Frawley, Jeffrey Silver, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 13

35. The New Watchdogs (2011)

104 min | Documentary

7.6
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This documentary takes an in depth look at France's mass medias and shines a light on corporate and political interests that shape the news.

Directors: Gilles Balbastre, Yannick Kergoat | Star: Frédéric Lordon

Votes: 360

36. The Lawrence Welk Show (1951–1955)

60 min | Music

8.2
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Stars: Lawrence Welk, Myron Floren, Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra, Alice Lon

Votes: 28

37. Sherlock Holmes (1951)

Mystery

6.9
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Stars: Alan Wheatley, Raymond Francis, Iris Vandeleur, Bill Owen

Votes: 17

38. The Dinah Shore Show (1951–1960)

15 min | Comedy, Music

7.1
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Dinah hosted this 15 minute live musical and variety show, two nights a week. It led to her own hour long show in 1956.

Stars: Dinah Shore, Art Baker, The Skylarks, Ticker Freeman

Votes: 43

39. Stage 7 (1955– )

30 min | Drama

8.1
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A weekly half-hour anthology series, similar to "Four Star Playhouse".

Stars: Gordon Mills, Dan Barton, Macdonald Carey, Frank Lovejoy

Votes: 18

40. The George Gobel Show (1954–1960)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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For Gobel's half-hour series, he used a successful comedy format of a monologue segment, followed by a story set up segment, then a musical interlude with the show's girl singer, then the main skit with the guest performers.

Stars: George Gobel, Peggy King, John Scott Trotter, Jeff Donnell

Votes: 47

41. Public Prosecutor (1947–1951)

20 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A film noir drama-dey cop & crime show, Public Prosecutor was created for one major networks but they gave up on the series and another early TV network called DuMont picked it up.

Stars: John Howard, Anne Gwynne, Walter Sande, John Harmon

Votes: 7

42. 20 Questions (1949– )

30 min | Family, Game-Show

5.3
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Stars: Bobby McGuire, John McPhee, Herbert Polesie, Florence Rinard

Votes: 6

43. Hands of Mystery (1949–1952)

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Musical

7.1
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Hands of Murder (also known as Hands of Mystery and Hands of Destiny) was an American mystery/anthology series that aired on the DuMont Television Network.; seen on Friday nights.

Stars: Stephen Elliott, Ruth White, Hugh Franklin, Edward Andrews

Votes: 7

44. Front Page Detective (1951–1953)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A newspaper columnist who helps police solve especially difficult mysteries. The title derived from a popular mystery magazine of the same name.

Stars: Edmund Lowe, Paula Drew, George Pembroke, Norman Budd

Votes: 24

45. The Merry Mailman (1950–1956)

Family

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"The Merry Mailman" was a children's television show that ran locally in the New York City metro area.

Stars: Ray Heatherton, Red Buttons, Celeste Holm

46. The Silver Theatre (1949–1950)

30 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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The teleplays normally concerned the various aspects of romance.

Stars: Conrad Nagel, George Reeves, Don DeFore, Diana Lynn

Votes: 8

47. Tell-Tale Heart (1947 TV Movie)

Thriller

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Director: Helen Carson | Stars: Bill Vance, Bruno VeSota

48. The Morey Amsterdam Show (1948–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

7.8
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The show had two venues. In December 1948 to March 1949, Morey Amsterdam was the emcee at a small fictional nightclub in New York City's Times Square. Charlie the Doorman (later Newton the ... See full summary »

Stars: Morey Amsterdam, Art Carney, Johnny Guarnieri, Don Russell

Votes: 24

49. The Ed Wynn Show (1949–1950)

30 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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The comedy on The Ed Wynn Show consisted mostly of old vaudeville schtick, with lots of corny jokes and silly sight gags. Each week, the show would end with Ed retiring to his bed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Wynn, Bob Lamond, Buddy Ebsen, Hattie McDaniel

Votes: 32

50. Mary Kay and Johnny (1947–1950)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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The adventures and misadventures of the strait-laced bank employee Johnny Stearns and his zany wife Mary Kay.

Stars: Mary Kay Stearns, John Stearns, Nydia Westman, Howard Fischer

Votes: 29



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