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1. Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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80 Metascore

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels

Votes: 91,218 | Gross: $31.50M

2. Quiz Show (1994)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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88 Metascore

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield

Votes: 61,783 | Gross: $24.82M

3. 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: 186

4. 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: 121

5. 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

6. The Price Is Right (1956–1965)

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

7.2
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The original version of an American icon, "The Price is Right" rewarded contestants with valuable prizes for their ability to price items.

Stars: Bill Cullen, Don Pardo, Johnny Gilbert, Jack Narz

Votes: 191

7. 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

8. 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

9. Mama (1949–1957)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

8.1
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This well-received series was a comedy-drama about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.

Stars: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Dick Van Patten, Rosemary Rice

Votes: 111

10. 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

11. Beat the Clock (1950–1961)

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

7.2
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Classic game show where couples (and sometimes families) competed to win prizes by completing stunts within a time limit.

Stars: Bud Collyer, Dolores Rosedale, John Reed King, Bern Bennett

Votes: 86

12. Kiss Me, Kate (1958 TV Movie)

90 min | Musical

8.3
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An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Julie Wilson, Bill Hayes

Votes: 44

13. 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

14. 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

15. Masquerade Party (1952–1960)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

6.4
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A panel of celebrities met with another celebrity who was in heavy make-up and/or costume; this disguise would always provide clues to the celebrity's actual identity. The panel asked ... See full summary »

Stars: Bert Parks, Ilka Chase, Peter Donald, Ogden Nash

Votes: 15

16. 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

17. The Kate Smith Hour (1950–1954)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

6.7
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A half-hour variety program which aired on CBS television with host Kate Smith.

Stars: Kate Smith, Ted Collins, Bill Norvas, The Upstarts

Votes: 17

18. Ding Dong School (1952–1956)

30 min | Family

7.1
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This educational program for children was seen daily.

Stars: Fran Allison, Frances Horwich

Votes: 21

19. 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

20. 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

21. The Plainclothesman (1949–1954)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A crime program, with a twist - The Lieutenant (Ken Lynch) was never seen on camera, as the program used the subjective first-person camera technique as did the 1947 film "Lady in the Lake".

Stars: Ken Lynch, Jack Orrison, Jack Davis, James Bender

22. The Alan Young Show (1950–1953)

30 min | Comedy

7.3
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A dynamic combination of comedy vignettes and visually attractive musical numbers, hosted by Alan Young.

Stars: Alan Young, Tom Mahoney, Polly Bergen, Joseph Kearns

Votes: 16

23. The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1948–1950)

30 min | Drama

8.4
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This was an anthology series which aired live. It often featured adaptations of one-act stage plays.

Stars: Guy Kibbee, Faye Emerson, John Conte, Vicki Cummings

Votes: 24

24. The Bob Crosby Show (1953–1957)

30 min | Music

7.3
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Daily daytime show featuring music by Bob Crosby's band and different singers.

Stars: Bob Crosby, The Modernaires, Paula Kelly, Joan O'Brien

Votes: 10

25. Hit Parade (1957–1959)

30 min | Music

7.0
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Hit recordings were danced to and lip-synced in settings.

Stars: Don Bennetts, Joan Bilceaux, Don Carter, John D'Arcy

Votes: 5

26. The Admiral Broadway Revue (1949– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

7.2
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A comedy/variety show featuring the early performances of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.

Stars: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Marge Champion, Gower Champion

Votes: 9

27. The Magic Cottage (1949–1951)

7.8
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A well-received children's series that was broadcast live from New York City.

Stars: Pat Meikle, Stuart Bradley, Don Hastings, Bernard Kates

Votes: 16

28. It Pays to Be Ignorant (1949–1951)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

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A spoof of game shows.

Stars: Tom Howard, Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, George Shelton

29. Valiant Lady (1953–1957)

15 min | Drama

7.2
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Helen Emerson was daytime's "valiant lady", a fortyish matron who was widowed in the serial's first year. Helen valiantly endured sudden financial hardship while alternately fretting over ... See full summary »

Stars: Flora Campbell, James Kirkwood Jr., Nancy Coleman, Jerome Cowan

Votes: 10

30. Fireball Fun-For-All (1949– )

60 min | Comedy

6.8
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A lively comedy series. It was short-lived, but stars Olsen and Johnson continued to work on television variety shows during the 1950s.

Stars: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Marty May, J.C. Olsen

Votes: 9

31. Bride and Groom (1951– )

30 min

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An on-air wedding with great prizes for the happy couple.

Stars: Howard Kershner, Mary Kershner, Robert Paige, Byron Palmer

32. They Stand Accused (1949– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

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A series in which actual court cases were re-enacted, with a jury panel, selected from the studio audience, that was asked to issue a verdict.

Stars: Carmelita Pope, Lee Henry, Alice Dineen, John Himes

33. Chesterfield Sound Off Time (1951–1952)

30 min | Comedy, Music

6.6
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"Sound-Off Time" was a live, half-hour variety series with Fred Allen and Bob Hope alternating at hosts, and not very successfully. However, on December 16, 1951, "Sound-Off Time" aired the... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Hope, Hy Averback, Les Brown, William Bendix

Votes: 7

34. Heart Attack (1960 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama

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Live television drama about an English doctor whose career is threatened by a blackmailer.

Stars: Bruce Archer, Carol Armstrong, Edward Brayshaw, June Brunelle

35. Leave It to the Girls (1957– )

Talk-Show

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A discussion series featuring a panel of three women and one man.

Stars: Terry Dear, Josephine O'Neill, Elizabeth Riddell, Margo Lee

36. Cavalcade of Bands (1950–1951)

60 min | Family, Music

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A live big-band musical series, airing on Tuesday evenings.

Stars: The Mello-Larks, Marsha Van Dyke, Clark Brothers, Ted Steele

37. Wuthering Heights (1959 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

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Mistreated foundling Heathcliff and his stepsister Catherine fall in love, but when she marries a wealthy man, he becomes obsessed with getting revenge, even well into the next generation.

Director: Alan Burke | Stars: Annette Andre, David Bluford, Richard Davies, Geoffrey King

38. Pantomime Quiz (1957)

30 min | Game-Show

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Two celebrity teams competed in a game of charades.

Stars: Harry Dearth, George Foster, Tony Wager, Wendy Blacklock

39. A Reckoning (2011)

101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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The story of a lone man, trapped in a barren, desolate landscape, and his only companions: a village of straw people. They are his friends and neighbours; he teaches straw children at the ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew David Barker | Stars: Leslie Simpson, Axelle Carolyn, Daniel Tee, Marcus Green

Votes: 41

40. The Great Foodini (1948–1951)

15 min | Family

7.8
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Stars: Doris Brown, Hope Bunin, Morey Bunin

Votes: 6

41. Symphonie Pastorale (1958 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Tragedy results when a pastor falls in love with a blind orphan.

Stars: John Kirkbride, Beryl Marshall, Wyn Roberts, Maree Tomasetti

42. Dark Under the Sun (1960 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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Problems arise when a half-aboriginal man falls in love with a white woman.

Stars: Edward Brayshaw, Moira Carleton, Elizabeth Goodman, James Lynch

43. It's News to Me (1951–1954)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

3.8
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Contestants try to guess if celebrities have given the right answers to questions about recent news stories.

Stars: John Daly, John Henry Faulk, Anna Lee, Quentin Reynolds

Votes: 5

44. Charlie Wild, Private Detective (1950–1952)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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A half-hour private-eye crime show set in New York.

Stars: John McQuade, Howard Duff, Philippa Bevans, John Shellie

Votes: 10

45. The Marriage of Figaro (1960 TV Movie)

120 min | Musical

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Stars: Valda Bagnall, Geoffrey Chard, Heather McMillan, Russell Smith

46. Six O'Clock Rock (1959–1962)

Music

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Variety show featuring rock and roll music.

Star: Johnny O'Keefe

47. Chance of a Lifetime (1952–1956)

30 min | Family, Game-Show, Music

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At first a lighthearted guessing game, the format switched to a talent contest in 1952.

Stars: Dennis James, Ken Roberts, John Reed King, Diahann Carroll

48. Melody Time (1957–1959)

30 min | Music

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A live variety series, with music performances.

Stars: Ormonde Douglas, Maureen Boyce, Wendy Pomroy, Arthur Young

49. Australia's Amateur Hour (1957–1958)

30 min | Music

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A talent contest, featuring singers, dancers, etc etc.

Star: Terry Dear

50. Vikki (1963– )

30 min | Music

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A variety series featuring singer Vikki Hammond.

Stars: Vikki Hammond, Ray Melton, John Rohan



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