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Dallas (1978–1991)
Dallas poster Rating: 6.9/10 (7,384 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: David Jacobs
Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Drama
Released: 02 Apr 1978
Plot: Popular evening 'soap-opera' style television drama. The show was set in Dallas and chronicled the exploits of wealthy Texas oil millionaires. Many of the plots revolved around shady business dealings and dysfunctional family dynamics.
Dynasty (1981–1989)
Dynasty poster Rating: 6.1/10 (3,699 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Esther Shapiro, Richard Alan Shapiro
Stars: John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins, Gordon Thomson
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Drama
Released: 12 Jan 1981
Plot: The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pampered and spoiled; Steven, openly gay; and Amanda, hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis. Most of the show features the conflict between 2 large corporations, Blake's Denver Carrington and Alexis' ColbyCo.
CHiPs (1977–1983)
CHiPs poster Rating: 6.4/10 (3,280 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Rick Rosner, Paul Playdon
Stars: Erik Estrada, Robert Pine, Larry Wilcox, Paul Linke
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 15 Sep 1977
Plot: "CHiPS," which stood for California Highway Patrol, followed the daily beats of two state motorcycle patrolmen as they patrolled the freeway system in and around Los Angeles. Officer Jon Baker was the straight, serious officer while Frank "Ponch" Poncherello was the more free- wheeling member of the duo; both reported to Sgt. Joe Getraer, who gave out assignments and advice in handling the cases. Each episode saw a compilation of incidents, ranging from the humorous (e.g., a stranded motorist) to criminal investigations (such as hijackings) and tragic incidents (such as a fiery multi-car pile-up with multiple deaths. Other aspects of Ponch and Jon's daily work were highlighted as well; the social lives of both officers (they were both single) often provided the lighter moments. On occassion, Ponch and Jon were assisted by a female "Chippie" at first, the very beautiful Sindy Cahill; and later, the more wholesome Bonnie Clark. In 1982, Ponch got a new partner, Bobby Nelson (series star Wilcox left the show that year), while Nelson's younger brother, Bruce, was a trainee on the force. By now, the female "Chippie" was the attractive Kathy Lindahan.
Charlie's Angels (1976–1981)
Charlie's Angels poster Rating: 6.5/10 (5,050 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts
Stars: Jaclyn Smith, David Doyle, Cheryl Ladd, Kate Jackson
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: NOT RATED
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Released: 22 Sep 1976
Plot: TV series about a wealthy mystery-man who runs a detective agency via a speaker-phone and his personal assistant, Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations. The cast changed substantially over the life of this show, as actresses left for various movie, TV, and modeling deals.
The A-Team (1983–1987)
The A-Team poster Rating: 7.6/10 (21,937 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Frank Lupo
Stars: George Peppard, Dwight Schultz, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Released: 23 Jan 1983
Plot: At the end of their stint in Viet Nam, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the US or the world. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Face was the team's con artist and ladies man. BA (officially "Bad Attitude") was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, "Howling Mad" Murdock, was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic--they broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission.
Peter Gunn (1958–1961)
Peter Gunn poster Rating: 8.2/10 (503 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Blake Edwards
Stars: Craig Stevens, Herschel Bernardi, Lola Albright
Runtime: 30 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Action, Mystery, Crime
Released: 22 Sep 1958
Plot: Filmed in a film noir atmosphere and featuring Henry Mancini music that could tell you the action with your eyes closed, Peter Gunn worked in style. Known as Pete to his friends and simply as Gunn to his enemies, he did his job in a calm cool way. He got his tips and cautions from Lieutenant Jacoby, a coffee drinking pal from the police. Also providing tips was "Mother" of her self-titled nightclub. Working at the nightclub as a singer was Edie Hart, his girlfriend.

Kojak (1973–1978)
Kojak poster Rating: 7.1/10 (3,277 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Abby Mann
Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Released: 24 Oct 1973
Plot: Lt. Theo Kojak is the main character in this popular television police drama. Kojak is a tough cop, but his trademark is a fondness for lollipops. Despite his difficult work, he tirelessly brings criminals to justice while staying upbeat and good-natured.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes poster Rating: 8.8/10 (10,746 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: John Hawkesworth
Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Released: 14 Mar 1985
Plot: This highly detailed series recreated the adventures of Conan Doyle's Victorian detective in painstaking detail, sometimes to the extent of recreating the illustrations which accompanied the original story publication in "Strand" magazine during the late 19th century. Thirteen of the Holmes short stories were adapted in this series, which was followed by two sequels ("Return" and "Casebook") as well as several TV movie adaptations.
The Green Hornet (1966–1967)
The Green Hornet poster Rating: 7.7/10 (1,467 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: George W. Trendle
Stars: Van Williams, Bruce Lee, Wende Wagner, Lloyd Gough
Runtime: 99 min
Rated: TV-PG
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Released: 09 Sep 1966
Plot: Britt Reid, daring young owner/publisher of "The Daily Sentinel," dons a mask and fights crime as The Green Hornet. While the police and public believe the Hornet to be a ruthless criminal, the District Attorney knows Reid's secret identity, and welcomes his assistance in fighting racketeers and criminals. Also assisting Reid in his crusade are his secretary, Lenore Case, and his faithful valet, Kato, who is a kung fu expert and who drives the sleek "Black Beauty," the Hornet's well armed car.
Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
Mission: Impossible poster Rating: 8.0/10 (4,437 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Bruce Geller
Stars: Greg Morris, Peter Lupus, Peter Graves, Barbara Bain
Runtime: 50 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Released: 17 Sep 1966
Plot: Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency ("Impossible Missions"), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt; quite often they are unmasking of criminals or the rescuing of hostages. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. One thing is vital on an Impossible Mission: the mission must be carried out in entire secrecy, often relying on high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions.
Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)
Hill Street Blues poster Rating: 8.2/10 (3,897 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll
Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: TV-14
Genre: Drama
Released: 15 Jan 1981
Plot: The original "ensemble drama," this is the story of an overworked, under-staffed police precinct in an anonymous inner city patterned after Chicago. We follow the lives of many characters, from the lowly beat and traffic cops to the captain of the precinct himself. This is the show that blazed the trail followed later by such notable ensemble dramas as "St. Elsewhere" and "L.A. Law."
The Streets of San Francisco (1972–1977)
The Streets of San Francisco poster Rating: 7.3/10 (2,650 votes)
Director: N/A
Writer: Edward Hume
Stars: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: N/A
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Released: 16 Sep 1972
Plot: A pair of plainclothes homicide detectives, Lt. Mike Stone and Inspector Steve Keller, cruise the streets of San Francisco solving a variety of crimes, usually involving murder. Stone is the street-smart 20-year veteran cop, and Keller is the college-educated rookie. Much of the series' success was due to the friendly by-play and relationship between the two leads.

 

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