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1. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

8.6
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A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 98,525

2. Frontline (1983– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Investigative journalist documentaries.

Stars: Will Lyman, Sarah Childress, Arun Rath, Priyanka Boghani

Votes: 1,464

3. Endgame (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, History

6.2
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55 Metascore

A story based on the covert discussions that brought down the Apartheid regime in South Africa.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: William Hurt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.01M

4. This Hour Has 22 Minutes (1992– )

Comedy, News, Talk-Show

6.3
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This skit-filled Canadian comedy show pokes fun at the Canadian government and other national happenings.

Stars: Cathy Jones, Mark Critch, Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford

Votes: 782

5. Mindwalk (1990)

PG | 112 min | Drama

7.6
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Philosophical conversations between a poet, politician, and scientist. No one is psychotic or out for revenge.

Director: Bernt Amadeus Capra | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Sam Waterston, John Heard, Ione Skye

Votes: 2,733 | Gross: $0.77M

6. Deep Undercover (II) (2016– )

Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Deep Undercover is a true crimes series from writer and producer Joe Pistone, the real "Donnie Brasco." Each episode tells the story of a different undercover operation from the POV of the undercover officers involved.

Stars: Dave B. Mitchell, Damon O'Daniel, Judy Ho, Michael Fleeman

Votes: 74

7. Face the Nation (1954– )

TV-PG | 30 min | News, Talk-Show

6.1
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A program featuring one or more question-and-answer sessions with prominent figures currently in the news. One of the longest-running programs on television.

Stars: John Dickerson, Bob Schieffer, Margaret Brennan, Ed O'Keefe

Votes: 163

8. 60 Minutes (1979– )

60 min | News

6.8
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Australian version of the long-running news-magazine show.

Stars: Tara Brown, Liz Hayes, Peter Overton, Michael Usher

Votes: 966

9. Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (1947– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

5.6
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Weekly news program offering political interviews and analysis of current events by elected officials and experts.

Stars: Chuck Todd, David Gregory, Lawrence E. Spivak, Tim Russert

Votes: 475

10. PBS NewsHour (1975– )

TV-G | 60 min | News

7.4
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PBS newshour is an news show which shows news updates.

Stars: Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer, Jeffrey Brown

Votes: 321

11. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Journalist Amy Goodman hosts this independent news program which features international journalists, grassroots leaders, independent analysts, as well as ordinary people directly affected by world events and U.S. policy.

Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Votes: 325

12. The Empire Files (2015– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

8.5
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An independent documentary & interview series hosted by Abby Martin - reporting on war & inequality from the heart of Empire

Stars: Abby Martin, Atossa Abrahamian, Ali Al Ahmed, Jared Ball

Votes: 49

13. Firing Line (1966–1999)

120 min | Talk-Show

8.3
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A debate program hosted by conservative pundit William F. Buckley who verbally sparred with many notable figures of the 20th century.

Stars: William F. Buckley, Michael Kinsley, Jeff Greenfield, C. Dickerman Williams

Votes: 90

14. W5 (1966– )

Documentary, News

6.5
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Investigations covering tough, relevant stories for Canadians.

Stars: Kevin Newman, David Tyler, Avery Haines, Sandie Rinaldo

Votes: 32

15. Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser (1970– )

News

8.3
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The show was produced on Friday nights after the wrap-up of the financial markets, with discussions about finances and managing money for the average person.

Stars: Louis Rukeyser, Robert Nurock, Frank Cappiello, Robert Stovall

Votes: 27

16. The National (1952– )

60 min | News

7.3
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CBC Television's main prime time evening news show.

Stars: Peter Mansbridge, Steven J. Bull, Claire Martin, Krista Erickson

Votes: 53

17. Fault Lines (2009– )

30 min | Documentary, News

8.9
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Stars: Josh Rushing, Sebastian Walker, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Anjali Kamat

Votes: 17

18. CBS Reports (1959– )

60 min | Documentary, News

7.3
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Stars: Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner, Howard K. Smith, Edward R. Murrow

Votes: 18

19. Reporters (I) (2007– )

52 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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The editorial teams of a newspaper and a television channel.

Stars: Anne Coesens, Jérôme Robart, Patrick Bouchitey, Christine Boisson

Votes: 71

20. The Advocates (1969–1984)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Before Roger Fisher founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, he was nationally recognized for having created an award-winning public affairs television show, The Advocates,... See full summary »

Stars: Bella Abzug, Eqbal Ahmad, Khandakar Mushtaq Ahmed, Fouad Ajami

21. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)

15 min | News

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A talk show which aired from 11:00PM to 11:15PM.

Stars: William Bradford Huie, Larry LeSueur, Henry Hazlitt, Frank Knight

23. This Hour Has Seven Days (1964–1966)

60 min | Comedy, News

8.2
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Canada's most famous and controversial news and public affairs show.

Stars: Judy Garland, Laurier L. LaPierre, Leonard Cohen, Mississippi John Hurt

Votes: 125

24. Meet the Press (1992–2013)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

5.5
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A national current affairs interview program which brings together the nation's leaders and the press to discuss pressing news stories.

Stars: Paul Bongiorno, Hermione Kitson, Hugh Riminton, Kathryn Robinson

Votes: 34

25. Book TV (1998– )

60 min | Talk-Show

7.4
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Stars: Chris Hedges, Sean Hannity, Michael Smerconish, Tamim Ansary

Votes: 31

26. Witness (2007– )

Documentary, News

8.4
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Stars: Marion Barry Jr., Kevin Gonzales, Josh Rushing

Votes: 18

27. On Contact (2016– )

30 min | Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Anya Parampil, Tariq Ali, Taina Bien-Aimé

28. GZERO World with Ian Bremmer (2018– )

News

8.4
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Each week, Ian Bremmer, a renowned political scientist, entrepreneur and bestselling author, shares his perspective on recent global events and interviews the world leaders, experts and ... See full synopsis »

Votes: 7

29. Man Alive (1967– )

30 min

6.2
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Man Alive was a weekly CBC Television documentary series that debuted in 1967 and last aired in December 2000.

Stars: Arthur Kent, Liz Crocker, David Swick, Peter Volz

Votes: 5

30. Booknotes (1989–2004)

60 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Each week Brian Lamb discusses a recently published work of nonfiction with its author. The author's background, family, and motivation for writing the book are also explored. An author may... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Lamb, Ralph Abernathy, Vasiliy Aksyonov, Nathaniel Branden

Votes: 16

31. Alan Keyes Is Making Sense (2002– )

TV-G | 60 min | Talk-Show

3.5
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A political television program hosted by Alan Keyes and features in-depth political commentary from prominent politicians, journalists and political strategists. The series airs on the cable news channel MSNBC.

Stars: Alan Keyes, Joycelyn Elders, Gloria Feldt, Neal Horsley

Votes: 10

32. Global News Woman of Vision (2019 TV Special)

60 min

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Twelve Edmonton women are role models.

Stars: Stephanie Bach, Shirley Benson, Rosella Bjornson, Cecile Bukmeier

33. President Trump: The First 100 Days (2017 TV Special)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: John Barron, Kim Beazley, Damien Cave, Kellyanne Conway

34. Newsweek Views the News (1948– )

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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A prime-time public-affairs program featuring editors of Newsweek magazine interviewing guests and discussing current events.

Stars: Ernest K. Lindley, Whittaker Chambers, John Daly, Hede Massing

35. Kapwa ko, mahal ko (1975– )

Talk-Show

6.6
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Stars: Orly Mercado, Connie Angeles, Boots Anson-Roa, Rose Clores

Votes: 7

36. Other Voices (1964–1965)

30 min

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Star: Don Francks

37. Days of Revolt (2015–2016)

30 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Chris Hedges, Sabah Alnasseri, Eddie Conway, Ojore Lutalo

38. Making It! Minority Success Stories (1989– )

30 min | News

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Stars: Larry McCormick, Emmett Miller, Lynette Romero

39. The News on CNBC (1996–2004)

60 min | News

5.0
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Stars: Brian Williams, John Seigenthaler, Forrest Sawyer

Votes: 9

40. Entre tres (2005– )

News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Federico Reyes Heroles, Jesus Silva Herzog, Leo Zuckermann

41. Venture (1980– )

Documentary, News

7.1
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A news documentary series on Canadian business.

Stars: Robert Guy Scully, Deborah Lamb, Liz Palmer, Linda Sims

Votes: 8

42. Court of Current Issues (1948–1951)

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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This public-affairs program had the misfortune of having to compete against Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater", and therefore its ratings were always low. It featured debates over topical issues.

43. Newsworld Live (2000– )

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Stars: Evan Adams, Brian Hartigan, Daniel Levitin

44. The Power of Women (1952– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Star: Vivien Kellems

45. AM/BC (2013–2015)

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Jill Krop, David Suzuki

46. Two-Way Street (2010– )

TV-G | 60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Bob Bowdon, Doug Bandow, John Coleman, Ann Cooper

47. Washington Exclusive (1953– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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Six U.S. Senators discussed military and current events in this live discussion program.

Star: Frank McNaughton

48. New York Illustrated (1966– )

30 min | Documentary

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Stars: Bill Ryan, Rudolf Bing, Maria Callas, Erich Leinsdorf

49. Global News Investigates (2019 TV Special)

30 min | News

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The most important and compelling stories of the year from across the country uncovered by the Global News Investigative team.

50. Basic Black (1968– )

30 min | Talk-Show

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A response to the demand for public television programs reflecting the concerns of communities of color.



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