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1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Jake Peralta, an immature, but talented N.Y.P.D. detective in Brooklyn's 99th Precinct, comes into immediate conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Ray Holt.

Stars: Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero

Votes: 166,163

2. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 340,447

3. Covert Affairs (2010–2014)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Fresh out of the farm, Annie Walker must adapt to the challenging life of a CIA operative under the guidance of her handler, Auggie. But soon she realizes her recruit might have to do with her last boyfriend rather than her talent.

Stars: Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham, Kari Matchett, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 25,570

4. Thirteen (2003)

R | 100 min | Drama

6.8
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70 Metascore

A thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as she discovers drugs, sex, and petty crime in the company of her cool but troubled best friend.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens

Votes: 76,578 | Gross: $4.60M

5. Like Stars on Earth (2007)

PG | 165 min | Drama, Family

8.4
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An eight-year-old boy is thought to be a lazy trouble-maker, until the new art teacher has the patience and compassion to discover the real problem behind his struggles in school.

Directors: Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte | Stars: Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan, Tisca Chopra, Vipin Sharma

Votes: 147,780 | Gross: $1.22M

6. Election (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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83 Metascore

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell

Votes: 84,291 | Gross: $14.88M

7. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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60 Metascore

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

Director: Ian Samuels | Stars: Shannon Purser, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler, Noah Centineo

Votes: 29,596

8. Like Father (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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52 Metascore

After she's left at the altar, a workaholic advertising executive ends up on her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father.

Director: Lauren Miller Rogen | Stars: Kristen Bell, Danielle Davenport, Kimiko Glenn, Wynter Kullman

Votes: 16,212

9. Employee of the Month (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

5.5
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36 Metascore

A slacker competes with a repeat winner for the "Employee of the Month" title at work, in order to gain the affections of a new female employee.

Director: Greg Coolidge | Stars: Jessica Simpson, Dane Cook, Dax Shepard, Andy Dick

Votes: 42,505 | Gross: $28.44M

10. Sisters (1991–1996)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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Follows the lives and loves of four close, but very different, sisters of the Reed family living in Winnetka, Illinois.

Stars: Swoosie Kurtz, Patricia Kalember, Sela Ward, Elizabeth Hoffman

Votes: 1,697

11. Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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67 Metascore

A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities.

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Parry Shen, Jason Tobin, Sung Kang, Shirley Anderson

Votes: 8,704 | Gross: $3.80M

12. Bee Season (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Family

5.5
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54 Metascore

A wife and mother begins a downward emotional spiral, as her husband avoids their collapsing marriage by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross, Max Minghella

Votes: 6,455 | Gross: $1.18M

13. The End of Innocence (1990)

R | 102 min | Drama

5.5
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Seemingly autobiographical story of a woman overwhelmed with trying to please everyone except herself, and not finding any answers until she's admitted to a rehab center by her parents. ... See full summary »

Director: Dyan Cannon | Stars: Dyan Cannon, John Heard, George Coe, Lola Mason

Votes: 151 | Gross: $0.12M

14. Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

Director: Cathy Randall | Stars: Danielle Catanzariti, Cassandra Jinman, Talia Monaghan, Yen Yen Stender

Votes: 1,341 | Gross: $0.01M

15. 75 (2017)

97 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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A crash victim, a housewife and two repressed teens are connected by hard-working therapist Viola, who helps them battle their addictions while two disillusioned detectives struggle with the mounting war against heroin in Cincinnati.

Director: Joe Zappa | Stars: Tifani Ahren Davis, Kip Bennett, Marcus B. Jackson, Shannon Faith

Votes: 35

16. Love That Boy (2003)

85 min | Drama

6.4
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A 20 something girl who sets out to find a boyfriend get's more than she bargained for when she falls for a 15 year old boy.

Director: Andrea Dorfman | Stars: Nadia Litz, Nikki Barnett, Adrien Dixon, P.J. Crosby

Votes: 377

17. You'll Be a Man (2013)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A 20-year-old boy, on the verge of adulthood, encounters Leo, a lonely 10-year-old child.

Director: Benoît Cohen | Stars: Aurelio Cohen, Jules Sagot, Eléonore Pourriat, Grégoire Monsaingeon

Votes: 91

18. Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion (2014 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Mystery

7.4
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Teen detective Nancy Drew travels to New Zealand to compete in a reality TV competition and ends up investigating the strange mishaps that are causing the show to spiral out of control.

Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Jennifer Pratt, Sofia Rybin, Shiromi Arserio

Votes: 26

19. Trolley Boy (II) (2009)

4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

5.2
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Trolley Boy's frustration with his work builds up into a monster. He realises there's more to life than pushing shopping trolleys into stacks.

Director: Teemu Auersalo | Star: Bryan Quinn

Votes: 12

20. Mr. D (2012– )
Episode: Bizarro (2015)

Comedy

6.4
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Something very strange is happening at Xavier Academy. The day to day goings on of Gerry and the rest of the staff have been completely reversed.

Director: Steve Wright | Stars: Gerry Dee, Jonathan Torrens, Lauren Hammersley, Booth Savage

Votes: 18

21. Portlandia (2011–2018)
Episode: Grover (2012)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

7.5
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Fred and Carrie try to escape the city as everyone is turning into a DJ. A couple of overachiever parents try to get their son into the right preschool. Kath and Dave take their rescued dog... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Krisel | Stars: Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Sophia Del Bosque, Mikel Chase

Votes: 178

22. NELk (2011– )
Episode: How to NOT Get Hired at McDonalds (2015)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Reality-TV

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Stars: Kyle Forgeard, Marko Martinovic, Niko Martinovic, Jesse Sebastiani

23. The Simpsons (1989– )
Episode: Stealing First Base (2010)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Comedy

7.0
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Bart gets Springfield Elementary School in legal trouble when he kisses the enigmatic daughter of two lawyers, while Lisa is depressed about being ostracized because she is smart.

Directors: Steven Dean Moore, Mike B. Anderson | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 823



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