Gunn, Bunker & Barnaby

Who would you rather spend part of Labor Day weekend with: Peter Gunn, Archie Bunker or Barrnaby Jones?

Over-the-air viewers needn’t choose, thanks to upcoming, non-overlapping events from Decades, MeTV and Antenna TV.

Peter Gunn

Probably better known these days for its jazzy Henry Mancini music, the Blake Edwards-created detective series ran for a whopping 114 half-hour episodes from 1958 to 1961, with its first two seasons on NBC and its last on ABC.

Decades will show 84 of those episodes starting with episode one at 1 pm ET tomorrow, Saturday, through 7 am on Monday, Labor Day. Craig Stevens stars in the title role, with regulars including Herschel Bernardi as Police Lieutenant Jacoby, Lola Albright as Gunn’s girlfriend and jazz singer Edie Hart, and Hope Emerson as Mother, owner of Mother’s, a jazz club where Edie often performs.

Here’s episode one, to help start your Peter Gunn binge:

The Decades marathon will take viewers through season three, episode eight. For later episodes, you can switch over to MeTV, Sunday night at 4 am, where two episodes of Peter Gunn will air in the show’s regular time slot.

Prefer to stream? Peter Gunn is available to Amazon Prime subscribers or free on Hoopla, if you belong to a participating public library. You can also stream a few episodes free at

Archie Bunker’s Place

When Decades’ Peter Gunn binge ends at 7 am Monday, you can switch over to Antenna TV where a 40-episode, 40th anniversary marathon of Archie Bunker’s Place will begin, running through 4 am on Tuesday. This sequel/continuation of All in the Family originally ran on CBS for 97 episodes over four seasons from 1979 to 1983.

Fans of Mother’s bar on Peter Gunn will be happy to learn that the title of Archie Bunker’s Place refers to the neighborhood bar now owned by Bunker (Carroll O’Connor), where most of the show takes place. The series also features Jean Stapleton as Archie’s wife Edith (first season only); Martin Balsam as Archie’s business partner and latest liberal foil; Danielle Brisebois as Edith’s young niece, now living in Archie’s house; Celeste Holm as Stephanie’s grandmother; and Anne Meara as the cook at Archie Bunker’s Place.

The Antenna TV marathon will feature such guest stars as Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Reggie Jackson and Rob Reiner, reprising his “Meathead” role as Archie’s first liberal foil from All in the Family.

Archie Bunker's Place 40th Anniversary Marathon

This Labor Day, take a break at Archie's! Antenna TV is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Archie Bunker's Place with 40 great episodes! Stop by and have a drink with guest stars Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Reggie Jackson, and the Meathead himself. Watch the Archie Bunker's Place 40th Anniversary Marathon, September 2 starting at 7a ET on Antenna TV.

Posted by Antenna TV on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Archie Bunker’s Place regularly airs weekdays at 7 pm on Antenna TV. You can also stream the second season (24 episodes) free on Sony Crackle.

Barnaby Jones

When Antenna TV’s Archie Bunker’s Place binge ends at 4 am Tuesday, you can switch over to MeTV for episode one of Barnaby Jones, which will thereupon air every weeknight at that time.

Buddy Ebsen (The Beverly Hillbillies) stars as the title detective in this series, which originally ran on CBS for 178 episodes over eight seasons from 1973 to 1980. Lee Meriwether (a Catwoman on Batman) co-stars as his daughter-in-law and detective partner.

Fans of Mother’s bar on Peter Gunn and Archie Bunker’s bar, take heed: Jones prefers a tall glass of milk.

Here’s the intro and outro to episode two, “To Catch a Dead Man,” which will airTuesday night/Wednesday morning on MeTV:

Barnaby Jones is not streaming anywhere, so non-corded readers who want to see the show but aren’t currently watching free over-the-air stations should spend part of the holiday weekend hooking up an antenna to their TV set.

Once that’s done, you can watch Barnaby Jones, Peter Gunn and Archie Bunker’s Place by finding your local channel numbers at MeTV’s Where to Watch page, Decade’s Where to Watch page and Antenna TV’s Channel Finder page.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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