Mayberry Addendum

Starting this Sunday, May 3, over-the-air channel MeTV will present “The Month of Mayberry,” billed as a “celebration of all the memorable television series featuring Mayberry and its beloved characters.”

Getting Started…

The fun kicks off Sunday with a two-hour block of “premiere episodes and pilots” of The Andy Griffith Show and its two spinoffs, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and Mayberry R.F.D:

5 pm ET: The Andy Griffith Show premiere episode (CBS, October 3, 1960)

5:30 pm: Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. pilot, as aired on The Andy Griffith Show (CBS, May 18, 1964)

6 p.m.: Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C premiere episode (CBS, September 25, 1964)

6:30 pm. Mayberry R.F.D. premiere episode (CBS, September 23, 1968)

Notably absent from the above list: the pilot episode of The Andy Griffith Show, which ran on CBS’ The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room for Daddy) on February 15, 1960. So here it is:

…Continuing On…

A whole “Month of Mayberry” will follow on MeTV, including weekday airings of Griffith, Gomer and Mayberry, plus actors from those shows making guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show, The Love Boat and Griffith’s later hit, Matlock.

What MeTV won’t show, however, is the short-lived 1971 CBS series, The New Andy Griffith Show. So here’s the premiere episode with guests Don Knotts, George Lindsey and Paul Hartman reprising their roles of Deputy Barney, goofy Goober and handyman Emmett:

…Finishing Up

MeTV’s “Month of Mayberry” will conclude Sunday, May 31, from 5 pm to 7 pm with Return to Mayberry, a 1986 NBC movie reunion.

But we’ve got three later reunions to show you …

From 1993 on CBS, here’s The Andy Griffith Show Reunion:

Ten years later, also on CBS, here’s a clip from 2003’s The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry:

Five years later,, Griffith and Ron Howard (“Opie”) reprised their roles for a 2008 Funny or Die skit, which also included Henry Winkler in character from another Howard sitcom:

How to Watch

For MeTV’s complete “Month of Mayberry” schedule, visit MeTV.com.

You can watch MeTV free over the air via an antenna connected to your TV set, as well as on many cable systems. For your local channel number, visit the network’s Where to Watch page.

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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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