5 must-see episodes on MeTV this week of August 28

Pay tribute to Jay Thomas and check out classic episodes of Star Trek, The Rifleman and more.

Alas, summer is ending. That's okay. Fall means a new schedule. We have welcomed new series like T.J. Hooker, Hawaii Five-O and The Facts of Life to the schedule. Be sure to jump aboard as they are early in their runs.

Of course, other favorites remain. This week, we highlight some wonderful actors who recently left us — Jay Thomas and Roger Moore. There are also two must-see hours for any sci-fi aficionado.

Let's get to the picks!

The Rifleman "The Mind Reader"
Thursday 31 at 3:30PM | 2:30C

What a cast The Rifleman corralled for this 1959 gem. Michael Landon plays a man jailed for a murder he claims he did not commit. John Carradine portrays a mind reader who seems to know about the crime. Throw in Sue Randall, best known as Miss Landers on Leave It to Beaver, not to mention William Schallert, and you have an ace ensemble of classic TV talent.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents "The Avon Emeralds"
Thursday 31 at 1AM | 12C

Former James Bond actor Roger Moore passed away earlier this year. In hindsight, he had been preparing for the role his entire career, most notably as the star of The Saint. In this zippy caper, Moore plays a Scotland Yard inspector, hot on the heels of a widowed aristocrat looking to smuggle jewels out of England. Fifties horror film icon and Stephen King muse Hazel Court plays the suspect.

Star Trek "Space Seed"
Saturday 2 at 9PM | 8C

The beloved Star Trek villain Khan celebrates two milestones this year, as it is the 35th anniversary of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and the 50th anniversary of his first appearance in "Space Seed." See how the superhuman was introduced to the universe in this classic episode.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker "Chopper"
Sunday 3 at 10PM | 9C

A decade before they teamed up for Back to the Future, Robert Zemekis (Forrest Gump) and Bob Gale sold "Chopper," their first Hollywood script. This being Kolchak, it centers around a headless biker (or at least a towering biker with an incredibly long torso). The motorcycle update of "Sleepy Hollow" is fun enough, but the guest stars truly shine, as both Larry Linville (Frank Burns from M*A*S*H) and Jim Backus (Thurston Howell from Gilligan's Island) turn up in juicy scenes. Catch it now, before Kolchak leaves the schedule next week.

Cheers "Never Love a Goalie"
Sunday 3 at 12AM | 11C

Last week, Jay Thomas, the Emmy-winning actor who played Carla's love interest Eddie LeBec on Cheers, passed away at the age of 69. He got his start on Mork & Mindy, which you can see here on MeTV, before landing small but impactful roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown. See the episode that introduced him to the bar. Star Trek fans take note as well — Brent Spiner, better known as Data, appears here, too.

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