5 must-see episodes on MeTV this week of February 20

This week, we meet Bart Maverick and Columbo sets a surprising trap.

February is almost over, which means Me Madness is around the corner. We'll be telling you more about this year's all-new fan-driven bracket battle soon, but the focus this year is on characters. Television has given us many memorable characters over the years, and we wanted to focus on some favorites. These episodes dig into the core of a handful of fantastic fictional personas. Let's take a look.

The Andy Griffith Show "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."
Tuesday 21 at 8PM | 7C

This episode served a backdoor pilot for Gomer's spin-off, and shines the spotlight on the loveable rube. We also get to meet Sergeant Vince Carter for the first time, the barking drill sergeant portrayed by Frank Sutton.

Diagnosis Murder "Must Kill TV"
Wednesday 22 at 11AM | 10C

Dr. Sloan steps into the world of television to solve a murder, which means one thing — cameos. This one is riddled with TV stars, including Erik Estrada, Peter Graves and Jane Seymour, not to mention Reginald VelJohnson and Jaleel White of Family Matters. Oh, and legendary producer Stephen J. Cannell even steps before the camera to play a role.

Maverick "Hostage"
Saturday 25 at 10AM | 9C

James Garner was the true star of this classic comedic Western, but the series actually focuses on two leads. From week to week, Maverick would shift focus between the Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart. This episode, the eighth overall, introduced Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, and as such is one of the rare episodes to feature both stars prominently. Also keep an eye out for Don Durant, the singing actor best known for playing Johnny Ringo, who turns up as a cabaret crooner. Durant nearly won the role of Bart.

Columbo "Rest In Peace, Mrs. Columbo"
Sunday 26 at 8PM | 7C

Arguably the greatest of the latter Columbo tales, "Rest in Peace" gives more insight into the relationship of the dishelved detective and his loving wife. This time, the case is personal, as the villain (Helen Shaver) sets her sights on the Columbos. The wonderful Ian McShane also plays a significant role. The scene with Falk and McShane on a golf course is delightful. Yet, it's the unexpected ending that truly set this one apart.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker "The Devil's Platform"
Sunday 26 at 10PM | 9C

Tom Skerritt plays a Senate candidate who sells his soul to the devil for election. There's one catch: He transforms into a demon dog. While that plot is certainly worth the price of admission, there are some great comedic scenes that explore the nature of Kolchak and his relationships. This episode underlines that subtle comedy was just as important to the show as the supernatural.


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