5 must-see episodes on MeTV this week of May 8
Tune in for a roller disco, a graduation finale, hippies and a historic loss.
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It's the second week of May, which means it's the second week of our "Perry MAYson" event. The theme of the week is "You Win Some, You Love Some," which means we're looking at the three cases Perry Mason lost and two fan favorites. We begin our selection of highlights there, though other gems can be found in the next seven days!
Perry Mason "The Case of the Witless Witness"
Wednesday 10 at 11:30PM | 10:30C
Yes, he did lose a few times. But three out of 271 isn't too shabby. The jury hands down a guilty verdict to Mason’s client. This is the third of the three cases he lost — and the only loss that was not reversed!
CHiPs "Roller Disco" Parts 1 and 2
Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 at 4PM | 3C
We once wrote that this episode is the most 1970s moment of 1970s television. Stars of the small screen — Cindy Williams! Lee Meriwether! Grizzly Adams! — show up for a charity roller disco. Just about every TV celebrity of the late 1970s seems to show up under the disco lights— well, at least all the ones from CHiPs' network, NBC.
The Beverly Hillbillies "Teenage Idol"
Friday 12 at 7:30PM | 6:30C
An Elvis-like singer from the same neck of the woods named Johnny Poke has risen to stardom. Naturally, the Clampetts misjudge the situation. This episode is worth noting as it features Alan Reed as Poke's manager. Reed was best known as the voice of Fred Flintstone, and it's fascinating to put that familiar voice to a face.
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. "Flower Power"
Saturday 13 at 5AM | 4C
This year marks the 50th anniversary of "The Summer of Love," when the hippie movement reached its peak. The flower power spread all the way to Gomer Pyle's Marine Corps base. Look for a young Rob Reiner as one of three hippies who helps Gomer paint a military vehicle with daisies. (Gomer's honorary hippie nickname: "Greensleeves.") The highlight here is Jim Nabors singing "Blowin' in the Wind," slipping down uncannily into that deep baritone voice.
Saved by the Bell "Graduation"
Sunday 14 at 10:30AM | 9:30C
This is it — the end of the run for Bayside High's Class of '93. See how the gang said goodbye, as Zach hurries through a ballet class in order to earn his diploma. Screech makes a huge sacrifice for Lisa in one of the series' more human moments. Watching any high school graduation brings back memories, no?