MeTV pays tribute to Cloris Leachman with some of her most memorable guest appearances

See her with Andy Griffith aboard the Love Boat and as Bill Mumy's mom in the Twilight Zone.

Hollywood legend Cloris Leachman passed away this week at the age of 94. She began her career in the late 1940s and continued working her entire life, giving her appearances on television in no less than eight different decades. MeTV will pay tribute to this TV icon with some of her most memorable guest appearances this Sunday, January 31, at 6PM | 5C, and Monday, February 1, starting at 11:30PM | 10:30C.

While finding fame in leading TV roles and scene-stealing film parts, Cloris Leachman also brought both her comedic timing and dramatic chops to many lucky shows as a guest star.

Our tribute kicks off on Sunday with her memorable turn alongside Andy Griffith in The Love Boat. Leachman and Griffith play a married couple who board the ship in search of a rare stamp. The two comedy heavyweights are willing to do anything to find it with hilarious results! It’s an overall star-studded episode with Marion Ross and Tom Bosley (Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham from Happy Days) also playing a married couple, Milton Berle as a tax auditor and Andy Warhol as himself.

Our tribute continues Monday with special episodes of Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone.

In the former, Leachman guest-stars in the penultimate episode, "The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper." She plays the wife of a murdered newspaper columnist who she suspected was having an affair. It's an intriguing story that culminates in a fantastic twist at the end.

In The Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life," Leachman plays the mother of a boy (Bill Mumy) with powerful psychic abilities. Interestingly, this would be the second of three times Leachman and Mumy would play mother and son in as many years. They both also reprised their Twilight Zone roles in a sequel episode "It's Still a Good Life" which aired in 2003. "It's a Good Life" is widely considered one of the best original Twilight Zone episodes, with Leachman’s performance being one of many reasons why.

Check out the complete list of tribute episodes below:

Sunday, January 31

6PM | 5C – The Love Boat  

"Hidden Treasure / Picture from the Past / Ace's Salary"

Monday, February 1

11:30PM | 10:30C – Perry Mason

"The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper"

12:30AM | 11:30C – The Twilight Zone

"It's a Good Life"

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Robbob58 40 months ago
I was hoping METV would devote more time to her many TV appearances like episodes from "Mary Tyler Moore Show," the wedding episode from "Rhoda," and one or two episodes of her own spinoff, "Phyllis." Very disappointed.
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ELEANOR 40 months ago
I happened to catch an old Johnny Carson Tonight Show and there she was! This show ran about a day or two after she had passed. Was this serendipity or what?
Wiseguy ELEANOR 40 months ago
Unless it was a last-minute replacement for the episode that was scheduled.
ronniepeterson411 40 months ago
Before she achieved fame as Phyllis Lindstrom I asked to email nicely, please, She was the barefoot type of girl on Broadway, on her CBS Theater with Ronald Reagan for The GE and The Frank Sinatra Show. But before on The Bobby Darin Show, did she three appearances besides as a woman on Thriller as farm girl on The Twilight Zone before some idea as a victim on Alfred Hitchcock Presents before playing a photographer on One Step Beyond that was led to ABC TV Movie Suddenly Single, A Brand New Life, Of Men and Women, Someone I touched and Charley and The Angel besides The Facts Of Life: Down Under? This time I came to write this to for a question, for permission, please. Thanks.
MeTV Hint: Cloris final words was about how her life became when she spent more than 70 years and 7 decades from her swimsuit to becoming an actress first time till the very last. An interview beside Robert Osborne on TCM's Guest Programmer and DWTS as Corky Ballas' partner as we watch guest appearances on not three but four shows.
ronniepeterson411 40 months ago
In the late 1940s, Cloris Leachman made it to Atlantic City and was a Miss Chicago and after two hours in a swimsuit competition and Nightgown, We asked Me TV. How many suits she wore at the 1946 Miss America Pageant? For her, was she crowned or not crowned? It's all part of MeTV tribute to America's Funny Lady. When will we watch it?
Yuuji 40 months ago
The Jetsons is officially coming to MeTV this Valentine's Day
MaxineFlam 40 months ago
What about big valley. Great episode and she sang too.
dth1971 40 months ago
No "Phyllis" episodes or even Cloris' "Mary Tyler Moore" show appearances? Maybe the MTM Productions library is now in the hands of Disney since they now own the 20th. Century Fox library.
Handlebar62 41 months ago
I love her one-shot appearance on The Donna Reed Show as Donna's friend Iris. A chatty, self-absorbed, prototype Phyllis!
Shalyn 41 months ago
Oops, just noticed - ‘guest appearances’ so that’s why no MTM or FOL
Shalyn 41 months ago
I loved her as Beverly Ann in Facts of Life. She wasn’t a ‘replacement’ for Charlotte Rae’s Mrs. Garrett; instead she added her own dimension to the show. Was hoping an episode or two of FOL might be included...
jaelinsmith40652 41 months ago
What a very brightly talented woman, Metv I heard anyone youn should also do The Memorial tribute of David lander aka Squiggy.
Andybandit 41 months ago
I like when Metv puts shows to pay tribute to people who have passed away.
Pacificsun 41 months ago
Hey MeTV Staff, I like the diversity of that playlist! Not just all MTM!
cperrynaples 41 months ago
Surely MeTV must have more! What about MTM and Phylis? i do remember Crafty Kidnapper, be prepared for a bizarre twist involving an actor who normally plays good guys!
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