March 2, 2006

Thanks, TV Land!

On Sunday, the Washington Post ran a nice obituary for Don Knotts, which included this:
His favorite episodes [of "The Andy Griffith Show"], he said, were "The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bee makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir," where no one can stop him from singing.
I was moved to program the TiVo to record some old episodes to see good old Don Knotts again. Based on the schedule, the episodes of the show that TiVo picked up were "The Rehabilitation of Otis" and "The Lucky Letter" -- both on the TV Land network. But the episodes they actually ran were "The Pickle Story" and "Barney and the Choir." That's awfully nice of them!


SippicanCottage said...

Oh, that's good; extra good!

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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James said...

Thank goodness for TV Land. First, it allowed my mom (I'm 22 now) to force me to watch every single show she saw in her lifetime. Secondly, they did a bunch of great work to recognize the 45th anniversary of "The Andy Griffith Show" last year, just as they had Art Carney do hilarious spoof commericials before he died a few years ago.
Don Knotts made, in the best sense of the word, one of the singular characters, and got to be recognized for it while alive.

P.S. The AP sent over a correction this evening. Apparently, they had said Barney only carried one bullet in his pocket after shooting himself in the foot, which was erroneous.
So all papers that ran the AP obit had to run a correction that ended: "Though the deputy was accident-prone, he did not shoot himself."

How fabulous is the respect for Barney Fife's memory.

vbspurs said...

Hmm. Ann must really have liked Don Knotts.

I can only imagine what happened when Buffalo Bob died.

P.S.: When Richard Briers goes, who might be known in the US most for "Good Neighbours" and "Monarch of the Glenn", but is known to British kids as the voice-over for Roobarb and Custard, I'll be in tears.


jvgordon said...

Something about this post almost moved me to tears. Perhaps it's just surprising that in this era where public figures are so disrespected, even by themselves, a corporation will actually go to the effort to do something like this. It's such a small and sweet gesture to express the respect TV Land feels for one of the great stars of its shows, and it somehow is a remarkably beautiful expression of the ways in which we can subtly honor the meaning of others in our life.

alikarimbey said...

TVland will have a marathon-tv showing of The AG show this weekend. Enjoy. I know I will.

alikarimbey said...

I wish the Post would have found out what were some of favorites of people who enjoyed the shows. For me, it was the one about The Stranger. Here a guy comes to town and wants to settle in. He has read about the town via newspapers. One cannot avoid thinking the same. We all want want Mayberry to be our hometown - even for a minute.