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Johnny Whitaker's big family made his TV fame feel like a normal childhood The in-demand child star was perpetually on the road. When he came home, he blended right back in with his seven siblings. August 3, 2021, 1:03PM
Parley Baer was a dedicated circus man, even when he was Mayberry's mayor Lions and tigers and Baer… oh my! He even had a horse in his wedding. August 3, 2021, 11:52AM
8 surprising little things you never knew about Monk The TV detective has a strange link to Seinfeld. August 3, 2021, 10:21AM
A major boyhood injury led John Astin to become an actor It took Astin two years to recover after tripping over a tree root. As Gomez, he was known for gymnastic feats and effortlessly smooth moves. August 2, 2021, 5:16PM
Andy Griffith bombed on The Ed Sullivan Show Even the famous Andy Griffith had a few stumbles along the way. August 2, 2021, 11:54AM
Monk and Columbo shirts now on sale in the MeTV Store Buy one, get another at 22% off! July 31, 2021, 2:00AM
Chuck Connors bought a horse for 50 bucks to turn himself into a cowboy The Rifleman had to change his voice and hair before he could convincingly become a Western actor. July 30, 2021, 10:22AM
Don Most met the love of his life when she appeared on Happy Days Morgan Hart played a pretty blonde who kissed the Fonz, but it was Ralph Malph who romanced her in the real world. July 29, 2021, 2:55PM
This is arguably Alan Alda's most controversial M*A*S*H opinion Does the movie or TV pilot best capture the spirit of the novel? For many, that depends on what happens in the operating room. Hawkeye has a hot take. July 29, 2021, 9:17AM
Bugs Bunny showed up in his first live-action film back in the 1940s Michael Jordan wasn't the bunny's first human co-star. July 28, 2021, 3:37PM
10 movies that were actually unsold TV pilots Originally intended for the small screen, these movies all played in theaters! July 28, 2021, 1:31PM
Andy changed Aunt Bee's name at the very first rehearsal of The Andy Griffith Show The TV star stopped writers just in time from calling Aunt Bee by the wrong name. July 27, 2021, 11:21AM
Jeanette Nolan was far more like her Gunsmoke character Dirty Sally than a Hollywood star The actress lived in the mountains without electricity or plumbing, alongside her husband from Wagon Train. July 27, 2021, 11:20AM
Lurch helped Ted Cassidy embrace his massive height At the age of 11, the actor was already 6 feet tall. It wasn’t until he entered the Addams Family mansion that he got over his towering insecurities. July 27, 2021, 11:01AM
Florence Henderson had this theory about Carol's first husband Sherwood Schwartz was inspired to create The Brady Bunch by a four-line article. July 26, 2021, 4:11PM
R.I.P. Jackie Mason, the comedian who famously feuded with Ed Sullivan The Emmy-winning actor had a career that spanned over half a century July 26, 2021, 11:45AM
David Ogden Stiers stood up for stutterers in the real world, too On M*A*S*H, Winchester stopped a stuttering soldier from being bullied. As a child, Stiers started acting to overcome his own stutter. July 22, 2021, 7:12PM
The actor who played Erin Walton found true love at 50 Trace the romantic history of The Waltons’ Mary Beth McDonough, from her first love to her soulmate! July 22, 2021, 6:05PM
Monk proved Tony Shalhoub was definitely leading man material His first big show 'Stark Raving Mad' got cancelled because one studio executive utterly failed to see Shalhoub’s brilliance. July 22, 2021, 4:40PM
8 great musical performances from classic TV Westerns Clint Eastwood, Ken Curtis — not to mention guest stars like Lou Rawls and Ann Blyth — all sang in memorable Western episodes. July 22, 2021, 4:13PM
The men behind Back To The Future wrote this eerie TV episode Ten years before Marty rode a skateboard, a headless ghost rode a motorcycle. July 21, 2021, 3:31PM
A new in-depth documentary about Mary Tyler Moore is coming next year ‘Being Mary’ will tell the behind-the-scenes story of a television icon. July 21, 2021, 11:25AM
Quick! Someone tell everyone in Floyd's Barber Shop that Barbara Eden loved shy guys The blonde TV bombshell appeared in Mayberry as a crushworthy manicurist. She claimed all men fit into one of these 5 categories. July 20, 2021, 1:06PM
Former child stars explained why it was so complicated growing up famous "Parents of a child actor must be prepared to devote 100 percent of their time to the child." July 20, 2021, 10:21AM
10 heartwarming episodes of The Twilight Zone Rod Serling didn't always take us to dark places July 20, 2021, 9:09AM
Imposing, 6'6'' actor Don Megowan went head-to-head with all of TV’s toughest cowboys The former college football player and Army boxing champion could certainly hold his own in a fight. July 19, 2021, 3:55PM
14 revealing, playful behind the scenes photos from Perry Mason The cast even had cute custom coffee mugs made! July 16, 2021, 3:16PM
Here's proof that when the M*A*S*H cast bonded together they were an unbeatable force The entire M*A*S*H cast stormed the network to issue their demands. The studio caved. July 16, 2021, 11:30AM
Kramer almost played Monk — and Monk almost played Kramer! Tony Shalhoub and Michael Richards nearly swapped their iconic TV roles. July 16, 2021, 11:03AM
The Rifleman embraced Julie Adams during her most daring rebellion against Hollywood The Fifties scream queen defiantly broke her Universal contract to play more complex characters on TV. The Rifleman was her first big shot with "Nora." July 16, 2021, 9:07AM
These new detailed Popeye action figures take inspiration directly from the original comics Olive Oyl, Bluto and even baby Swee’Pea come to life in their original designs. July 15, 2021, 11:58AM
Unfortunately, Annie Oakley star Gail Davis performed her last role ever as Sheriff Andy's sweetheart The Andy Griffith Show cast her as ''the perfect female,'' but most directors believed the Western star ''was always going to be Annie Oakley.'' So she retired. July 15, 2021, 9:00AM
Laurence Fishburne hopped from 'Apocalypse Now' to 'M*A*S*H' to mega-star His career started with a little white lie about his age. Here’s how intuition — and Bugs Bunny! — led him from M*A*S*H to The Matrix. July 14, 2021, 8:49AM
A shocking accident as a young boy made Paul Fix extra-protective of Johnny Crawford on The Rifleman His recovery took years and led him to overcome fears to become a Western star. July 14, 2021, 8:39AM
R.I.P. Charlie Robinson, who played Mac on 'Night Court' He was the lovable court clerk in cardigan sweaters, though not the first clerk on the sitcom. July 13, 2021, 9:40AM
Lorne Greene tried to quit Bonanza after only 16 episodes He wanted Ben Cartwright to do more than quote the Bible. Once his character evolved, Greene said he would've stuck with Bonanza for 100 years. July 12, 2021, 1:56PM
That famous moment from Wrath of Khan is now in claymation Khan even pursued Kirk into the stop-motion universe! July 12, 2021, 1:34PM
This popular Sixties toy gave every kid a chance to pull off Uncle Fester's most famous prank Did you ever play with "Uncle Fester's Mystery Bulb"? The simple novelty toy shockingly became a collectors' item! July 12, 2021, 10:23AM
R.I.P. William Smith, muscleman actor of Laredo and Hawaii Five-O The bodybuilder duked it out with Clint Eastwood and later played Arnold's dad. July 12, 2021, 10:20AM
Tony Shalhoub was hesitant to take the role of Monk He was hesitant at first about the many 'quirks' of Monk. July 9, 2021, 2:54PM
The Star Trek Harry Mudd spin-off that never was The intergalactic con man almost got his own Star Trek series July 8, 2021, 2:20PM
Andy Griffith was against adding this character to the show He disagreed over a technical detail. July 8, 2021, 10:49AM
Do you remember the Hanna-Barbera Addams Family cartoon from the 1970s? An unexpected Oscar winner voiced Pugsley! July 8, 2021, 10:28AM
This Gunsmoke guest star was so good at playing bad, women yelled at him on the street "I'm a nice guy in real life," Morgan Woodward insisted. July 7, 2021, 1:22PM
Andy Griffith explained why it mattered that Don Knotts really was a worrier Plus: Revisiting this very excitable Don Knotts interview will make your day. July 6, 2021, 3:39PM
Danny Dayton was uniquely qualified to play Fast Freddie on M*A*S*H We dug up the rare backstory on how the naturally funny character actor rose to fame. July 6, 2021, 3:27PM
Monk joins the MeTV lineup beginning Sunday, July 18 Monk teams with Columbo for a dynamic detective duo! July 6, 2021, 2:00PM
R.I.P. Richard Donner, 'Superman' and 'The Goonies' director who got his start in 1960s television He directed episodes of The Rifleman, Perry Mason, Gilligan’s Island and The Twilight Zone. July 6, 2021, 11:32AM
This has to be the sweetest Fonzie fan story ever Did you ever meet the Fonz? A 5-year-old became "the envy of every American teen" with this encounter from 1975. July 6, 2021, 10:28AM