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MeTV on Sunday nights

Thanks to MeTV, this has become my favorite night of TV viewing. I've discovered some gems that are now but a memory for most people. At 10pm, they show Boris Karloff's "Thriller" anthology series. Some of the episodes are hit and miss (mostly hit), but for the most part the stories are really well told and suspenseful. After that, they have back to back episodes of "Twilight Zone" followed by "The Fugitive" at midnight. "The Fugitive" was before my time, but I'd always heard great things about it. The show definitely lives up to the hype and has a great '60s vibe to it. You'd think the writers wouldn't have been able to milk several seasons out of one plot, but they were clever enough to create self-contained episodes with engrossing stories featuring guest stars, while weaving in Kimble's storyline. Then at 1am comes the incredible cop show "The Naked City." Although I could see some viewers deeming it somewhat stagy, pretentious, and slow-moving, it's really an incredibly written and acted show. Very gritty and intelligent, with episodes that are more like character studies rather than plot heaped upon plot. Again, the episodes can be slow moving, with long scenes that develop character rather than advance the plot, but the payoffs are more organic and much more satisfying because of this. The show features top-line guest stars like Robert Duvall, Maureen Stapleton, and Barbara Barrie. The only downside of these shows is that there's no one at work to discuss these shows with at the "water cooler," so to speak. If you don't watch Real Housewives, Mob Wives, Shahs of Sunset, or those Kardashians religiously, then you're left out of the "water cooler" conversation. A couple of people asked me what I watch on TV, and I mentioned these shows, Perry Mason, and Alfred Hitchcock. They looked at me like I had three heads with one eye in the middle of each.

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