Recently Mrs. C and I have taken to watching ME tv (Memorable Entertainment TV) in the morning, one of the many joys of retirement. I got hooked on “Leave it to Beaver” at 8:30 and then the following show “Perry Mason.”
Perry Mason involves a murder every episode. Every episode Perry, a lawyer, solves the murder by forcing a court-room confession out of the least suspected person in the show. We never guess correctly who committed the murder. We never can even follow the plot of most episodes. There are always multiple potential murderers, all with a motive to kill, and a zillion little clues that only the master criminal lawyer, Perry Mason, can figure out. We don’t really like the show, it is too confusing. It is almost unwatchable.
Why then, do we watch almost every morning?
We watch to try and figure out who the various actors on the show were, or later became. This show was a veritable proving ground for young character actors, or old almost washed up character actors.
“Who is that?”
“Ooh…that’s the Commissioner on “Batman!”
“That dude is familiar, who is he?”
“I don’t know, look it up on IMDB, its season 3 episode 9, Mr. Drumminger.”
“Here it is, Sam Pearlson, he’s no one, only a few bit parts including this one.”
“What about the secretary, Dolly, she looks familiar, maybe the nosey neighbor in “Bewitched.”
“Wait, here she is…Hmmm, BINGO, she also played Mrs. Kravitz in Bewitched…Well done!”
We love this show.
I wonder how anyone watched it before the actors used to be someone from another show.