By Ken Tucker
December 28, 2008 at 09:13 PM EST

My candidate for this evening’s viewing? The Andy Griffith Show, with six episodes airing tonight on TV Land (7-10 pm, EST). The saga of a small-town sheriff (Griffith), his nervous but boastful deputy (the great Don Knotts), and his sweet little son Opie (Ron Howard) struck the perfect balance, it seems to me, of chuckles, guffaws, verbal and physical humor, and a sentimentality that rarely become too mushy.

Tonight’s TV offerings include a dandy season-four edition in which Knotts’ Barney Fife and Jim Nabors’ Gomer Pyle enter a haunted house.

What old TV show—and just for fun, let’s make a rule that it has to have aired originally in black-and-white—do you think is a just-about-perfect TV series?