As you can imagine, with November chosen to be the monthly theme of “Newsmakers” with it being the time of year we go to the polls, it’s the month when we induct politicians into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame, both real and fictional.
And so for the latest Friday Hall of Famer, we’re welcoming one of the greatest politicians of Toobworld, who is also in my Top 20 favorite TV characters (Just barely.)
Here’s to Hizzoner…..
Mayor of Fernwood, Ohio
From the ‘Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman’ pages of the Mary Kay Place Place:
Merle and the little reverend had attracted singer Loretta Haggers to their causes. Loretta was oblivious to Merle’s attraction to her...but not for long.
Merle was Fernwood’s mayor and lived up to the negative stereotype of the crooked politician. Scandal after scandal kept viewers loving to hate him.
Jimmy Joe warned Charlie Haggers that Merle had designs on Loretta when she was just about to fall into Merle’s lecherous clutches. Charlie showed up at Merle’s motel room with a shotgun and accidentally shot off his own testicle.
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Here we see Merle Jeeter in action, campaigning to weasel his way into the mayor's office.
Here are the shows which qualify Mayor Jeeter for membership in the TVXOHOF:
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
- Talk to a Jew (1977)
- Episode #1.33 (1977)
Unknown number of episodes
Finally, here’s his appearance on Fernwood 2 Night:
Welcome to the Hall, Mr. Mayor!