Sunday, August 27, 2006


Andy Griffith Show

Off to Hollywood. Andy goes to California to see his story, "Sheriff Without a Gun," being filmed. He mentions visiting his cousin who is the Grand Master that year. Andy Griffith, Ronny Howard, Frances Bavier, George Lindsey, Aneta Corsaut, Howard McNear. Written by Bill Idelson and Sam Bobrick Directed by Alan Rafkin. Season 6: 1965-66 Episode 166 (C).
Aunt Bee and the Lecturer Aunt Bee catches the eye of Professor Hubert St. John, a visiting lecturer. Some of the others are suspicious but Andy reassures them because, among other qualities, "the man is a mason." Written by: Michael Morris and Seaman Jacobs Directed by: Lee Phillips. Andy Griffith, Frances Bavier, Ronny Howard. Season 8: 1967-68 Episode 230 (229) (C). [Also see non-masonic fraternal references.]


In an episode entitled Veil of Death an evil wizard and King Zaad meet within a cavelike structure. The wizard speaks of the first phase of Mars, and the morning star born on the solstice. Immediately after, an aged square and compasses symbol can be seen on the wall above the right shoulder of the wizard.


Episode 8, "Lonnigan, Texas". A carney named Phineas Boffo wears a Knights Templar ring, mentioning that it is his lodge ring. Carnival owner, Samson, carries a money clip with the same red cross emblem on a black and white quartered background. HBO. 2003/11/10. Episode 9 includes someone attempting psychometry on a key fob while above him on the stage decorations are several symbols including a skull and crossbones and the all-seeing eye. They also visit a meeting of "the Benevolent Order of Templars." On their promotional website a sidebar "Carnivale Fact" notes: "Some experts claim that the Freemasons continue the traditions and mysteries of the Knights Templar, whose Order was founded in the 11th century to protect Christian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land."


"Requiem For A Falling Star." A Shriner’s ring is used to expose the murderer [01:05:55]. Peter Falk, Anne Baxter, Mel Ferrer. Season 2, Episode 5. Director: Richard Quine, written by: Jackson Gillis. January 21, 1973. [unconfirmed] * (Also see Dagger of the mind.)

The District

Episode 29: To Serve And Protect (20.10.01) Craig T. Nelson’s character, Chief Jack Mannion is seen wearing a masonic ring. (CBS) Producers: James Chory, Rob Corn, Denise Di Novi (executive), Terry George (executive), Lynn Marie Latham (executive), Craig T. Nelson (consulting) Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Lynne Thigpen, Jayne Brook, John Amos, Sean Patrick Thomas, Justin Theroux, Roger Aaron Brown, Michelle Forbes [unconfirmed]

Harvey Birdman - Attorney at Law

Episode 24, Season 3. "Bird Girl of Guantanamole" (8/14/2005) 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Morocco Mole, is on trial, charged with being an enemy combatant. When accused of being Muslim, another character replies, "He’s not Muslim." When asked, "Then why the fez?" the reply is, "Shriner...3rd Degree...Clown Division." Written by Erik Richter, Michael Ouweleen. Director: Richard Ferguson Hull. Voices: Maurice LaMarche, Peter MacNicol, Paget Brewster, Bill Farmer.

Hill Street Blues

Michael Conrad (16 October 1925/10/16 - 1983/11/22) played Sgt. Philip Freemason Esterhaus for the first four seasons of this award winning show. His character was a kindly man, displaying a deep caring attitude towards the men and women in the squad; represented most forcibly by the admonition which he usesd as he dispersed the officers each day to go about their duties. As they leave, suddenly he breaks their movement by shouting the words, "Hey! Let’s be careful out there." Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamil. 60 min. (Police drama) Jan. 15, 1981 to May 12, 1987. *

In the Heat of the Night

Non-mason, Carrol O'Conner, as Chief Gillespie wears a masonic ring on his left hand in at least one episode. Starring Carrol O'Connor [1922/08/02 - 2001/06/21].


Mail Call Three February 6, 1978. Written by Everett Greenbaum and Jim Fritzell. Directed by Charles Dubin. Radar (Gary Burghoff) tells Hawkeye (Alan Alda) that his mother’s new boyfriend "is a third degree mason" who takes her to the masonic lodge for bingo on Fridays.


In Season two, episode 14, the Millennium Group is revealed to be masonic. In Episode 2.16, when the "Old Man" is buried the Elder opens a wooden case and takes out a navigator’s compass which he drops into the grave. *


Mr. James tries to win a court case on the merits, but is losing, so he says a masonic word and the judge immediately says he wins his case. [unconfirmed]

The O.C.

The Way We Were.Marissa Cooper, played by Mischa Barton, wears what appears to be a square and compasses pendant. Marissa is described as "one of the few 'nice' characters amongst the spoiled and narcissistic teen population of Newport Beach." Her father, Jimmy Cooper, played by Tate Donovan, is described as a "corporate criminal". The O.C., FOX network series, Season 2, episode 2. (29) (11/11/2004) Director, Executive Producer, Doug Liman. Directed by Michael Lange, written by Allan Heinberg. The O.C. premiered 5 August 2003.

The Rockford Files

In this warm-hearted, detective drama, actor Noah Berry, Jr. (1913/08/10 -1994/11/1), as Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford, made several references to his attending lodge meetings. A Public Arts Roy Huggins Production in association with Cherokee Productions and Universal. Created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell. September 13, 1974 - July 25, 1980 NBC (Crime Drama) 123 60 min. episodes + 9 TV movies. James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin. [unconfirmed]

Rumpole of the Bailey

Martin Fisk plays Dave Anstey, who has been set up by his employer Freddie Allbright, played by Tony Caunter. Allbright, who is identified as a freemason, is later shown to be having an affair with Anstey's wife, and to have paid for a violent attack on another employee.
Dave Anstey : He'd even bought Mrs. Allbright a gift."
Horace Rumpole : "What was that?"
"It was an evening bag, very nice, very nice. For his ladies' night down at the masons." [00:06:40]
The Case of Identity. Episode 9, Season 2 (6/5/1979) Written by John Mortimer, directed by Derek Bennett. Jonathan Coy (Henry), Peggy Thorpe-Bates (Hilda Rumpole (1978-1983)), Peter Bowles (Guthrie Featherstone), Leo McKern (Horace Rumpole), Julian Curry (Claude Erskine-Brown), Richard Murdoch (Uncle Tom), Patricia Hodge (Phyllida Trant) , Tony Caunter (Freddie Allbright), Donald Eccles (Mr Justice Vosper), Stephanie Fayerman (Jennifer), Martin Fisk (Dave Anstey), Chris Gannon (Paddy O'Neil), Caroline Holdaway (Angela), Robert McBain (Joseph Truscott), Seretta Wilson (Betty Anstey)

The Simpsons

Episode 43, Season 2 (2-21) Three Men and a Comic Book, Written by Jeff Martin. Directed by Wes Archer. Original airdate: 1991/05/09. Mayor 'Diamond' Jim Quimby opens the 12th annual "Close Encounter of the Comic Book Kind" Convention by announcing: "Well, have fun and be sure to clear out by six for the Shriners." [00:03:21] Later, as Bart leaves, the Shriners can be seen arriving [00:06:43]. Production Code 7F21 *
Episode 91, Season 5 (5-10) $pringfield, Written by Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein. Directed by Wes Archer. Original airdate: 1993/12/16. In one scene germs on Smithers' face sing out "Freemasons run the country" [00:13:10] while in an earlier scene a garbled reference is made to the Pythagorean formula for right angle triangles. Production Code 1F08 *
Episode 115, Season 6 (6-12) Homer the Great. Written by John Swartzwelder. Directed by Jim Reardon. Guest Starring Patrick Stewart as the voice of Number One. Original airdate 1995/01/08. Homer joins the Stonecutters, a secret fraternity.
Grampa: "I'm an Elk, a Mason, a communist; I'm the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for some reason... ah here it is, the Stonecutters." [00:06:55]. Production Code 2F09.

This is your Life

Created by Ralph Edwards in the late 1940s, the show used a simple format of surprising an unsuspecting individual and informing them that "This is your life," then the subject watches their life unfold before them for the next 30 minutes. This episode featured Laurel and Hardy in the first and only time that the comedy team appeared live on television in the United States. One anecdote involves a pre-1927 movie that Oliver Hardy made in Jacksonville where his performance as a drunk was reported to his lodge who brought him up on charges, thinking he had actually been drunk. [unconfirmed]
Host, Ralph Edwards. Announcer, Bob Warren. Director: Richard Gottlieb, Axel Gruenberg. Guests: Margaret O'Connor Arata, Vivian Blaine, Lois Brooks, Bernard Delphont, Warren Doane, Frank Fouce, Oliver Hardy, Althea Miller Horne, Virginia Lucille Jones, Ida Kitaeva Lois Laurel, Stan Laurel, Leo McCarey, Roland Park, Hal Roach Jr., Ben Shipman. 30 min, USA, English, Black and White, Mono. Original Air Date: 1 December 1954.


(May, 2002) In a television advertisement created by Foote, Cone & Belding, a listing of life’s greatest mysteries ends with "... and Freemasonry."



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