Picks and Pans Review: Gramps
NBC (Sat., May 20, 8 p.m. ET)
At his mother's funeral, a man (John Ritter) finds an unexpected mourner: the father (Andy Griffith) he hasn't seen in decades. The old man worms his way into the family, lavishing most of his charm on his 8-year-old grandson. Viewers soon realize that Gramps has a very sinister side. The movie slogs through this material, but it's great to see Griffith playing against type. After so many years as a goody-goody in Mayberry R.F.D. and Matlock, it's easy to forget the kind of acting range he has. Nice guys make the best villains.
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