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"You're watching Memorable Entertainment Television; ME-TV, broadcasting nationwide from right here in Chicago."
The Announcer, in an older pre-show spiel.

ME-TV (stylized as MeTV, and as a backronym for its on-air slogan "Memorable Entertainment Television") is an American broadcast television network owned by Weigel Broadcasting and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that airs classic television sitcoms, dramas and classic commercials from the CBS Television Distribution (owners of the Paramount Television library), NBCUniversal Television Distribution, and 20th Television libraries, and a few from Sony Pictures Television, as well as several shows from other libraries that aired from the 1950s to the early 1990s. Warner Bros. Television later added some of their programming to MeTV's library.

Starting out as a local television station exclusive to Chicago (much to the rejoice of the people living in the Windy City), MeTV soon expanded to nearby Milwaukee (where Weigel owns a few stations), before becoming a national network. Since then, it has quickly become a national sensation through word of mouth.

Current programming:

Former programming:

ME TV provides examples of:

  • As Himself: The network has been able to get surviving cast members to record promos for their old shows.
    "Watch me on Me."
  • Bowdlerize: As is the norm, MeTV's classic cartoon progams edit certain cartoons for racially insensitive jokes. At the same time, they very seldom edit cartoons for violence, and are overall more lenient about censorship than ABC, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Boomerang were.
  • In Memoriam. Actors who have just passed are honored with an "in memory of" card and often a whole evening (or even week, in the case of M*A*S*H 's Wayne Rogers) their best appearances from one of many shows currently featured on the network.
  • In the Style of: They've aired promos which redo the opening credits of one of their shows in the style of (and to the theme music of) a different show. For example, The Andy Griffith Show in the style of CHiPs.
  • Made-for-TV Movie: The channel has aired them occasionally, but in Fall 2013, they began devoting a Friday night time slot to airing TV-Movies.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: "America's #1 all-classic-TV network." While there is a field of all-classic-TV networks in America, none of them have particularly high ratings.
  • Pop-Up Texting: Seems to be using a campaign of TV promos featuring this.
  • Spin-Off: Weigel currently leases a TV station that is audible on FM radio called MeTV FM in Chicago, which plays an oldies/beautiful music mix format of music from the 60's and 70's. Considering the TV-as-a-radio-station complexities, it's pretty well-rated (eighth in the market as of the fall of 2018) and compared to the current state of "oldies in name only" radio stations that actually play classic hits, faithful to the format. The format is now also aired on stations in Milwaukee and Flint, Michigan.