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What to Watch on Friday: Merry Christmas from Mayberry

Don Knotts as Barney Fife in “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Don Knotts as Barney Fife in “The Andy Griffith Show.” CBS

Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special (8 p.m., CBS) – Andy and Barney organize a Christmas party in the jail for a prisoner and his family in a classic episode from 1960. This special presentation, which has been colorized, also features the episode about Aunt Bee’s pickles.

Call the Midwife (8 p.m., UNC-TV) – In this holiday special, Poplar gets ready for Christmas in 1960, and a grieving mother gets an unexpected surprise.

A Gift Wrapped Christmas (8 p.m., Lifetime) – A personal shopper tries to make her new client get into the holiday spirit and spend more time with his young son.

Doctor Who (9 p.m., BBC America) – While hiding from Christmas festivities on a remote human colony, the Doctor is recruited to help River Song.