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The Andy Griffith Show

Release Date 1968-04-01
Runtime 25 minutes
Genres Comedy
Stars Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Frances Bavier, George Lindsey, Paul Hartman
Directors Fred Roos, Bob Ross, Sidney Hickox, Kenneth A. Reid, Earle Hagen

The Andy Griffith Show is an American sitcom first televised on CBS between October 3, 1960 and April 1, 1968. Andy Griffith portrays the widowed sheriff of the fictional small community of Mayberry, North Carolina. His life is complicated by an inept, but well-meaning deputy, Barney Fife, a spinster aunt and housekeeper, Aunt Bee, and a precocious young son, Opie. Local ne'er-do-wells, bumbling pals, and temperamental girlfriends further complicate his life. Andy Griffith stated in a Today Show interview, with respect to the time period of the show: "Well, though we never said it, and though it was shot in the '60s, it had a feeling of the '30s. It was when we were doing it, of a time gone by." The series never placed lower than seventh in the Nielsen ratings and ended its final season at number one. It has been ranked by TV Guide as the 9th-best show in American television history. Though neither Griffith nor the show won awards during its eight-season run, series co-stars Knotts and Bavier accumulated a combined total of six Emmy Awards. The show, a semi-spin-off from an episode of The Danny Thomas Show titled "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", spawned its own spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D., and a reunion telemovie, Return to Mayberry. The show's enduring popularity has generated a good deal of show-related merchandise. Reruns currently air on TV Land, and the complete series is available on DVD. All eight seasons are also now available by streaming video services such as Netflix.

1. Opie's First Love


Opie has a really big crush on classmate Mary Alice Carter, but she has her eyes on hunk Fred Simpson. When Opie asks her to the dance, she says yes, not thinking Fred will ask her. When Fred asks her, she immediately says yes and has to think of a way to tell Opie she can't go with him. At the dance, Mary Alice realizes that she really wants to be with Opie and they end up together.

2. Howard the Bowler


Howard is on a bowling hot streak. When the lights go out during the final frame of the championship game, he gets the jitters but must still finish the game.

3. A Trip to Mexico


Aunt Bea and her friends go to Mexico. While there, their friendships gets strained.

4. Andy's Trip to Raleigh


Andy cancels a big date with Helen in order to confer with a lawyer in Raleigh, who turns out to be a beautiful women.

5. Opie Steps Up in Class


After Andy sends a reluctant Opie to a swanky boy’s camp over his summer vacation, he becomes fast friends with a boy from a rich family. As a result, Andy becomes worried that Opie has grown accustomed to living a rich lifestyle during his time away from the laid back way of life in Mayberry. It is after he comes home for lunch one day Opie has his friend over that he sees how lavish a lunch Aunt Bee prepared that he decides to sit them down to explain money doesn’t make life enjoyable, being yourself does.

6. Howard's Main Event


Howard, dating Millie, is threatened by her husky former boyfriend

7. Aunt Bee, the Juror


Aunt Bee, summoned for jury duty, disagrees with fellow jurors on her first case.

8. Tape Recorder


Opie disobeys Andy and tape-records a bank robber's confession.

9. Opie's Group


Opie joins a rock-and-roll group and starts getting failing grades in school.

10. Aunt Bee and the Lecturer


A visiting professor is attracted to Aunt Bee because she resembles his deceased wife.

11. Andy's Investment


Andy opens a coin laundry to save money for Opie's college education.

12. Howard and Millie


Howard proposes to Millie at the bakery where she works.

13. Aunt Bee's Cousin


Andy learns the truth when he sees his cousin Bradford alight from a freight train but keeps quiet because Aunt Bee thinks he's a wealthy relative.

14. Suppose Andy Gets Sick


Andy catches the flu and Goober takes over as his deputy.

15. Howard's New Life


Howard quits his boring job as county clerk and becomes a Caribbean island beachcomber.

16. Goober the Executive


Goober buys the gas station with financial backing from Andy and Emmett.

17. The Mayberry Chef


The head of a local TV station enlists Aunt Bee to do a nightly cooking show, having heard about her cooking. Although she may not exude great professionalism, she has that extra ""naturalness"" that they're looking for. But her main concern is that someone suitable is cooking for Andy and Opie during her absence each evening. Unable to find someone, but not wanting Aunt Bee to back out of this opportunity, Andy (with Opie) maintains the pretense that a ""Mrs. Parkinson"" is on the job. Andy actually does the cooking -- to his and Opie's mutual gastric discomfort. After 2 days on the job, Aunt Bee shows unusual quickness of mind in seeing through the charade and finding a resolution.

18. Emmett's Brother-In-Law


Emmett's brother in law wants him to leave the fix it shop and join him in selling life insurance.

19. Opie's Drugstore Job


Opie gets a job working at the drugstore and learns that everyone makes mistakes.

20. The Church Benefactors


The Church Members must decide what to purchase with the $500 that's willed to the church. The choice is between Choir robes and repairing the church's foundation.

21. Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting


An international summit is in the hands of Barney.

22. Goober Goes to an Auto Show


An old friend makes Goober feel worthless.

23. Aunt Bee's Big Moment


Aunt Bee decides that she wants to be more exciting, so she announces that she will learn to fly.

24. Helen's Past


As Andy is looking through Helen's old newspaper clippings, he finds one of her being taken to jail by the police. He decides to keep his discovery secret until it leaks out to the school board which could destroy Helen's teaching career.

25. Emmett's Anniversary


Emmett Clark cannot decide on a suitable anniversary gift for his spouse. Helpful friend Flora Mahlerbie {Alberta Nelson} finds a way and suggests her friend Bernie the wholesale fur man as the golden answer to Emmett's problem. Flora takes Emmett to Bernie's shop one night to haggle over furs and things. Ultimately, though, Cheapskate Emmett will not cough up the change for the pricey women's wear, even at 40% off, which leaves Flora a trifle sad.

26. The Wedding


Howard's mother decides to get married and move to Mt. Pilot. Howard is so glad to have the house to himself that he decides to throw a couples party, but Helen ends up being the only female there.

27. Sam for Town Council


Sam runs against Emmett for office.

28. Opie and Mike


Opie sticks up for a young boy and must pay the price.

29. A Girl for Goober


Sam and Andy call on modern technology to finally get Goober a steady girl.

30. Mayberry R.F.D.


Sam brings over one of his Italian friends from the war--but unbenowst to him the friend brings over his elderly father and sister--and this creates mayhem in his family and business.