List of The Andy Griffith Show episodes

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This is a list of episodes from the CBS television comedy The Andy Griffith Show. The first episode aired on October 3, 1960 and the final episode aired on April 1, 1968. There were 249 episodes in all, 159 in black and white (seasons 1–5) and 90 in color (seasons 6–8). The series was spun off from The Danny Thomas Show, where Sheriff Andy Taylor was introduced in the episode, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", which first aired on February 15, 1960.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Rank/Rating
First aired Last aired
1 32 October 3, 1960 (1960-10-03) May 22, 1961 (1961-05-22) 4/27.8
2 31 October 2, 1961 (1961-10-02) May 7, 1962 (1962-05-07) 7/27
3 32 October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01) May 6, 1963 (1963-05-06) 6/29.7
4 32 September 30, 1963 (1963-09-30) May 18, 1964 (1964-05-18) 5/29.4
5 32 September 21, 1964 (1964-09-21) May 3, 1965 (1965-05-03) 4/28.3
6 30 September 13, 1965 (1965-09-13) April 11, 1966 (1966-04-11) 6/26.9
7 30 September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12) April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10) 3/27.4
8 30 September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11) April 1, 1968 (1968-04-01) 1/27.6

Black & White Series (1960–1965)[edit]

Season 1 (1960-1961)[edit]

  • Season 1 consisted of 32 episodes.
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1 1 "The New Housekeeper" Sheldon Leonard Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 3, 1960 (1960-10-03)
After the Taylors' old housekeeper, Rose (Mary Treen), gets married and moves away, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) moves in to take care of Andy (Andy Griffith) and Opie (Ron Howard), but Opie just will not accept her.
2 2 "The Manhunt" Don Weis Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 10, 1960 (1960-10-10)
Andy and Barney (Don Knotts) decide to take action when the state police leave them out of a manhunt for an escaped criminal. First appearance of Otis the town drunk played by Hal Smith.
3 3 "The Guitar Player" Don Weis Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 17, 1960 (1960-10-17)
Andy helps guitarist Jim Lindsey (James Best) get a chance at stardom – by arresting a band passing through town.
4 4 "Ellie Comes to Town" Don Weis Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 24, 1960 (1960-10-24)
Pharmacist Ellie Walker (Elinor Donahue) comes to Mayberry to help her ailing uncle run his drugstore, but she has to adjust to the town's unusual ways, including Emma the hypochondriac.
5 5 "Irresistible Andy" Don Weis David Adler1 October 31, 1960 (1960-10-31)
Andy suspects that Ellie is thinking about marriage when he invites her to the annual church picnic.
6 6 "Runaway Kid" Don Weis Arthur Stander November 7, 1960 (1960-11-07)
Andy teaches Opie about keeping promises, then must figure what to do with a friend of Opie's who has run away from home.
7 7 "Andy the Matchmaker" Don Weis Arthur Stander November 14, 1960 (1960-11-14)
Andy and Ellie stage a fake robbery at the pharmacy to boost Barney's self-confidence. Andy also encourages Barney to date shy Rosemary, whom he had only been walking to church on Sundays.
8 8 "Opie's Charity" Don Weis Arthur Stander November 28, 1960 (1960-11-28)
Andy is disappointed in Opie for giving so little to a charity drive – until he learns the reason. Meanwhile, a former Mayberry resident who was presumed dead unexpectedly returns to town.
9 9 "A Feud Is a Feud" Don Weis David Adler1 December 5, 1960 (1960-12-05)
Andy seeks to end a long-running family feud before joining two lovers (one from each family) in marriage.
10 10 "Ellie for Council" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart December 12, 1960 (1960-12-12)
Ellie starts a battle of the sexes when she decides to run for town council.
11 11 "The Christmas Story" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 December 19, 1960 (1960-12-19)
Despite being forced by "Scrooge" Ben Weaver to arrest bootlegger Sam Muggins on Christmas Eve, Andy still manages to have the most wonderful Christmas in Mayberry. This is the only Christmas episode in the eight-year series.
12 12 "Stranger in Town" Don Weis Arthur Stander December 26, 1960 (1960-12-26)
The citizens of Mayberry are suspicious of a young stranger (William Lanteau) who seems to know everything about them. First appearance of Floyd the barber, played for the only time by Walter Baldwin.
13 13 "Mayberry Goes Hollywood" Bob Sweeney Benedict Freedman & John Fenton Murray January 2, 1961 (1961-01-02)
Mayberry is chosen as the setting for an upcoming movie, so the whole town (except Andy) gets carried away with all the glamour. First appearance of Howard McNear as Floyd Lawson, the barber.
14 14 "The Horse Trader" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 9, 1961 (1961-01-09)
Andy makes up a story about an old useless cannon in order to sell it to an antique dealer (Casey Adams aka Max Showalter) – even though he had just told Opie about honesty.
15 15 "Those Gossipin' Men" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 16, 1961 (1961-01-16)
Aunt Bee sets out to prove that men are bigger gossips than women. The men spread a rumor that a visiting shoe salesman (Jack Finch) may actually be a talent scout. The salesman is puzzled when townspeople individually come to his hotel room to perform for him.
16 16 "The Beauty Contest" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 23, 1961 (1961-01-23)
Andy is made sole judge of a beauty contest, and the townspeople pester him by promoting their favorite contestants.
17 17 "Alcohol and Old Lace" Gene Reynolds Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 30, 1961 (1961-01-30)
Two spinster sisters point Andy and Barney in the direction of local moonshiners....but the spinsters are moonshiners, too.
18 18 "Andy the Marriage Counselor" Gene Reynolds David Adler1 February 6, 1961 (1961-02-06)
A couple who just moved into town are always disturbing the peace with their arguing, so Andy tries an experiment to make them act nice to each other, but it makes them snap at everyone else.
19 19 "Mayberry on Record" Gene Reynolds John Fenton Murray & Benedict Freedman February 13, 1961 (1961-02-13)
A stranger comes to town to produce a record of Andy and a local bluegrass band, but Andy suspects he's a con artist.
20 20 "Andy Saves Barney's Morale" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 February 20, 1961 (1961-02-20)
Andy goes out of town leaving Barney in charge for the day, but when he returns he finds that Barney put the whole town in jail.
21 21 "Andy and the Gentleman Crook" Bob Sweeney Ben Gershman & Leo Solomon February 27, 1961 (1961-02-27)
'Gentleman' Dan Caldwell (Dan Tobin), a notorious con man being held in the Mayberry jail becomes a hero to everyone but Andy, who is not fooled.
22 22 "Cyrano Andy" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart March 6, 1961 (1961-03-06)
Andy tries to help Barney win over Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn), but Barney thinks Andy is trying to steal her away.
23 23 "Andy and Opie, Housekeepers" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 March 13, 1961 (1961-03-13)
Andy and Opie try to break their habit of making the house a mess while Aunt Bee is away tending to a sick cousin. First appearance of Hope Summers's character Clara Edwards, called Bertha Edwards in this episode.
24 24 "The New Doctor" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson March 27, 1961 (1961-03-27)
Andy suspects that the new doctor (George Nader) is trying to steal Ellie away from him.
25 25 "A Plaque for Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03)
The Women's Historical Society has discovered that a descendant of a Revolutionary War hero is living in Mayberry, but that person turns out to be Otis, the town drunk.
26 26 "The Inspector" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart April 10, 1961 (1961-04-10)
Ralph Case (Tod Andrews) a by-the-book state inspector intends to impeach Andy and Barney for running the courthouse carelessly.
27 27 "Ellie Saves a Female" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 April 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)
Ellie decides to give a farm girl a makeover, despite the protests of the girl's father.
28 28 "Andy Forecloses" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman April 24, 1961 (1961-04-24)
Andy tries to help a financially strapped family keep their home, in spite of having to give them a foreclosure notice initiated by heartless old mortgage holder Ben Weaver. First episode in which Juanita Beasley, a waitress Barney sometimes date, is mention.
29 29 "Quiet Sam" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum May 1, 1961 (1961-05-01)
Barney is suspicious of reticent farmer Sam Becker (William Schallert), so he convinces Andy to investigate. Barney thinks Sam might be growing marijuana.
30 30 "Barney Gets His Man" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman May 8, 1961 (1961-05-08)
Barney "accidentally" helps capture Eddie Brooke (Barney Phillips) an escaped convict, but the criminal escapes again after swearing revenge on Barney.
31 31 "The Guitar Player Returns" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson May 15, 1961 (1961-05-15)
Jim Lindsey returns to Mayberry after making it big in show business, but it turns out he's out of work and flat broke. Last episode with the character Ellie Walker.
32 32 "Bringing Up Opie" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart May 22, 1961 (1961-05-22)
Andy and Aunt Bee forbid Opie from visiting the courthouse after school, so with nothing else to do, Opie wanders away from home.

Season 2 (1961-1962)[edit]

  • Season 2 consisted of 31 episodes.
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33 1 "Opie and the Bully" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 October 2, 1961 (1961-10-02)
When Andy finds out a bully is repeatedly taking Opie's milk money, he encourages Opie to stand up for himself.
34 2 "Barney's Replacement" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 9, 1961 (1961-10-09)
Barney thinks that a state's attorney (Mark Miller), who's been sent to Mayberry for law enforcement training, has been sent to replace him.
35 3 "Andy and the Woman Speeder" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 16, 1961 (1961-10-16)
Andy gives a woman from Washington (Jean Hagen) a fine for speeding, but she refuses to pay and is locked up in the Mayberry jail, playing on Barney's sympathy, until her trial.
36 4 "Mayberry Goes Bankrupt" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 23, 1961 (1961-10-23)
Andy is forced to evict an old man (Andy Clyde) for failing to pay back taxes, but he finds a century-old savings bond among the man's possessions which has grown to an outrageously high value.
37 5 "Barney on the Rebound" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 30, 1961 (1961-10-30)
After an argument with Thelma Lou, Barney finds a new girlfriend, who turns out to be a visiting con artist (Beverly Tyler) and her husband-associate (Jackie Coogan)
38 6 "Opie's Hobo Friend" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock November 13, 1961 (1961-11-13)
Opie befriends a drifter (Buddy Ebsen) who proves to be a bad influence.
39 7 "Crime-Free Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Paul Henning November 20, 1961 (1961-11-20)
Two crooks posing as an FBI agent and a reporter create a ruse in Mayberry so they can rob the town bank. Andy is not fooled.
40 8 "The Perfect Female" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart November 27, 1961 (1961-11-27)
After Barney and Thelma Lou set Andy up on a blind date with Karen Moore (Gail Davis), Thelma Lou's visiting cousin, Andy tries to find out if she is "the one." Karen surprises Andy by besting him at skeet-shooting.
41 9 "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman December 4, 1961 (1961-12-04)
Aunt Bee falls for Mr. Wheeler (Edgar Buchanan), a handyman who has a way with women. He temporarily moves into their house, while Andy has to finish most of the chores that Wheeler starts.
42 10 "The Clubmen" Bob Sweeney Fred S. Fox & Iz Elinson December 11, 1961 (1961-12-11)
Andy and Barney are invited to a posh gentlemen's club in Raleigh. However, at the club's get-acquainted party, Barney makes a fool of himself by his misinformed attempts at conversation.
43 11 "The Pickle Story" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock December 18, 1961 (1961-12-18)
Andy and Barney replace Aunt Bee's bad-tasting homemade pickles with store-bought pickles, but find themselves in a real one when she decides to enter her pickles in a contest at the county fair. (This episode was voted by fans as their favorite of the entire series).<http://tagsrwc.com/cgi-bin/vote.pl?name=favorite&action=view>
44 12 "Sheriff Barney" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman December 25, 1961 (1961-12-25)
When Barney is offered the sheriff's post in a neighboring town, he and Andy trade places for the day to see if Barney is up to the job.
45 13 "The Farmer Takes a Wife" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 1, 1962 (1962-01-01)
A farmer (Alan Hale, Jr.) comes to Mayberry looking for a wife in an unconventional manner, and chooses Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou, much to Barney's distress.
46 14 "The Keeper of the Flame" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 8, 1962 (1962-01-08)
Opie is put in charge of a candle and matches in a secret club, and soon after is accused of burning down the barn where the club met.
47 15 "Bailey's Bad Boy" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman January 15, 1962 (1962-01-15)
A spoiled rich teenager (Bill Bixby) is arrested for speeding and sideswiping a farmer's truck, and Andy helps him learn to take responsibility for his behavior.
48 16 "The Manicurist" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 22, 1962 (1962-01-22)
A manicurist (Barbara Eden) sets up shop in Floyd's barber shop, but ends up unintentionally causing trouble when the men of Mayberry start flocking to her for manicures, making their wives jealous. Last appearance of Mayor Pike.
49 17 "The Jinx" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 29, 1962 (1962-01-29)
Andy tries to help a Mayberry resident (John Qualen) end his apparent bad luck and convince him that he is not hexed, as many of the townspeople believe.
50 18 "Jailbreak" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock February 5, 1962 (1962-02-05)
Barney clumsily lets a prisoner (Allan Melvin) escape, so Andy and Barney have to recapture him.
51 19 "A Medal for Opie" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 February 12, 1962 (1962-02-12)
Opie must learn the value of good sportsmanship when he comes in last in a footrace he was sure he would win.
52 20 "Barney and the Choir" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson February 19, 1962 (1962-02-19)
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, but proves to be a terrible singer. Not wanting to hurt Barney's feelings, Andy must find a way to keep him in the choir but neutralize his singing.
53 21 "Guest of Honor" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart February 26, 1962 (1962-02-26)
A pickpocket (Jay Novello) is ironically made the random "guest of honor" in Mayberry.
54 22 "The Merchant of Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman March 5, 1962 (1962-03-05)
Andy helps a struggling traveling salesman (Sterling Holloway) stay in business against the wishes of crusty store owner Ben Weaver (Will Wright).
55 23 "Aunt Bee the Warden" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson March 12, 1962 (1962-03-12)
With the courthouse jail full of moonshiners, Otis has to serve his time in the Taylor house, under the supervision of Aunt Bee who keeps him busy with chores.
56 24 "The County Nurse" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart March 19, 1962 (1962-03-19)
Andy tries to talk defiantly unwilling Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) into getting a tetanus shot from county nurse Mary Simpson (Julie Adams).
57 25 "Andy and Barney in the Big City" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock March 26, 1962 (1962-03-26)
Andy and Barney get involved in the pursuit of a jewel thief while on a business trip to Raleigh. Talkative Barney foolishly lets the thief know they will be staking out his next target. Arte Johnson has a small role as the hotel clerk.
58 26 "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock April 2, 1962 (1962-04-02)
Andy and Aunt Bee both think the other is anxious for her to marry the town dry cleaner, Fred Goss (Fred Sherman).
59 27 "Three's a Crowd" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson April 9, 1962 (1962-04-09)
Barney keeps interfering with the romance between Andy and county nurse Mary (Sue Ane Langdon), preventing them from being alone.
60 28 "The Bookie Barber" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & R. Allen Saffian April 16, 1962 (1962-04-16)
Floyd lets an out-of-town barber (Herb Vigran) rent out his shop, but the new tenant turns out to be running an illegal gambling operation.
61 29 "Andy on Trial" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart April 23, 1962 (1962-04-23)
J. Howard Jackson (Roy Roberts), a big-city newspaper publisher uses his attractive reporter (Ruta Lee) to manipulate Barney to get Andy charged with malfeasance to get back at him over a traffic ticket.
62 30 "Cousin Virgil" Bob Sweeney Phillip Shuken & John L. Greene April 30, 1962 (1962-04-30)
Barney's bumbling cousin Virgil (Michael J. Pollard) visits Mayberry and ends up causing trouble for Andy.
63 31 "Deputy Otis" Bob Sweeney Iz Elinson & Fred S. Fox May 7, 1962 (1962-05-07)
Andy makes Otis a temporary deputy so he can impress his visiting brother Ralph (Stanley Adams) and his wife (Amzie Strickland), whom he told he really was a deputy.

Season 3 (1962-1963)[edit]

  • Season 3 consisted of 32 episodes.
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64 1 "Mr. McBeevee" Bob Sweeney R. Allen Saffian & Harvey Bullock October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01)
Opie's description of his new friend Mr. McBeevee (Karl Swenson) is hard to believe.
65 2 "Andy's Rich Girlfriend" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 8, 1962 (1962-10-08)
Andy tries to comprehend the upper-class wealth of his girlfriend Peggy McMillan (Joanna Moore).
66 3 "Andy and the New Mayor" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & R. Allen Saffian October 15, 1962 (1962-10-15)
Mayor Roy Stoner (Parley Baer) does not like the way Andy does his job.
67 4 "Andy and Opie – Bachelors" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 22, 1962 (1962-10-22)
Andy and Opie have Peggy take care of them while Aunt Bee is away.
68 5 "The Cow Thief" Bob Sweeney R. Allen Saffian & Harvey Bullock October 29, 1962 (1962-10-29)
Mayor Stoner goes over Andy's head and calls in an expert to solve a string of cow thefts.
69 6 "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben November 5, 1962 (1962-11-05)
After Andy and Peggy have a fight, Barney tries to fix Andy up with other girls, who are a poor match, including the eccentric Lydia Crosswaithe. First episode with "The Fun Girls".
70 7 "Lawman Barney" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben November 12, 1962 (1962-11-12)
Barney loses his self-esteem when two farmers ignore his order to move their produce truck out of town.
71 8 "The Mayberry Band" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum November 19, 1962 (1962-11-19)
Andy is determined to get the Mayberry band into the state band competition, no matter how bad they sound. The mayor is reluctant to finance their trip.
72 9 "Floyd, the Gay Deceiver" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben November 26, 1962 (1962-11-26)
Floyd has pretended to be a rich man in letters to his female pen pal, who then suddenly decides to visit. Andy hastily arranges a deception so that Floyd can continue the ruse.
73 10 "Opie's Rival" Bob Sweeney Sid Morse December 3, 1962 (1962-12-03)
Opie feels threatened by Andy's relationship with Peggy. Last appearance of Peggy.
74 11 "Convicts at Large" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 10, 1962 (1962-12-10)
Barney and Floyd are taken hostage by three escaped female convicts in a country cabin. Last appearance of Floyd until episode 118 due to Howard McNear's stroke.
75 12 "The Bed Jacket" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & R. Allen Saffian December 17, 1962 (1962-12-17)
Andy tries to get a one-of-a-kind bed jacket that Aunt Bee wants for her birthday.
76 13 "The Bank Job" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 24, 1962 (1962-12-24)
Barney sets out to prove that the Mayberry bank can be easily robbed because of lax security measures. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) makes his debut.
77 14 "One-Punch Opie" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock December 31, 1962 (1962-12-31)
Opie learns to stand up to an older new boy in town who likes to cause trouble.
78 15 "Barney and the Governor" Bob Sweeney Bill Freedman & Henry Sharp January 7, 1963 (1963-01-07)
Barney writes a parking ticket on the governor's car and refuses to tear it up.
79 16 "Man in a Hurry" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell January 14, 1963 (1963-01-14)
A traveling businessman's (Robert Emhardt) car breaks down in Mayberry on a Sunday and he is impatient to get it fixed in time for his meeting in Charlotte...but Wally the mechanic does not work on Sundays. Andy's family welcomes him to stay with them. (This story was voted by fans as their second-favorite of the entire series.<http://tagsrwc.com/cgi-bin/vote.pl?name=favorite&action=view>
80 17 "High Noon in Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 21, 1963 (1963-01-21)
Barney assumes the worst when Andy gets a letter from an ex-convict he shot in the leg and captured a few years earlier (Leo Gordon) saying he's coming to Mayberry to settle matters between them.
81 18 "The Loaded Goat" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock January 28, 1963 (1963-01-28)
Andy and Barney have to find a goat loose in town that just ate dynamite before he blows up.
82 19 "Class Reunion" Charles Irving Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell February 4, 1963 (1963-02-04)
Andy meets an old sweetheart at a high school reunion, and their romance briefly rekindles. (The yearbook has actual high school pictures of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.)
83 20 "Rafe Hollister Sings" Charles Irving Harvey Bullock February 11, 1963 (1963-02-11)
Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) reveals his hidden talent as a singer for a benefit show, but Mayor Stoner does not like his shabby appearance. Last appearance of Mayor Stoner.
84 21 "Opie and the Spoiled Kid" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum February 18, 1963 (1963-02-18)
A spoiled kid gives Opie bad advice about how Opie should manipulate Andy to get what he wants.
85 22 "The Great Filling Station Robbery" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock February 25, 1963 (1963-02-25)
Andy and Barney investigate a string of robberies at Wally's Filling Station to find out whether or not a young employee is responsible.
86 23 "Andy Discovers America" Bob Sweeney John Whedon March 4, 1963 (1963-03-04)
Andy's advice to Opie and his schoolmates about history homework gets him in trouble with the new schoolteacher, Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut), so he tells Opie and his friends a story about Paul Revere's ride to resolve the situation.
87 24 "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man" Bob Sweeney John Whedon March 11, 1963 (1963-03-11)
Aunt Bee listens to a medicine man's (John Dehner) sales pitch and ends up inviting him to supper.
88 25 "The Darlings Are Coming" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 18, 1963 (1963-03-18)
Andy has his hands full when a musical mountain family called the Darlings comes to Mayberry.
89 26 "Andy's English Valet" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock March 25, 1963 (1963-03-25)
English tourist Malcolm Merriweather (Bernard Fox), a "gentleman's gentleman", goes to work as Andy's valet to pay his traffic fine.
90 27 "Barney's First Car" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum April 1, 1963 (1963-04-01)
Barney spends his life savings on a car from the elderly Mrs. Lesh (Ellen Corby) that turns out to be a lemon.
91 28 "The Rivals" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock April 8, 1963 (1963-04-08)
Opie has a crush on his schoolmate Karen, so Barney tries to teach Opie about women....but Opie ends up "dating" Thelma Lou.
92 29 "A Wife for Andy" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben April 15, 1963 (1963-04-15)
Barney tries to set up Andy with a potential wife, but Andy has his mind on Helen Crump.
93 30 "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell April 22, 1963 (1963-04-22)
A pack of stray dogs comes into the courthouse, causing problems just as a state official is visiting.
94 31 "Mountain Wedding" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum April 29, 1963 (1963-04-29)
The Darlings ask Andy to help them deal with wild mountain man Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris), who wants to stop Charlene and Dud Wash from getting married. First episode with Ernest T. Bass. Only episode with both Ernest T. and the Darlings.
95 32 "The Big House" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock May 6, 1963 (1963-05-06)
Barney and Gomer are in charge of guarding two of four criminals while Andy is out pursuing the other two. George Kennedy plays a state police detective.

Season 4 (1963-1964)[edit]

  • Season 4 consisted of 32 episodes.
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96 1 "Opie the Birdman" Dick Crenna Harvey Bullock September 30, 1963 (1963-09-30)

Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his new slingshot and decides to care for the three baby birds left behind.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #24 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[1] In 2009, it moved to #18.[2]
97 2 "The Haunted House" Earl Bellamy Harvey Bullock October 7, 1963 (1963-10-07)
Andy, Barney and Gomer go into an old abandoned mansion to retrieve a baseball.
98 3 "Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army" Dick Crenna Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 14, 1963 (1963-10-14)
Ernest T. Bass tries to enlist in the Army so he can get a uniform to impress his girlfriend, but when he's rejected, he takes it out on Mayberry.
99 4 "The Sermon for Today" Dick Crenna John Whedon October 21, 1963 (1963-10-21)
A visiting preacher (David Lewis) encourages the congregation to relax and enjoy life – which is not as easy as they thought, as they frantically rehearse the town's out-of-tune band and try to repair the broken bandstand and worn uniforms.
100 5 "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee" Earl Bellamy Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 28, 1963 (1963-10-28)
Briscoe Darling resorts to kidnapping Aunt Bee to court her, leaving Andy to try and resolve the situation.
101 6 "Gomer the House Guest" Earl Bellamy Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum November 4, 1963 (1963-11-04)
Gomer is fired from Wally's Filling Station and moves in with the Taylors.
102 7 "A Black Day for Mayberry" Jeffrey Hayden John Whedon November 11, 1963 (1963-11-11)
A gold shipment is coming through Mayberry and Barney accidentally leaks the news, causing a crowd to turn out to welcome the armored car.
103 8 "Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain" Jeffrey Hayden John Whedon November 18, 1963 (1963-11-18)
Andy rewards Opie with a new bicycle for his perfect grades, which then turn out to be a grading mistake.
104 9 "A Date for Gomer" Dick Crenna Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 9, 1963 (1963-12-09)
Barney sets Gomer up with Thelma Lou's homely, shy cousin as a date for a dance. This episode, originally scheduled for November 25, was pre-empted due to CBS News' extended coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and funeral.
105 10 "Up in Barney's Room" Jeffrey Hayden Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 2, 1963 (1963-12-02)
Barney is evicted from his rooming house for cooking in his room. He finally wins Mrs. Mendelbright (Enid Markey) the landlady's respect again by protecting her from a con man (J. Pat O'Malley) .
106 11 "Citizen's Arrest" Dick Crenna Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 16, 1963 (1963-12-16)
Barney gives Gomer a ticket for making a U-turn, then the tables are turned when Gomer "arrests" Barney for the same violation.
107 12 "Opie and His Merry Men" Dick Crenna John Whedon December 30, 1963 (1963-12-30)
Opie and his friends play Robin Hood and his Merry Men when they steal food from their parents to give to a hobo (Douglas Fowley).
108 13 "Barney and the Cave Rescue" Dick Crenna Harvey Bullock January 6, 1964 (1964-01-06)
Andy and Helen find their way out of a cave after a landslide traps them, but they return to the cave when they hear Barney is leading a rescue team, so that he will get credit for saving them.
109 14 "Andy and Opie's Pal" Dick Crenna Harvey Bullock January 13, 1964 (1964-01-13)
Opie gets jealous when Andy pays extra attention to Opie's new friend Trey Bowden (David Alan Bailey) .
110 15 "Aunt Bee the Crusader" Coby Ruskin John Whedon January 20, 1964 (1964-01-20)
Aunt Bee leads a ladies' protest against Andy and Barney when a chicken farmer is about to be evicted to make way for a new highway. They are shocked, however, when Mr. Frisby (Charles Lane) the evictee they are sympathetic for, is found to be a moonshiner.
111 16 "Barney's Sidecar" Coby Ruskin Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 27, 1964 (1964-01-27)
Barney gets a motorcycle for the Sheriff's Department and finds many uses for it.
112 17 "My Fair Ernest T. Bass" Earl Bellamy Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell February 3, 1964 (1964-02-03)
Andy tries to turn Ernest T. Bass into a sophisticated gentleman, taking him to a society party.
113 18 "Prisoner of Love" Earl Bellamy Harvey Bullock February 10, 1964 (1964-02-10)
An attractive female jewel thief (Susan Oliver) attempts to seduce Andy and Barney so she can escape from the Mayberry jail.
114 19 "Hot Rod Otis" Earl Bellamy Harvey Bullock February 17, 1964 (1964-02-17)
Otis, the town drunk, has Andy and Barney worried when he buys a car. Andy and Barney try to scare Otis into giving up his car by pretending they are mourning his death in an accident.
115 20 "The Song Festers" Earl Bellamy Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum February 24, 1964 (1964-02-24)
Barney's pride is hurt when he is replaced in the town choir by Gomer, who is discovered to have a beautiful singing voice.
116 21 "The Shoplifters" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick March 2, 1964 (1964-03-02)
Barney goes undercover, pretending to be a mannequin to find a shoplifter at Weaver's Department Store.
117 22 "Andy's Vacation" Jeffrey Hayden Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 9, 1964 (1964-03-09)
Andy takes a vacation at home, leaving Barney and Gomer in charge of the courthouse. They then continually pester Andy for help with problems that arise.
118 23 "Andy Saves Gomer" Jeffrey Hayden Harvey Bullock March 16, 1964 (1964-03-16)
Gomer is overly grateful to Andy for putting out a fire at Wally's, and pesters Andy by wanting to help him in gratitude. Howard McNear returns as Floyd after suffering a stroke.
119 24 "Bargain Day" Jeffrey Hayden John Whedon March 23, 1964 (1964-03-23)
Aunt Bee buys a 150-pound side of beef at a discount market, but the Taylors' old freezer doesn't work.
120 25 "Divorce, Mountain Style" Jeffrey Hayden Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum March 30, 1964 (1964-03-30)
Charlene Darling Wash intends to divorce Dud (Bob Denver) so she can marry Andy.
121 26 "A Deal Is a Deal" Jeffrey Hayden Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick April 6, 1964 (1964-04-06)
Opie and his friends get involved in a deal to sell worthless salve. Barney and Gomer pose as a veterinarian and Opie's father to try to get the distributors to buy the salve back from the boys.
122 27 "Fun Girls" Coby Ruskin Aaron Ruben April 13, 1964 (1964-04-13)
Two fun-loving but overbearing women from Mount Pilot cause problems by being amorous to Andy and Barney, which makes Helen and Thelma Lou jealous. First appearance of Goober (George Lindsey). Only episode with both Goober and Gomer.
123 28 "The Return of Malcolm Merriweather" Coby Ruskin Harvey Bullock April 20, 1964 (1964-04-20)
Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, doing housework and cooking for Andy and making Aunt Bee feel unneeded.
124 29 "The Rumor" Coby Ruskin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell April 27, 1964 (1964-04-27)
Barney starts a rumor that Andy and Helen are engaged after he sees them kissing in a jewelry store.
125 30 "Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick May 4, 1964 (1964-05-04)
Feeling that Barney takes her for granted, Thelma Lou starts dating Gomer to purposely make Barney jealous.
126 31 "Back to Nature" Coby Ruskin Harvey Bullock May 11, 1964 (1964-05-11)
Andy, Barney and Gomer take Opie and his friends on a camping trip, where Barney and Gomer manage to get themselves lost in the woods.
127 32 "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." Aaron Ruben Aaron Ruben May 18, 1964 (1964-05-18)
In this backdoor pilot for the spin-off series Gomer Pyle-USMC, Gomer enlists in the Marine Corps and Andy comes along to make sure things go well with Sergeant Carter (Frank Sutton).

Season 5 (1964-1965)[edit]

  • This is the last season to be broadcast in black-and-white before the show went to color.
  • This season consisted of 32 episodes.
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128 1 "Opie Loves Helen" Aaron Ruben Bob Ross September 21, 1964 (1964-09-21)
Opie develops a crush on Helen and wants to buy a gift for her.
129 2 "Barney's Physical" Howard Morris Bob Ross September 28, 1964 (1964-09-28)
Andy and Aunt Bee help Barney meet the new Civil Service physical requirements for law enforcement officers.
130 3 "Family Visit" Howard Morris Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 5, 1964 (1964-10-05)
Aunt Bee's sister and her family come to visit from out of state. James Westerfield and Maudie Prickett guest star.
131 4 "The Education of Ernest T. Bass" Alan Rafkin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 12, 1964 (1964-10-12)
Ernest T. Bass tries to earn his diploma after his girl calls him illiterate. His antics badly disrupt Helen's classroom.
132 5 "Aunt Bee's Romance" Howard Morris Harvey Bullock October 19, 1964 (1964-10-19)
Aunt Bee resumes her romance with an old flame, Roger Hanover (Wallace Ford) – a practical joker with a suspicious background.
133 6 "Barney's Bloodhound" Howard Morris Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick October 26, 1964 (1964-10-26)
Barney tries using a dog to catch an escaped convict.
134 7 "Man in the Middle" Alan Rafkin Gus Adrian & David Evans November 2, 1964 (1964-11-02)
Andy tries to settle a lovers' quarrel between Barney and Thelma Lou, only to get himself caught in the middle.
135 8 "Barney's Uniform" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick November 9, 1964 (1964-11-09)
Barney starts wearing his uniform all the time when a grocery owner threatens to beat him up the next time he sees him in plain clothes.
136 9 "Opie's Fortune" Coby Ruskin Ben Joelson & Art Baer November 16, 1964 (1964-11-16)
Opie finds a wallet containing $50 and must wait one week to see if anyone claims it - if not, the money is his.
137 10 "Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor" Gene Nelson Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen November 23, 1964 (1964-11-23)
Andy makes Barney acting Sheriff when he goes to Raleigh for a job interview.
138 11 "The Pageant" Gene Nelson Harvey Bullock November 30, 1964 (1964-11-30)
Aunt Bee gets the lead in the Mayberry Centennial Pageant, but she proves to be a terrible actress.
139 12 "The Darling Baby" Howard Morris Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 7, 1964 (1964-12-07)
The Darlings choose Opie as the future husband of Charlene's baby girl and insist that Andy sign a marriage contract.
140 13 "Andy and Helen Have Their Day" Howard Morris Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick December 14, 1964 (1964-12-14)
Andy and Helen try to have a nice private picnic, but Barney keeps interrupting them.
141 14 "Three Wishes for Opie" Howard Morris Richard M. Powell December 21, 1964 (1964-12-21)
Barney buys fortune-telling paraphernalia that seem to really grant wishes, and Opie wants to see if his wishes will be granted.
142 15 "Otis Sues the County" Howard Morris Bob Ross December 28, 1964 (1964-12-28)
Otis is talked by his lawyer (Jay Novello) into suing the county after he suffers a fall in the Mayberry jail.
143 16 "Barney Fife, Realtor" Peter Baldwin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick January 4, 1965 (1965-01-04)
Barney decides to sell real estate as his second job and tries to get Andy to sell his house.
144 17 "Goober Takes a Car Apart" Peter Baldwin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick January 11, 1965 (1965-01-11)
After Andy puts him in charge of the courthouse, Goober dismantles a car and rebuilds it inside the courthouse.
145 18 "The Rehabilitation of Otis" Peter Baldwin Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman January 18, 1965 (1965-01-18)
Barney tries to cure Otis of his drinking habit.
146 19 "The Lucky Letter" Theodore J. Flicker Richard M. Powell January 25, 1965 (1965-01-25)
Barney thinks he's received bad luck after tearing up a chain letter.
147 20 "Goober and the Art of Love" Alan Rafkin Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen February 1, 1965 (1965-02-01)
Andy and Barney get Goober to ask out Lydia Crosswaithe (Josie Lloyd) so he doesn't have to tag along on their dates.
148 21 "Barney Runs for Sheriff" Alan Rafkin Richard M. Powell February 8, 1965 (1965-02-08)
Barney ends up running against Andy for Sheriff when a new job offer for Andy falls through.
149 22 "If I Had a Quarter Million Dollars" Alan Rafkin Bob Ross February 15, 1965 (1965-02-15)
Barney finds $250,000 from a recent bank robbery and sets out to catch the culprit.
150 23 "TV or Not TV" Coby Ruskin Art Baer & Ben Joelson March 1, 1965 (1965-03-01)
Three crooks posing as TV producers attempt to take advantage of Mayberry's "Sheriff Without a Gun" by robbing the bank. Gavin MacLeod played one of the crooks. In a season 6 episode ("Taylors in Hollywood"), MacLeod played an actor playing Andy in a movie based on "Sheriff Without a Gun".
151 24 "Guest in the House" Coby Ruskin Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman March 8, 1965 (1965-03-08)
Helen gets jealous of a pretty girl (Jan Shutan) staying with the Taylors for awhile.
152 25 "The Case of the Punch in the Nose" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick March 15, 1965 (1965-03-15)
Barney discovers a file of an old forgotten assault case between Floyd and grocer Charles Foley (Frank Ferguson) that was never resolved. Barney reopens the case and his actions cause old feelings to flare up.
153 26 "Opie's Newspaper" Coby Ruskin Harvey Bullock March 22, 1965 (1965-03-22)
Opie publishes local gossip in his newspaper, embarrassing Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee who had made unflattering comments about fellow townspeople.
154 27 "Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau" Theodore J. Flicker Ben Joelson & Art Baer March 29, 1965 (1965-03-29)
Aunt Bee invents a story that the butter and egg man (Woodrow Chambliss) is her new boyfriend....but he happens to be married.
155 28 "The Arrest of the Fun Girls" Theodore J. Flicker Richard M. Powell April 5, 1965 (1965-04-05)
The Fun Girls get themselves arrested on purpose, once again disrupting the romantic lives of Andy and Barney when Helen and Thelma Lou discover them at the courthouse at night with the girls.
156 29 "The Luck of Newton Monroe" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick April 12, 1965 (1965-04-12)
A peddler (Don Rickles) keeps having bad luck and Andy and Barney try to help.
157 30 "Opie Flunks Arithmetic" Coby Ruskin Richard Morgan April 19, 1965 (1965-04-19)
Opie needs to improve in his arithmetic, and Andy gets pressure from Barney to help him. Last appearance of Barney Fife as a regular character.
158 31 "Opie and the Carnival" Coby Ruskin Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen April 26, 1965 (1965-04-26)
Opie tries to win a birthday present for Andy at a carnival, unaware that the shooting gallery is a scam.
159 32 "Banjo-Playing Deputy" Coby Ruskin Bob Ross May 3, 1965 (1965-05-03)
Andy hires a shy, timid carnival banjo player (Jerry Van Dyke) as a temporary deputy.

Color Series (1965–1968)[edit]

Season 6 (1965-1966)[edit]

  • At the beginning of this season, The Andy Griffith Show went from black-and-white to color, beginning with the episode "Opie's Job".
  • The CBS in Color logo was introduced at the start of this season.
  • This season consisted of 30 episodes.
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160 1 "Opie's Job" Larry Dobkin Art Baer & Ben Joelson September 13, 1965 (1965-09-13)
Opie wins a competition for a grocery delivery job, then gives it up to his competitor who needs the job a lot more.
161 2 "Andy's Rival" Peter Baldwin Laurence Marks September 20, 1965 (1965-09-20)
Andy gets jealous of a handsome new teacher Frank Smith (Charles Aidman) spending time working with Helen.
162 3 "Malcolm at the Crossroads" Gary Nelson Harvey Bullock September 27, 1965 (1965-09-27)
Malcolm Merriweather replaces Ernest T. Bass as school crossing guard, and Ernest T. wants to fight Malcolm to get even. Last appearance of both Malcolm Merriweather and Ernest T. Bass.
163 4 "Aunt Bee, the Swinger" Larry Dobkin Jack Elinson October 4, 1965 (1965-10-04)
Aunt Bee and her new beau John Canfield (Charles Ruggles), a recently retired Congressman, attempt to recapture their youth.
164 5 "The Bazaar" Sheldon Leonard Ben Joelson & Art Baer October 11, 1965 (1965-10-11)
Andy's new deputy, Warren Ferguson (Jack Burns), Floyd's nephew, arrests Aunt Bee and her friends for "gambling" at the church bazaar.
165 6 "A Warning from Warren" Alan Rafkin Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman October 18, 1965 (1965-10-18)
Warren, who thinks he has ESP, believes a picnic will not go so well for Andy and Helen.
166 7 "Off to Hollywood" Alan Rafkin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick October 25, 1965 (1965-10-25)
The Taylors decide to take a trip to Hollywood after Andy is given a check from a studio that wants to make his life story into a movie.
167 8 "Taylors in Hollywood" Alan Rafkin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick November 1, 1965 (1965-11-01)
The Taylors visit the studio where Andy's biopic, Sheriff Without a Gun, is being filmed. Gavin MacLeod plays the actor portraying Andy in the movie.
168 9 "The Hollywood Party" Alan Rafkin Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman November 8, 1965 (1965-11-08)
Andy poses with a Hollywood starlet, Darlene Mason (Ruta Lee), jeopardizing his relationship with Helen.
169 10 "Aunt Bee on TV" Alan Rafkin Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen November 15, 1965 (1965-11-15)
While in Hollywood, Aunt Bee wins several new appliances on a TV quiz show, but when she returns home she loses her friends as a result. William Christopher plays the IRS agent who visits the Taylors to collect taxes on the prizes.
170 11 "The Cannon" Alan Rafkin Jack Elinson November 22, 1965 (1965-11-22)
Through sheer luck, Warren catches a pair of art thieves with his supposed "knowledge" of cannons.
171 12 "A Man's Best Friend" Alan Rafkin Art Baer & Ben Joelson November 29, 1965 (1965-11-29)
Opie and his friend Tommy (Michel Petit) use walkie-talkies to fool Goober into thinking he really has a talking dog.
172 13 "Aunt Bee Takes a Job" Alan Rafkin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick December 6, 1965 (1965-12-06)
Aunt Bee gets a job at the print shop where her employers turn out to be counterfeiters.
173 14 "The Church Organ" Lee Philips Paul Wayne December 13, 1965 (1965-12-13)
Andy starts a fundraising drive to help the church buy a new organ, but problems arise when church members go back on their pledges.
174 15 "Girl-Shy" Lee Philips Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick December 20, 1965 (1965-12-20)
Warren becomes a sleepwalking Casanova, pursuing Helen after watching his suave hero on TV.
175 16 "Otis the Artist" Alan Rafkin Story by : Bob Ross
Teleplay by : Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen
January 3, 1966 (1966-01-03)
Warren tries to get Otis to start a career in art.
176 17 "The Return of Barney Fife" Alan Rafkin Sam Bobrick & Bill Idelson January 10, 1966 (1966-01-10)
Barney Fife returns to Mayberry for a high school reunion and so does Thelma Lou, who has recently married someone else. This is Thelma Lou's final appearance on the series.
177 18 "The Legend of Barney Fife" Alan Rafkin Harvey Bullock January 17, 1966 (1966-01-17)
Barney has to demonstrate his "legendary courage" to Warren when Avery Noonan (Ted White) a vengeful convict escapes from prison.
178 19 "Lost and Found" Alan Rafkin John L. Greene & Paul David January 24, 1966 (1966-01-24)
Aunt Bee collects insurance money for the loss of her jeweled pin, then finds it after she spends the money on a garbage disposer. Jack Dodson, later cast as Howard Sprague, makes his first appearance in the series as insurance man Ed Jenkins.
179 20 "Wyatt Earp Rides Again" Alan Rafkin Jack Elinson January 31, 1966 (1966-01-31)
Clarence Earp (Richard Jury) supposed descendant of Wyatt Earp comes to Mayberry with promoter Fred Gibson (Pat Hingle) and wants to duel Andy thinking his family honor has been tarnished. Last episode with Warren Ferguson
180 21 "Aunt Bee Learns to Drive" Lee Philips Jack Elinson February 7, 1966 (1966-02-07)
Andy has a big problem when Aunt Bee buys a car and takes driving lessons from Goober.
181 22 "Look Paw, I'm Dancing" Lee Philips Ben Starr February 14, 1966 (1966-02-14)
Opie learns to enjoy his first dance party.
182 23 "The Gypsies" Alan Rafkin Roland MacLane February 21, 1966 (1966-02-21)
A band of gypsies causes trouble for Andy with their supposed magic and weather predicting abilities. Jamie Farr and Vito Scotti played two of the gypsies.
183 24 "Eat Your Heart Out" Alan Rafkin Art Baer & Ben Joelson February 28, 1966 (1966-02-28)
Goober falls for Flora, the diner's new waitress (Alberta Nelson), but she has her eye on Andy.
184 25 "A Baby in the House" Alan Rafkin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick March 7, 1966 (1966-03-07)
Aunt Bee agrees to babysit her niece for a week, but the infant doesn't seem to like her.
185 26 "The County Clerk" Alan Rafkin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick March 14, 1966 (1966-03-14)
Andy and Helen try to set up county clerk Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson) with Irene Fairchild (Nina Shipman), the new county nurse.
186 27 "The Foster Lady" Alan Rafkin Jack Elinson & Iz Elinson March 21, 1966 (1966-03-21)
Aunt Bee is picked to star in a TV commercial for a locally made furniture polish.
187 28 "Goober's Replacement" Alan Rafkin Stan Dreben & Howard Merrill March 28, 1966 (1966-03-28)
Goober's girlfriend Flora fills in for him at Wally's and attracts a long line of male customers.
188 29 "The Battle of Mayberry" Alan Rafkin Paul David & John L. Greene April 4, 1966 (1966-04-04)
Opie causes an uproar when he discovers and publishes the truth about the Battle of Mayberry.
189 30 "A Singer in Town" Alan Rafkin Stan Dreben & Howard Merrill April 11, 1966 (1966-04-11)
Rock-n'-Roll singer Keevy Hazelton (Jesse Pearson) performs a song about Mayberry written by Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards.

Season 7 (1966-1967)[edit]

  • Season 7 consisted of 30 episodes.
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190 1 "Opie's Girlfriend" Lee Philips Budd Grossman September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)
Opie makes friends with Cynthia, Helen's niece who's athletically superior to him.
191 2 "The Lodge" Lee Philips Jim Parker & Arnold Margolin September 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)
Howard applies for membership in the Mayberry men's lodge, but is blackballed. His controlling mother (Mabel Albertson) had convinced Goober to blackball Howard because she claimed Howard's father had gambling issues.
192 3 "The Barbershop Quartet" Lee Philips Fred S. Fox September 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)
A prisoner (Hamilton Camp) replaces Howard as tenor in the Mayberry barbershop quartet.
193 4 "The Ball Game" Lee Philips Story by : Rance Howard
Teleplay by : Sid Morse
October 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)
Andy umpires a big youth league baseball game between Mayberry and Mount Pilot, but he costs Mayberry the game when he calls Opie out on a close play at home plate.
194 5 "Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory" Lee Philips Ronald Axe October 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)
A visiting pastor (Ian Wolfe) inspires Aunt Bee to wear a blonde wig.
195 6 "The Darling Fortune" Lee Philips Arnold Margolin & Jim Parker October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
The Darlings come into a windfall of $300, so they stop by Mayberry to find brides for Briscoe's sons. Last appearance of the Darlings.
196 7 "Mind Over Matter" Lee Philips Ron Friedman & Pat McCormick October 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)
Goober is convinced he has whiplash, so he acts like an invalid, making Andy's family care for him, until Andy tricks him into revealing his shoulder is OK.
197 8 "Politics Begin at Home" Lee Philips Fred S. Fox November 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)
Aunt Bee runs against Howard for city council, then withdraws during a debate after realizing Howard has more expertise of the issues. (The same story line was used in episode 143 of The Dick Van Dyke Show and years later in episode 72 of The Partridge Family).
198 9 "The Senior Play" Lee Philips Sid Morse November 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)
Helen and her teenage students try to put on a play, but the principal objects over its content. The Doris Day Show season 1 episode 22 "The Musical" also written by Sid Morse used a very similar story line.
199 10 "Opie Finds a Baby" Lee Philips Stan Dreben & Sid Mandel November 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)
Opie and his friend Arnold find an abandoned baby and try to find him a home. Jack Nicholson plays the baby's father.
200 11 "Big Fish in a Small Town" Lee Philips Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)
Howard is the envy of Mayberry when he catches "Old Sam", a famously elusive silver carp in Myers Lake on his very first fishing trip.
201 12 "Only a Rose" Lee Philips Jim Parker & Arnold Margolin December 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)
Opie accidentally destroys Aunt Bee's special rose just before the annual Mayberry flower show.
202 13 "Otis the Deputy" Lee Philips Jim Parker & Arnold Margolin December 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)
Otis and Howard take action to rescue Andy from a pair of bank robbers. Last episode with Otis.
203 14 "Goober Makes History" Lee Philips John L. Greene & Paul David December 19, 1966 (1966-12-19)
Goober fancies himself a philosopher when he joins a night class and grows a beard. Note: Sandy Kenyon not Richard Bull plays the class instructor Bill Lindsay.
204 15 "A New Doctor in Town" Lee Philips Ray Brenner & Barry E. Blitzer December 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)
The citizens of Mayberry are skeptical of the new town doctor (William Christopher). Andy convinces them to give him a chance, but then has misgivings of his own when Opie gets sick.
205 16 "Don't Miss a Good Bet" Lee Philips Fred S. Fox January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
Andy and friends are duped by a con man in a get-rich-quick scheme.
206 17 "Dinner at Eight" Lee Philips Budd Grossman January 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)
Due to communication failures, Andy has to endure three spaghetti dinners in one evening.
207 18 "A Visit to Barney Fife" Lee Philips Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick January 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)
Andy visits Barney in Raleigh and helps him solve a rash of supermarket robberies.
208 19 "Barney Comes to Mayberry" Lee Philips Sid Morse January 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)
Barney returns to Mayberry at the same time as an old girlfriend turned Hollywood actress, whose movie is having its world premiere in town.
209 20 "Andy's Old Girlfriend" Lee Philips Sid Morse January 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)
Alice Harper (Joanna McNeil), an old girlfriend of Andy's, comes back to Mayberry, putting a strain on his relationship with Helen.
210 21 "Aunt Bee's Restaurant" Lee Philips Ronald Axe & Les Roberts February 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
Aunt Bee becomes a partner in a new Chinese restaurant, but her superstitions make her question her investment.
211 22 "Floyd's Barbershop" Lee Philips Jim Parker & Arnold Margolin February 13, 1967 (1967-02-13)
Floyd angrily decides to leave his barbershop after Howard buys the building and raises the rent.
212 23 "The Statue" Lee Philips Fred S. Fox February 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)
Andy discovers that his ancestor was the biggest swindler in the state just as Mayberry is about to unveil a statue of him.
213 24 "Helen, the Authoress" Lee Philips Doug Tibbles February 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)
Helen becomes a successful author of children's books, but Andy has a difficult time with her new-found celebrity.
214 25 "Goodbye Dolly" Lee Philips Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs March 6, 1967 (1967-03-06)
Andy and Opie try to help an old milk wagon horse which refuses to eat.
215 26 "Opie's Piano Lesson" Lee Philips Leo & Pauline Townsend March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
Opie decides to take up the piano, but piano practice soon conflicts with his football practice, so he enlists his friend Arnold to sneakily play the piano for him.
216 27 "Howard, the Comedian" Lee Philips Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs March 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)
Howard appears on a local TV amateur hour and tells jokes about his friends in Mayberry, which they take as insults.
217 28 "Big Brother" Lee Philips Fred S. Fox March 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
Howard volunteers to be a Big Brother of a high school student, but neglects tutoring the boy while taking a romantic interest in the boy's older sister.
218 29 "Opie's Most Unforgettable Character" Lee Philips Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs April 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)
Opie tries to pick a subject for his writing assignment and eventually picks someone other than Andy.
219 30 "Goober's Contest" Lee Philips Ron Friedman & Pat McCormick April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)
Goober gets into trouble when a printing error awards Floyd with an overly large cash prize in a filling station contest. Last appearance of Floyd. Rob Reiner had a small role in the episode.

Season 8 (1967-1968)[edit]

  • Season 8 consisted of 30 episodes.
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220 1 "Opie's First Love" Lee Philips Doug Tibbles September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
Mary Alice Carter (Morgan Brittany) accepts Opie's invitation to a party, then decides to go with another boy she likes better.
221 2 "Howard the Bowler" Lee Philips Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant September 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
Howard is a last-minute substitute on Emmett's bowling team, but he comes within one strike of a perfect game before the lights go out. First appearance of Emmett Clark (Paul Hartman).
222 3 "A Trip to Mexico" Lee Philips Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
Aunt Bee wins a trip to Mexico and takes along her two closest friends....but they don't get along.
223 4 "Andy's Trip to Raleigh" Lee Philips Joseph Bonaduce October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
Andy must cancel a date with Helen to meet with a lawyer named Lee (Whitney Blake) in Raleigh, who's actually a very attractive woman.
224 5 "Opie Steps Up in Class" Lee Philips Joseph Bonaduce October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
Opie makes friends with a boy from a rich family at summer camp, leading Aunt Bee to try improving the Taylors' social standing.
225 6 "Howard's Main Event" Lee Philips Robert C. Dennis & Earl Barret October 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
Howard makes friends with Millie, the new girl at the town bakery (Arlene Golonka), but her ex-boyfriend constantly threatens him.
226 7 "Aunt Bee the Juror" Lee Philips Kent Wilson October 23, 1967 (1967-10-23)
Aunt Bee serves jury duty on a seemingly open-and-shut case of theft. Jack Nicholson played the defendant.
227 8 "The Tape Recorder" Lee Philips Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
Opie tape records a bank robber confessing where he hid the stolen money, against Andy's strict orders.
228 9 "Opie's Group" Lee Philips Doug Tibbles November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
Opie joins a rock-and-roll band, which starts to affect his behavior and his grades.
229 10 "Aunt Bee and the Lecturer" Lee Philips Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
Aunt Bee dates a charming lecturer (Edward Andrews), who is convinced she is the exact image of his late wife.
230 11 "Andy's Investment" Alan Rafkin Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
Andy starts a coin laundry business to save money for Opie's college education.
231 12 "Howard and Millie" Peter Baldwin Joseph Bonaduce November 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
Howard proposes to Millie at the bakery. But on the train ride to get married in her West Virginia hometown, they have a series of spats and on arrival in Wheeling decide to break the engagement.
232 13 "Aunt Bee's Cousin" Lee Philips Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant December 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
Andy learns the sad truth about Aunt Bee's supposedly wealthy cousin (Jack Albertson), who spins many tall tales during his visit to Mayberry.
233 14 "Suppose Andy Gets Sick" Peter Baldwin Jack Raymond December 11, 1967 (1967-12-11)
Andy is bedridden with the flu, so Goober acts as deputy to take care of things. Chaos ensues.
234 15 "Howard's New Life" Lee Philips Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
Howard decides to quit his job as county clerk and start a new life on a tiny Caribbean island, only to become incredibly bored.
235 16 "Goober the Executive" Lee Philips Michael Morris & Seaman Jacobs December 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
Goober buys the filling station with financial support from Andy and Emmett.
236 17 "The Mayberry Chef" Lee Philips James L. Brooks January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
Aunt Bee gets her own cooking show on a local TV station.
237 18 "Emmett's Brother-in-Law" Lee Philips James L. Brooks January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
Emmett's wife pushes him to be an insurance salesman like his brother-in-law, but he doesn't want to leave his fix-it shop.
238 19 "Opie's Drugstore Job" Lee Philips Kent Wilson January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
Opie gets a job at the drugstore, where he accidentally breaks an expensive bottle of perfume.
239 20 "The Church Benefactors" Lee Philips Robert C. Dennis & Earl Barret January 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
Church members debate over whether to spend a $500 gift to the church on choir robes or to fix a drainage problem with the church building.
240 21 "Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting" Lee Philips Aaron Ruben January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)
Barney Fife returns to Mayberry and helps arrange a conference between American and Soviet officials at the Taylors' house. The plot was inspired by the actual USA-USSR summit meeting in Glassboro, NJ. The final appearance of Barney Fife on the show. This was the highest rated episode in the history of the series.
241 22 "Goober Goes to an Auto Show" Lee Philips Joseph Bonaduce February 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
While attending an auto show in Raleigh, Goober tries to impress an old friend by claiming to own a chain of gas stations.
242 23 "Aunt Bee's Big Moment" Lee Philips Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
Aunt Bee takes flying lessons to achieve a big moment like everyone else.
243 24 "Helen's Past" Lee Philips Doug Tibbles February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
Andy discovers that Helen apparently was arrested years ago for associating with a notorious gangster.
244 25 "Emmett's Anniversary" Lee Philips Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
Emmett buys his wife a mink coat for their 25th anniversary, but fails to keep it a surprise.
245 26 "The Wedding" Lee Philips Joseph Bonaduce March 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)
Howard's controlling mother remarries and moves away, allowing him to turn the Sprague house into a bachelor pad. Teri Garr has a small role.
246 27 "Sam for Town Council" Lee Philips Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant March 11, 1968 (1968-03-11)
Sam Jones (Ken Berry) is urged by Andy and Howard to run for head of town council - against Emmett.
247 28 "Opie and Mike" Lee Philips Doug Tibbles March 18, 1968 (1968-03-18)
Opie helps out Sam Jones' son Mike (Buddy Foster) with bullies at school, and Mike starts to tag after him.
248 29 "A Girl for Goober" Lee Philips Story by : Bob Ross
Teleplay by : Bruce Howard
March 25, 1968 (1968-03-25)
Goober tries a computer dating service to find the right girl, and is matched with the Ph.D graduate who runs it.
249 30 "Mayberry R.F.D." Peter Baldwin Bob Ross April 1, 1968 (1968-04-01)
In this set-up for the sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D., Sam asks an old friend from Italy to help him with his land. The friend and his large family move into Sam's house.

Reunion movie[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Return to Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & Everett Greenbaum April 13, 1986 (1986-04-13)
Andy Taylor returns to Mayberry to visit Opie and help Barney Fife investigate strange events.

Note[edit]

  1. ^ 'David Adler' was a pseudonym for blacklisted writer Frank Tarloff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997. 
  2. ^ "TV Guide's Top 100 Episodes". Rev/Views. Retrieved July 4, 2016.