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The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith

Sheriff Andy Taylor

Though his original intention was to become a preacher, Andy Griffith switched over to acting in the 1940s. He became a well-known in the mid-'50s when he released a comedy record called What It Was- Was Football in which he described the game from the point of view of someone who had never heard of it. Griffith played a cynical southerner in the feature film A Face in the Crowd, where he added a smarter edge to his image. His naive southern character was revived a couple of years later for his role in the classic No Time for Sergeants, which seems to have served as the inspiration for the character, Gomer Pyle. The Andy Griffith Show kept Andy busy for most of the '60s. Following the series, he appeared in a long list of TV movies in the '70s and '80s. In 1983 Griffith fell ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an affliction of the nervous system that kept him from working for a few years. In 1986, fully recovered, Griffith took on his second-most-famous role, southern lawyer Ben Matlock. Matlock ran as a series and then a string of TV movies throughout the '90s.

Character Bio

Mayberry's sheriff Andy Taylor is the town's moral compass. He always attempts to maintain his cool while dealing with the antics of his Deputy Barney Fife and the other characters in town. The widowed father of Opie became subtler over the years, wiser and more introspective. Of course he continued to throw out great barbs and zingers, but he became sager and provided a stable anchor for the wacky and colorful members of his community. A contented bachelor, Andy dates from time to time, and ultimately marries schoolteacher Helen Crump.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

Thursday
May 5
9:00am
The Farmer Takes a Wife
A gregarious farmer comes to town to choose a wife. Unfortunately for Barney, he chooses Thelma Lou. Guest Star: Alan Hale
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9:36am
The Keeper of the Flame
Opie joins a secret kids club, headquartered in a neighboring farmer's barn. When the barn goes up in flames, more than one secret is revealed.
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10:12am
Bailey's Bad Boy
A spoiled young man, arrested for speeding, threatens to use his father's clout against Andy unless charges are dismissed. Guest Star: Bill Bixby
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10:48am
Manicurist
A voluptuous manicurist sets up shop in Mayberry and unintentionally provokes trouble between husbands and wives. Guest Star: Barbara Eden
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11:24am
The Jinx
Barney becomes convinced that a local man is a true jinx.
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5:09pm
Jailbreak
Barney inadvertently allows a fugitive to escape from the Mayberry Jail.
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5:46pm
A Medal for Opie
Opie displays poor sportsmanship after finishing last in the 50-yard dash at the annual Sheriff's Boys Day meet.
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6:23pm
Barney and the Choir
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, which isn't exactly music to his fellow choir members' ears.
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7:00pm
Guest of Honor
A traveling salesman passing through town is selected as Mayberry's guest of honor. Unfortunately, he's a pickpocket.
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7:36pm
Merchant of Mayberry
Andy helps a frazzled local salesman become established -- to the chagrin of feisty Ben Weaver.
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Friday
May 6
9:00am
Jailbreak
Barney inadvertently allows a fugitive to escape from the Mayberry Jail.
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9:30am
A Medal for Opie
Opie displays poor sportsmanship after finishing last in the 50-yard dash at the annual Sheriff's Boys Day meet.
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10:00am
Barney and the Choir
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, which isn't exactly music to his fellow choir members' ears.
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10:30am
Guest of Honor
A traveling salesman passing through town is selected as Mayberry's guest of honor. Unfortunately, he's a pickpocket.
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11:00am
Merchant of Mayberry
Andy helps a frazzled local salesman become established -- to the chagrin of feisty Ben Weaver.
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11:30am
Aunt Bee the Warden
When the Mayberry jail cells are full, Andy has little choice but to temporarily incarcerate town drunk Otis Campbell in his home.
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5:00pm
Country Nurse
Mayberry's county nurse, Mary Simpson, is determined to give tetanus shots to everyone who needs one.
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5:30pm
Andy and Barney in the Big City
While on a business trip, Andy and Barney become involved in a cat-and-mouse game between a hotel detective and a notorious jewel thief. Guest Star: Alan Melvin
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6:00pm
Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
Believing that her presence is holding Andy back from pursuing a wife, Aunt Bee considers a relationship with a man she can barely tolerate -- dry cleaner H. Fred Goss.
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6:30pm
Three's a Crowd
Andy would like to spend some time alone with Mary Simpson, but Barney keeps turning up like a bad penny.
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7:00pm
Bookie Barber
Floyd inadvertently allows a bookie to set up business in his barbershop.
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7:30pm
Andy on Trial
A simple speeding ticket so enrages an out-of-town newspaper publisher, he sends an undercover reporter to Mayberry to dig up dirt on Sheriff Taylor.
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Monday
May 9
9:00am
Cousin Virgil
Barney's clumsy young cousin stops by for a visit and manages to wreak havoc at the courthouse.
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9:36am
Deputy Otis
Otis is allowed to pose as one of Andy's deputies in order to convince his visiting brother that he is not the black sheep his family was certain he would become.
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10:12am
Mr. McBeevee
Andy and Barney believe Opie is letting his imagination get the best of him when the boy describes a new friend who jingles when he walks and has 12 extra hands.
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10:48am
Andy's Rich Girlfriend
Upon discovering that Peggy comes from a wealthy family, Andy begins to worry that he is too unsophisticated for her.
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11:24am
Andy and the New Mayor
Andy butts heads with the town's strict new mayor (Parley Baer).
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5:09pm
Andy and Opie Bachelors
Peggy looks after Andy and Opie while Aunt Bee is away, but Floyds teasing causes Andy to wonder if marriage is on her mind.
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5:46pm
The Cow Thief
When cows in Mayberry begin to disappear, Mayor Stoner brings in a special investigator.
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6:23pm
Barney Mends a Broken Heart
Barney, believing that Andy has split up with Peggy, begins a find-a-girl-for-Andy movement.
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7:00pm
Lawman Barney
Barney is intimidated by a pair of ordinance-breaking produce farmers.Guest Star: Alan Melvin
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7:36pm
The Mayberry Band
Andy schemes to get the ragtag Mayberry Band into a Raleigh band festival.
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