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The Andy Griffith Show

Don Knotts

Barney Fife

This veteran actor and comedian is best known for his high-strung, bug-eyed portrayal of Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968), a role for which he won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Knotts was an accomplished comedian before he hit Mayberry, and had a regular stint on the early comedy classic The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, where he honed his nervous, bumbling persona.

Born in West Virginia, Knotts developed a ventriloquist act as a teen, which he performed in and around his hometown of Morgantown WV. When he enlisted in the Army during WWII, he took the act on the road as part of "Stars and Gripes," a special service unit that entertained the troops. After the war, Knotts enrolled in West Virginia University where he majored in theater.

Upon his arrival in New York, Knotts kept busy working comedy clubs and making radio appearances. He met life-long friend Andy Griffith when the two appeared on Broadway in No Time for Sergeants. When The Tonight Show moved to Hollywood, Knotts met up with Griffith again, who told him about a TV show he was developing. It was Knotts who suggested creating the character of Barney Fife.

Knotts went on to translate his awkward, everyman character into numerous television and film roles, including The Incredible Mr. Limpert (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Shakiest Gun in the West, and two Apple Dumpling Gang (1975 & 1979) flicks with fellow comedian, Tim Conway. Ralph Furley was Knotts' final sitcom role, but he continued to make TV and film appearances almost up until the time of his death in 2006. Twice married, he is survived by a son and daughter.

Character Bio

Simultaneously overconfident and lacking in self-esteem, Barney Fife is a perfect foil to his cousin Andy. Barney is an idea man, though his ideas aren't always on target. He's good at heart, and his advice to "nip it in the bud" always comes from the right place. Barney is a bit flirtatious, as is evidenced by his relationships with local waitress Juanita and his best gal Thelma Lou. A bug-eyed, nervous man, Barney has a tendency to get himself into jams by jumping to conclusions. Fortunately, Andy's always there to help him out and better yet, to make sure Barney never keeps his regulation revolver loaded.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

Wednesday
July 9
6:00pm
A Deal is a Deal
Barney and Gomer take it upon themselves to get Opie and his pals out of a selling scam with the Miracle Salve Company.
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6:30pm
The Return of Malcolm Merriweather
Andy believes that Aunt Bee is working too hard, so he asks Malcolm Merriweather to help her with the household duties.
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7:00pm
The Rumor
When Barney spots Andy and Helen in Sterling's Jewelry Store, he starts telling everyone in town that the pair are getting married.
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7:30pm
Back to Nature
Barney proves to be a poor woodsman and pioneer when he goes on a camping trip with Andy, Gomer, Opie and a group of Opie's friends.
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8:00pm
Fun Girls
When the fun girls from Mt. Pilot return to Mayberry, Andy and Barney are soon in trouble with Helen and Thelma Lou.
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8:30pm
Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
When Barney starts taking Thelma Lou for granted, she tosses him a curve by going out with Gomer Pyle.
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Thursday
July 10
9:00am
Fun Girls
When the fun girls from Mt. Pilot return to Mayberry, Andy and Barney are soon in trouble with Helen and Thelma Lou.
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9:30am
Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
When Barney starts taking Thelma Lou for granted, she tosses him a curve by going out with Gomer Pyle.
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10:00am
The Return of Malcolm Merriweather
Andy believes that Aunt Bee is working too hard, so he asks Malcolm Merriweather to help her with the household duties.
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6:00pm
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C
Gomer decides that he wants to join the Marine Corps. Andy attempts to discourage him, but Gomer is determined to succeed.
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6:30pm
Family Visit
Andy is not thrilled to learn that Aunt Bee's gossiping sister Nora, her annoying husband Ollie and their two boys are coming to Mayberry for an extended visit.
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7:00pm
The Education of Ernest T. Bass
In order to win the heart of a girl back in the mountains, Ernest T. returns to Mayberry to get an education...at any cost!
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7:36pm
Aunt Bee's Romance
Andy is not happy with Aunt Bee's decision to date a conniving elderly gentleman named Roger Hanover.
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8:12pm
Barney's Bloodhound
To Andy's dismay, Barney enlists the aid of an old bloodhound named Blue to track an escaped criminal.
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Friday
July 11
9:00am
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C
Gomer decides that he wants to join the Marine Corps. Andy attempts to discourage him, but Gomer is determined to succeed.
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9:30am
The Education of Ernest T. Bass
In order to win the heart of a girl back in the mountains, Ernest T. returns to Mayberry to get an education...at any cost!
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10:00am
Barney's Bloodhound
To Andy's dismay, Barney enlists the aid of an old bloodhound named Blue to track an escaped criminal.
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6:00pm
Man In The Middle
It's mayhem in Mayberry when Andy tries to console Barney after an argument with Thelma Lou.
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6:30pm
Opie's Fortune
Opie finds a change purse containing $50. Andy promises that it will be his if the rightful owner doesn't claim it in one week.
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7:00pm
Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor
Barney discovers that the role of Mayberry sheriff is not so easy when Andy travels to Raleigh to interview for a detective job.
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7:36pm
The Pageant
The Mayberry Centennial Pageant is featuring a play about the founding of Mayberry.
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8:12pm
Three Wishes for Opie
Superstitious Barney believes that the spirit of Count Istvan Teleky is the reason that wishes are coming true in Mayberry.
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