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

Monday
July 25
9:00am
Battle of Mayberry
Opie proves to be the most unpopular person in town when he brings to light the shocking truth about the infamous Battle of Mayberry.
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9:36am
A Singer in Town
Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards are outraged when their beautiful ode to Mayberry, My Hometown, is turned into a rock 'n' roll song.
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10:12am
Opie's Girlfriend
Opie doesn't get along with Helen's visiting niece from West Virginia.
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10:48am
The Lodge
Who in the world blackballed a nice guy like Howard Sprague from joining the Mayberry lodge with the great name of the Regal Order of the Golden Door to Good Fellowship?
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11:24am
Barbershop Quartet
Andy realizes that he should not have allowed a prisoner to join the Mayberry barbershop quartet, when the young man escapes.
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5:09pm
Opie's Hobo Friend
Ne'er-do-well vagrant Dave Brown has a bad influence on Opie, but he sets things straight before leaving town. Guest Star: Buddy Ebsen
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5:46pm
Crime Free Mayberry
Andy and Barney are honored for achieving the lowest crime-rate in the country.
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6:23pm
The Perfect Female
Barney and his sweetheart play cupid as they match Andy up with Thelma Lou's sharp-shooting cousin.
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7:00pm
Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
Aunt Bee is smitten by a traveling handyman, but Andy ends up doing all of the work.
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7:36pm
The Clubmen
Andy and Barney become prospective members of an exclusive men's club in Raleigh.
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Tuesday
July 26
9:00am
The Ball Game
Andy becomes the most despised person in Mayberry when he calls Opie out at home plate in a baseball game against arch rival Mt. Pilot.
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9:36am
Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory
Aunt Bee becomes the talk of the town when she starts wearing a blonde wig.
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10:12am
Darling Fortune
The Darlings make their final visit to Mayberry in order to find brides for the boys.
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10:48am
Mind Over Matter
Thanks to Floyd and Aunt Bee, Goober is convinced that he is suffering from whiplash after being in a minor car collision.
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11:24am
Politics Begin at Home
The Taylor household may never be the same when Andy decides to support Howard for town council rather than Aunt Bee.
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5:09pm
Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
Aunt Bee is smitten by a traveling handyman, but Andy ends up doing all of the work.
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5:46pm
The Clubmen
Andy and Barney become prospective members of an exclusive men's club in Raleigh.
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6:23pm
The Pickle Story
Andy, Barney and Opie find themselves in a real pickle when they pretend to love Aunt Bee's homemade kerosene cucumbers.
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7:00pm
Sheriff Barney
Impressed by Mayberry's low crime-rate, officials from a neighboring town ask Barney to become their sheriff.
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7:36pm
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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Wednesday
July 27
9:00am
Senior Play
Helen is called on the carpet by the high school principal for producing a school play with disgraceful behavior by the student actors.
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9:30am
Opie Finds a Baby
Opie and Arnold find an abandoned infant on the courthouse steps. Guest Star: Jack Nicholson
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10:00am
Big Fish in a Small Town
Mayberry is in an uproar when novice fisherman Howard Sprague catches an elusive silver carp nicknamed Old Sam.
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10:30am
Only a Rose
Aunt Bee and Clara compete in a rose-growing competition. Guest Star: Hope Summers
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11:00am
Otis the Deputy
When Andy is captured by two on-the-lam robbers, it's up to Howard and Otis to become his unlikely heroes.
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11:30am
Goober Makes History
After Goober grows a beard, he starts to believe that he is the smartest man in the world.
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5:00pm
Sheriff Barney
Impressed by Mayberry's low crime-rate, officials from a neighboring town ask Barney to become their sheriff.
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5:30pm
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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6:00pm
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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6:30pm
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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7:00pm
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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7:30pm
The Jinx
Barney becomes convinced that a local man is a true jinx.
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