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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

Monday
February 15
9:00am
The New Housekeeper
Andy and Opie make room in their home (and hearts) for a new housekeeper: Andy's Aunt Bee.
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9:30am
Ellie Comes to Town
Andy schemes to help a young local guitarist (James Best).
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10:00am
Those Gossipin Men
After Andy teases the fairer sex about gossiping, Aunt Bee pulls a prank to prove that men are gossips, too.
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10:30am
Barney Gets His Man
An escaped convict vows revenge on Barney Fife, the man who sent him back to prison.
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11:00am
Barney's Replacement
Barney believes that Andy is grooming a new man to replace him as deputy, so he tries his hand at vacuum cleaner sales.
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11:30am
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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12:00pm
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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12:30pm
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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1:00pm
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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1:30pm
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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2:00pm
The Bed Jacket
Aunt Bee hints that a frilly bed jacket would be a wonderful gift for her upcoming birthday. Is Andy listening?
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2:30pm
High Noon in Mayberry
A man Andy once shot and sent to prison decides to pay him a visit to set the record straight. Barney is very concerned. Guest Star: Jim Nabors
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3:00pm
The Darlings Are Coming
An eccentric musical mountain family descends into Mayberry to welcome home a soon-to-be member of the clan. Guest Star: Denver Pyle, The Dillards
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3:30pm
Mountain Wedding
Briscoe Darling enlists Andy and Barney's aid in keeping wild mountain man Ernest T. Bass at bay. Guest Star: Howard Morris
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4:00pm
The Haunted House
Two of Mayberry's bravest souls, Barney and Gomer, enter an old abandoned (and reportedly haunted) house.
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4:36pm
Gomer, The House Guest
Gomer, having lost his job and living quarters in one fell swoop, takes up temporary residence in the Taylor household.
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5:12pm
Citizens Arrest
A war between Barney and Gomer erupts after Barney arrests Gomer for making an illegal U-turn.
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5:48pm
Barney's Sidecar
Mayberry is in mayhem after Barney buys an old motorcycle with a sidecar in order to enhance the town's law enforcement.
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6:24pm
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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7:00pm
Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfft
When Barney starts taking Thelma Lou for granted, she tosses him a curve by going out with Gomer Pyle.
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7:36pm
The Rehabilitation of Otis
After an argument with Barney, Otis decides to do his drinking elsewhere.
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Tuesday
February 16
10:12am
The Bed Jacket
Aunt Bee hints that a frilly bed jacket would be a wonderful gift for her upcoming birthday. Is Andy listening?
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10:48am
High Noon in Mayberry
A man Andy once shot and sent to prison decides to pay him a visit to set the record straight. Barney is very concerned. Guest Star: Jim Nabors
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11:24am
The Great Filling Station Robbery
A wayward young man, whom Andy is trying to help, is accused of a series of thefts at Wally's filling station. Look For: Barney's love poem to Juanita from the Bluebird Diner.
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5:09pm
Andy Discovers America
Opie experiences trouble with history and is not exactly thrilled with his new teacher Old Lady Crump (Aneta Corsaut).
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5:46pm
Aunt Bee's Medicine Man
Andy suspects that a traveling medicine man's magic Indian Elixir may be responsible for Aunt Bee's uplifted spirits.
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6:23pm
Andy's English Valet
While bicycling across America, an English valet falls into trouble and is forced to take a temporary job in Mayberry. Guest Star: Bernard Fox
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7:00pm
The Rivals
When Opie's young girlfriend ignores him, the lad finds himself a new one-- Thelma Lou. Barney is not amused.
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7:36pm
A Wife for Andy
Barney does his best to find an eligible young woman for Andy.
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Wednesday
February 17
10:12am
The Rivals
When Opie's young girlfriend ignores him, the lad finds himself a new one-- Thelma Lou. Barney is not amused.
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10:48am
A Wife for Andy
Barney does his best to find an eligible young woman for Andy.
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11:24am
Dogs-Dogs-Dogs
Andy, Barney and Opie find themselves sharing the courthouse with 11 dogs. To complicate matters, a jailhouse inspector is expected at any moment.
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5:00pm
The Big House
Barney becomes super-efficient in executing his duties as deputy sheriff after two thieves are jailed in Mayberry until their accomplices are captured. Guest Star: George Kennedy
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5:30pm
Opie the Bird Man
Opie kills a mother bird with his slingshot and is forced to become her babies' surrogate mother.
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6:00pm
Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army
When Mayberry's resident wild man is barred from enlisting in the Army, Ernest T. Bass goes on a glass-breaking rampage. Guest Star: Howard Morris
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6:30pm
The Sermon for Today
Inspired by the day's church sermon (What's Your Hurry?), several Mayberrians decide to organize a relaxing band concert.
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7:00pm
Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee
Attracted by her rose poetry and fine cooking, Briscoe Darling kidnaps Aunt Bee. Guest Star: Denver Pyle
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7:30pm
A Black Day for Mayberry
A truck carrying gold is scheduled to travel through Mayberry while en route to Fort Knox.
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