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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

Tuesday
May 31
9:00am
Opie's Job
When Opie wrecks his bike, he decides to compete with another boy for a grocery store job.
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9:36am
Andy's Rival
Andy worries that he is losing Helen to another teacher who seems to be an expert at everything.
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10:12am
The Bazaar
Andy is irate at his new deputy, Warren Ferguson, when he enforces the full letter of the law.
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10:48am
Aunt Bee The Swinger
Aunt Bee begins dating an ex-congressman named John Canfield.
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11:24am
Warning From Warren
Warren believes that his powers of ESP are telling him to keep Andy and Helen from going to a picnic at Myers Lake.
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5:09pm
Off to Hollywood
Andy decides to take Aunt Bee and Opie with him to watch the filming of the story of his life, Sheriff without a Gun, in Hollywood.
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5:46pm
Taylors in Hollywood
Andy and Opie are shocked to see how horrible the production of Sheriff without a Gun is, but Aunt Bee thinks it's great.
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6:23pm
The Hollywood Party
Andy falls for the beautiful actress who stars in Sheriff without a Gun. Back in Mayberry, Helen gets suspicious.
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7:00pm
Aunt Bee on TV
Aunt Bee begins getting on her friend's nerves when she brags about winning on a game show while in California. Guest Star: William Christopher
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7:36pm
Opie's Job
When Opie wrecks his bike, he decides to compete with another boy for a grocery store job.
TV-G
Wednesday
June 1
9:00am
Warning From Warren
Warren believes that his powers of ESP are telling him to keep Andy and Helen from going to a picnic at Myers Lake.
TV-G
9:36am
Off to Hollywood
Andy decides to take Aunt Bee and Opie with him to watch the filming of the story of his life, Sheriff without a Gun, in Hollywood.
TV-G
10:12am
Taylors in Hollywood
Andy and Opie are shocked to see how horrible the production of Sheriff without a Gun is, but Aunt Bee thinks it's great.
TV-G
10:48am
The Hollywood Party
Andy falls for the beautiful actress who stars in Sheriff without a Gun. Back in Mayberry, Helen gets suspicious.
TV-G
11:24am
Aunt Bee on TV
Aunt Bee begins getting on her friend's nerves when she brags about winning on a game show while in California. Guest Star: William Christopher
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5:00pm
The Cannon
Andy makes the mistake of allowing Warren to be in charge of security during the Founder's Day celebration.
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5:30pm
A Man's Best Friend
Gullible Goober is taken in by Opie and a mischievous friend when they secretly plant a small walkie-talkie under Goober's dog's collar.
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6:00pm
Aunt Bee Takes A Job
Aunt Bee decides to take a job as a receptionist at a new printing shop in Mayberry. Too bad she doesn't wonder why her bosses only use green ink.
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6:30pm
Church Organ
Clara Edwards turns on her feminine charms in order to secure a new church organ.
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7:00pm
Girl Shy
Warren's bad habit of sleepwalking gets him in hot water with Andy and Helen.
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7:30pm
Malcolm at the Crossroads
Malcolm Merriweather (Bernard Fox) and Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris) make their final appearances in this episode about which one of the two is the best school crossing guard.
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Thursday
June 2
9:00am
The Cannon
Andy makes the mistake of allowing Warren to be in charge of security during the Founder's Day celebration.
TV-G
9:36am
A Man's Best Friend
Gullible Goober is taken in by Opie and a mischievous friend when they secretly plant a small walkie-talkie under Goober's dog's collar.
TV-G
10:12am
Aunt Bee Takes A Job
Aunt Bee decides to take a job as a receptionist at a new printing shop in Mayberry. Too bad she doesn't wonder why her bosses only use green ink.
TV-G
10:48am
Church Organ
Clara Edwards turns on her feminine charms in order to secure a new church organ.
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11:24am
Girl Shy
Warren's bad habit of sleepwalking gets him in hot water with Andy and Helen.
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5:09pm
Otis the Artist
Warren attempts to stop Otis from drinking by getting him interested in mosaics.
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5:46pm
The Return of Barney Fife
Barney makes a triumphal return to Mayberry to attend his high school reunion.
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6:23pm
Legend of Barney Fife
Barney is shamed into displaying his "legendary courage" by going after an escaped convict.
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7:00pm
Lost and Found
Aunt Bee frets when she loses a family heirloom.
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7:36pm
Wyatt Earp Rides Again
A traveling Wild West show comes to town, featuring the great-nephew of famed lawman Wyatt Earp.
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