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The Andy Griffith Show

Frances Bavier

Aunt Bee

Francis Bavier began acting in 1925 as a member of various stage productions, and later toured overseas with the USO. In 1951, she began a 365-performance run on Broadway in "Point of No Return", starring Henry Fonda. Soon after that she made the jump to the silver screen in The Day the Earth Stood Still. Several features followed, as well as regular roles on television's The Great Life and The Eve Arden Show. Additionally, she appeared on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason and Wagon Train. Aunt Bee became Bavier's signature role. She has the unique distinction of being the only player to endure the entire run of The Andy Griffith Show, and remaining through part of Mayberry, R.F.D. Bavier retired to Siler City, North Carolina after leaving Mayberry, though she did subsequently appear in several commercials and the children's movie Benji in 1974. She died on December 6, 1989 at the age of 87.

Character Bio

Andy's Aunt Bee has been caring for Andy and Opie since their previous housekeeper got married. Bee excels in the skills necessary to run a household. Bee may find herself in a pickle, but she always comes out smiling. Although she's usually found at home, she will, occasionally, go out of town. When she does, Andy and Opie try to make do without her while making sure she feels needed upon her return.

The Andy Griffith Show TV Schedule

Wednesday
May 4
9:00am
Crime Free Mayberry
Andy and Barney are honored for achieving the lowest crime-rate in the country.
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9:36am
The Perfect Female
Barney and his sweetheart play cupid as they match Andy up with Thelma Lou's sharp-shooting cousin.
TV-G
10:12am
Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
Aunt Bee is smitten by a traveling handyman, but Andy ends up doing all of the work.
TV-G
10:48am
The Clubmen
Andy and Barney become prospective members of an exclusive men's club in Raleigh.
TV-G
11:24am
The Pickle Story
Andy, Barney and Opie find themselves in a real pickle when they pretend to love Aunt Bee's homemade kerosene cucumbers.
TV-G
5:00pm
Sheriff Barney
Impressed by Mayberry's low crime-rate, officials from a neighboring town ask Barney to become their sheriff.
TV-G
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
TV-G
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.
TV-G
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
TV-G
7:00pm
Manicurist
A voluptuous manicurist sets up shop in Mayberry and unintentionally provokes trouble between husbands and wives. Guest Star: Barbara Eden
TV-G
7:30pm
The Jinx
Barney becomes convinced that a local man is a true jinx.
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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
TV-G
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.
TV-G
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
TV-G
10:48am
Manicurist
A voluptuous manicurist sets up shop in Mayberry and unintentionally provokes trouble between husbands and wives. Guest Star: Barbara Eden
TV-G
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.
TV-G
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.
TV-G
6:23pm
Barney and the Choir
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, which isn't exactly music to his fellow choir members' ears.
TV-G
7:00pm
Guest of Honor
A traveling salesman passing through town is selected as Mayberry's guest of honor. Unfortunately, he's a pickpocket.
TV-G
7:36pm
Merchant of Mayberry
Andy helps a frazzled local salesman become established -- to the chagrin of feisty Ben Weaver.
TV-G
Friday
May 6
9:00am
Jailbreak
Barney inadvertently allows a fugitive to escape from the Mayberry Jail.
TV-G
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.
TV-G
10:00am
Barney and the Choir
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, which isn't exactly music to his fellow choir members' ears.
TV-G
10:30am
Guest of Honor
A traveling salesman passing through town is selected as Mayberry's guest of honor. Unfortunately, he's a pickpocket.
TV-G
11:00am
Merchant of Mayberry
Andy helps a frazzled local salesman become established -- to the chagrin of feisty Ben Weaver.
TV-G
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.
TV-G
5:00pm
Country Nurse
Mayberry's county nurse, Mary Simpson, is determined to give tetanus shots to everyone who needs one.
TV-G
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
TV-G
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.
TV-G
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.
TV-G
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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