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The Andy Griffith Show

Ronny Howard

Opie Taylor

The son of actor Rance Howard, Ronny Howard (as he was then known) started acting in the late '50s on shows like The Danny Thomas Show and The Twilight Zone. Ron secured his first regular role as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show at age six. He played the role for eight years while also appearing in guest roles on television and in feature films. Roles included: The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Music Man and Village of the Giants. After The Andy Griffith Show, Ron continued acting, garnering critical attention for his role in American Graffiti. In 1974 came the series Happy Days, which made Ron famous all over again as Richie Cunningham. Ron left the series after six seasons to pursue a career as a producer and director with much success. Cocoon, Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and Cinderella Man are just a few of his many cinematic projects.

Character Bio

Andy's son, Opie is polite, though does occasionally get into trouble like any young boy. He looks up to his father and minds his Aunt Bee, despite the fact that he's a little frightened of her at first. He follows his father's direction as best he can- and occasionally teaches him a thing or two. Not the best student academically (he nearly flunked math), Opie is a keen student of life and one can't help but believe he'll eventually grow-up to be a solid citizen like his father.

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
TV-G
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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