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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

Friday
August 1
6:22pm
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.
TV-G
7:00pm
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.
TV-G
7:36pm
Andy's English Valet
While bicycling across America, an English valet (Bernard Fox) falls into trouble and is forced to take a temporary job in Mayberry.
TV-G
8:12pm
The Rivals
When Opie's young girlfriend ignores him, the lad finds himself a new one-- Thelma Lou. Barney is not amused.
TV-G
Monday
August 4
9:00am
A Wife For Andy
Barney does his best to find an eligible young woman for Andy.
TV-G
9:30am
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.
TV-G
10:00am
Mountain Wedding
Briscoe Darling enlists Andy and Barney's aid in keeping wild mountain man Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris) at bay. Look For: Ernest T. Bass chanting 'Old Aunt Maria' while rapping on a gas can.
TV-G
6:22pm
The Big House
Barney and a newly deputized Gomer Pyle are put in charge of things while Andy participates in a manhunt. George Kennedy appears as a Memphis detective.
TV-G
7:00pm
Opie the Bird Man
Opie kills a mother bird with his slingshot and is forced to become her babies' surrogate mother.
TV-G
7:36pm
The Haunted House
Two of Mayberry's bravest souls, Barney and Gomer, enter an old abandoned (and reportedly haunted) house.
TV-G
8:12pm
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.
TV-G
Tuesday
August 5
9:00am
The Sermon for Today
Inspired by the day's church sermon (What's Your Hurry?), several Mayberrians decide to organize a relaxing band concert.
TV-G
9:30am
Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee
Attracted by her rose poetry and fine cooking, Briscoe Darling kidnaps Aunt Bee.
TV-G
6:22pm
Gomer The House Guest
Gomer, having lost his job and living quarters in one fell swoop, takes up temporary residence in the Taylor household.
TV-G
7:00pm
A Black Day for Mayberry
A truck carrying gold is scheduled to travel through Mayberry while en route to Fort Knox.
TV-G
7:36pm
Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain
Opie is rewarded with a new bike after receiving straight As.
TV-G
8:12pm
Up in Barney's Room
Barney's dear friend and landlord Mrs. Mendelbright kicks him out of his room after being taken in by an elderly con man.
TV-G