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Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped to make The Andy Griffith Show one of the most beloved comedies in the history of television. Introduced as a spinoff from The Danny Thomas Show in 1960, The Andy Griffith Show ran for eight seasons in prime time. Widower Andy Taylor divides his time between raising his young son, Opie, and his job as sheriff (and Justice of the Peace) of the sleepy North Carolina town, Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee, who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife, is his deputy sheriff whose utter incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.

Genres: Comedy
Station: CBS (US)
Rating: 8/10 from 3 users
Status: Ended
Start: 1960-10-03

The Andy Griffith Show Season 1 Air Dates


S01E01 - The New Housekeeper Air Date: 03 October 1960 21:30 -

Andy's housekeeper Rose is getting married – much to Opie's disappointment. Realizing he's going to need help taking care of Opie and keeping the house clean, Andy calls upon Aunt Bee to move in. However, upon her arrival, Opie is appalled that she can't do all the things he finds fun.


S01E02 - The Manhunt Air Date: 10 October 1960 21:30 -

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Following the escape of a dangerous felon near Mayberry, the State police arrive in town and announce they'll be basing their manhunt out of the courthouse. After being shut out of helping out, Andy and Barney take it upon themselves to try and collar the felon themselves – much to the dismay of the State police captain.


S01E03 - The Guitar Player Air Date: 17 October 1960 21:30 -

After Andy arrests Jim Lindsey, a not very ambitious, but talented guitar player on a disturbing the peace charge, he tries to convince Jim to move to a bigger city in order to audition for any band that will take him. Jim however, is convinced that he doesn't have what it takes to become a big-named musician and immediately writes off the idea. But when a band leader Bobby Fleet and his band with a Beat comes through town on their way to a concert in Mount Pilot, Andy plots to find a way for Jim to audition for them – right in the jail house.


S01E04 - Ellie Comes to Town Air Date: 24 October 1960 21:30 -

Andy and the new "lady druggist" Ellie Walker get off on the wrong foot when, on Ellie's first day of work, he opens the drug store when she arrives at work late so Aunt Bee can get her shopping done. It doesn't take Ellie long to become the town pariah when she refuses to let Emma Brand take her usual dose of pills without a prescription. After realizing how things are done in small-town Mayberry, Ellie soon has a change of heart and brings Emma her "prescription."


S01E05 - Irresistible Andy Air Date: 31 October 1960 21:30 -

The church social is around the corner and Andy contemplates asking Ellie to be his date after learning nobody asked her yet. However, Andy misinterprets Ellie's kindness toward Opie as what he calls a "down payment on a husband," and as a result, tries to get her interested in some of the other bachelors in town. When Ellie finds out what Andy's up to, she furiously gives him a piece of her mind, and as a result, Andy apologizes and they agree to go to the social together.


S01E06 - Runaway Kid Air Date: 07 November 1960 21:30 -

After giving Opie a lesson on why keeping promises and loyalty to friends are important, Andy has a hard time taking his words to heart after finding out that Opie's new friend ran away from home. It is only after having a heart to heart with Opie's new friend that Andy is able to convince "Tex" to return home while not disappointing his son.


S01E07 - Andy the Matchmaker Air Date: 14 November 1960 21:30 -

Tired of being mocked for having nothing to do, Barney, in a fit, decides to quit his job as a deputy. Looking for a way to boost his self-esteem so Barney can work up the nerve to ask out the local dressmaker, Andy turns to Ellie, and the pair comes up with a make believe robbery at Walker's Drug Store so Barney can solve the crime.


S01E08 - Opie's Charity Air Date: 28 November 1960 21:30 -

After Andy agrees to work with the local chairwoman of the Underprivileged Children's Drive on their latest campaign, he is in for a surprise at learning how much Opie donated at school, and as a result, gets extremely embarrassed. However, after asking Opie about why he donated so little to the drive, Andy feels bad, because Opie shares the reason is due to help his girlfriend save up for a coat. Meanwhile, Andy and the drive chairwoman are in for a surprise when her supposedly deceased husband arrives back in town.


S01E09 - A Feud is a Feud Air Date: 05 December 1960 21:30 -

When the kids of two feuding mountain families come to Andy, looking to get married, he attempts to figure out how the feud got started when their fathers object to the marriage so he can end it before the kids can get married. However, through his investigation, Andy soon discovers that both Mr. Wakefield and Mr. Carter never really knew the reasons behind their families were feuding and ultimately convinces both men that the best way to end it is with a duel – much to their reluctant dismay. However, after both men chicken out of the duel, they come to terms their kids are getting married by Andy.


S01E10 - Ellie for Council Air Date: 12 December 1960 21:30 -

While on a picnic with Barney and Hilda Mae, Andy and Ellie butt heads after Ellie shares the news that she contemplating running for the empty seat on the City Council. Her intention soon divides husbands and wives, in addition to the rest of the town. Through the course of their argument, Andy sees the error of his reasoning and soon comes around and ultimately supports Ellie and her campaign.


S01E11 - Christmas Story Air Date: 19 December 1960 21:30 -

It's Christmas Eve, and feeling generous, Andy and Barney decide to let their prisoners go home to spend time with their loved ones. Their own plans to spend the holiday at home however, are unable to be realized, because businessman Ben Weaver storms in, insisting that local moonshiner Sam Muggins be arrested and serve his time, starting immediately. Thinking of a way to get around Ben's insistence, Andy deputizes a few more deputies in the form of Aunt Bee, Opie, and Ellie to keep an eye on Sam and his conspirators – his wife and children. Not wanting to be left out, Ben tries to find a way to be included in the festivities.


S01E12 - Stranger In Town Air Date: 26 December 1960 21:30 -

When a stranger named Ed Sawyer gets off the bus and goes into Floyd's barber shop to greet everyone, they all look at him with both curiosity and suspicion since it appears he knows all the residents of Mayberry and what's going on around town. As the rumors start to fly, ranging from he's a supernatural being to a spy, Andy takes him aside to ask how he knows so much about Mayberry and soon discovers that Ed served in the Army with an old resident of town and then subscribed to Mayberry's newspaper became so infatuated with the place that one day he decided to make Mayberry his new hometown.


S01E13 - Mayberry Goes Hollywood Air Date: 02 January 1961 21:30 -

S01E14 - The Horse Trader Air Date: 09 January 1961 21:30 -

When the city council votes to get rid of an old, decrepit cannon that is an eyesore in the middle of the town square, Andy is put in charge in finding a buyer for it. However, it doesn't take long for him and Barney to discover that the only offer they're going to get for the cannon is from the junkyard owner: $15 to haul it away. Feeling discouraged, they go to the Drug Store, lamenting to Ellie over how hard it to find a buyer for it. It's at this point when an antique dealer comes to town and Andy comes up with a slick story to convince the dealer to buy it for a large amount of money. However, Andy soon discovers what he did was a mistake, thanks in large part to a conversation he has with Opie.


S01E15 - Those Gossipin' Men Air Date: 16 January 1961 21:30 -

Aunt Bee and her friends set out to prove that Andy and the men of Mayberry gossip just as much they do when they start a rumor about a traveling shoe salesman being a talent scout from New York City.


S01E16 - The Beauty Contest Air Date: 23 January 1961 21:30 -

Mayberry's Founder's Day festivities are rapidly approaching and the town council is trying to think of a new activity to hold on the last day of the festival. When Floyd suggests holding a beauty pageant, Andy is selected to be the judge. He soon discovers what a headache the job comes with, and as a result, he makes an unlikely choice to be the new Miss Mayberry – much to the dismay of several contestants.


S01E17 - Alcohol and Old Lace Air Date: 30 January 1961 21:30 -

Two elderly sisters who moonlight as moonshiners tip Andy and Barney off as to where known moonshiners are keeping their stills, in an attempt to get rid of their competition. However, the sisters' joy about being the only providers of moonshiners in town is short lived when Opie inadvertently tells Andy and Barney about their special "flower making machine" he saw when he asked to pick some flowers from their plants.


S01E18 - Andy the Marriage Counselor Air Date: 06 February 1961 21:30 -

When a new couple in town is being constantly brought in for fighting so loud that they're given a warning for disturbing the peace, Andy gives them an ultimatum: be nicer to one another or spend time in jail. However, thanks to some insight from Aunt Bee, it doesn't take Andy long to realize that the couple's fighting is how they show affection toward one another.


S01E19 - Mayberry on Record Air Date: 13 February 1961 21:30 -

When a record producer arrives in town, Ellie suggests that he make a record with the residents of Mayberry and their folk songs. When he starts taking on investors, Andy fears that he's out to fleece his friends.


S01E20 - Andy Saves Barney's Morale Air Date: 20 February 1961 21:30 -

With Andy out of town for the day on official business, Barney is filling in as the acting sheriff. Naturally, Barney lets the power go to his head and as a result, arrests everyone in town. After Andy straightens everything out, when Barney crosses paths with everyone, they start making so much fun of him that he decides to resign from his job. Realizing how important being a deputy means to Barney, Andy tries to find a way for him to get his self-confidence back.


S01E21 - Andy and the Gentleman Crook Air Date: 27 February 1961 21:30 -

The Mayberry Jail is playing host to an infamous criminal called "Gentleman" Dan Caldwell. While it doesn't take long for the man to endear himself to Barney, Aunt Bee, and Opie; Andy suspects that he only uses his good manners to find an easy way to escape from jail.


S01E22 - Cyrano Andy Air Date: 06 March 1961 21:30 -

Seeing how nervous Barney gets when he tries to ask Thelma Lou out on a date, Andy decides to try and play matchmaker for the pair. However, his plan backfires when Thelma Lou starts bragging about it to Barney, hoping to make him jealous. Not wanting to be out done by Andy, Barney decides to ask Ellie out in retaliation.


S01E23 - Andy and Opie, Housekeepers Air Date: 13 March 1961 21:30 -

After lamenting about the mess Andy and Opie make of the house, Aunt Bee gets a call about an injured relative needing her help for a few days. While she's gone, Andy and Opie set out to prove Aunt Bee wrong, only realizing they did such a good job that they fear she'll feel they don't need her around anymore. When Andy and Opie set out to make a mess of the house, their plan gets thwarted by Bee's friend, Bertha.


S01E24 - The New Doctor Air Date: 27 March 1961 21:30 -

When the new doctor arrives in town, Aunt Bee and Barney can't help but notice that he's an attractive, single, young man and try to warn Andy that he might set his sights on wooing Ellie. After hearing the doctor and Ellie talk about the doctor's upcoming marriage to his fiancé, Barney misinterprets their conversation and rushes to tell Andy to propose to Ellie before it is too late.


S01E25 - A Plaque for Mayberry Air Date: 03 April 1961 21:30 -

S01E26 - The Inspector Air Date: 10 April 1961 21:30 -

S01E27 - Ellie Saves a Female Air Date: 17 April 1961 21:30 -

S01E28 - Andy Forecloses Air Date: 24 April 1961 21:30 -

S01E29 - Quiet Sam Air Date: 01 May 1961 21:30 -

S01E30 - Barney Gets His Man Air Date: 08 May 1961 21:30 -

S01E31 - The Guitar Player Returns Air Date: 15 May 1961 21:30 -

Guitar player Jim Lindsey returns to Mayberry with much fanfare. However, it doesn't take long after the pomp and circumstance for Andy to discover that the fame went to Jim's head after he joined Bobby Fleet's band, and soon tries his best to get Jim back with the band leader.


S01E32 - Bringing Up Opie Air Date: 22 May 1961 21:30 -

When Opie shows up at the courthouse as Otis is sentenced for being drunk in public, a concerned Aunt Bee follows him in, with troubling news about how unruly Opie is acting at school. When she shares her solution of keeping Opie at home with Andy, it ultimately is met with a bit of resistance by both Andy and Opie, though they reluctantly agree to go along with it. However, it doesn't take long for Aunt Bee to realize how wrong her solution was when Opie, suffering from boredom, wanders off without saying where he went. It is only after he gets found in the next town does Aunt Bee change her mind in where he gets to spend his afternoons.

The Andy Griffith Show Actors

Clint Howard(Leon)

Ron Howard(Opie Taylor)

Elinor Donahue(Ellie Walker)

Parley Baer(Mayor Stoner)

Jim Nabors(Gomer Pyle)

Andy Griffith(Andy Taylor)

Olan Soule(John Masters)

Bernard Fox(Malcolm Merriweather)

Howard Morris(Ernest T. Bass)

Don Knotts(Deputy Barney Fife)

Denver Pyle(Briscoe Darling)

George Lindsey(Goober Pyle)



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