This is a list of episodes from the CBS television comedy The Andy Griffith Show. The first episode aired on October 3, 1960, and the final episode aired on April 1, 1968. There were 249 episodes in all, 159 in black and white (seasons 1–5) and 90 in color (seasons 6–8). The backdoor pilot for the series was an episode of The Danny Thomas Show, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", which first aired on February 15, 1960.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRatingViewers
First airedLast aired
Intro1February 15, 1960 (1960-02-15)
132October 3, 1960 (1960-10-03)May 22, 1961 (1961-05-22)427.813.12[1]
231October 2, 1961 (1961-10-02)May 7, 1962 (1962-05-07)727.013.10[2]
332October 1, 1962 (1962-10-01)May 6, 1963 (1963-05-06)629.714.93[3]
432September 30, 1963 (1963-09-30)May 18, 1964 (1964-05-18)529.415.17[4]
532September 21, 1964 (1964-09-21)May 3, 1965 (1965-05-03)428.314.91[5]
630September 13, 1965 (1965-09-13)April 11, 1966 (1966-04-11)626.914.48[6]
730September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)327.415.10[7]
830September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)April 1, 1968 (1968-04-01)127.615.64[8]

Pilot (1960)

Further information: List of The Danny Thomas Show episodes § Season 7 (1959–60)

"No. in series" and "No. in season" for the pilot dictate the airing and location of the episode within the parent series.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
20520"Danny Meets Andy Griffith"Sheldon LeonardArthur StanderFebruary 15, 1960 (1960-02-15)
Danny Williams is arrested by Sheriff Andy Taylor for going through a stop sign in the town of Mayberry.

Episodes in black and white (1960–1965)

Season 1 (1960–61)

All episodes in black and white

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The New Housekeeper"Sheldon LeonardJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 3, 1960 (1960-10-03)
After the Taylors' old housekeeper, Rose (Mary Treen), gets married and moves away, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) moves in to take care of Andy (Andy Griffith) and Opie (Ron Howard). However, Opie refuses to accept her.
22"The Manhunt"Don WeisCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonOctober 10, 1960 (1960-10-10)
Andy and Barney (Don Knotts) decide to take action when the state police leave them out of a manhunt for an escaped criminal. First appearance of Otis the town drunk, played by Hal Smith.
33"The Guitar Player"Don WeisJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 17, 1960 (1960-10-17)
Andy helps guitarist Jim Lindsey (James Best) get a chance at stardom by arresting a band passing through town and having Jim audition for them.
44"Ellie Comes to Town"Don WeisCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonOctober 24, 1960 (1960-10-24)
Pharmacist Ellie Walker (Elinor Donahue) comes to Mayberry to help her ailing uncle run his drugstore, but she has to adjust to the town's unusual ways and people, including Emma the hypochondriac.
55"Irresistible Andy"Don WeisDavid Adler1October 31, 1960 (1960-10-31)
Andy suspects that Ellie is thinking about marriage when he invites her to the annual church picnic.
66"Runaway Kid"Don WeisArthur StanderNovember 7, 1960 (1960-11-07)
Andy teaches Opie about keeping promises, then must figure what to do with a friend of Opie's who has run away from home and sworn Opie to secrecy.
77"Andy the Matchmaker"Don WeisArthur StanderNovember 14, 1960 (1960-11-14)
Andy and Ellie stage a fake robbery at the pharmacy to boost Barney's self-confidence. Andy also encourages Barney to date shy Rosemary, whom he had only been walking to church on Sundays.
88"Opie's Charity"Don WeisArthur StanderNovember 28, 1960 (1960-11-28)
Andy is disappointed in Opie for giving so little to a charity drive, until he learns the reason. Meanwhile, a former Mayberry resident who was presumed dead unexpectedly returns to town.
99"A Feud Is a Feud"Don WeisDavid Adler1December 5, 1960 (1960-12-05)
Andy seeks to end a long-running family feud before joining two lovers (one from each family) in marriage.
1010"Ellie for Council"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartDecember 12, 1960 (1960-12-12)
Ellie starts a battle of the sexes when she decides to run for town council.
1111"The Christmas Story"Bob SweeneyDavid Adler1December 19, 1960 (1960-12-19)
Despite being forced by a Scrooge-like store owner (Will Wright) to arrest bootlegger Sam Muggins on Christmas Eve, Andy still manages to have the most wonderful Christmas in Mayberry. This is the only Christmas episode in the eight-year series.
1212"Stranger in Town"Don WeisArthur StanderDecember 26, 1960 (1960-12-26)
The citizens of Mayberry are suspicious of a young stranger (William Lanteau) who seems to know everything about them. First appearance of Floyd the barber, played for the only time by Walter Baldwin.
1313"Mayberry Goes Hollywood"Bob SweeneyBenedict Freedman & John Fenton MurrayJanuary 2, 1961 (1961-01-02)
Mayberry is chosen as the setting for an upcoming movie, and the whole town (except Andy) gets carried away with all the glamour. First appearance of Howard McNear as Floyd Lawson, the barber.
1414"The Horse Trader"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 9, 1961 (1961-01-09)
Andy makes up a story about an old useless cannon in order to sell it to an antique dealer (Casey Adams aka Max Showalter) – even though he had just told Opie about honesty.
1515"Those Gossipin' Men"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonJanuary 16, 1961 (1961-01-16)
Aunt Bee sets out to prove that men are bigger gossips than women. The men spread a rumor that a visiting shoe salesman (Jack Finch) may actually be a talent scout. The salesman is puzzled when townspeople individually come to his hotel room to perform for him.
1616"The Beauty Contest"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 23, 1961 (1961-01-23)
Andy is made sole judge of a beauty contest, and the townspeople pester him by promoting their favorite contestants. He ends up choosing an unlikely woman.
1717"Alcohol and Old Lace"Gene ReynoldsCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonJanuary 30, 1961 (1961-01-30)
Two spinster sisters point Andy and Barney in the direction of local moonshiners, eliminating competition for their own moonshining operation.
1818"Andy the Marriage Counselor"Gene ReynoldsDavid Adler1February 6, 1961 (1961-02-06)
A bickering couple (Jesse White) and (Claudia Bryar) are always disturbing the peace with their arguing, so Andy tries an experiment to make them act nicely to each other.
1919"Mayberry on Record"Gene ReynoldsJohn Fenton Murray & Benedict FreedmanFebruary 13, 1961 (1961-02-13)
A stranger comes to town to produce a record of Andy and a local bluegrass band, but Andy suspects he's a con artist.
2020"Andy Saves Barney's Morale"Bob SweeneyDavid Adler1February 20, 1961 (1961-02-20)
Andy goes out of town leaving Barney in charge for the day, but when he returns, he finds that Barney put the whole town in jail.
2121"Andy and the Gentleman Crook"Bob SweeneyBen Gershman & Leo SolomonFebruary 27, 1961 (1961-02-27)
'Gentleman' Dan Caldwell (Dan Tobin), a notorious con man being held in the Mayberry jail, becomes a hero to everyone but Andy, who is not fooled.
2222"Cyrano Andy"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartMarch 6, 1961 (1961-03-06)
Andy tries to help Barney win over Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn), but Barney thinks Andy is trying to steal her away.
2323"Andy and Opie, Housekeepers"Bob SweeneyDavid Adler1March 13, 1961 (1961-03-13)
Andy and Opie try to break their habit of making the house a mess while Aunt Bee is away tending to a sick cousin. First appearance of Hope Summers's character Clara Edwards, called Bertha Edwards in this episode.
2424"The New Doctor"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonMarch 27, 1961 (1961-03-27)
Andy suspects that the handsome new doctor (George Nader) is trying to steal Ellie away from him.
2525"A Plaque for Mayberry"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanApril 3, 1961 (1961-04-03)
The Women's Historical Society has discovered that a descendant of a Revolutionary War hero is living in Mayberry, but that person turns out to be Otis, the town drunk.
2626"The Inspector"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartApril 10, 1961 (1961-04-10)
Ralph Case (Tod Andrews) a by-the-book state inspector, intends to impeach Andy and Barney for running the courthouse carelessly.
2727"Ellie Saves a Female"Bob SweeneyDavid Adler1April 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)
Ellie decides to give a shy farm girl a beauty makeover, despite the protests of the girl's overbearing father.
2828"Andy Forecloses"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanApril 24, 1961 (1961-04-24)
Andy tries to help a financially strapped family keep their home, in spite of having to give them a foreclosure notice initiated by heartless old mortgage holder Ben Weaver. First episode in which Juanita Beasley, a waitress Barney sometimes dates, is mentioned.
2929"Quiet Sam"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumMay 1, 1961 (1961-05-01)
Barney is suspicious of reticent farmer Sam Becker (William Schallert) and his strange behaviors, believing Sam may be either harboring a criminal or growing illegal crops. Andy soon discovers the real trouble when Sam calls him to attend to his wife Lily, who is in labor.
3030"Barney Gets His Man"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanMay 8, 1961 (1961-05-08)
Barney accidentally helps capture Eddie Brooke (Barney Phillips), an escaped convict. Brooke vows revenge before escaping again, and Andy must deal with a terrified Barney.
3131"The Guitar Player Returns"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonMay 15, 1961 (1961-05-15)
Jim Lindsey returns to Mayberry after supposedly making it big in show business, but it turns out he's out of work and flat broke. Last appearance of Ellie Walker.
3232"Bringing Up Opie"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartMay 22, 1961 (1961-05-22)
Andy and Aunt Bee forbid Opie from visiting the courthouse after school; with nothing else to do, Opie wanders away from home and falls asleep in the back of a delivery truck.

Season 2 (1961–62)

All episodes in black and white

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
331"Opie and the Bully"Bob SweeneyDavid Adler1October 2, 1961 (1961-10-02)
When Andy finds out a bully is repeatedly taking Opie's milk money, he encourages Opie to stand up for himself.
342"Barney's Replacement"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 9, 1961 (1961-10-09)
Barney thinks that a state's attorney (Mark Miller), who's been sent to Mayberry for law enforcement training, has been sent to replace him.
353"Andy and the Woman Speeder"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonOctober 16, 1961 (1961-10-16)
Andy gives a woman from Washington (Jean Hagen) a fine for speeding, but she refuses to pay and is locked up in the Mayberry jail, playing on Barney's sympathy until her trial.
364"Mayberry Goes Bankrupt"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 23, 1961 (1961-10-23)
Andy is forced to evict an old man (Andy Clyde) for failing to pay back taxes, but he finds a century-old savings bond among the man's possessions which has apparently grown to an enormously high value.
375"Barney on the Rebound"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonOctober 30, 1961 (1961-10-30)
After an argument with Thelma Lou, Barney finds a new girlfriend, who turns out to be a visiting con artist (Beverly Tyler) with her husband-associate (Jackie Coogan).
386"Opie's Hobo Friend"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockNovember 13, 1961 (1961-11-13)
Opie befriends a drifter (Buddy Ebsen), who proves to be a bad influence.
397"Crime-Free Mayberry"Bob SweeneyPaul HenningNovember 20, 1961 (1961-11-20)
Two crooks posing as an FBI agent and a reporter pretend to be doing a story on Mayberry's low crime rate, so they can rob the town bank. Andy is not fooled.
408"The Perfect Female"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartNovember 27, 1961 (1961-11-27)
After Barney and Thelma Lou set Andy up on a blind date with Karen Moore (Gail Davis), Thelma Lou's visiting cousin, Andy tries to find out if she is "the one." Karen surprises Andy by besting him at skeet-shooting.
419"Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanDecember 4, 1961 (1961-12-04)
Aunt Bee falls for Mr. Wheeler (Edgar Buchanan), a handyman who has a way with women. He temporarily moves into their house, while Andy has to finish most of the chores that Wheeler starts.
4210"The Clubmen"Bob SweeneyFred S. Fox & Iz ElinsonDecember 11, 1961 (1961-12-11)
Roger Courtney (George N. Neise) invites Andy and Barney to a posh gentlemen's Esquire Club in Raleigh, as potential new members. However, at the club's get-acquainted party, the members are impressed enough by Andy to offer him membership, but don't want Barney. Andy tells Barney that the club only wanted one of them, and Barney immediately assumes it's Andy they didn't approve of.
4311"The Pickle Story"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockDecember 18, 1961 (1961-12-18)
Andy and Barney replace Aunt Bee's bad-tasting homemade pickles with store-bought pickles, but find themselves in a real one when she decides to enter her pickles in a contest at the county fair. (This episode was voted by fans as their favorite of the entire series).[9]
4412"Sheriff Barney"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanDecember 25, 1961 (1961-12-25)
When Barney is offered the sheriff's post in a neighboring town, he and Andy trade places for the day to see if Barney is up to the job.
4513"The Farmer Takes a Wife"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonJanuary 1, 1962 (1962-01-01)
A farmer (Alan Hale, Jr.) comes to Mayberry looking for a wife in an unconventional manner, and chooses Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou, much to Barney's distress.
4614"The Keeper of the Flame"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 8, 1962 (1962-01-08)
Opie is put in charge of bringing a candle and matches to a secret club, and soon after is accused of burning down Jubal Foster (Everett Sloane)'s barn, where the club met.
4715"Bailey's Bad Boy"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanJanuary 15, 1962 (1962-01-15)
A spoiled rich teenager (Bill Bixby) is arrested for speeding and sideswiping a farmer's truck. Andy helps him learn to take responsibility for his behavior.
4816"The Manicurist"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonJanuary 22, 1962 (1962-01-22)
A manicurist (Barbara Eden) sets up shop in Floyd's barber shop, but ends up unintentionally causing trouble when the men of Mayberry start flocking to her for manicures, making their wives jealous. Last appearance of Mayor Pike.
4917"The Jinx"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 29, 1962 (1962-01-29)
Andy tries to help a Mayberry resident (John Qualen) end his apparent bad luck and convince him that he is not hexed, as many of the townspeople believe.
5018"Jailbreak"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockFebruary 5, 1962 (1962-02-05)
Barney clumsily lets a prisoner (Allan Melvin) escape, so Andy and Barney have to recapture him.
5119"A Medal for Opie"Bob SweeneyDavid Adler1February 12, 1962 (1962-02-12)
Opie must learn the value of good sportsmanship when he comes in last in a footrace he was sure he would win.
5220"Barney and the Choir"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonFebruary 19, 1962 (1962-02-19)
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, but proves to be a terrible singer. Not wanting to hurt Barney's feelings, Andy must find a way to keep him in the choir but neutralize his singing.
5321"Guest of Honor"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 26, 1962 (1962-02-26)
A pickpocket (Jay Novello) is ironically chosen as the random "guest of honor" during the Mayberry Founder's Day celebration.
5422"The Merchant of Mayberry"Bob SweeneyLeo Solomon & Ben GershmanMarch 5, 1962 (1962-03-05)
Andy helps a struggling traveling salesman (Sterling Holloway) stay in business, against the wishes of crusty store owner Ben Weaver (Will Wright).
5523"Aunt Bee the Warden"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonMarch 12, 1962 (1962-03-12)
With the courthouse jail full of moonshiners, Otis has to serve his time in the Taylor house, under the supervision of Aunt Bee who keeps him busy with chores.
5624"The County Nurse"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartMarch 19, 1962 (1962-03-19)
Andy tries to talk defiantly unwilling Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) into getting a tetanus shot from county nurse Mary Simpson (Julie Adams).
5725"Andy and Barney in the Big City"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockMarch 26, 1962 (1962-03-26)
Andy and Barney travel to Raleigh for a meeting with the Commissioner, but are told they will not be receiving any financial assistance due to lack of arrests. Barney decides to stake out a suspected "Jewel Thief", inadvertently alerting a real thief to the presence of emeralds in the hotel. Arte Johnson has a small role as the hotel clerk.
5826"Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockApril 2, 1962 (1962-04-02)
Andy and Aunt Bee each think the other is anxious for her to marry the town dry cleaner, Fred Goss (Fred Sherman) who talks incessantly about his work.
5927"Three's a Crowd"Bob SweeneyCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonApril 9, 1962 (1962-04-09)
Barney keeps interfering with the romance between Andy and county nurse Mary (Sue Ane Langdon), preventing them from being alone.
6028"The Bookie Barber"Bob SweeneyHarvey Bullock & R. Allen SaffianApril 16, 1962 (1962-04-16)
Floyd lets an out-of-town barber (Herb Vigran) rent space in his shop, but the new tenant turns out to be running an illegal gambling operation.
6129"Andy on Trial"Bob SweeneyJack Elinson & Charles StewartApril 23, 1962 (1962-04-23)
Big-city newspaper publisher J. Howard Jackson (Roy Roberts) is charged with a traffic violation. He uses his attractive reporter (Ruta Lee) to trick Barney into giving her some 'dirt' on Andy, so they can publish a story that will get Andy fired.
6230"Cousin Virgil"Bob SweeneyPhillip Shuken & John L. GreeneApril 30, 1962 (1962-04-30)
Barney's bumbling cousin Virgil (Michael J. Pollard) visits Mayberry and ends up causing trouble for Andy.
6331"Deputy Otis"Bob SweeneyIz Elinson & Fred S. FoxMay 7, 1962 (1962-05-07)
Andy makes Otis a temporary deputy, so he can impress his visiting brother Ralph (Stanley Adams), and Ralph's wife (Amzie Strickland).

Season 3 (1962–63)

All episodes in black and white

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
641"Mr. McBeevee"Bob SweeneyR. Allen Saffian & Harvey BullockOctober 1, 1962 (1962-10-01)
Opie's description of his new friend Mr. McBeevee (Karl Swenson) is hard to believe.
652"Andy's Rich Girlfriend"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumOctober 8, 1962 (1962-10-08)
Andy tries to comprehend the upper-class wealth of his girlfriend Peggy McMillan (Joanna Moore), whom Barney insists is incompatible.
663"Andy and the New Mayor"Bob SweeneyHarvey Bullock & R. Allen SaffianOctober 15, 1962 (1962-10-15)
Mayor Roy Stoner (Parley Baer) does not like the way Andy does his job. In his overzealousness to find a harmless man released early from jail, the Mayor is treed by a bear.
674"Andy and Opie – Bachelors"Bob SweeneyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellOctober 22, 1962 (1962-10-22)
Andy and Opie have Peggy take care of them while Aunt Bee is away. Floyd teases Andy, warning him that she has serious intentions.
685"The Cow Thief"Bob SweeneyR. Allen Saffian & Harvey BullockOctober 29, 1962 (1962-10-29)
Mayor Stoner goes over Andy's head and calls in an expert to solve a string of cow thefts, in which strange shoeprints are the only clue.
696"Barney Mends a Broken Heart"Bob SweeneyAaron RubenNovember 5, 1962 (1962-11-05)
After Andy and Peggy have a fight, Barney tries to fix Andy up with other girls, who are a poor match, including the eccentric Lydia Crosswaithe. First episode with "The Fun Girls".
707"Lawman Barney"Bob SweeneyAaron RubenNovember 12, 1962 (1962-11-12)
Barney loses his self-esteem when two farmers ignore his order to stop illegally selling produce from their truck.
718"The Mayberry Band"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 19, 1962 (1962-11-19)
Andy is determined to get the Mayberry band into the state band competition, no matter how bad they sound. The mayor is reluctant to finance their trip, so Andy employs a clever trick.
729"Floyd, the Gay Deceiver"Bob SweeneyAaron RubenNovember 26, 1962 (1962-11-26)
Floyd has pretended to be a rich man in letters to his female pen pal, who then suddenly decides to visit. Andy hastily arranges a deception so that Floyd can continue the ruse.
7310"Opie's Rival"Bob SweeneySid MorseDecember 3, 1962 (1962-12-03)
Opie feels threatened by Andy's relationship with Peggy. Last appearance of Peggy.
7411"Convicts at Large"Bob SweeneyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellDecember 10, 1962 (1962-12-10)
Barney and Floyd are taken hostage by three escaped female convicts in a country cabin. Last appearance of Floyd until episode 118 due to Howard McNear's stroke.
7512"The Bed Jacket"Bob SweeneyHarvey Bullock & R. Allen SaffianDecember 17, 1962 (1962-12-17)
Andy tries to get a one-of-a-kind bed jacket that Aunt Bee wants for her birthday, while Mayor Stoner tries to mend a disagreement with his wife using the same jacket.
7613"The Bank Job"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 24, 1962 (1962-12-24)
Barney sets out to prove that the Mayberry bank can be easily robbed because of lax security measures. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) makes his debut.
7714"One-Punch Opie"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockDecember 31, 1962 (1962-12-31)
Opie learns to stand up to an older new boy in town, who likes to cause trouble.
7815"Barney and the Governor"Bob SweeneyBill Freedman & Henry SharpJanuary 7, 1963 (1963-01-07)
Barney issues a parking ticket on the governor's car and refuses to tear it up. The governor (Carl Benton Reid) visits Mayberry to congratulate Barney's devotion to duty, but Barney mistakenly believes he is in trouble.
7916"Man in a Hurry"Bob SweeneyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellJanuary 14, 1963 (1963-01-14)
Businessman Malcolm Tucker (Robert Emhardt) suffers a car breakdown in Mayberry on a Sunday, and he is impatient to get it fixed in time for his meeting in Charlotte. Wally the mechanic does not work on Sundays, so Andy's family welcomes Malcolm to stay with them, and helps him remember how to slow down. (This story was voted by fans as their second-favorite of the entire series).[9]
8017"High Noon in Mayberry"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJanuary 21, 1963 (1963-01-21)
Barney fears a revenge plot is afoot when Andy gets a letter from Luke Comstock (Leo Gordon), an ex-con whom Andy crippled in a shootout years earlier. Elements of this episode were based on Leo Gordon's real-life story.[10]
8118"The Loaded Goat"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockJanuary 28, 1963 (1963-01-28)
Andy and Barney must deal with a farmer's goat that has eaten several sticks of dynamite.
8219"Class Reunion"Charles IrvingEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellFebruary 4, 1963 (1963-02-04)
Andy meets an old sweetheart at a high school reunion, and their romance briefly rekindles. (The yearbook has actual high school pictures of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.)
8320"Rafe Hollister Sings"Charles IrvingHarvey BullockFebruary 11, 1963 (1963-02-11)
Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince), an uncouth but golden-voiced farmer, wins a contest to sing at a Ladies' Society Musicale. Mayor Stoner puts Andy in charge of making sure Rafe does not embarrass Mayberry. Last appearance of Parley Baer as Mayor Stoner.
8421"Opie and the Spoiled Kid"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 18, 1963 (1963-02-18)
A spoiled kid gives Opie bad advice about how Opie should manipulate Andy to get what he wants.
8522"The Great Filling Station Robbery"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockFebruary 25, 1963 (1963-02-25)
Andy gets a troubled youth a job at Wally's Filling Station, but wonders if he made the right choice when items start disappearing from the store.
8623"Andy Discovers America"Bob SweeneyJohn WhedonMarch 4, 1963 (1963-03-04)
Andy's advice to Opie and his schoolmates about history homework gets him in trouble with the new schoolteacher, Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut), so he tells Opie and his friends a story about Paul Revere's ride to resolve the situation.
8724"Aunt Bee's Medicine Man"Bob SweeneyJohn WhedonMarch 11, 1963 (1963-03-11)
Aunt Bee is charmed by "Indian Elixer" (really disguised moonshine) salesman Col. Harvey (John Dehner). Andy struggles with how to run him out of town without hurting Aunt Bee's feelings.
8825"The Darlings Are Coming"Bob SweeneyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellMarch 18, 1963 (1963-03-18)
Andy has his hands full when a musical hillbilly family called the Darlings (Denver Pyle, Maggie Peterson, The Dillards) comes to Mayberry. Things become worse when the only daughter, Charlene, falls for Andy, as her father has betrothed her to another man.
8926"Andy's English Valet"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockMarch 25, 1963 (1963-03-25)
English tourist Malcolm Merriweather (Bernard Fox), a "gentleman's gentleman", goes to work as Andy's valet to pay his traffic fine.
9027"Barney's First Car"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumApril 1, 1963 (1963-04-01)
Barney spends his three hundred dollars worth of life savings on a car from the elderly Mrs. Lesh (Ellen Corby), only to find out he's been hustled.
9128"The Rivals"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockApril 8, 1963 (1963-04-08)
Opie has a crush on his schoolmate Karen, so Barney tries to teach Opie about women, until Opie ends up "dating" Thelma Lou.
9229"A Wife for Andy"Bob SweeneyAaron RubenApril 15, 1963 (1963-04-15)
Barney tries to set up Andy with a potential wife, having a crowd of puzzled, single women come to Andy's home one evening, but Andy has his mind on Helen Crump.
9330"Dogs, Dogs, Dogs"Bob SweeneyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellApril 22, 1963 (1963-04-22)
A pack of stray dogs comes into the courthouse, causing problems just as a state official is visiting.
9431"Mountain Wedding"Bob SweeneyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumApril 29, 1963 (1963-04-29)
The Darlings ask Andy to help them deal with wild mountain man Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris), who wants to stop Charlene Darling and Dud Wash from getting married. First episode with Ernest T. Bass. Only episode with both Bass and the Darlings. Hoke Howell plays Dud. Dub Taylor plays the preacher who performs the wedding.
9532"The Big House"Bob SweeneyHarvey BullockMay 6, 1963 (1963-05-06)
Barney and Gomer are in charge of guarding two criminals out of a gang of four, while Andy is out pursuing the other two. George Kennedy plays a state police detective.

Season 4 (1963–64)

All episodes in black and white. The DVD and iTunes releases and streaming services follow the originally intended broadcast order and list A Date for Gomer as episode 9 and Up in Barney's Room as episode 10.

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
961"Opie the Birdman"Dick CrennaHarvey BullockSeptember 30, 1963 (1963-09-30)

Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his new slingshot, and decides to care for the three baby birds left behind.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #24 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[11] In 2009, it moved to No. 18.[12]
972"The Haunted House"Earl BellamyHarvey BullockOctober 7, 1963 (1963-10-07)
Andy, Barney and Gomer go into the old abandoned Rimshaw House to retrieve a baseball, and discover the truth behind the house's ghostly reputation.
983"Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army"Dick CrennaJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumOctober 14, 1963 (1963-10-14)
Ernest T. Bass tries to enlist in the Army so he can get a uniform to impress his girlfriend. When he's rejected, he takes it out on Mayberry.
994"The Sermon for Today"Dick CrennaJohn WhedonOctober 21, 1963 (1963-10-21)
A visiting preacher (David Lewis) encourages the congregation to relax and enjoy life – which is not as easy as they thought, as they frantically rehearse the town's out-of-tune band and try to repair the broken bandstand and worn uniforms.
1005"Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee"Earl BellamyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellOctober 28, 1963 (1963-10-28)
Briscoe Darling, after enjoying a hearty meal and music session at the Taylors, proposes marriage to Aunt Bee. When she won't accept his repeated advances, he kidnaps her.
1016"Gomer the House Guest"Earl BellamyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 4, 1963 (1963-11-04)
Gomer is fired from Wally's Filling Station and moves in with the Taylors. Customers then drive into the Taylors' yard at all hours to have Gomer diagnose their cars' problems, disturbing the Taylors' sleep.
1027"A Black Day for Mayberry"Jeffrey HaydenJohn WhedonNovember 11, 1963 (1963-11-11)
A gold shipment is coming through Mayberry and Barney accidentally leaks the news, causing a crowd to turn out to welcome the armored car. Ron Howard's (Opie) real father appears as one of the Treasury Agents.
1038"Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain"Jeffrey HaydenJohn WhedonNovember 18, 1963 (1963-11-18)
Andy rewards Opie with a new bicycle for his perfect grades, which then turn out to be a grading mistake.
1049"Up in Barney's Room"Jeffrey HaydenJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 2, 1963 (1963-12-02)
Despite a longstanding friendship with his sweet elderly landlady Mrs. Mendelbright (Enid Markey), Barney is evicted for cooking in his room. He soon finds Mrs. Mendelbright is under the influence of a con man (J. Pat O'Malley) .
10510"A Date for Gomer"Dick CrennaEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellDecember 9, 1963 (1963-12-09)
Barney sets Gomer up with Thelma Lou's homely, shy cousin as a date for a dance. This episode, originally scheduled for November 25, was pre-empted due to CBS News' extended coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and funeral.[citation needed]
10611"Citizen's Arrest"Dick CrennaEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellDecember 16, 1963 (1963-12-16)
Barney gives Gomer a ticket for making a U-turn, then the tables are turned when Gomer "arrests" Barney for the same violation.
10712"Opie and His Merry Men"Dick CrennaJohn WhedonDecember 30, 1963 (1963-12-30)
Opie and his friends play Robin Hood and his Merry Men, when they steal food from their parents to give to a hobo (Douglas Fowley).
10813"Barney and the Cave Rescue"Dick CrennaHarvey BullockJanuary 6, 1964 (1964-01-06)
Barney is mocked by the town for doing his duty too zealously. When Andy and Helen are trapped in a mine, they find their way out the back, but learn Barney has mounted a full-scale rescue and secretly return to save Barney further humiliation.
10914"Andy and Opie's Pal"Dick CrennaHarvey BullockJanuary 13, 1964 (1964-01-13)
Opie gets jealous when Andy pays extra attention to Opie's new friend Trey Bowden (David Alan Bailey) .
11015"Aunt Bee the Crusader"Coby RuskinJohn WhedonJanuary 20, 1964 (1964-01-20)
Aunt Bee leads a ladies' protest against Andy and Barney when a chicken farmer is about to be evicted to make way for a new highway. They are shocked, however, when Mr. Frisby (Charles Lane), the evictee they are sympathetic for, is found to be a moonshiner.
11116"Barney's Sidecar"Coby RuskinJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJanuary 27, 1964 (1964-01-27)
Barney gets a motorcycle for the Sheriff's Department and finds many uses for it.
11217"My Fair Ernest T. Bass"Earl BellamyEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellFebruary 3, 1964 (1964-02-03)
Andy tries to turn wild hillbilly Ernest T. Bass into a sophisticated gentleman, taking him to a society party.
11318"Prisoner of Love"Earl BellamyHarvey BullockFebruary 10, 1964 (1964-02-10)
An attractive female jewel thief (Susan Oliver) attempts to seduce Andy and Barney so she can escape from the Mayberry jail.
11419"Hot Rod Otis"Earl BellamyHarvey BullockFebruary 17, 1964 (1964-02-17)
Otis, the town drunk, has Andy and Barney worried when he buys a car.
11520"The Song Festers"Earl BellamyJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 24, 1964 (1964-02-24)
Barney's pride is hurt when he is replaced in the town choir by Gomer, who is discovered to have a beautiful singing voice. Andy Griffith's wife had a cameo in this episode.[13]
11621"The Shoplifters"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickMarch 2, 1964 (1964-03-02)
Barney goes undercover as a mannequin to find a shoplifter at Weaver's Department Store.
11722"Andy's Vacation"Jeffrey HaydenEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellMarch 9, 1964 (1964-03-09)
Andy takes a vacation at home, leaving Barney and Gomer in charge of the courthouse. They then continually pester Andy for help with problems that arise.
11823"Andy Saves Gomer"Jeffrey HaydenHarvey BullockMarch 16, 1964 (1964-03-16)
Gomer is overly grateful to Andy for putting out a fire at Wally's, and pesters Andy by wanting to help him in gratitude. Howard McNear returns as Floyd, after suffering a stroke during the third season.
11924"Bargain Day"Jeffrey HaydenJohn WhedonMarch 23, 1964 (1964-03-23)
Aunt Bee buys a 150-pound side of beef at a discount market, but the Taylors' old freezer (also a "bargain") doesn't work. However, she refuses to call the handyman because he is "too expensive".
12025"Divorce, Mountain Style"Jeffrey HaydenJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumMarch 30, 1964 (1964-03-30)
After an argument, Charlene Darling Wash impulsively leaves Dud (Bob Denver) and determines to marry Andy, forcing Andy and Barney to simulate "supernatural interference" to drive Charlene back to Dud.
12126"A Deal Is a Deal"Jeffrey HaydenBill Idelson & Sam BobrickApril 6, 1964 (1964-04-06)
Opie and his friends get involved in a deal to sell salve door-to-door. Barney and Gomer pose as a veterinarian and Opie's father to try to get the distributors to buy the salve back from the boys.
12227"Fun Girls"Coby RuskinAaron RubenApril 13, 1964 (1964-04-13)
Two fun-loving but overbearing women from Mount Pilot cause problems by being amorous to Andy and Barney, which makes Helen and Thelma Lou needlessly jealous. First appearance of Goober (George Lindsey). Only episode with both Goober and Gomer together.
12328"The Return of Malcolm Merriweather"Coby RuskinHarvey BullockApril 20, 1964 (1964-04-20)
Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, doing housework and cooking for Andy and making Aunt Bee feel unneeded.
12429"The Rumor"Coby RuskinEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellApril 27, 1964 (1964-04-27)
Barney starts a rumor that Andy and Helen are engaged after he sees them kissing in a jewelry store. He then holds a surprise party for the bewildered couple.
12530"Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickMay 4, 1964 (1964-05-04)
Feeling that Barney takes her for granted, Thelma Lou starts dating Gomer to purposefully make Barney jealous.
12631"Back to Nature"Coby RuskinHarvey BullockMay 11, 1964 (1964-05-11)
Andy, Barney and Gomer take Opie and his friends on a camping trip, where Barney and Gomer manage to get themselves lost in the woods.
12732"Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C."Aaron RubenAaron RubenMay 18, 1964 (1964-05-18)
In this backdoor pilot for the spin-off series Gomer Pyle-USMC, Gomer enlists in the Marine Corps and Andy comes along to make sure things go well with Sergeant Carter (Frank Sutton).

Season 5 (1964–65)

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1281"Opie Loves Helen"Aaron RubenBob RossSeptember 21, 1964 (1964-09-21)
Opie develops a crush on Helen and wants to buy a gift for her.
1292"Barney's Physical"Howard MorrisBob RossSeptember 28, 1964 (1964-09-28)
Andy and Aunt Bee help Barney hurriedly grow to meet the new Civil Service height and weight requirements for law enforcement officers.
1303"Family Visit"Howard MorrisJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumOctober 5, 1964 (1964-10-05)
Aunt Bee's sister and her overbearing, obnoxious family come to visit from out of state. James Westerfield and Maudie Prickett guest star.
1314"The Education of Ernest T. Bass"Alan RafkinEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellOctober 12, 1964 (1964-10-12)
Ernest T. Bass tries to earn his diploma after his girl calls him illiterate. His antics badly disrupt Helen's classroom.
1325"Aunt Bee's Romance"Howard MorrisHarvey BullockOctober 19, 1964 (1964-10-19)
Aunt Bee resumes her romance with an old flame, Roger Hanover (Wallace Ford) – a practical joker with a suspicious background.
1336"Barney's Bloodhound"Howard MorrisBill Idelson & Sam BobrickOctober 26, 1964 (1964-10-26)
Barney tries using a dog to catch an escaped convict.
1347"Man in the Middle"Alan RafkinGus Adrian & David EvansNovember 2, 1964 (1964-11-02)
Andy tries to settle a lovers' quarrel between Barney and Thelma Lou, only to get himself caught in the middle.
1358"Barney's Uniform"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickNovember 9, 1964 (1964-11-09)
Barney starts wearing his uniform all the time, after a grocery employee, Fred (Allan Melvin) threatens to beat him up the next time he sees him in plain clothes.
1369"Opie's Fortune"Coby RuskinBen Joelson & Art BaerNovember 16, 1964 (1964-11-16)
Opie finds a wallet containing $50 and must wait one week to see if anyone claims it - if not, the money is his.
13710"Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor"Gene NelsonFred Freeman & Lawrence J. CohenNovember 23, 1964 (1964-11-23)
Andy makes Barney acting Sheriff when he goes to Raleigh for a job interview.
13811"The Pageant"Gene NelsonHarvey BullockNovember 30, 1964 (1964-11-30)
Aunt Bee gets the lead in the Mayberry Centennial Pageant, but she proves to be a terrible actress.
13912"The Darling Baby"Howard MorrisJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 7, 1964 (1964-12-07)
The Darlings choose Opie as the future husband of Charlene's baby girl and insist that Andy sign a marriage contract.
14013"Andy and Helen Have Their Day"Howard MorrisBill Idelson & Sam BobrickDecember 14, 1964 (1964-12-14)
Andy and Helen try to have a nice private picnic, but Barney keeps interrupting them.
14114"Three Wishes for Opie"Howard MorrisRichard M. PowellDecember 21, 1964 (1964-12-21)
Barney buys fortune-telling paraphernalia that seem to really grant wishes, and tests their power by asking Opie to make three wishes.
14215"Otis Sues the County"Howard MorrisBob RossDecember 28, 1964 (1964-12-28)
Otis is talked by an unscrupulous lawyer (Jay Novello) into suing the county after he suffers a fall in the Mayberry jail. Ironically, Otis had thought the fall trifling until Barney insisted he fill out an injury form.
14316"Barney Fife, Realtor"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickJanuary 4, 1965 (1965-01-04)
Barney decides to sell real estate as his second job and tries to get Andy to sell his house.
14417"Goober Takes a Car Apart"Peter BaldwinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickJanuary 11, 1965 (1965-01-11)
After Andy puts Goober in charge of the courthouse, he dismantles a car and rebuilds it inside the courthouse.
14518"The Rehabilitation of Otis"Peter BaldwinLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanJanuary 18, 1965 (1965-01-18)
Barney tries to cure Otis of his drinking habit.
14619"The Lucky Letter"Theodore J. FlickerRichard M. PowellJanuary 25, 1965 (1965-01-25)
Barney thinks he's received bad luck after tearing up a chain letter.
14720"Goober and the Art of Love"Alan RafkinFred Freeman & Lawrence J. CohenFebruary 1, 1965 (1965-02-01)
Andy and Barney get Goober to ask out wallflower Lydia Crosswaithe (Josie Lloyd) so he doesn't have to tag along on their dates.
14821"Barney Runs for Sheriff"Alan RafkinRichard M. PowellFebruary 8, 1965 (1965-02-08)
Barney ends up running against Andy for Sheriff when a new job offer for Andy falls through.
14922"If I Had a Quarter-Million"Alan RafkinBob RossFebruary 15, 1965 (1965-02-15)
Barney finds $250,000 from a recent bank robbery and sets out to catch the culprit.
15023"TV or Not TV"Coby RuskinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonMarch 1, 1965 (1965-03-01)
Three crooks posing as TV producers attempt to take advantage of Mayberry's "Sheriff Without a Gun" by robbing the bank. Gavin MacLeod played one of the crooks. In a season 6 episode ("Taylors in Hollywood"), MacLeod played an actor playing Andy in a movie based on "Sheriff Without a Gun".
15124"Guest in the House"Coby RuskinLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanMarch 8, 1965 (1965-03-08)
Helen gets unnecessarily jealous of a pretty girl (Jan Shutan), a friend of the Taylor family, who is staying with the Taylors for awhile after an argument with her fiancé.
15225"The Case of the Punch in the Nose"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickMarch 15, 1965 (1965-03-15)
Barney discovers a file of an old forgotten assault case between Floyd and grocer Charles Foley (Frank Ferguson) that was never resolved. Barney reopens the case and his insistence on following through with the case causes old feelings to flare up as Mayberry divides into rival camps.
15326"Opie's Newspaper"Coby RuskinHarvey BullockMarch 22, 1965 (1965-03-22)
Opie publishes local gossip in his newspaper, embarrassing Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee who had made unflattering comments about fellow townspeople.
15427"Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau"Theodore J. FlickerBen Joelson & Art BaerMarch 29, 1965 (1965-03-29)
Aunt Bee invents a story that the butter and egg man (Woodrow Chambliss) is her new boyfriend....but he happens to be married.
15528"The Arrest of the Fun Girls"Theodore J. FlickerRichard M. PowellApril 5, 1965 (1965-04-05)
The Fun Girls get themselves arrested on purpose, once again disrupting the romantic lives of Andy and Barney when Helen and Thelma Lou become unnecessarily jealous after discovering them at the courthouse at night with the girls.
15629"The Luck of Newton Monroe"Coby RuskinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickApril 12, 1965 (1965-04-12)
A peddler (Don Rickles) keeps having bad luck, and Andy and Barney try to help.
15730"Opie Flunks Arithmetic"Coby RuskinRichard MorganApril 19, 1965 (1965-04-19)
Opie needs to improve in his arithmetic, and Andy gets pressure from Barney to help him. Last appearance of Barney Fife as a regular character.
15831"Opie and the Carnival"Coby RuskinFred Freeman & Lawrence J. CohenApril 26, 1965 (1965-04-26)
Opie tries to win a birthday present for Andy at a carnival, unaware that the shooting gallery is a scam.
15932"Banjo-Playing Deputy"Coby RuskinBob RossMay 3, 1965 (1965-05-03)
Andy hires a shy, timid carnival banjo player (Jerry Van Dyke) as a temporary deputy.

Episodes in color (1965–1968)

Season 6 (1965–66)

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1601"Opie's Job"Larry DobkinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonSeptember 13, 1965 (1965-09-13)
Opie wins a competition for a grocery delivery job, then gives it up to his competitor who needs the job a lot more.
1612"Andy's Rival"Peter BaldwinLaurence MarksSeptember 20, 1965 (1965-09-20)
Andy gets jealous of a handsome new teacher Frank Smith (Charles Aidman) spending time working with Helen.
1623"Malcolm at the Crossroads"Gary NelsonHarvey BullockSeptember 27, 1965 (1965-09-27)
Malcolm Merriweather replaces Ernest T. Bass as school crossing guard, and Ernest T. wants to fight Malcolm to get even. Last appearance of both Malcolm Merriweather and Ernest T. Bass.
1634"Aunt Bee, the Swinger"Larry DobkinJack ElinsonOctober 4, 1965 (1965-10-04)
Aunt Bee and her new beau John Canfield (Charles Ruggles), a recently retired Congressman, attempt to recapture their youth.
1645"The Bazaar"Sheldon LeonardBen Joelson & Art BaerOctober 11, 1965 (1965-10-11)
Andy's new deputy, Warren Ferguson (Jack Burns), Floyd's nephew, arrests Aunt Bee and her friends for "gambling" at the church bazaar.
1656"A Warning from Warren"Alan RafkinLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanOctober 18, 1965 (1965-10-18)
Warren, who thinks he has ESP, believes a picnic will not go so well for Andy and Helen.
1667"Off to Hollywood"Alan RafkinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickOctober 25, 1965 (1965-10-25)
The Taylors decide to take a trip to Hollywood after Andy is given a check from a studio that wants to make his life story into a movie.
1678"Taylors in Hollywood"Alan RafkinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickNovember 1, 1965 (1965-11-01)
The Taylors visit the studio where Andy's biopic, Sheriff Without a Gun, is being filmed. Gavin MacLeod plays the actor portraying Andy in the movie.
1689"The Hollywood Party"Alan RafkinLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanNovember 8, 1965 (1965-11-08)
Andy poses with a Hollywood starlet, Darlene Mason (Ruta Lee), jeopardizing his relationship with Helen.
16910"Aunt Bee on TV"Alan RafkinFred Freeman & Lawrence J. CohenNovember 15, 1965 (1965-11-15)
While in Hollywood, Aunt Bee wins several new appliances on a TV quiz show, but when she returns home she loses her friends as a result. William Christopher plays the IRS agent who visits the Taylors to collect taxes on the prizes.
17011"The Cannon"Alan RafkinJack ElinsonNovember 22, 1965 (1965-11-22)
Through sheer luck, Warren catches a pair of art thieves with his supposed "knowledge" of cannons.
17112"A Man's Best Friend"Alan RafkinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonNovember 29, 1965 (1965-11-29)
Opie and his friend Tommy (Michel Petit) use walkie-talkies to fool Goober into thinking he really has a talking dog.
17213"Aunt Bee Takes a Job"Alan RafkinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickDecember 6, 1965 (1965-12-06)
Aunt Bee gets a job at the print shop where her employers turn out to be counterfeiters.
17314"The Church Organ"Lee PhilipsPaul WayneDecember 13, 1965 (1965-12-13)
Andy starts a fundraising drive to help the church buy a new organ, but problems arise when church members go back on their pledges.
17415"Girl-Shy"Lee PhilipsBill Idelson & Sam BobrickDecember 20, 1965 (1965-12-20)
Warren becomes a sleepwalking Casanova, pursuing Helen after watching his suave hero on TV.
17516"Otis the Artist"Alan RafkinStory by : Bob Ross
Teleplay by : Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen
January 3, 1966 (1966-01-03)
Warren tries to get Otis to start a career in art.
17617"The Return of Barney Fife"Alan RafkinSam Bobrick & Bill IdelsonJanuary 10, 1966 (1966-01-10)
Barney Fife returns to Mayberry for a high school reunion and so does Thelma Lou, who has recently married someone else. This is Thelma Lou's final appearance on the series.
17718"The Legend of Barney Fife"Alan RafkinHarvey BullockJanuary 17, 1966 (1966-01-17)
Barney has to demonstrate his "legendary courage" to Warren when Avery Noonan (Ted White) a vengeful convict escapes from prison.
17819"Lost and Found"Alan RafkinJohn L. Greene & Paul DavidJanuary 24, 1966 (1966-01-24)
Aunt Bee collects insurance money for the loss of her jeweled pin, then finds it after she spends the money on a garbage disposer. Jack Dodson, later cast as Howard Sprague, makes his first appearance in the series as insurance man Ed Jenkins.
17920"Wyatt Earp Rides Again"Alan RafkinJack ElinsonJanuary 31, 1966 (1966-01-31)
Clarence Earp (Richard Jury), a supposed descendant of Wyatt Earp, comes to Mayberry with Wild West show promoter Fred Gibson (Pat Hingle). Last appearance of Warren Ferguson.
18021"Aunt Bee Learns to Drive"Lee PhilipsJack ElinsonFebruary 7, 1966 (1966-02-07)
Andy has a big problem when Aunt Bee buys a car and takes driving lessons from Goober.
18122"Look Paw, I'm Dancing"Lee PhilipsBen StarrFebruary 14, 1966 (1966-02-14)
Opie learns to enjoy his first dance party.
18223"The Gypsies"Alan RafkinRoland MacLaneFebruary 21, 1966 (1966-02-21)
A band of gypsies causes trouble for Andy with their supposed magic and weather predicting abilities. Jamie Farr and Vito Scotti played two of the gypsies.
18324"Eat Your Heart Out"Alan RafkinArt Baer & Ben JoelsonFebruary 28, 1966 (1966-02-28)
Goober falls for Flora, the diner's new waitress (Alberta Nelson), but she has her eye on Andy.
18425"A Baby in the House"Alan RafkinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickMarch 7, 1966 (1966-03-07)
Aunt Bee agrees to babysit her niece for a week, but the infant doesn't seem to like her.
18526"The County Clerk"Alan RafkinBill Idelson & Sam BobrickMarch 14, 1966 (1966-03-14)
Andy and Helen try to set up county clerk Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson) with Irene Fairchild (Nina Shipman), the new county nurse.
18627"The Foster Lady"Alan RafkinJack Elinson & Iz ElinsonMarch 21, 1966 (1966-03-21)
Aunt Bee is picked to star in a TV commercial for furniture polish.
18728"Goober's Replacement"Alan RafkinStan Dreben & Howard MerrillMarch 28, 1966 (1966-03-28)
Goober's girlfriend Flora fills in for him at Wally's and attracts a long line of male customers.
18829"The Battle of Mayberry"Alan RafkinPaul David & John L. GreeneApril 4, 1966 (1966-04-04)
Opie causes an uproar when he discovers and publishes the truth about the Battle of Mayberry.
18930"A Singer in Town"Alan RafkinStan Dreben & Howard MerrillApril 11, 1966 (1966-04-11)
Rock-n'-Roll singer Keevy Hazelton (Jesse Pearson) performs a song about Mayberry written by Aunt Bee and Clara Edwards.

Season 7 (1966–67)

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1901"Opie's Girlfriend"Lee PhilipsBudd GrossmanSeptember 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)
Opie makes friends with Helen's niece Cynthia, who is athletically superior to him.
1912"The Lodge"Lee PhilipsJim Parker & Arnold MargolinSeptember 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)
Howard applies for membership in the Mayberry men's lodge, but is blackballed when his controlling mother (Mabel Albertson) interferes.
1923"The Barbershop Quartet"Lee PhilipsFred S. FoxSeptember 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)
A prisoner (Hamilton Camp) replaces Howard as tenor in the Mayberry barbershop quartet.
1934"The Ball Game"Lee PhilipsStory by : Rance Howard
Teleplay by : Sid Morse
October 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)
Andy reluctantly agrees to umpire an important youth league baseball game between Mayberry and Mount Pilot, in which Opie is playing.
1945"Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory"Lee PhilipsRonald AxeOctober 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)
Aunt Bee wears a blonde wig to impress a visiting pastor (Ian Wolfe) .
1956"The Darling Fortune"Lee PhilipsArnold Margolin & Jim ParkerOctober 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)
The Darlings come into a windfall of $300, so they stop by Mayberry to find brides for Briscoe's sons. Last appearance of the Darlings.
1967"Mind Over Matter"Lee PhilipsRon Friedman & Pat McCormickOctober 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)
Goober is convinced he has whiplash, so he acts like an invalid, making Andy's family care for him.
1978"Politics Begin at Home"Lee PhilipsFred S. FoxNovember 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)
Aunt Bee runs against Howard for city council, then withdraws during a debate after realizing Howard has more expertise with the issues.
1989"The Senior Play"Lee PhilipsSid MorseNovember 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)
Helen and her teenage students try to put on a play, but the principal objects over its content.
19910"Opie Finds a Baby"Lee PhilipsStan Dreben & Sid MandelNovember 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)
Opie and his friend Arnold find an abandoned baby and try to find him a home. Jack Nicholson plays the baby's father.
20011"Big Fish in a Small Town"Lee PhilipsBill Idelson & Sam BobrickNovember 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)
Howard is the envy of Mayberry when he catches "Old Sam", a famously elusive silver carp in Tucker's Lake on his very first fishing trip.
20112"Only a Rose"Lee PhilipsJim Parker & Arnold MargolinDecember 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)
Opie accidentally destroys Aunt Bee's special rose just before the annual Mayberry flower show.
20213"Otis the Deputy"Lee PhilipsJim Parker & Arnold MargolinDecember 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)
Otis and Howard take action to rescue Andy from a pair of bank robbers. Last appearance of Otis.
20314"Goober Makes History"Lee PhilipsJohn L. Greene & Paul DavidDecember 19, 1966 (1966-12-19)
Goober fancies himself a philosopher when he joins a night class and grows a beard.
20415"A New Doctor in Town"Lee PhilipsRay Brenner & Barry E. BlitzerDecember 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)
The citizens of Mayberry are skeptical of the new town doctor (William Christopher). Andy convinces them to give him a chance, but then has misgivings of his own when Opie gets sick.
20516"Don't Miss a Good Bet"Lee PhilipsFred S. FoxJanuary 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)
A man claiming to have a map to a legendary lost treasure convinces Mayberry's Citizens to invest in his operation.
20617"Dinner at Eight"Lee PhilipsBudd GrossmanJanuary 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)
Due to communication failures, Andy has to endure three spaghetti dinners in one evening.
20718"A Visit to Barney Fife"Lee PhilipsBill Idelson & Sam BobrickJanuary 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)
Andy visits Barney in Raleigh and helps him solve a rash of supermarket robberies.
20819"Barney Comes to Mayberry"Lee PhilipsSid MorseJanuary 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)
Barney returns to Mayberry at the same time as an old girlfriend turned Hollywood actress, whose movie is having its world premiere in town.
20920"Andy's Old Girlfriend"Lee PhilipsSid MorseJanuary 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)
Alice Harper (Joanna McNeil), an old girlfriend of Andy's, comes back to Mayberry, putting a strain on his relationship with Helen.
21021"Aunt Bee's Restaurant"Lee PhilipsRonald Axe & Les RobertsFebruary 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)
Aunt Bee becomes a partner in a new Chinese restaurant, but her superstitions make her question her investment.
21122"Floyd's Barbershop"Lee PhilipsJim Parker & Arnold MargolinFebruary 13, 1967 (1967-02-13)
Floyd angrily decides to leave his barbershop after Howard buys the building and raises the rent.
21223"The Statue"Lee PhilipsFred S. FoxFebruary 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)
Andy discovers that his ancestor was the biggest swindler in the state just as Mayberry is about to unveil a statue of him.
21324"Helen, the Authoress"Lee PhilipsDoug TibblesFebruary 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)
Helen becomes a successful author of children's books, but Andy has a difficult time with her new-found celebrity.
21425"Goodbye Dolly"Lee PhilipsMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsMarch 6, 1967 (1967-03-06)
When a dairy company plans to replace their horse-drawn delivery wagon with a modern truck, Opie takes on the job of caring for the horse.
21526"Opie's Piano Lesson"Lee PhilipsLeo & Pauline TownsendMarch 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)
Opie decides to take up the piano, but piano practice soon conflicts with his football practice. Note: this is the only episode to feature a black actor (Rockne Tarkington) in a speaking role.[citation needed]
21627"Howard, the Comedian"Lee PhilipsMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsMarch 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)
Howard appears on a local TV amateur hour and tells jokes about his friends in Mayberry, which they take as insults.
21728"Big Brother"Lee PhilipsFred S. FoxMarch 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)
Howard volunteers to be a Big Brother of a high school student, but neglects tutoring the boy while taking a romantic interest in the boy's older sister.
21829"Opie's Most Unforgettable Character"Lee PhilipsMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsApril 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)
Opie tries to pick a subject for his writing assignment and eventually picks someone other than Andy.
21930"Goober's Contest"Lee PhilipsRon Friedman & Pat McCormickApril 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)
Goober gets into trouble when a printing error awards Floyd with an overly large cash prize in a filling station contest. Last appearance of Floyd. Rob Reiner had a small role in the episode. Halfway through the program, when Goober is talking to Floyd at the outside gas pumps, a hut from the tv show Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is clearly visible.[citation needed]

Season 8 (1967–68)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2201"Opie's First Love"Lee PhilipsDoug TibblesSeptember 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
Mary Alice Carter (Morgan Brittany) accepts Opie's invitation to a party, then decides to go with another boy she likes better.
2212"Howard the Bowler"Lee PhilipsDick Bensfield & Perry GrantSeptember 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
Howard is a last-minute substitute on Emmett's bowling team, but he comes within one strike of a perfect game before the lights go out. First appearance of Emmett Clark (Paul Hartman).
2223"A Trip to Mexico"Lee PhilipsDick Bensfield & Perry GrantSeptember 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
Aunt Bee wins a trip to Mexico and takes along her two closest friends....but they don't get along.
2234"Andy's Trip to Raleigh"Lee PhilipsJoseph BonaduceOctober 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
Andy must cancel a date with Helen to meet with a lawyer named Lee (Whitney Blake) in Raleigh, who's actually a very attractive woman.
2245"Opie Steps Up in Class"Lee PhilipsJoseph BonaduceOctober 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
Opie makes friends with a boy from a rich family at summer camp, leading Aunt Bee to try improving the Taylors' social standing.
2256"Howard's Main Event"Lee PhilipsRobert C. Dennis & Earl BarretOctober 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
Howard makes friends with Millie Hutchins (Arlene Golonka), the new girl at the bakery, but her ex-boyfriend, Clyde Plaunt (Allan Melvin) constantly threatens him.
2267"Aunt Bee the Juror"Lee PhilipsKent WilsonOctober 23, 1967 (1967-10-23)
Aunt Bee serves jury duty on a seemingly open-and-shut case of theft. Jack Nicholson plays the defendant.
2278"The Tape Recorder"Lee PhilipsMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsOctober 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
Opie tape records a bank robber confessing where he hid the stolen money, against Andy's strict orders.
2289"Opie's Group"Lee PhilipsDoug TibblesNovember 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
Opie joins a rock-and-roll band, which starts to affect his behavior and his grades.
22910"Aunt Bee and the Lecturer"Lee PhilipsMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsNovember 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
Aunt Bee dates a charming lecturer (Edward Andrews), who is convinced she is the exact image of his late wife.
23011"Andy's Investment"Alan RafkinMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsNovember 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
Andy starts a coin laundry business to save money for Opie's college education.
23112"Howard and Millie"Peter BaldwinJoseph BonaduceNovember 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
Howard proposes to Millie Hutchins at the bakery. But on the train ride to get married in her West Virginia hometown, they have a series of spats and on arrival in Wheeling decide to break the engagement.
23213"Aunt Bee's Cousin"Lee PhilipsDick Bensfield & Perry GrantDecember 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
Andy learns the sad truth about Aunt Bee's supposedly wealthy cousin (Jack Albertson), who spins many tall tales during his visit to Mayberry.
23314"Suppose Andy Gets Sick"Peter BaldwinJack RaymondDecember 11, 1967 (1967-12-11)
Andy is bedridden with the flu, so Goober acts as deputy to take care of things. Chaos ensues.
23415"Howard's New Life"Lee PhilipsPerry Grant & Dick BensfieldDecember 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
Howard decides to quit his job as county clerk and start a new life on a tiny Caribbean island, only to become incredibly bored.
23516"Goober the Executive"Lee PhilipsMichael Morris & Seaman JacobsDecember 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
Goober buys the filling station with financial support from Andy and Emmett.
23617"The Mayberry Chef"Lee PhilipsJames L. BrooksJanuary 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
Aunt Bee gets her own cooking show on a local TV station.
23718"Emmett's Brother-in-Law"Lee PhilipsJames L. BrooksJanuary 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
Emmett's wife pushes him to be an insurance salesman like his brother-in-law, but he doesn't want to leave his fix-it shop.
23819"Opie's Drugstore Job"Lee PhilipsKent WilsonJanuary 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
Opie gets a job at the drugstore, where he accidentally breaks an expensive bottle of perfume.
23920"The Church Benefactors"Lee PhilipsRobert C. Dennis & Earl BarretJanuary 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
Church members debate over whether to spend a $500 gift to the church on choir robes or to fix a drainage problem with the church building.
24021"Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting"Lee PhilipsAaron RubenJanuary 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)
Barney Fife returns to Mayberry and helps arrange a conference between American and Soviet officials at the Taylors' house. The plot was inspired by the actual USA-USSR summit meeting in Glassboro, NJ. The final appearance of Barney Fife on the show. This was the highest rated episode in the history of the series.
24122"Goober Goes to an Auto Show"Lee PhilipsJoseph BonaduceFebruary 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
While attending an auto show in Raleigh, Goober tries to impress an old schoolmate who seems to be financially well-off.
24223"Aunt Bee's Big Moment"Lee PhilipsDick Bensfield & Perry GrantFebruary 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
Aunt Bee takes flying lessons to achieve a big moment like everyone else.
24324"Helen's Past"Lee PhilipsDoug TibblesFebruary 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
Andy discovers that Helen apparently was arrested years ago for associating with a notorious gangster.
24425"Emmett's Anniversary"Lee PhilipsPerry Grant & Dick BensfieldFebruary 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
Emmett wants to buy his wife a mink coat for their 25th anniversary.
24526"The Wedding"Lee PhilipsJoseph BonaduceMarch 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)
Howard's controlling mother remarries and moves away, allowing him to turn the Sprague house into a bachelor pad. Teri Garr has a small role.
24627"Sam for Town Council"Lee PhilipsDick Bensfield & Perry GrantMarch 11, 1968 (1968-03-11)
Sam Jones (Ken Berry) is urged by Andy and Howard to run for head of town council - against Emmett.
24728"Opie and Mike"Lee PhilipsDoug TibblesMarch 18, 1968 (1968-03-18)
Opie helps out Sam Jones' son Mike (Buddy Foster) with bullies at school, and Mike starts to tag after him.
24829"A Girl for Goober"Lee PhilipsStory by : Bob Ross
Teleplay by : Bruce Howard
March 25, 1968 (1968-03-25)
Goober tries a computer dating service to find the right girl, and is matched with the PhD graduate who runs it. Maggie Peterson makes an appearance as Sam Jones' date, not as Charlene Darling.
24930"Mayberry R.F.D."Peter BaldwinBob RossApril 1, 1968 (1968-04-01)
In this set-up for the sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D., Sam asks an old friend from Italy to help him work his farm, and is surprised with the friend brings his entire family.

Reunion movie

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Return to MayberryBob SweeneyHarvey Bullock & Everett GreenbaumApril 13, 1986 (1986-04-13)
Andy Taylor returns to Mayberry after 18 years to hook back up with old friends, but finds himself in the middle of suspicious events surrounding the sheriff's election.


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