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[[caption-width-right:350:"''[[TheAnnouncer The Andy Griffith Show]]''! [[CaptainObvious Starring]]... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Andy Griffith]]... with [[Creator/RonHoward Ronny Howard]]. [[AndStarring Also starring]] Creator/DonKnotts."]]

This idyllic SitCom, which ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1960 to 1968, starred Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor. It remains ''enormously'' popular in reruns. At any hour of any day, some television station in the US is playing the show (If you live in North Carolina, you cannot go a week without finding it in your local TV listings... which is not a bad thing).

Andy is TheSheriff of a small, friendly town called Mayberry, in North Carolina. Despite his authoritarian role, Andy is an easy-going, good-humored guy. He can be tough when the situation demands it, but he prefers to play loose with the rules, and adapt punishments according to the nature of the crime and the individual. His deputy and [[strike:cousin]] friend Barney Fife prefers the opposite approach, but since he is clumsy and totally lacking in gravitas, no one takes him seriously. Most of the humor from the early years of the show comes from Barney's attempts to bring law and order to an already lawful and orderly town, and Andy's subsequent ribbing of Barney when his plans go wrong. Very frequently, Andy will resort to a counter-scheme to protect Barney's fragile ego and what's left of his reputation as a lawman.

The series also focuses on the widowed Andy's relationship with his young son Opie, with Andy trying to strike a balance between being a fun [[TheConfidant confidant]] and instilling a strong sense of right and wrong. Andy dated a few women over the course of the series, but Opie's mother figure was Aunt Bea, who lived in the Taylor home and took care of the housework. Andy was also alternately amused and exasperated by the eccentricities of the townfolk, like gossipy barber Floyd, highly repressed bureaucrat Howard Sprague, and totally moronic hayseed Gomer Pyle, who was spun off and replaced with his even more idiotic cousin Goober.

Supporting actors included Creator/DonKnotts as Deputy Barney Fife; [[Creator/RonHoward Ronny Howard]] (pre-''Series/HappyDays'') as Andy's son, Opie; Frances Bavier as Andy's Aunt Bee Taylor, and George Lindsey and Jim Nabors as the Pyle cousins, Goober and Gomer Pyle.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* AnAesop:
** Several of the episodes have these, but it's also {{Subverted|Trope}} from time to time. Often, Andy would attempt to teach Opie a lesson (don't be selfish) which Opie seems to misunderstand (buying a gift for a girl, instead). Turns out Opie already understands (the gift is a winter coat that the girl's family couldn't afford), and the lesson learned is that Andy should trust Opie.
** Sometimes subverted in cases where Andy would scold Opie for doing something, only for Andy to end up doing something similar later on, resulting in Opie expressing confusion. Notable examples-
*** Opie lied about some "licorice seeds" in order to get a good trade out of one of his friends. After Andy scolded him, Andy then lied about the town's cannon being a war relic to sell it to a collector for more money.
*** After Opie was scolded for lying about the condition of his old bicycle to try and sell it, Opie calls Andy out when he ends up involved in a plan to sell his home, lying about and covering up obvious flaws with the house in hopes of getting more money.
* AfterShow: ''Mayberry RFD''.
* TheAllAmericanBoy: Opie and his pals. Andy is arguably a grown-up example as well.
* AlcoholHic: Otis
* ArcWords: In the episode, ''Opie the Birdman'': "Please, fly away." Tragic the first time, joyful the second.
* AscendedExtra: Helen Crump was originally intended to be a one-shot guest character, in fact, because of this, the writers had difficulty coming up with a name for the character, and just went with a purposely odd sounding name.
* BadBadActing: Barney is a ''terrible'' actor, and not a great choir voice either.
* BadCopIncompetentCop: Barney although you have to take his overblown ego, his know-it-all ways, his clumsiness and so much more into consideration as well as Don Knotts' vast talents in cranking all that [[UpToEleven way past eleven]]. And it's semi-averted anyway, as Barney has shown at times he is a capable, if not excellent law enforcement officer.
* TheBarber: Floyd
* BatmanGambit: In "A Black Day for Mayberry", some G-Men inform Andy and Barney that an armored car carrying 7 million dollars will be passing through their town. Needless to say, Barney lets it slip and the town whips themselves into such a frenzy that the truck arrives to banners, fanfare, and one picketer protesting the Gold Standard. It turns out, however, this was the treasury department's intention the entire time and the truck traveling through Mayberry was just a diversion to draw any potential hijackers away from the real shipment.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: One of Andy's tricks for dealing with unreasonable citizens is to give them what they ask for in the cruelest way possible. In one notable example Ben Weaver, the resident curmudgeon, ordered Andy to serve a foreclosure on a family who owed him some money. Realizing he couldn't stall, Andy agreed to serve the foreclosure... on the condition that Ben Weaver come along to observe. It didn't take long for Ben to start feeling bad and change his mind.
* BowtiesAreCool: Barney and Howard both liked to rock the bowtie look.
* BratsWithSlingshots: In "Opie the Bird Man", Opie is given a slingshot by Barney and becomes this. He does get better.
* BrideAndSwitch: Earnest T. Bass tried to steal a bride away from her wedding but it turned out to be Barney under the veil.
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: In the first season ChristmasEpisode, after discovering that Andy is throwing a small Christmas celebration in the courthouse for a prisoner and his family a lonely Ben Weaver tries to get arrested so he can join them, but his attempts keep getting undermined by well-meaning citizens who don't want him to spend Christmas in jail.
* CardboardPrison: The key is right next to the cell so the town drunk can let himself in and out of the cell. They do move the key when actual criminals are in the cell. Doesn't mean they can't get out just as easily.
* CatchPhrase:
** Barney's "Nip it in the bud!"
** Gomer's "Well, golllll-lee!" and "Shazam!"
** Briscoe Darling's "More power to ya'."
** "[[WeWillMeetAgain You ain't seen the last of Ernest T. Bass!]]"
* ChainLetter: Barney gets one in "The Lucky Letter".
* CharacterizationMarchesOn:
** In the pilot Andy and Barney are cousins, and it's jokingly implied that Barney got the job purely through nepotism. This is never mentioned again after the first two episodes, and the Andy of the rest of the series never seemed the type to give a job ''just'' out of nepotism, but only if he felt that a person truly deserved it.
** Also, for most of the first season, Griffith played Andy more as a country bumpkin than the straight man role he played in the rest of the series.
** Around the time of the color episodes Andy seemed to get grumpier and was more likely to snap at people around him.
* ChristmasEpisode
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Ellie Walker, the "lady druggist" who worked at the local pharmacy and was a fairly major character in early episodes where she played Andy's kinda-sorta love interest, until she just... stopped showing up. She never got a send-off or even a mention of why she left; she just vanished.
* ChurchOfSaintGenericus
* CluelessDeputy:
** Barney, who, while carrying a gun, is forbidden by Andy to keep it loaded, and futhermore is only allowed to carry one bullet. The reason he had to keep his bullet in his pocket was because he was unable to holster a loaded gun without it going off. He's undoubtedly the TropeCodifier.
** Warren Ferguson briefly filled this role before [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome quietly disappearing]].
** Then there are the episodes where Andy or Barney are forced to temporarily deputize even more clueless characters such as Gomer, Goober, Otis, etc.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Opie. In the pilot Andy tells Opie that he lost his Ma much the same way that Opie had recently lost his pet turtle. "Who stepped on Ma?" In another episode Andy tries to get Opie to give to the orphan fund, saying that there are three and a half orphans per square mile. Opie has never seen a half boy. "No, that's what we call a ratio." "Poor Horatio, the half a boy."
* TheCrimeJob: "The Bank Job".
* CrossOver: Howard Sprague appeared in an episode of ''Series/ItsGarryShandlingsShow''.
** RequiredSpinoffCrossover: Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, and Goober all turned up in episodes of ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC''.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Played with in "Helen's Past", where Andy discovers evidence that would suggest that Helen was actually involved with a gangster years before she relocated to Mayberry.
* DinnerOrderFlub: While in Mount Pilot, Andy and Barney go to a fancy French restaurant. Andy isn't too proud to say he can't read the menu and just orders a steak. Barney points to menu items and gets stuff he never thought of as food.
-->'''Waiter''' (confirming their orders): Steak, baked potato, green beans. Snails and brains.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Andy didn't really dislike guns and was certainly not above using one when the situation called for it, but he refused to carry one on him and wouldn't even take one into most situations where someone else would. As he explained it, a gun was a tool of intimidation, and he would rather people obey him out of respect than out of a fear of getting shot.
* EccentricTownsfolk
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the ''Danny Thomas Show'' pilot Opie has an unseen Aunt Lucy who takes care of him and cleans the jail every day, and Frances Bavier appears as a widow woman unrelated to Andy. The town drunk is Will Hoople, who Andy has deputized to arrest himself for public drunkenness.
** In the first episode of ''The Andy Griffith Show'' itself, Andy and Barney are revealed as cousins, which is how Barney got the deputy job in the first place. Mentioned briefly in the second episode, but never again after that.
** Also in the first episode, a minor plot point involves Opie's pet bird. Later, in "Opie the Birdman", Opie mention that he's never taken care of birds before.
* TheEponymousShow
* EverybodyOwnsAFord: From the police cruisers to Andy and Barney's daily drivers to every other car parked on Main Street, it was Fords all the way. (Presumably, the only car dealership in town, where everyone did their business, sold Fords.) Of course, to keep it in the family, the only deviation was the rich characters, who drove Mercurys and Lincolns (Ford Motor Co.'s other marques, both upscale.)
** In reality, all of the cars used by the show really were provided by a local Ford dealership, which would replace the cars with newer models every year.
* EverytownAmerica
* ExtremeOmniGoat: The episode "The Loaded Goat" has the title critter endangering the town of Mayberry after consuming a crateful of dynamite sticks. Though since dynamite doesn't explode easily, it was doubtful that the town was ever in any danger.
* ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics: "Come on, take down your fishin pole and meet me at the fishin hole/I can't think of a better way to pass the time o' day." A ThematicThemeTune -- which makes sense, since the title doesn't lend itself to verse.
* {{Flanderization}}: Andy being the OnlySaneMan in Mayberry becomes more and more obvious, especially in the last three seasons, almost to the point where it seems he harbors some contempt for the EccentricTownsfolk around him.
* FragileFlower: Barney. Not only does he get upset over something really easily, but he takes a lot of things rather personally. "Citizen's Arrest" is perhaps the best example of this: he gets so upset over Gomer making a citizen's arrest on him for making an illegal U-turn (this after Barney gave Gomer a ticket for the same offense), that he turns in his badge, resigns as Andy's deputy, and locks himself in jail... all out of a bruised ego.
* GenerationXerox: Clarence Earp from the episode "Wyatt Earp Rides Again" is a rough-and-tumble gunfighter and wrestler extraordinaire just like his ancestor Wyatt Earp, even if he doesn't ''look'' anything like him. [[spoiler:Subverted, though. Clarence Earp isn't really Wyatt Earp's descendant, that was just some nonsense his friend told him in order to give him confidence. After this is exposed, he's told his real name... is Clarence Dempsey, and he's a Generation Xerox of legendary boxer Jack Dempsey.]]
* GilliganCut: Helen Crump is introduced in one of these: Andy and Barney are talking about Opie's new teacher, and about how, from Opie's description, she seems to be a bitter old crone. Cut to school to show she...[[HotTeacher isn't]].
* GodwinsLaw: Directed at ''Andy'', amazingly enough. In the pilot seen on ''Make Room for Daddy'' (aka ''The Danny Thomas Show'') when Danny is put in jail by Andy for going through a stop sign[[note]]the fine is $100 or 10 days in jail, and Danny takes the jail time on principle[[/note]], he goes on a national TV show and calls Andy a "one man Gestapo."
* GrumpyOldMan: Ben Weaver is a combination of this and TheScrooge.
* HalfHourComedy
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Goober, initially, although he did show up later on and became a recurring character after Gomer joined the Marines. Also Sarah the switchboard operator, and Barney's girlfriend Juanita from the diner, both of whom are only ever spoken to on the phone - we don't even get to hear their voices ourselves.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Andy's girlfriend (and Opie's teacher) Helen Crump.
* HiddenBadass: Andy isn't exactly an action hero, but he's not to be messed with lightly.
* IdiotBall: Barney holds it a LOT. Actually, half the town holds it regularly.
* InsistentTerminology: Ellie Walker is rarely referred to as a pharmacist, but as a "lady druggist."
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Andy Griffith and Don Knotts appeared together in the movie ''Film/NoTimeForSergeants''; upon learning about the development of his show, Don approached Andy and asked, "You're going to need a deputy, ain't ya?"
* JugglingLoadedGuns:
** There is a very good reason Barney is only allowed to have one bullet. Subverted, though, as Barney actually does know and follow the rules of gun safety, he's just so clumsy he has a tendency to hit the trigger by accident.
** In few episodes Gomer gets temporarily deputized and turns out to be so bad about this that even ''Barney'' chastises him for it.
-->'''Andy:''' And take that gun out of your mouth!
* KarmaHoudini: Ernest T. Bass. In "Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army," when Ernest T. is rejected by the Army (because they met him), he commits extensive vandalism around Mayberry, then escapes from jail twice to break more windows. His punishment: [[spoiler: When Andy finds out that the reason he wanted to join the army was so he could wear a uniform to attract women, he gives him Barney's uniform and sends him on his way]].
** This is pretty much Ernest's defining trait. He's good enough at picking locks to break out of jail whenever he's locked up, a skilled enough fighter that going hand-to-hand isn't a viable option, and he's not so evil that just shooting him would be justified, so the usual method of dealing with him is just to give him what he wants so he'll go away.
* LaughTrack: Like all [[TheSixties 60s]] sitcoms, however, a number of local syndication markets actually remove the laugh track from certain episodes.
* LethalChef: Although Aunt Bee was a good cook most of the time, her homemade pickles definitely fall into this category, literally in fact as they managed to kill a fly that landed too close to them.
* LiesToChildren: Inverted and PlayedForLaughs, as Andy is accused of this after telling Opie that [[Literature/TheBible David's]] sling was made of leather. Barney insists that Andy is filling his son's head with lies; leather has no snap to it and any slingshot MUST be made of rubber, despite rubber not existing in King David's time.
** Also Lies To Adult Drunks, when Andy told Otis that thunder was clouds bumping together.
* LoopholeAbuse:
** This is Andy's specialty, which he uses to help the townspeople of Mayberry with their problems, and to help get them out of trouble when they were found guilty of minor infractions that he didn't feel they should be unduly punished for.
** In one notable instance, Barney was in danger of being deemed physically unfit for duty for being underweight (an extended case of the hiccups had ruined an attempt to pack on a couple extra pounds). The new regulation said he had to meet the weight requirement wearing uniform, shoes, and ID tag and chain. It didn't say he couldn't hang the ID tag on a three foot long piece of towing chain.
* LuxuryPrisonSuite: To some extent - home-cooked meals, harmless town drunk Otis being allowed to come and go as he pleases by means of a key deliberately left in reach of his cell, etc. Otis even has his own key should he ever need it.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Played with; Andy and Opie are at first able to clean up the house really well while Aunt Bee is gone, but then they fear she will feel they don't need her. They decide they have to mess the house up all over again.
* MilesGloriosus: Barney often boasts about how he'd easily handle some troublemaker -- until the actual trouble starts and then Andy has to bail him out.
* MissingMom: Andy is a widower.
* MommasBoy: Howard Sprague
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Opie goes through this when he accidentally kills a bird with his slingshot. He spends the rest of the episode atoning for it by tending to her babies until they're old enough to take care of themselves.
* NegativeContinuity: In some episode Clara's last name is Edwards, while in others it's Johnson.
* NitroExpress: Played with in an episode where two yokels who accidentally pick up a container of nitroglycerin (somehow mistaking it for fertilizer) manhandle it for the entire episode. It is only when it is dropped down a well that it finally explodes.
* NiceGuy: Andy
* NoPartyGiven: None of the political figures in the show have their parties stated, nor are their platforms examined closely enough to really determine what party they could belong to. This includes the Mayor and the Governor of the state.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Several characters native to Mayberry, including Opie in early seasons, have little or no accent.
** If you listen closely to Aunt Bee in the first episode, you can tell Frances Bavier was attempting to put on a slight southern accent. In all other episodes, she drops the pretense and just speaks with her regular accent.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: "Mr. [=McBeevee=]", a man who walks in the treetops with a shiny silver hat, who jingles with the sound of his twelve extra metal hands and blows smoke out of his ears. Opie met and befriended him, but naturally no one believed that such a ridiculous sounding person could exist. [[spoiler:It turns out, he's a lineman. He climbs trees to cut their branches away from the power lines, and wears a shiny silver hardhat. His "twelve extra hands" are how he refers to his tools, which jingle on his belt. Blowing smoke from his ears is actually a magic trick he showed to Opie to impress him, and actually involved cigarette smoke.]]
* OddCouple: Andy and Barney had elements of this, Barney being uptight and by the book, while Andy was more relaxed and easy-going. Subverted also, in that Andy was the more competent of the two.
** Andy and Warren had a similar relationship, but without any of the chemistry that made Andy and Barney work so well.
* OnceASeason: After Don Knotts' departure, the remainder of the show's run would feature annual visits from Barney Fife.
* OnlySaneMan: Andy
* TheOperatorsMustBeCrazy: The town is so small that the phones are manual service, and the operator, Sarah, knows everyone and everything, even when the department store is having a sale, which she's happy to let you know.
* OutOfFocus: Warren Ferguson, the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Barney, who disappeared with no explanation after the episode "Wyatt Earp Rides Again". The only thing stopping him from being a victim of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome is that he wasn't completely written out; occasional name drops from other characters suggested that he remained Andy's deputy, but [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen he never appeared on camera again]].
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: By the later seasons, Andy seemed to have very little to do in the way of actual sheriffing. To the point where he didn't even need another deputy after Warren's departure.
* PleaseWakeUp: Opie goes through this in one episode when he shoots his slingshot at a bird. When he realizes he killed it, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he starts crying and begs for it to get up and fly away.]]
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot:
** The pilot was actually an episode of ''The Danny Thomas Show'' called "Danny Meets Andy Griffith", which aired in February of 1960. ''The Andy Griffith Show'' made its real debut in October.
** "Gomer Pyle, USMC", which had the character join the Marines and led to the [[Series/GomerPyleUSMC spinoff show of the same title]].
* PutOnABus: Barney goes off to join the Raleigh police force at the end of season 5. He continued to return for annual [[TheBusCameBack guest appearances]] over the rest of the series.
* QuirkyTown
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In the episode where Otis' brother visits, he had convinced Andy and Barney to let him serve as a deputy, as Otis had mistakenly led his brother to believe he was, all because he has always believed his brother was such an upstanding guy. Turns out, he wasn't- after vanishing for the day, the brother wanders into the jail and locks himself up, completely drunk, and admits to Otis that he's the town drunk back home. Otis rightfully lays into him with this speech- while Otis could tolerate himself being a worthless drunk, the fact his brother had always been made out to be such a better person only to turn out to be so useless was a huge letdown to him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: It's the reason Andy's able to solve over 99% of the town's law problems without violence.
* RecurringCharacter: Several, including crotchety storekeeper Ben Weaver, musical hillbilly family the Darlings, hotheaded {{mountain man}} Ernest T. Bass, itinerant English valet Malcolm Merriweather, and Mt. Pilot "fun girls" Skippy and Daphne.
* ReunionShow: The TV movie ''Return to Mayberry'' (1986)
* RingerPloy: In one episode, Andy and especially Barney are being threatened, so Barney announces he's not going to take it any more and then switches out with a guy wearing his uniform and who is about his size, but is a judo expert.
* RunningGag:
** Andy and/or Barney getting inadvertently locked in the jail cells.
** One with the Darling family whenever they appear: "Why don't we play [insert song here]?" "No, that one makes me cry."
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Gomer's surprisingly operatic singing voice makes him the perfect candidate for the choir's big solo. This is also something of an ActorInspiredElement, as Jim Nabors actually did sing like that in RealLife... unless singing novelty/country songs.
* ShoutOut: Music/KurtCobain named one of his songs after the character Floyd the Barber from this show. It appears as ''Floyd the Barber'' on Music/{{Nirvana}}'s debut album ''Music/{{Bleach}}''.
* SmokingIsCool: Andy lit up several times during the black-and-white era, one prominent example being in the episode "Mr. [=McBeevee=]" (after a scene where Andy confronts Opie about whether [=McBeevee=] exists); in that same episode, [=McBeevee=] (a telephone lineman, played by Karl Swenson, a heavy smoker throughout his life) also smokes. However, most of the smoking was reserved for various bit and bad-guy characters. Deputy Barney Fife was a non-smoker, although Don Knotts was a real-life smoker.
* SnipeHunt: Beautifully [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] at one point early in the series. Opie is interrupting courthouse business (Andy is trying to negotiate with a man who wants to buy the cannon in the town square), and Andy is so flustered he can't think of a real reason to get Opie out. He rushes him out the door with instructions to "find the [[NoodleImplements barrel ring]]" and to give it to Barney afterwards. [[BrickJoke A few scenes later...]]
--> '''Barney''': [[NoodleIncident I never even put up the barrel ring Opie gave me...]]
* SpinOff: This series was a spinoff of ''The Danny Thomas Show'', one episode of which actually was a sort of PoorlyDisguisedPilot for this series; and it spawned two spinoffs of its own: ''Series/GomerPyleUSMC'' and ''Mayberry RFD'' (although the latter can arguably be seen as more of an AfterShow to the original).
** There was also a 1971 series called ''The New Andy Griffith Show'' which was a sort of very obvious SpiritualSuccessor, featuring Griffith in a similar role. Bizarrely, the later show's pilot episode had three old ''TAGS'' characters - Barney Fife, Goober Pyle, and Emmett Clark - traveling from Mayberry to the new show's setting of Greenwood, NC to congratulate friend "Andy Sawyer" on his new job as mayor. It's pretty surprising none of them noticed how similar their friend Andy Sawyer was to their hometown sheriff pal Andy Taylor!
* StayInTheKitchen: Happened a few times, and usually became part of AnAesop about respecting women. Most notable when Ellie Walker ran for city council, leading to a battle of the sexes between the men of Mayberry and their wives.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Goober for Gomer, Warren for Barney, Emmett for Floyd
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Whenever Barney tries to deceive someone, he usually ends up saying something along the lines of "So there's absolutely no reason to be suspicious!" In one episode, he actually starts following Aunt Bea into another room, yelling reasons why she shouldn't be suspicious.
* [[SweetHomeAlabama Sweet Home North Carolina]]
* SwissCheeseSecurity: The bank vault has a standard, wooden door in the back that was installed after the combination was lost. Also, Asa the bank guard is older than dirt, usually asleep, and carries a gun that falls apart if you look at it wrong.
* UsefulNotes/SwitchToColor: In 1965, starting with Season Six.
* SyndicationTitle: ''Andy of Mayberry''
* TechnicalPacifist: Andy [[DoesntLikeGuns hates carrying guns]], and much prefers to outwit criminals rather than rough them up or threaten them. On at least one occasion, he borrows Barney's gun (and bullet) when he decides that he actually needs one. He also keeps various guns in his house (in addition to sheriff, he is also a hunter and local skeet shooting champion) and a rack of guns in the courthouse. Generally, though, any time he gets a gun for defense, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness you know he's seriously worried]].
** Andy once explained this was due to the fact that he felt carrying a gun would serve as needless intimidation- that if he wore a gun, he would wonder if the respect he received and the willingness of the citizens to cooperate with him was out of fear of the gun rather than due to genuine respect for him. This may actually explain why he allowed Barney to carry a gun, he knew that Barney was not physically strong or intimidating on his own and may have needed the gun to help with his duties.
* TemporarySubstitute: One episode towards the end of the fifth season had Jerry Van Dyke filling in for Barney at the insistence of Aunt Bee, yet the timid and neurotic temporary deputy made Barney look ''competent''.
* {{Tsundere}}: Ellie Walker was this for Andy, mostly due to her perceiving him as sexist.
* YouLookFamiliar: Several, but the award goes to Allan Melvin appearing as 8 different characters, many of them central to the episode they appeared in.
** Despite already playing the role of Ernest T. Bass, Howard Morris was, for some reason, randomly brought into one episode, in a guest spot as a neurotic TV repairman.
** Perhaps justified in that Howard Morris directed that episode, as well as several others during that particular season.
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