Characters / The Andy Griffith Show

Sheriff Andrew Jackson "Andy" Taylor (Andy Griffith)

Opie Taylor (Ron Howard)

Deputy Bernard Milton "Barney" Fife (Don Knotts)

Beatrice "Aunt Bee" Taylor (Frances Bavier)

Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors)

Goober Pyle (George Lindsey)

Otis Campbell (Hal Smith)

Floyd Lawson (Walter Baldwin, Howard McNear)

Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn)

  • Beta Couple: With Barney.
  • Love Interest: To Barney.
  • Nice Girl
  • No Last Name Given
  • Official Couple: After Barney leaves Mayberry, she ends up marrying Gerald Whitfield, and the episode "The Return of Barney Fife" in Season 6 serves as her last appearance on the show. However, she does return for the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry, where she and Barney end up getting married.
  • You're Just Jealous: In the episode where Andy and Barney help a friend of theirs find a bride and he selects Thelma Lou as the girl he wants to marry, Thelma Lou claims this is the reason Barney is so jealous, although she never wanted to marry anyone else in the first place, and she and Barney get back together at the end of the episode.

Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut)

Warren Ferguson (Jack Burns)

  • Catch-Phrase: Not catch phrase, per se, but he did have a habit of asking, "Huh?" after a long succession of questions.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared without a trace after eleven appearances in Season 6. In the 1986 TV movie Return to Mayberry, it is mentioned that he became Sheriff of Mayberry after Andy left, and remained at that post until his death.
  • Clueless Deputy: Like Barney, but not to the same hilarious effect.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Barney.

Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson)

The county clerk who officially debuts in Season 6's "The County Clerk" episode.

  • 15 Minutes of Fame: He bowls a perfect 300 game at the bowling alley, only to be overlooked by his teammates who are more upset about Andy calling off the bet.
  • Mama's Boy: He has a close relationship with his mother.
  • My Beloved Smother: His domineering mother, who objects to Howard joining the local lodge for fear that he might become a gambler, when the "card games" that take place are just gin rummy and cribbage-type games instead of the "big games" such as poker and blackjack.