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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)

  • The Barber
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • The Pete Best: McNear took over the role of Floyd after Baldwin's one-time appearance as the character.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: McNear died less than a year after the final episode of Season 7, so that he was not able to return for Season 8. A Suspiciously Similar Substitute named Emmett Clark, a fix-it man, was added to fill in the character's absence. In-universe, Floyd was announced as having retired because he had earned enough money.
  • Reality Subtext: As the result of a stroke, McNear was always shown from that point on sitting down or leaning against an object because the actor could not walk. Declining health caused him to leave the show entirely (see above).

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 somebody else, 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Yes, he is played by that Jack Burns, remembered as the guy who got into a fight with Andy Kaufman on an episode of Fridays.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Barney.
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