YMMV / The Andy Griffith Show

  • Ear Worm: You know the one.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Andy and his family were meant to be the focus, but Barney stole the show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • All the times the male characters wished they could be as good with the ladies as Rock Hudson... Rock Hudson was later revealed as a homosexual. In one episode, Barney says that he learned how to sweet talk ladies by watching "all those Rock Hudson movies".
    • In the episode "Man In a Hurry", the titular character happened to be named Malcolm Tucker.
    • In "The Farmer Takes a Wife", Alan Hale Jr. plays a farmer who often calls Barney "little buddy". Hale would later use that phrase on his co-star in another television series.
  • Ho Yay: In "Mountain Wedding", Ernest T. Bass doesn't seem to mind the fact that Barney's a guy after seeing him disguised in Charlene Darling's wedding dress, even asking him to dance at Charlene's wedding party.
  • Idiot Plot: Numerous episodes would have been resolved in under a minute had someone decided to tell a slightly uncomfortable truth rather than try to spare someone's feelings. "Dinner at Eight" is probably the worst offender, when Andy was 'forced' to eat three spaghetti dinners in one night and be blamed for being late to one of them, when all he had to do was admit he didn't get a telephone message. Or call when he did get the message and say he was going to be late. Or if the host had called and made sure he had gotten the message. Or the host called when he didn't arrive and ask what had delayed him.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Warren Ferguson. The guy didn't have an ounce of what made Barney so funny. The fact that he tried to fill Barney's role, but ultimately failed, is what made his character particularly unfunny.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Lee Van Cleef, in a very small role as—surprise—a bad guy in the episode "Banjo-Playing Deputy".
    • A then-unknown Jack Nicholson in some brief scenes in the episodes "Opie Finds a Baby" and "Aunt Bee the Juror".
    • Pre-M*A*S*H Jamie Farr and William Christopher had made memorable guest appearances; Farr as part of a band of gypsies in "The Gypsies", and Christopher in two episodes: as a tax collector in "Aunt Bee on TV", and as Mayberry's new town doctor, Doc Peterson, in "A New Doctor in Town".
    • Much earlier, a pre-I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden arrives in Mayberry as the town's pretty new manicurist in "The Manicurist".
    • Rob Reiner appeared in the seventh season episode "Goober's Contest".
    • Howard Morris directed eight episodes. Morris is best known for being in front of the camera on the show as Ernest T. Bass, and would go on to greater fame for voicing Gopher in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Hamburglar and Mayor McCheese for McDonald's, Carl Sweetchuck and The Professor in Police Academy: The Animated Series, and Wade Duck in Garfield and Friends.
    • Gene Reynolds directed three episodes. Reynolds is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of Lou Grant.
    • Theodore J. Flicker also directed three episodes. Flicker is best known for co-creating Barney Miller.
    • Aaron Ruben directed two episodes, wrote seven episodes, and served as a producer. Ruben served as creator and executive producer of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C..
    • Sam Bobrick wrote 19 episodes. Bobrick is best known for creating Saved by the Bell.
    • Arnold Margolin wrote five episodes. Margolin is best known as co-composer and lyricist for the theme song to Love, American Style.
    • Howard Merrill wrote two episodes. Merrill is best known for co-creating I've Got a Secret.
    • Earl Barret also wrote two episodes. Barret is best known as co-developer and co-executive producer of Too Close for Comfort.
    • James L. Brooks also wrote two episodes.
    • Paul Henning wrote an episode. Henning is best known as creator and producer of The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.
    • Ben Starr also wrote an episode. Starr is best known for co-creating Silver Spoons and co-developing The Facts of Life.
  • Seasonal Rot: A pretty serious case. After Don Knotts dropped out of the show after the fifth season to pursue a film career, the series went on without him for three more years. Most fans dislike these episodes (easily recognized because they were shot in color) for being unfunny and moralistic. Without Barney to play off of, Andy loses much of what made his own character funny, and he becomes a rather solemn grump.
    • Also, the sudden addition of new neighbors in Mayberry, such as Howard Sprague and Emmett Clark, really didn't help matters much either.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Opie's horror when he realizes that he accidentally killed a bird with his new slingshot in "Opie The Birdman".
    • Color episode "The Return of Barney Fife" includes Barney's utter heartbreak when he finds that Thelma Lou has married another man since he moved to Raleigh. Seeing Barney, plucky Barney, being utterly devasted by this revelation is equally as heartbreaking for the audience.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • In "A Wife for Andy," Barney immediately disregards Helen Crump as a potential Love Interest for Andy purely on the grounds that she can't cook very well and that she wants to keep her job after getting married. Lampshaded by Andy himself as the episode quickly moves Barney into Jerk Ass territory when he tries to sabotage their burgeoning relationship... simply on the grounds that she refuses to fulfill the role of a traditional housewife like a good little girl.
    • The episode "Alcohol and Old Lace" involves two sisters selling moonshine and justifying their crime because "we're not like those other moonshiners, they sell liquor for drinking purposes; our elixir is for special occasions." Naturally, the town's drinkers are making up excuses to take a nip. One particular scene involves a man pretending to be a Muslim celebrating Mohammed's birthday. It's not necessarily a scene that couldn't work today, but it's hard to imagine any show after The War on Terror dropping such a scene in so casually.
  • Values Resonance:
    • A clip of Andy erasing a recording Opie made of a conversation of a suspect and his lawyer made in secret while defending the right to privacy and attorney-client privilege has been making the rounds on YouTube ever since the revelations of the NSA's spying program.
    • There's also a clip from the end of "Opie and the Spoiled Kid" involving the titular spoiled kid raising a fuss after Andy confiscated his bike for riding on the sidewalk. His temper tantrum gets more and more out of control, culminating in the boy's father promising to sell the bike and implying the boy is going to get a spanking. This clip has also been passed around a lot on YouTube and social media among proponents of spanking.
  • Wretched Hive: Raleigh. Bit-part bad guys hail from there more often than not, and it is often used as the foil to Mayberry's wholesomeness. Nonetheless, the show is as beloved in Raleigh as it is anywhere else in North Carolina.
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