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".
    • Also, in the episode "Man In a Hurry", the titular character happened to be named Malcolm Tucker.
  • 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 carnival episode.
    • A then-unknown Jack Nicholson in some brief scenes in one of the later episodes.
    • Pre-M*A*S*H Jamie Farr and William Christopher had made memorable guest appearances; Farr as part of a band of gypsies, and Christopher as Mayberry's new town doctor, Doc Peterson.
    • Much earlier, a pre-Jeannie Barbara Eden arrives in Mayberry as the town's pretty new 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 as the voice of Gopher in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Wade Duck on 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.
  • 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, and comes across as a rather dickish Out-of-Character Moment for the flawed but overall likable Barney.
  • 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.
  • 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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