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Trivia / Return to Mayberry

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  • Channel Hop: The film aired on NBC, instead of the series' original network, CBS.
  • McLeaned: Frances Bavier was too sick to appear in the film, so her character Aunt Bee was shown as having passed away. Frances would actually pass away three years later.
  • The Other Darrin: Janet Waldo does a voiceover as Aunt Bee, replacing the ailing Frances Bavier.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Ron Howard's father Rance plays the minister at Barney and Thelma Lou's wedding.
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    • Don Knotts' daughter Karen plays Opie's receptionist.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Ken Berry was set to return as Sam Jones, but couldn't appear due to his work on Mama's Family, in which he played Vinton Harper.
    • The special was supposed to be the beginning of a periodic series of Andy Griffith Show TV movies, but the surprise success of Matlock made that impossible.

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