The Best Episodes Directed by Lee Philips

The Triangle

#1 - The Triangle

The Waltons Season 2 - Episode 14

John-Boy experiences a heart ache because Miss Hunter, his teacher, starts dating Reverend Fordwick.

star 8.25
16 votes
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Barney Comes to Mayberry

#2 - Barney Comes to Mayberry

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 19

Barney returns to Mayberry and rediscovers an old girlfriend who has become a movie star.

star 8.25
13 votes
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The Awakening

#3 - The Awakening

The Waltons Season 2 - Episode 15

Grandma's 68th birthday is here and the 2 faces of age are keenly felt by her as Grandma is confronted by old age. Mary Ellen, now 14 years old, poses an impossible barrier between her and a college student who lays claim to her heart.

star 7.87
23 votes
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Yankee Doodle Doctor

#4 - Yankee Doodle Doctor

M*A*S*H Season 1 - Episode 6

The 4077th is designated as the setting for the making of an army film on Mobile Army Surgical Hospital units. Hawkeye is chosen as the star while Margaret and Frank compose a screenplay. The Eye Of The Hawk objects to the piece of propaganda that filmmaker Lt. Bricker is producing and, having exposed the original film, reshoots a new one his way, starring himself as Groucho Marx-ish Yankee Doodle Doctor, and poking fun at glorifying doctors while concluding with a rather serious speech about the hell of war.

star 7.87
866 votes
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The Substitute

#5 - The Substitute

The Waltons Season 2 - Episode 11

An inexperienced but brilliant young sub teacher wreaks havoc in the Walton's Mountain School. Because of her insecurity, she refuses advice from anyone until Olivia steps in.

star 7.83
18 votes
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The Ugliest Dog in the World

#6 - The Ugliest Dog in the World

The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 5 - Episode 4

Rob finds a dog for a sketch on The Alan Brady Show. After the dog's part is cut, Rob is stuck with the Ugliest Dog in the World.

star 7.58
64 votes
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The Legend

#7 - The Legend

The Waltons Season 1 - Episode 10

John's old army buddy, Tip Harrison, tries to cover his lack of success with childish actions and comments culminating in an accidental fire and the shooting of reckless the family dog.

star 7.50
34 votes
Love and Marriage

#8 - Love and Marriage

M*A*S*H Season 3 - Episode 20

Hawkeye and Trapper prevent a GI from marrying a call girl who has TB, whilst trying to help a Korean soldier join his pregnant wife. Radar, of course, provides his usual invaluable help.

star 7.46
465 votes
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Gomer and the Beast

#9 - Gomer and the Beast

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Season 2 - Episode 17

Gomer tries cheering up a depressed waitress, only to discover that she is the girlfriend of a tough Marine sergeant.

star 7.33
15 votes
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The Way of Violence Has No Mind

#10 - The Way of Violence Has No Mind

Kung Fu Season 2 - Episode 15

Caine confronts a gang of Chinese immigrants that have taken to violence.

star 7.33
103 votes
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Only a Rose

#11 - Only a Rose

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 12

Aunt Bee is totally excited about her rose that she has been growing for over a year for the annual flower show. While Opie and Arnold are playing, however,they accidently destroy it.

star 7.25
11 votes
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Otis the Deputy

#12 - Otis the Deputy

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 13

Andy is captured by two escaped convincts and Otis and Howard ride to his rescue.

star 7.25
14 votes
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A Girl for Goober

#13 - A Girl for Goober

The Andy Griffith Show Season 8 - Episode 29

Sam and Andy call on modern technology to finally get Goober a steady girl.

star 7.22
9 votes
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Opie Steps Up in Class

#14 - Opie Steps Up in Class

The Andy Griffith Show Season 8 - Episode 5

After Andy sends a reluctant Opie to a swanky boy’s camp over his summer vacation, he becomes fast friends with a boy from a rich family. As a result, Andy becomes worried that Opie has grown accustomed to living a rich lifestyle during his time away from the laid back way of life in Mayberry. It is after he comes home for lunch one day Opie has his friend over that he sees how lavish a lunch Aunt Bee prepared that he decides to sit them down to explain money doesn’t make life enjoyable, being yourself does.

star 7.20
15 votes
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Andy's Old Girlfriend

#15 - Andy's Old Girlfriend

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 20

Andy's old high school sweetheart moves back to town and has to stay with the Taylors while her house is being fixed. This creates tension between Helen and Andy.

star 7.17
11 votes
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Aunt Bee's Restaurant

#16 - Aunt Bee's Restaurant

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 21

Aunt Bee invests in a new Chinese restaurant and realizes she is not up for the stress of being a business owner.

star 7.15
12 votes
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Aunt Bee Learns to Drive

#17 - Aunt Bee Learns to Drive

The Andy Griffith Show Season 6 - Episode 21

Aunt Bee is frustrated at always having to rely on other people (notably Andy) for a ride. When she sees a car that Goober is selling she decides to finally learn how to drive and by this car!

star 7.11
17 votes
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The Ball Game

#18 - The Ball Game

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 4

Andy umpires the baseball game for Mayberry but when he calls the final strike for the opposing team, everyone in town is angry at him until Howard Sprague steps up and teaches everyone about being fair to Andy.

star 7.10
19 votes
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The Bela Lugosi Blues

#19 - The Bela Lugosi Blues

Diagnosis Murder Season 2 - Episode 13

Mark has some unorthodox theories when several dead bodies are found drained of blood with puncture marks on their neck.

star 7.06
48 votes
A New Doctor in Town

#20 - A New Doctor in Town

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 15

When Mayberry's long time physician retires the townfolk are reluctant to embrace his replacement.

star 7.00
12 votes
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Ask Helpful Hannah

#21 - Ask Helpful Hannah

Gidget Season 1 - Episode 29

Gidget takes over writing for the school's advice column. She then gets caught up trying to put two lonely hearts together.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory

#22 - Aunt Bee's Crowning Glory

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 5

When a dignified-looking older preacher comes to town, all the older women want to impress him. Aunt Bee, after someone suggests it, buys a wig--a short blonde one. Later the preacher gives a sermon about having no pretenses. Aunt Bee finally tells the preacher about her wig.

star 6.87
15 votes
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The Statue

#23 - The Statue

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 23

When Howard suggests Mayberry erect a statue of Andy’s ancestor Seth Taylor in honor of all the work he did to make the town the quaint place it turned out to be. However, after a local artist completes the statue and earns the praise of the Taylors and everyone else in town, Andy and Aunt Bee get a big shock when Mr. Simmons lets them in on a secret that Seth Taylor worked with his ancestor to swindle the town out of a large amount of money. At first Andy and Bee want to keep this secret under wraps, but she soon admits what Seth did during the unveiling speech. In the end, Floyd saves the day by saying that while Seth wasn’t the hero everybody thought he was, he still played a large part in making Mayberry the town what it is today.

star 6.82
10 votes
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Don't Miss a Good Bet

#24 - Don't Miss a Good Bet

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 16

A stranger comes to Mayberry promising to find the Ross Raiders treasure. Goober, Floyd, Helen and Bee all invest--much to Andy's irritation.

star 6.75
12 votes
Emmett's Brother-in-Law

#25 - Emmett's Brother-in-Law

The Andy Griffith Show Season 8 - Episode 18

Emmett's brother in law wants him to leave the fix it shop and join him in selling life insurance.

star 6.71
7 votes
Big Brother

#26 - Big Brother

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 28

Howard takes a liking to his Little Brother's sister.

star 6.71
13 votes
Big Fish in a Small Town

#27 - Big Fish in a Small Town

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 11

When Howard goes fishing with Andy, Opie, Goober, and Floyd, he catches the legandary rare carp "Old Sam". After he decides to put the legendary fish in a Raleigh museum, Howard learns a lesson from Opie that "Old Sam" is such an important part of the town's history that he brings the fish back to lakes surrounding Mayberry.

star 6.71
13 votes
Goodbye, Dolly

#28 - Goodbye, Dolly

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 25

After Dolly, a retired milk-wagon horse refuses to eat while her owner is out of town; Opie becomes really worried that something is wrong with her. Unsure of what to do, Opie turns to Goober, Howard and Andy for help in getting the horse to eat. It is only after Mr. Simpson returns home from his vacation that he and Opie discover that Dolly refuses to eat because she misses going to work every day.

star 6.70
9 votes
A Trip to Mexico

#29 - A Trip to Mexico

The Andy Griffith Show Season 8 - Episode 3

Aunt Bea and her friends go to Mexico. While there, their friendships gets strained.

star 6.67
11 votes
Bupkis

#30 - Bupkis

The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 4 - Episode 24

Rob can't figure out how an old song he wrote is being played as a radio commercial.

star 6.62
61 votes
Opie's Most Unforgettable Character

#31 - Opie's Most Unforgettable Character

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 29

Opie has a hard time finishing one of his homework assignments.

star 6.55
11 votes
Helen, the Authoress

#32 - Helen, the Authoress

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 24

Helen begins to write books for children.

star 6.50
9 votes
No Rice at My Wedding

#33 - No Rice at My Wedding

The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 5 - Episode 5

Rob recalls a time when a date with Laura was a raffle prize.

star 6.49
61 votes
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The Senior Play

#34 - The Senior Play

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 9

Helen and the students of the senior class put on a play but the principal objects to it--and to Helen's involvement with such "scandalous" things--until she figures out a way to show him that what is scandalous is all relative.

star 6.31
15 votes
Your Home Sweet Home is My Home

#35 - Your Home Sweet Home is My Home

The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 4 - Episode 25

A flashback episode about Rob and Laura's long search to find their house, with Millie and Jerry looking too.

star 6.28
60 votes
A Visit to Barney Fife

#36 - A Visit to Barney Fife

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 18

Andy visits Barney in Raleigh, and realizes that Barney isn't as successful as he has always claims. Andy is able to help Barney solve a series of supermarket robberies and help him save his job.

star 6.04
44 votes
Howard, the Bowler

#37 - Howard, the Bowler

The Andy Griffith Show Season 8 - Episode 2

Howard is on a bowling hot streak. When the lights go out during the final frame of the championship game, he gets the jitters but must still finish the game.

star 5.67
42 votes
Howard, the Comedian

#38 - Howard, the Comedian

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 27

Howard gets an opportunity to appear on television and demonstrate his comedic talents. He's a great hit --except with the people of Mayberry, who are upset that he mentioned them in his jokes.

star 5.63
42 votes
Floyd's Barbershop

#39 - Floyd's Barbershop

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 22

Floyd gets a rent hike after Howard buys the barbershop.

star 5.57
41 votes
The Church Benefactors

#40 - The Church Benefactors

The Andy Griffith Show Season 8 - Episode 20

The Church Members must decide what to purchase with the $500 that's willed to the church. The choice is between Choir robes and repairing the church's foundation.

star 5.38
36 votes
Goober Makes History

#41 - Goober Makes History

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 14

Goober grows tired of being the most ignorant one in town; he goes away fishing and accidentally grows a beard. The beard makes him believe he is smart--and he becomes an unbearable bore to everyone in Mayberry.

star 5.04
44 votes
Mind Over Matter

#42 - Mind Over Matter

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 7

Goober is involved in a minor car accident and thanks to Floyd and Aunt Bee, he becomes convinced that he is truly injured and has whiplash. Aunt Bee feels sorry for him and takes him home to care for him--much to Andy's dismay!

star 4.98
43 votes
Goober's Contest

#43 - Goober's Contest

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 30

In order to boost business Goober has a contest at the gas station. The printer accidentally prints a ticket for $200 and Floyd wins the ticket--and Goober can't pay it.

star 4.91
43 votes
Opie's Piano Lesson

#44 - Opie's Piano Lesson

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 26

Opie has to choose between piano lessons and football lessons.

star 4.76
40 votes
Look Paw, I'm Dancing

#45 - Look Paw, I'm Dancing

The Andy Griffith Show Season 6 - Episode 22

Opie wants to attend his first dance but first must learn how to dance.

star 4.32
43 votes
Girl-Shy

#46 - Girl-Shy

The Andy Griffith Show Season 6 - Episode 15

Warren is truly shy around women except when he is sleep walking. When he sleepwalks he turns into a Lothario of the first order--and his new conquest-to-be is Helen!

star 4.31
44 votes
Opie's Girlfriend

#47 - Opie's Girlfriend

The Andy Griffith Show Season 7 - Episode 1

Helen's niece comes for a visit and proves to be both very pretty and very talented in athletics. Trouble is that she beats Opie in almost every sport there is. She actually really likes Opie as a BOY and needs her Aunt Helen to help her to get Opie to like her.

star 4.25
51 votes