The Best Episodes of The Andy Griffith Show

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2018

Down-home humor and an endearing cast of characters helped make The Andy Griffith Show one of the most beloved comedies in the history of TV. The show centered around widower Andy Taylor, who divided his time between raising his young son Opie, and his job as sheriff of the sleepy North Carolina town, Mayberry. Andy and Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee, who serves as a surrogate mother to both father and son. Andy's nervous cousin, Barney Fife, is his deputy sheriff whose incompetence is tolerated because Mayberry is virtually crime-free.

Dinner at Eight

#1 - Dinner at Eight

Season 7 - Episode 17

With Aunt Bee off visiting realtives and Opie away on a Scout trip, Andy is home alone. He is ready to spend a relaxing evening when Goober arrives to keep him company. He insists on making his special spaghetti recipe. Andy gives in, eats heartily, and then is reminded by Goober of an invitation to Howard's for dinner. Andy goes to see Howard, who did not actually invite Andy at all. They still whip up some spaghetti and eat, but then Andy realizes dinner was a Helen's. He rushes over, but is in hot water for being late so he must endure another dinner of spaghetti.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Budd Grossman
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The Great Filling Station Robbery

#2 - The Great Filling Station Robbery

Season 3 - Episode 22

Andy suggests to Gomer that he hire a troubled young man named Jimmy to help out at Wally's gas station. But everyone soon suspects Jimmy of being a thief after valuable items start disappearing from the station. Andy believes Jimmy is innocent but must prove it, even when all the evidence is against him.

star 8.50
20 votes
Directors: Bob Sweeney
Writers: Harvey Bullock
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Aunt Bee's Cousin

#3 - Aunt Bee's Cousin

Season 8 - Episode 13

Andy learns the truth when he sees his cousin Bradford alight from a freight train but keeps quiet because Aunt Bee thinks he's a wealthy relative.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant
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The Merchant of Mayberry

#4 - The Merchant of Mayberry

Season 2 - Episode 22

Weaver's Department Store in Mayberry has some new competition -- in the form of Bert Miller, a traveling salesman who sets up shop in the town with a little help from Andy.

star 8.40
25 votes
Directors: Bob Sweeney
Writers: Leo Solomon, Ben Gershman
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Aunt Bee's Restaurant

#5 - Aunt Bee's Restaurant

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 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Ronald Axe, Les Roberts
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The County Nurse

#6 - The County Nurse

Season 2 - Episode 24

Feisty country farmer Rafe Hollister is determined to avoid getting a tetanus shot when county nurse Mary Simpson arrives in Mayberry to inoculate the citizenry.

star 8.33
18 votes
Directors: Bob Sweeney
Writers: Charles Stewart, Jack Elinson
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Aunt Bee on TV

#7 - Aunt Bee on TV

Season 6 - Episode 10

While the Taylors were in Hollywood, Aunt Bee won $4800 worth of prizes on a game show. She is the envy of Mayberry, until she her friends think that she's gloating about her winnings. The IRS comes to call, telling Andy that he'll have to pay over $1100 in taxes for the winnings. Aunt Bee sells most all of the prizes to pay the taxes. Worth noting in this episode is that Howard McNear (Floyd the barber), who had suffered a stroke, has a particularly shaky scene, when he's checking out Bee's new dishwasher.

star 8.33
12 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Lawrence J. Cohen, Fred Freeman
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Back to Nature

#8 - Back to Nature

Season 4 - Episode 31

While on a camping trip with Opie and his friends, Barney brags to Gomer about his outdoor skills and promptly gets them lost in the woods. When Andy finally does find them, he and Gomer hatch a plan to save Barney the embarrassment and prove to everyone what a mountain man he really is.

star 8.32
19 votes
Directors: Coby Ruskin
Writers: Harvey Bullock
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Citizen's Arrest

#9 - Citizen's Arrest

Season 4 - Episode 11

A minor argument between Barney and Gomer over a traffic ticket erupts into an all-out feud that leads to reckless driving, staged burglaries, and eventually Barney's resignation from the force. Can Andy get the two friends to make up before things really get out of hand?

star 8.30
27 votes
Directors: Dick Crenna
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell
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Otis the Deputy

#10 - Otis the Deputy

Season 7 - Episode 13

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

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Jim Parker, Arnold Margolin
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Andy's Trip to Raleigh

#11 - Andy's Trip to Raleigh

Season 8 - Episode 4

Andy cancels a big date with Helen in order to confer with a lawyer in Raleigh, who turns out to be a beautiful women.

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Joseph Bonaduce
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Barney's Sidecar

#12 - Barney's Sidecar

Season 4 - Episode 16

Barney buys an antique motorcycle in order to set a speed trap for speeding truckers on Highway 6. After Barney makes a complete nuisance of himself to all of Mayberry, Andy realizes that the answer may be to make the motorcycle more valuable to the town than to Barney.

star 8.28
32 votes
Directors: Coby Ruskin
Writers: Jim Fritzell, Everett Greenbaum
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Helen's Past

#13 - Helen's Past

Season 8 - Episode 24

As Andy is looking through Helen's old newspaper clippings, he finds one of her being taken to jail by the police. He decides to keep his discovery secret until it leaks out to the school board which could destroy Helen's teaching career.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Doug Tibbles
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Opie's Drugstore Job

#14 - Opie's Drugstore Job

Season 8 - Episode 19

Opie placed an ad in the paper asking for a job. Andy explains to his friends that he's saving for an electric guitar. When Andy goes to the drugstore, Mr. Crawford told Andy he lost his hired hand who worked the diner. So Andy recommends Opie for the job because he's reliable & trustworthy. Three weeks into the job, Opie has saved $70. Mr. Crawford was impressed with Opie that he wanted him to run the store for awhile while doing some errands. Andy comes in & wants to order some perfume for his girlfriend. Opie looks up a price for the perfume he wanted & it was $64. After Andy left the store, Opie puts the perfume back & then the bottle shatters! Opie tells Arnold what had happened. Arnold gives him the idea of buying another bottle of perfume since he's going out of town with his dad. Opie pays Arnold the $64. When Arnold brought him the perfume, Opie places it in the shelf. Andy enters & tells Mr. Crawford that he wants to buy that $64 perfume. Mr. Crawford tells Andy that

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Kent Wilson
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Sam for Town Council

#15 - Sam for Town Council

Season 8 - Episode 27

Sam runs against Emmett for office.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant
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Barney Comes to Mayberry

#16 - Barney Comes to Mayberry

Season 7 - Episode 19

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

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Sidney Morse
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Goober Goes to an Auto Show

#17 - Goober Goes to an Auto Show

Season 8 - Episode 22

An old friend makes Goober feel worthless.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Joseph Bonaduce
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Goober the Executive

#18 - Goober the Executive

Season 8 - Episode 16

Goober buys the gas station with financial backing from Andy and Emmett.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Michael Morris, Seaman Jacobs
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Crime-Free Mayberry

#19 - Crime-Free Mayberry

Season 2 - Episode 7

Two crooks masquerade as an FBI agent and a professional photographer in a scheme to honor the Mayberry Sheriff's Department for preserving the community's low crime rate -- but they actually have their eye on the town bank.

star 8.25
36 votes
Directors: Bob Sweeney
Writers: Paul Henning
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The Mayberry Chef

#20 - The Mayberry Chef

Season 8 - Episode 17

The head of a local TV station enlists Aunt Bee to do a nightly cooking show, having heard about her cooking. Although she may not exude great professionalism, she has that extra "naturalness" that they're looking for. But her main concern is that someone suitable is cooking for Andy and Opie during her absence each evening. Unable to find someone, but not wanting Aunt Bee to back out of this opportunity, Andy (with Opie) maintains the pretense that a "Mrs. Parkinson" is on the job. Andy actually does the cooking -- to his and Opie's mutual gastric discomfort. After 2 days on the job, Aunt Bee shows unusual quickness of mind in seeing through the charade and finding a resolution.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: James L. Brooks
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Andy's Investment

#21 - Andy's Investment

Season 8 - Episode 11

Andy opens a coin laundry to save money for Opie's college education.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Michael Morris, Seaman Jacobs
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Three Wishes for Opie

#22 - Three Wishes for Opie

Season 5 - Episode 14

Opie makes three wishes on a "magic lamp" Barney bought. When one of his wishes doesn't come true, Barney dismisses the whole thing. Opie learns there are many different ways for a wish to be granted.

star 8.19
26 votes
Directors: Howard Morris
Writers: Richard M. Powell
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The Statue

#23 - The Statue

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 Taylor’s 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 raps, 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 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Fred S. Fox
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Andy's Old Girlfriend

#24 - Andy's Old Girlfriend

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 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Sidney Morse
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Alcohol and Old Lace

#25 - Alcohol and Old Lace

Season 1 - Episode 17

Opie comes home talking about a "flower-making machine" owned by sisters Clarabelle and Jennifer Morrison, the spinsters who run the local flower shop. Andy and Barney do a little investigating -- and discover the contraption is actually a still and the kindly sisters are in the moonshine business!

star 8.16
49 votes
Directors: Gene Reynolds
Writers: Jack Elinson, Charles Stewart
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