The BEST Episodes of The Andy Griffith Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 1, 2020
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.
#1 - Christmas Story
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 19, 1960
Mayberry's local "Scrooge," storeowner Ben Weaver, manages to have harmless bootlegger Sam Muggins thrown into jail on Christmas -- but the Mayberry folks manage to celebrate Christmas with Sam in a most unusual way.
#2 - Barney Comes to Mayberry
Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 23, 1967
Barney returns to Mayberry and rediscovers an old girlfriend who has become a movie star.
#3 - Citizen's Arrest
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 16, 1963
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?
#4 - Dinner at Eight
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 9, 1967
With Aunt Bee off visiting relatives 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 at Helen's. He rushes over, but is in hot water for being late so he must endure another dinner of spaghetti.
#5 - Andy's Vacation
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 9, 1964
Andy decides to take a vacation in the mountains and leaves Barney to guard a prisoner the state police have brought in. Inevitably, the prisoner escapes Barney's grasp and flees into the mountains -- the very same mountains Andy is vacationing in.
#6 - Otis the Deputy
Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 1966
Andy is captured by two escaped convincts and Otis and Howard ride to his rescue.
#7 - Bringing Up Opie
Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired May 22, 1961
After being scolded by Aunt Bee, Opie decides to run away from home -- a plan that quickly turns into a series of eye-opening, and sometimes dangerous, adventures for Opie and a scare for both Aunt Bee and Andy.
#8 - Crime-Free Mayberry
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 1961
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.
#9 - Ellie Saves a Female
Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired Apr 17, 1961
Ellie Walker takes pity on a shy tomboy named Frankie Flint and is determined to give a "Cinderella" makeover to the young girl -- much to her gruff father's displeasure.
#10 - Only a Rose
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1966
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.
#11 - Andy and Opie's Pal
Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 13, 1964
After becoming jealous of the attention Andy give to the new boy in town, Opie comes to Andy wrapped in bandages and tells him he and the new boy got into a vicious fight. One peek under Opie's bandages, however, tells Andy the fight may not have been as bloody, or as real, as Opie says.
#12 - Andy Forecloses
Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 24, 1961
Andy, faced with the unpleasant task of serving an eviction notice on a family who has fallen on hard times, tries desperately to come up with a way for the tenants to keep their home.
#13 - Aunt Bee on TV
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 15, 1965
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.
#14 - Opie's First Love
Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1967
Opie has a really big crush on classmate Mary Alice Carter, but she has her eyes on hunk Fred Simpson. When Opie asks her to the dance, she says yes, not thinking Fred will ask her. When Fred asks her, she immediately says yes and has to think of a way to tell Opie she can't go with him. At the dance, Mary Alice realizes that she really wants to be with Opie and they end up together.
#15 - High Noon in Mayberry
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 21, 1963
Andy gets a letter from a criminal he had wounded years before and learns the man is coming to Mayberry to see him. Barney becomes convinced the man wants revenge and enlists Gomer and Otis to secretly protect Andy, which ends up wreaking more havoc than any criminal ever could.
#16 - Back to Nature
Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired May 11, 1964
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.
#17 - Alcohol and Old Lace
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 30, 1961
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!
#18 - Quiet Sam
Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired May 1, 1961
Barney is convinced that the new, mysterious farmer in town warrants further investigation. Andy finally agrees to pay a visit to the man's farm -- and finds himself drawn into a predicament he never imagined he'd find himself in.
#19 - Three Wishes for Opie
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 21, 1964
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.
#20 - The Sermon for Today
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 21, 1963
A visiting minister preaches the importance of relaxation and inspires Aunt Bee, Andy, and Barney to throw a Sunday afternoon band concert. When it ends up being more work than they imagined, it leaves them wondering if they'll ever have time to relax again.
#21 - Sheriff Barney
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 25, 1961
When Barney gets an offer to become the sheriff of nearby Greendale, Andy decides to let him be the sheriff of Mayberry for a day to give him a taste of what the top law-enforcement spot entails.
#22 - The Haunted House
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 1963
Barney is sent into a reputed "haunted" house to retrieve Opie's baseball and sees things that make even the skeptical Andy wonder if there really are ghosts, until Andy discovers who's really doing the haunting.
#23 - Opie Loves Helen
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 21, 1964
Opie develops a crush on his teacher, Ms. Crump, and Andy sees that the only way to get Opie to forget about it is to admit to him that he and Helen are an "item."
#24 - Opie's Charity
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 28, 1960
Andy is dismayed when Opie refuses to contribute money to the school charity drive -- but there's a secret reason for Opie's apparent selfishness.
#25 - The Bank Job
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 24, 1962
Barney becomes convinced the Mayberry bank is ripe for a robbery and tries to prove his point by staging a fake one. When he discovers a weak spot in the security system, he unknowing relays this information to a couple of actual robbers.