The BEST Episodes of The Andy Griffith Show

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2019

Network: CBS

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 9.00
7 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Budd Grossman
Sam for Town Council

#2 - Sam for Town Council

Season 8 - Episode 27

Sam runs against Emmett for office.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant
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
Aunt Bee's Restaurant

#4 - 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: Les Roberts, Ronald Axe
A New Doctor in Town

#5 - A New Doctor in Town

Season 7 - Episode 15

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

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Barry E. Blitzer, Ray Brenner
Andy's Trip to Raleigh

#6 - 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
The Christmas Story

#7 - The Christmas Story

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.27
117 votes
Directors: Bob Sweeney
Writers: David Adler
Goober, the Executive

#8 - 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
Opie's Drugstore Job

#9 - 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
Goober Goes to the Auto Show

#10 - Goober Goes to the Auto Show

Season 8 - Episode 22

An old friend makes Goober feel worthless.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Joseph Bonaduce
Helen's Past

#11 - 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
Barney Comes to Mayberry

#12 - Barney Comes to Mayberry

Season 7 - Episode 19

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

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Sidney Morse
The Mayberry Chef

#13 - 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
Citizen's Arrest

#14 - 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 8.19
59 votes
Directors: Dick Crenna
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell
Andy's Old Girlfriend

#15 - 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
The Statue

#16 - 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
A Singer in Town

#17 - A Singer in Town

Season 6 - Episode 30

When a famous singer visits Mayberry, Aunt Bee and Clara see their ticket to stardom!

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Howard Merrill, Stan Dreben
Otis the Deputy

#18 - Otis the Deputy

Season 7 - Episode 13

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

star 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Arnold Margolin, Jim Parker
Opie's First Love

#19 - Opie's First Love

Season 8 - Episode 1

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.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Douglas Tibbles
Aunt Bee on TV

#20 - 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 8.00
16 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Fred Freeman, Lawrence J. Cohen
Opie Finds a Baby

#21 - Opie Finds a Baby

Season 7 - Episode 10

Opie and Arnold find an abandoned infant on the courthouse steps.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Sid Mandel, Stan Dreben
Big Fish in a Small Town

#22 - Big Fish in a Small Town

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 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Lee Philips
Writers: Bill Idelson, Sam Bobrick
Aunt Bee, the Juror

#23 - Aunt Bee, the Juror

Season 8 - Episode 7

Aunt Bee, summoned for jury duty, disagrees with fellow jurors on her first case.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Lee Phillips
Writers: Kent Wilson
Andy's Investment

#24 - Andy's Investment

Season 8 - Episode 11

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

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Michael Morris, Seaman Jacobs
Andy's Vacation

#25 - Andy's Vacation

Season 4 - Episode 22

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.

star 7.88
57 votes
Directors: Jeffrey Hayden
Writers: Everett Greenbaum, Jim Fritzell