The Best Episodes of The Andy Griffith Show

Andy's Vacation

#1 - Andy's Vacation 8.60

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.

Directors: Jeffrey Hayden
The Merchant of Mayberry

#2 - The Merchant of Mayberry 8.58

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.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
The Great Filling Station Robbery

#3 - The Great Filling Station Robbery 8.56

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.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
Opie's Charity

#4 - Opie's Charity 8.50

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

Directors: Don Weis
Three Wishes for Opie

#5 - Three Wishes for Opie 8.50

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.

Directors: Howard Morris
High Noon in Mayberry

#6 - High Noon in Mayberry 8.46

Season 3 - Episode 17

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.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
Christmas Story

#7 - Christmas Story 8.44

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.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
A Visit to Barney Fife

#8 - A Visit to Barney Fife 8.40

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.

Directors: Lee Philips
The Return of Barney Fife

#9 - The Return of Barney Fife 8.38

Season 6 - Episode 17

Barney Fife returns home to Mayberry for a brief visit only to discover that his former girlfriend Thelma Lou has married. Fortunately for Barney, sweet Nettie Albright a secret admirer from days gone by shows up at Barney's high school reunion dance to save the day.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
Andy the Matchmaker

#10 - Andy the Matchmaker 8.35

Season 1 - Episode 7

When Barney's bumbling law enforcement techniques are questioned, Andy and Ellie decide to stage a fake robbery -- a scheme that turns Barney into a real hero!

Directors: Don Weis
The County Nurse

#11 - The County Nurse 8.33

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.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
The Beauty Contest

#12 - The Beauty Contest 8.28

Season 1 - Episode 16

The Mayberry town council wants to end the annual Founder's Day celebration with a beauty contest, with Andy chosen to pick the winner. The result is pandemonium as candidates of all shapes and sizes descend on the hapless "judge."

Directors: Bob Sweeney
The Pickle Story

#13 - The Pickle Story 8.25

Season 2 - Episode 11

Andy and Barney are horrified when Aunt Bee decides to enter her prized pickles -- with a taste described as "kerosene cucumbers" -- in a county fair contest, hoping to claim first prize over the competition's perennial winner.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
The Horse Trader

#14 - The Horse Trader 8.24

Season 1 - Episode 14

Andy performs some slick dealing with an antique dealer to get rid of the town's old worthless cannon. But when young Opie later mimics his father's shady deal to obtain a pair of roller skates, Andy has second thoughts about his own wheeling and dealing.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
Those Gossipin' Men

#15 - Those Gossipin' Men 8.23

Season 1 - Episode 15

Aunt Bee, accused by Andy of being a hopeless gossip, sets out to prove that the men of Mayberry are even bigger rumormongers than the women.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
Keeper of the Flame

#16 - Keeper of the Flame 8.22

Season 2 - Episode 14

Opie joins a secret club known as The Wildcats and is subsequently suspected of being the guilty party when the barn that the club meets in catches fire and burns to the ground.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
The Education of Ernest T. Bass

#17 - The Education of Ernest T. Bass 8.21

Season 5 - Episode 4

Ernest T. Bass returns to Mayberry to get an education so his girlfriend will marry him. But when he meets his new teacher Helen, he falls in love with her. Now Andy has to help Helen give Ernest all the facts he needs, including the one about the true object of his affection.

Directors: Alan Rafkin
Andy Saves Gomer

#18 - Andy Saves Gomer 8.20

Season 4 - Episode 23

After Andy extinguishes a small fire that started at the filling station while Gomer was napping, Gomer believes Andy saved his life and makes a pest of himself trying to repay the debt. Andy decides to stage an accident and let Gomer "rescue" him, but it's Gomer that ends up needing the rescuing.

The Rumor

#19 - The Rumor 8.18

Season 4 - Episode 29

After Barney sees Andy and Helen kissing in a jewelery store, he becomes convinced they are secretly engaged and decides to throw a surprise engagement party, much to the chagrin of the un-engaged Andy and Helen.

Directors: Coby Ruskin
Andy the Marriage Counselor

#20 - Andy the Marriage Counselor 8.18

Season 1 - Episode 18

Mayberry newcomers Fred and Jeannie Boone are constantly causing domestic disturbances with their fighting, so Andy decides to play marriage counselor to the bickering couple -- with disastrous results.

Directors: Gene Reynolds
Andy Saves Barney's Morale

#21 - Andy Saves Barney's Morale 8.17

Season 1 - Episode 20

When Andy has to leave Mayberry for the day to testify in a court case held in a neighboring town, Deputy Barney Fife is left in charge of the sheriff's department -- and he proceeds to arrest everyone in Mayberry!

Directors: Bob Sweeney
Mountain Wedding

#22 - Mountain Wedding 8.17

Season 3 - Episode 31

The Darling clan is back and this time need Andy's help to wed their daughter Charlene to Dud Walsh before crazy old Ernest T. Bass makes good on his threats to kidnap her and take her for his own. Andy sets Barney up as a decoy bride while the real wedding takes place elsewhere. The plan works, until Ernest kidnaps Barney and decides he's just as good a bride as Charlene.

Directors: Bob Sweeney
Alcohol and Old Lace

#23 - Alcohol and Old Lace 8.16

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!

Directors: Gene Reynolds
Back to Nature

#24 - Back to Nature 8.14

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.

Directors: Coby Ruskin
Barney's Physical

#25 - Barney's Physical 8.10

Season 5 - Episode 2

New height and weight requirements go into effect for all law enforcement officers, which threatens to put Barney out of a job unless Andy can figure out a way to throw around some much-needed weight.

Directors: Howard Morris