The BEST Episodes of The Andy Griffith Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 8, 2019
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 - 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.
#2 - Sam for Town Council
Season 8 - Episode 27
Sam runs against Emmett for office.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#8 - Goober, the Executive
Season 8 - Episode 16
Goober buys the gas station with financial backing from Andy and Emmett.
#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
#10 - Goober Goes to the Auto Show
Season 8 - Episode 22
An old friend makes Goober feel worthless.
#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.
#12 - Barney Comes to Mayberry
Season 7 - Episode 19
Barney returns to Mayberry and rediscovers an old girlfriend who has become a movie star.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.
#17 - A Singer in Town
Season 6 - Episode 30
When a famous singer visits Mayberry, Aunt Bee and Clara see their ticket to stardom!
#18 - Otis the Deputy
Season 7 - Episode 13
Andy is captured by two escaped convincts and Otis and Howard ride to his rescue.
#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.
#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.
#21 - Opie Finds a Baby
Season 7 - Episode 10
Opie and Arnold find an abandoned infant on the courthouse steps.
#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.
#23 - Aunt Bee, the Juror
Season 8 - Episode 7
Aunt Bee, summoned for jury duty, disagrees with fellow jurors on her first case.
#24 - Andy's Investment
Season 8 - Episode 11
Andy opens a coin laundry to save money for Opie's college education.
#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.