The BEST episodes written by Jim Fritzell

Citizen's Arrest
64 votes

#1 - Citizen's Arrest

The Andy Griffith Show - 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?

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Abyssinia, Henry
500 votes

#2 - Abyssinia, Henry

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 24

Actually, we won't. One of the classic M*A*S*H episodes. Henry finally gets his discharge. While he is tying things up, Burns prepares for his new command. Henry bids a tearful adieu, but not before Klinger turns up in an outrageous tropical outfit, and gets Henry to zip him up, and he gets a kiss Margaret. He gives Radar a hug and his last order, and departs by helicopter. In the traumatic and shocking last scene, a devastated Radar announces that Henry has been killed when his plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.

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Andy's Vacation
67 votes

#3 - Andy's Vacation

The Andy Griffith Show - 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.

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54 votes

#4 - Jealousy

Sanford and Son - Season 2 - Episode 4

Fred fumes with jealousy over Donna's patient, a pompous but sick man who makes Fred feel inferior.

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The Suitcase Case
62 votes

#5 - The Suitcase Case

Sanford and Son - Season 1 - Episode 12

Fred and Lamont find a large sum of money in an old suitcase but are soon visited by a gunman intent on taking the treasure.

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High Noon in Mayberry
71 votes

#6 - High Noon in Mayberry

The Andy Griffith Show - 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.

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The Bank Job
65 votes

#7 - The Bank Job

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

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The Kid
31 votes

#8 - The Kid

Sanford and Son - Season 2 - Episode 23

A runaway child staying with the Sanfords breaks through Fred's gruff exterior.

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Alcoholics Unanimous
517 votes

#9 - Alcoholics Unanimous

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 9

Henry's departure to Tokyo leaves Major Burns in charge of the 4077th. He declares total prohibition of alcohol, which leads to a near riot amongst the camp, especially from Hawkeye and Trapper.

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House Arrest
475 votes

#10 - House Arrest

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 18

Hawkeye hits Major Burns and Houlihan is a witness. Despite Hawkeye and Trapper's claims that it wasn't intentional, Frank makes allegations against Hawkeye, and he is put in house arrest facing court martial. A female colonel is sent to inspect the nurses. When she cries "Rape!" when Burns visits her tent, Houlihan recants her story, and Burns, not Hawkeye, ends up under house arrest.

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The General Flipped at Dawn
585 votes

#11 - The General Flipped at Dawn

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 1

The MASH 4077 is visted by General Steele. He wishes to move the camp 5 miles down the road. Hawkeye and Henry are charged with mutiny. And Hawkeye is also charged with impersonating a reporter.

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Mail Call, Again
435 votes

#12 - Mail Call, Again

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 14

Mail brings a letter to Frank saying his wife is divorcing him, and one to Potter telling him he's going to be a grandfather.

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Quiet Sam
92 votes

#13 - Quiet Sam

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 1 - Episode 29

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.

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Change of Command
565 votes

#14 - Change of Command

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 2

Frank settles in as commanding officer, only to have a new one appointed over his head, one that, to his chagrin, fits in very well.

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Welcome to Korea
530 votes

#15 - Welcome to Korea

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 1

Trapper is shipped home while Hawkeye is on R&R. Hawkeye speeds to Kimpo with Radar to catch Trapper's plane, but they just miss him. While they are there, they pick up BJ Hunnicut and take him back to camp. On the way back, BJ is introduced to the Korean War.

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Dear Ma
459 votes

#16 - Dear Ma

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 16

Radar writes home to his mother, as Hawkeye conducts the camp foot inspection, and Colonel Potter gets some shrapnel in his backside.

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Barney's Sidecar
72 votes

#17 - Barney's Sidecar

The Andy Griffith Show - 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.

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Bug Out
420 votes

#18 - Bug Out

M*A*S*H - Season 5 - Episode 1

A rumour that there's going to be a practive bug-out causes anxiety. When Potter assembles the unit in an attempt to squelch the rumor, the call comes in to bug out, and the rumour suddenly comes to life! Meanwhile, Hawkeye begins surgery on a patient with a spinal injury. The bug-out proceeds without him, Hot Lips and Radar, and they quickly learn after the unit departs that they're in the midst of the front. When Potter, Mulcahy, BJ, Frank and the others arrive at the buildings which had been scouted by helicopter, they find the house full of "business girls," and Potter gives them Klinger's dresses to persuade them to leave the house. A helicopter comes to evacuate the spinal injury patient, and just as the three get ready to go to the new location, they find the 4077 is already returning, and eventually everyone reunites back at the camp, what with the Chinese being repulsed.

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The Smell of Music
399 votes

#19 - The Smell of Music

M*A*S*H - Season 6 - Episode 15

The 4077th has just ended a rough 3-day ordeal with wounded soldiers. Charles plays (?) a French horn and drives Hawkeye and B.J. crazy. They refuse to bathe until the French horn playing is stopped; the two are even forced to eat outside because of their unhygenic presences. Meanwhile Potter attempts to saves the life of a patient, Saunders, whose unfortunate accident has rendered him suicidal. Time and time again, Potter pleads against Saunders' taking the easy way out; Saunders holds out until a little dose of reverse psychology finally discourages him. When a "battle of the bands" eventually erupts between Winchester, Hunnicutt and Pierce, the camp collectively intervenes and hoses down Hawkeye and B.O. while Margaret has a soldier run over Charles' French horn with a jeep. Later, Sang Nu presents Charles with a new which doesn't have a mouthpiece!

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Man in a Hurry
65 votes

#20 - Man in a Hurry

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 16

Malcolm Tucker, a business tycoon from Charlotte, has the unfortunate luck of having his car break down in Mayberry on a Sunday. Now he's willing to do just about anything to be on his way, including stealing Gomer's truck. Andy invites the man over for Sunday dinner to try and teach him the importance of relaxation before he does something he'll really regret.

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Dear Mildred
495 votes

#21 - Dear Mildred

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 7

It's Potter's anniversary. While Potter writes home, Frank and Hot Lips have a wood carving made for him, and Radar rescues a horse and makes him a present of it.

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Life With Father
495 votes

#22 - Life With Father

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 8

Mail from home worries Henry that Lorraine may be seeing other men. Father Mulcahy presides over a Jewish circumcision ceremony for the Korean-born son of a US GI.

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467 votes

#23 - Bombed

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 15

The camp is under fire and is swamped with wounded. They are being attacked by their own artillery in a frightening "friendly fire" incident. Trapper and Margaret get trapped in the Supply Tent together. Frank's jealousy of Trapper drives him to propose to Margaret.

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Convicts at Large
70 votes

#24 - Convicts at Large

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 11

Barney and Floyd stumble upon a cabin in the woods where three dangerous female convicts are hiding out. They are taken prisoner and it's Andy to the rescue when he manages to capture two of them. But it's up to Barney to get the third using all the charm he can muster, along with his best Rudolph Valentino impression.

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Margaret's Marriage
393 votes

#25 - Margaret's Marriage

M*A*S*H - Season 5 - Episode 24

Prompted by pressure from Frank, Hot Lips sets a date for marriage with Lieutenant Colonel Donald Penobscott. When Donald arrives in camp for the wedding, a bridal shower and bachelor party are given. When he has passed out drunk, Hawkeye and B.J. place Donald in a body cast and convince him that he has broken his leg. The ceremony is performed and Donald and Hot Lips leave for a week's honeymoon in Tokyo.

Der Tag
480 votes

#26 - Der Tag

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 17

Potter decides Frank would be less of a pain if the others were friendlier to him; they oblige, with some startling results.

Nobody Loves a Sergeant
65 votes

#27 - Nobody Loves a Sergeant

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1 - Episode 7

Carter is driven crazy by the fact that no matter what he does to Gomer, Gomer still likes him.

Dear Peggy
460 votes

#28 - Dear Peggy

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 10

B.J. writes home to his wife, Peg, reporting Klinger's escape attempts, the visit of a formidable chaplain, and one of Frank's goof-ups.

Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army
75 votes

#29 - Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 4 - Episode 3

When Ernest T. Bass is denied from joining the army, he blames Andy and threatens to break every window in Mayberry. When Andy learns the real reason for Ernest's denial, he finds a solution that benefits everyone...except Barney.

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Lt. Radar O'Reilly
504 votes

#30 - Lt. Radar O'Reilly

M*A*S*H - Season 5 - Episode 4

Following an offer of promotion made by Master Sergeant Woodruff at a poker game, Radar is promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Finding this position awkward, Radar opts to return to his position as an enlisted man.

The Rumor
56 votes

#31 - The Rumor

The Andy Griffith Show - 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.

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White Gold
497 votes

#32 - White Gold

M*A*S*H - Season 3 - Episode 23

Colonel Flagg blows into camp trying to obtain penicillin to barter for information. But Flagg comes down with appendicitis, and the only penicillin he gets is in the keister.

The Winchester Tapes
455 votes

#33 - The Winchester Tapes

M*A*S*H - Season 6 - Episode 5

Hawkeye tries unsuccessfully to get to Seoul, to see Nurse Gilmore for the weekend. Meanwhile, Winchester has taped a letter home, asking for his influential parents to help get him back to the States. To get even, Hawkeye and B.J. switch Winchester's clothes, causing Winchester to alter his eating patterns.

Fade Out, Fade In
537 votes

#34 - Fade Out, Fade In

M*A*S*H - Season 6 - Episode 1

After Maj. Margaret Houlihan-Penobscott leaves for her honeymoon, Maj. Frank Burns becomes very distraught, so Potter sends him on R&R. As they deal with the physical and psychological wounds in a heavy load of casualties, members of the 4077th wonder why Maj. Burns is late in returning from R&R and why Margaret returned from her honeymoon in a deep funk. Soon they learn that Maj. Burns has been arrested for antics with a general and his wife in Seoul; later, Hawkeye and BJ will discover that Margaret has already encountered marital troubles. Radar gets a temporary replacement for Maj. Burns: a Major Charles Emerson Winchester III. Maj. Winchester arrives at the 4077th, only to painfully discover that he's the permanent replacement after Frank Burns is thoroughly examined, uncannily acquitted, undeservingly promoted (to Lt. Colonel!!!), and quickly transferred to a VA hospital in Indiana.

38 Across
381 votes

#35 - 38 Across

M*A*S*H - Season 5 - Episode 15

Befuddled by a crossword puzzle, Hawkeye persuades his old friend Tippy Brooks, a whiz at puzzles, brought to camp. Tippy arrives with his commanding officer Admiral Prescot, thinking it's a medical emergency. Having scrubbed up and helped out with the wounded they provided the needed solution to the puzzle.

The Kids
472 votes

#36 - The Kids

M*A*S*H - Season 4 - Episode 8

The 4077th plays host to kids bombed out of their orphanage, and at the same time has to deliver a baby and care for battle casualties.

Mail Call Three
425 votes

#37 - Mail Call Three

M*A*S*H - Season 6 - Episode 20

After a delay of three weeks, five sacks of mail arrive, and everyone in camp reacts to good and bad news from home. Hawkeye receives love letters addressed to another Benjamin Pierce, another man has approached B.J.'s wife, and Radar's mom has found a boyfriend. Klinger: "I may not have a family in Toledo, but I got one here."

Mountain Wedding
60 votes

#38 - Mountain Wedding

The Andy Griffith Show - 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.

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Last Laugh
480 votes

#39 - Last Laugh

M*A*S*H - Season 6 - Episode 3

Madness strikes as B.J. and his old friend Bardonaro play a series of practical jokes on each other, just as Bardonaro is about to leave Korea. Hawkeye gets the last laugh. He sends Bardonaro off without his traveling papers, and in a jeep with too little gas.

Barney's First Car
65 votes

#40 - Barney's First Car

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 27

Barney learns that the car he's spent his life savings on is a lemon, and the little old lady he bought it from may have put one over on him. When Barney and Andy set out to return the car and arrest her, however, they find the hardest part may be just getting there.

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The Colonel's Horse
457 votes

#41 - The Colonel's Horse

M*A*S*H - Season 5 - Episode 11

While Colonel Potter goes to Tokyo on R&R, his horse develops colic. Klinger becomes chronically depressed, and Hot Lips gets appendicitis. The horse is flushed out with a hose, Hawkeye and B.J. perform an appendectomy on Hot Lips, and all are well when Potter returns, except Klinger. Potter offers Klinger a discharge for severe depression, and Klinger gets very excited, which loses him the discharge.

My Fair Ernest T. Bass
66 votes

#42 - My Fair Ernest T. Bass

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 4 - Episode 17

Andy is called to arrest Ernest T. Bass once again for disturbing one of Mrs. Wiley's socials. Sympathizing with his search for true love, Andy and Barney teach him how to act like a gentleman and bring him to Mrs. Wiley's next social. But when Ernest falls for Mrs. Wiley's niece, his true colors shine through.

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Dogs, Dogs, Dogs
55 votes

#43 - Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 30

A pack of stray hunting dogs descends upon Mayberry at the same time that a state investigator has come to review Andy's request for more funds for the jail. Barney and Opie decide to bring the dogs to the courthouse to shelter them from a storm, not realizing that Mr. Somerset is already there.

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The Song Festers
57 votes

#44 - The Song Festers

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 4 - Episode 20

When Gomer replaces Barney in the Mayberry choir, Barney is heartbroken. Gomer hears about this and feigns illness so that Barney can sing on the night of the recital. But when Barney's pride gets in the way, the big performance threatens to become a big disaster.

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The Education of Ernest T. Bass
70 votes

#45 - The Education of Ernest T. Bass

The Andy Griffith Show - 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.

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Up in Barney's Room
67 votes

#46 - Up in Barney's Room

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 4 - Episode 10

Barney has an argument with his landlady Mrs. Mendelbright and gets evicted. After moving into the courthouse and having no luck finding a new place, he decides to mend fences with Mrs. Mendelbright, only to find she has decided to sell the house and run away to get married.

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The Mayberry Band
68 votes

#47 - The Mayberry Band

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 8

When Mayor Stoner decides not to cover the expense of sending the Mayberry Marching Band to their annual competition in Raleigh because he thinks they're terrible, Andy helps out by having a few of his friends from "Freddy Fleet And His Band With A Beat" step in.

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Class Reunion
64 votes

#48 - Class Reunion

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 19

Andy and Barney reminisce about old flames and decide to throw a class reunion. When the big night finally comes, they both find they have a lot to learn about how much things have -- and have not -- changed.

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A Date for Gomer
61 votes

#49 - A Date for Gomer

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 4 - Episode 9

Thelma Lou's bachelorette cousin is coming to Mayberry for the town dance, and Barney decides to set her up with Gomer. On the big night, they all meet up at Thelma Lou's and everything seems to be going great, until Gomer suddenly disappears.

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Andy's Rich Girlfriend
72 votes

#50 - Andy's Rich Girlfriend

The Andy Griffith Show - Season 3 - Episode 2

Andy discovers Peggy comes from a wealthy family and starts to feel like he is unable to provide the kind of sophisticated company she is used to. He decides to stop seeing he and abruptly breaks it off, but without getting Peggy's Side of the story.

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