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Since I'm only 23 years old, you might not expect me to love a show from the 1960's like "The Andy Griffith Show." You'd be wrong. It's my dad's favorite show and since I was pretty much forced to watch it as a kid, I started liking it. I can't say for sure, but I'd be willing to bet that I've seen every episode. Although, once Barney Fife leaves, they're kinda pointless. I think post-Barney episodes would have been fine if we wouldn't have had Barney in the first place. If that makes sense.... I think we just got spoiled with Barney and Warren didn't have a shot to match him.
Barney was great, but he wouldn't have been half as funny without Andy Taylor. Andy knows how to push Barney's buttons and that's where a majority of the laughs come from. When I heard that Andy Griffith passed away this morning, I was saddened. It's always sad to lose an icon like Andy Griffith who brought so much joy to so many people. I've seen "Matlock" before with my grandma, but it just doesn't compare to "The Andy Griffith Show" for me.
I've decided to put together a list of my top 3 "The Andy Griffith Show" episodes of all time. You might notice that they all involve Barney, I mean, what did you expect? (Episode descriptions from imdb.com)
3. 'Opie and the Spoiled Kid'
Mayberry is having a bit of a problem with a boy who is continually riding his bike on the sidewalks and knocking people over. The boy, Arnold Winkler, has just gotten his new bicycle and for Opie, it's a beauty. Actually, Opie thinks Arnold, who has just moved to Mayberry with his family, is the luckiest kid around. He not only has a new $70 bike, but he gets a much bigger allowance and doesn't have to do chores to get it. He thinks Opie is a sap and gives him some hints on how to get what he wants out of parents, like stomping your feet, holding your breath and pretending to cry. When Opie tries it with Andy, it doesn't get him very far. When Andy and Barney impound Arnold's bike for again riding on the sidewalk, they get a visit from the boy's father who soon comes to realize just how selfish and arrogant his little boy is.
2.'Barney Gets His Man'
Barney catches a man littering and starts to write him a ticket when the man sees a state police car and tries to flee. He and Barney get tangled up and fall to the ground and the policemen credit Barney with the capture. "I'll get you for this, deputy," Eddie Brooke threatens a befuddled Barney as they lead him away. With a gathering crowd congratulating him, Barney quickly recovers and swaggers away, spending the rest of the day basking in the limelight. Before a party at Andy's that night, they find out Brooke has escaped again. He heads toward Mayberry so Andy and Barney, who's edgy now, join the manhunt. The woods are quiet and Barney tries to tell Andy what really happened the day before. They rendezvous with the state men at an old barn where Andy thinks the criminal is hiding out so he sets Barney up in the barn to recapture Brooke
1. 'Convicts At-Large'
Barney and Floyd are out fishing when Andy gets a call telling him that three women convicts ave escaped from the penitentiary. When the hapless fishermen run out of gas however, they head over to a nearby cabin to see if they can get help. Sure enough, they're taken prisoner by the women, Big Maude, Jalene and Sally. They send Floyd into town to get supplies and Andy thinks the two bachelors are having a bit of a party. He soon puts two and two together and realizes something is wrong. It's left to Andy to rescue the boys.
These are just the ones I thought of off the top of my head. I'm sure I'll think of a few that should have been on the list later. Rest in peace, Andy Griffith, and thank you for bringing so much joy to so many people. Also, why'd you date Helen? She was the worst.