The Andy Griffith Show stars picked their favorite episodes of the series

Do you agree with the cast? Which is your favorite?

On October 3, 1985, Mayberry celebrated a milestone. The Andy Griffith Show Silver Anniversary Special aired on TBS, looking back at the beloved sitcom on its 25th birthday.

Don Knotts hosted the special. "What made The Andy Griffith Show such a hit was the characters," the Barney Fife actor declared in his introduction. "These are real people who cared about each other."

Knotts then presented the series "best episodes," as chosen by the members of the cast. It gave fans a fascinating glimpse into the actors' favorites, were not necessarily showcases for their particular characters.

With The Andy Griffith Show celebrating its 60th anniversary, let's look back at the favorite episodes of the stars themselves. Which is your favorite?

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1. Andy Griffith: "Barney's First Car"

We begin with the man himself, the eponymous star of the show. To underline his longtime friendship with Don Knotts, Griffith picked an episode the truly showcased the comedic skills of his sidekick. The deputy has $300 burning a hole in his pockets, which he spends on a 1954 Ford sedan. The used car is a lemon, purchased from the widow "Hubcaps" Lesh (Ellen Corby from The Waltons). Griffith was not alone in cherishing this tale — the Writer's Guild of America granted the writers, Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum, an award for best writing in a comedy or variety series.

2. Don Knotts: "The Pickle Story"

"['The Pickle Story'] shows just how much Andy and Barney are willing to go through to protect Aunt Bee's feelings," Knotts explained. In this case, that means ingesting her disgusting pickles. Fans agree with Knotts. The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club voted this episode as its all-time favorite.

3. Frances Bavier: "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee"

Here is another episode about food and the sacrifices of friendship. Aunt Bee believes that she is holding back Andy's love life, so she attempts to kindle a romance of her own in the hopes she can move out. She pretends to fall for the rather insufferable local dry cleaner, H. Fred Goss. But she can not keep up the charade.

4. Jim Nabors: "Citizen's Arrest"

Nabor's Gomer character features prominently in this tale, but it too remains largely a showcase for Don Knott's comedic skills. Barney slaps Gomer with a $5 traffic ticket. Leaving the scene, Barney executes a U-turn, prompting Gomer to pull a citizen's arrest. A stickler for the law, Barney jails himself and quits his job. Gomer stages a phony robbery at the gas station to get Barney back in the game…

5. George Lindsey: "Dinner at Eight"

What about Goober? Remember, the other Pyle did not become a prominent cast member until the color years. So it makes sense that Lindsey would select a later episode. With Opie and Aunt Bee out of the house, Andy looks forward to some welcome alone time. Of course, this being a small town, the sheriff ends up committed to three separate suppers… all of them spaghetti. Oh, and each home chef claims oregano to be the secret ingredient.

6. Ron Howard: "The Ball Game"

The reason Howard holds this moment from the show so close to his heart may surprise you. It's because it's based on a similar situation that happened to him and his dad. The episode centers on Andy Taylor serving as an umpire for Opie's championship baseball game. Andy has reservations about serving as an umpire and showing favoritism, so he decides to play fair. However, the town turns against its own sheriff when he calls out his son at home plate, forcing the Mayberry Giants to lose. "That had happened to me and my dad," Howard told Larry King in 2013. "He called me out at home on a ball game that was on my birthday. I couldn't believe he called me out!"

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TexasGreek 28 days ago
I always wondered what Aunt Bee's pickles really tasted like as everyone just hated them. Gotta' go a long way to ruin home-jarred pickles. I wonder what she added to 'em, alum?
Anyone game to bite one?
Mlbeth 1 month ago
I would like to see The Adventure of Wild Bill Hillock show
MadMadMadWorld 1 month ago
"Man in a Hurray" and "The Fun Girls" are my two favorites! Funny yet touching and sweet for the first one. Hilarious and sexy women (Daphne--Jean Carson, and especially Skippy--Joyce Jameson) for the second.
David 1 month ago
What were Thelma Lou and Helen's favorites? Or Floyd's, or Otis's?
My favorite was Opie the Birdman.
pmmom38 David 1 month ago
I know! I hate when they don't include everyone & Thelma Lou was even in the picture!
denny 1 month ago
A date for Gomer, the haunted house, the fun girls, convicts at large, Floyd the gay debonair, Opie's charity, Goober and the art of love, Barney's motor cycle (checkpoint chickie), 3 wishes, Opies newspaper
LoadedGoat 1 month ago
Dogs Dogs Dogs!!
"Move over I'm driving"
Or
Haunted House
harlow1313 LoadedGoat 1 month ago
"Move over I'm driving" - Yes, that is a funny line that Barney speaks to a dog.
Gibson007 1 month ago
"The Manicurist", "The Clubmen", "Prisoner of Love" & "A Date for Gomer". I could go on and on.
MarinaCoates 1 month ago
I made a computer-generated tour of the home from the Andy Griffith Show, adding ceilings and all the walls, so we can walk around inside, as if it were a real home.
That's excellent! A few years ago I tried it using pencil and paper. I kept getting stuck on the kitchen with the odd walls.
texasluva MarinaCoates 1 month ago
The Talented Mrs. MarinaCoats. Good job
daDoctah 1 month ago
I guess we'll never find out the favorite episodes of Howard McNear, Betty Lynn, Howard Morris and Hal Smith....
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
Three Wishes For Opie. Floyd and Goober are hilarious. Convicts At Large "Al!". Opie's Charity "Poor Horatio".
Pacificsun 1 month ago
When I was a kid (and color TV already existed) watching black & white show was annoying! It didn't seem real enough. But as an adult I prefer TAGS in black & white. And seeing the color pictures above distracts from the sentimentality it conveyed. In B&W the characters' (actors') personalities and relationships stood out. I don't need to see the color of the costumes or the details in the set design. The article is right ... the show is popular because it's about relationships! Very deeply so.

Good article, MeTV - thanks!!
ElijahSteinbrecher 1 month ago
Barney’s Uniform 🥋
Season 5 Episode 8
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