Do you actually think Barney Fife is funnier than anybody else on TV?

Prove Barney Fife really nipped it in the bud.

Don Knotts is a comedy treasure, which is why he went on to become such a big movie star and prolific TV actor. But it all started with Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, and for many fans, Barney represents the end all and be all of hilarious TV characters.

Does that sound like you? Well steel your heart and watch your funny bone, because we're about to pit Barney Fife up against some of classic TV's most expressive characters.

Scroll through the images below and consider each set of scenes, then ask yourself: Which scene actually makes you laugh more, the one with Barney Fife, or the one with other comedy legends, from Bob Denver to Carol Burnett.

See how many others laughed along with you!
  1. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or ALF (ALF)?
  2. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Maxwell Klinger (M*A*S*H)?
  3. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Gilligan (Gilligan's Island)
  4. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Norm Peterson (Cheers)
  5. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show)
  6. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Arnold Jackson (Diff'rent Strokes)?
  7. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Flo Johnston (The Jeffersons)?
  8. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Latka Gravas (Taxi)?
  9. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Johnny Fever (WKRP in Cincinnati)
  10. Who makes you laugh more here: Barney Fife or Vinton Harper (Mama's Family)
Do you actually think Barney Fife is funnier than anybody else on TV?

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BrendaGast 3 days ago
I thought Barney Fife was an amazing character! Other Don Knotts roles, not so much.
TomTerrrific 6 days ago
I'm not a big Don Knotts fan, he was funnier than 90% of the people in this quiz. But I did vote for Max Klinger over him.
BrittReid 7 days ago
Barney did not have much competition in this poll. Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton are way funnier.
SalIanni 13 days ago
Other characters I would have added: Lucy, Rob Petrie, Hank Kimball, Ralph Kramden, Ed Norton, Gomer Pyle, Uncle Arthur, Archie Bunker, Al Bundy, Lenny & Squiggy, Mork, Jack Tripper, and (naturally) Ralph Furley. Any one of them would make great competition for Barney Fife. He might be able to beat about half of them but it would still be a close race.
Barry22 14 days ago
100%. Don Knotts was classic.
Lucyneenah19701 14 days ago
70% similar. But the funniest person on TV is Lucy! I Love Lucy is the best show! Please put I Love Lucy back on MeTV!
BettyJaneMaye 14 days ago
Actually I can't stand the character of Barney. He is such a know it all who is not very likable. Not sure why the writers turned him into such a self centered idiot - at the beginning of the show Barney was stupid but sweet later he is an ego-manic and mean.
MrsPhilHarris 14 days ago
100% similar. But really some of the choices. Barney vs Arnold Jackson?
Pilaf 14 days ago
Barney (Don Knotts) was such a good actor, had such a mobile face, he was 100% believable and endearing. But, there were those moments, I wanted to shake him until his teeth rattled! Like Lucy, he could be a bit much.
cperrynaples 14 days ago
This poll was fixed! There is no way Barney is funnier than Carol Burnett!
teire 15 days ago
80 percent similar. Feel like some of these comparisons were a little weighted in Barney's favor, I wonder how he'd do head to head against Ed Norton from The Honeymooners.
harlow1313 teire 14 days ago
I was just thinking about Norton. Nice to see he came to your mind too.
Barry22 teire 14 days ago
That could main-event WrestleMania. Barney: "Nip it!" Norton: "Sheesh, what a grouch!"
nerakr 15 days ago
100% similar. Some of the choices weren't even funny. Now if they had pitted Barney against Balkie (Perfect Strangers) he may have had some competition.
anthony 15 days ago
100% similar.There's some mildly amusing characters,even some really funny ones up there,but at the end of the day,BARNEY'S THE MAN!!!!😋
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