Season 1 (1960-1961)

  • Season 1 consisted of 32 episodes.
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1   "The New Housekeeper" Sheldon Leonard Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 3, 1960
After the Taylors' old housekeeper, Rose (Mary Treen), gets married and moves away, Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) moves in to take care of Andy (Andy Griffith) and Opie (Ron Howard), but Opie just will not accept her.
2   "The Manhunt" Don Weis Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 10, 1960
Andy and Barney (Don Knotts) decide to take action when the state police leave them out of a manhunt for an escaped criminal. First appearance of Otis the town drunk played by Hal Smith.
3   "The Guitar Player" Don Weis Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 17, 1960
Andy helps guitarist Jim Lindsey (James Best) get a chance at stardom – by arresting a band passing through town.
4   "Ellie Comes to Town" Don Weis Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 24, 1960
Pharmacist Ellie Walker (Elinor Donahue) comes to Mayberry to help her ailing uncle run his drugstore, but she has to adjust to the town's unusual ways, including Emma the hypochondriac.
5   "Irresistible Andy" Don Weis David Adler1 October 31, 1960
Andy suspects that Ellie is thinking about marriage when he invites her to the annual church picnic.
6   "Runaway Kid" Don Weis Arthur Stander November 7, 1960
Andy teaches Opie about keeping promises, then must figure what to do with a friend of Opie's who has run away from home.
7   "Andy the Matchmaker" Don Weis Arthur Stander November 14, 1960
Andy and Ellie stage a fake robbery at the pharmacy to boost Barney's self-confidence. Andy also encourages Barney to date shy Rosemary, whom he had only been walking to church on Sundays.
8   "Opie's Charity" Don Weis Arthur Stander November 28, 1960
Andy is disappointed in Opie for giving so little to a charity drive – until he learns the reason. Meanwhile, a former Mayberry resident who was presumed dead unexpectedly returns to town.
9   "A Feud Is a Feud" Don Weis David Adler1 December 5, 1960
Andy seeks to end a long-running family feud before joining two lovers (one from each family) in marriage.
10   "Ellie for Council" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart December 12, 1960
Ellie starts a battle of the sexes when she decides to run for town council.
11   "The Christmas Story" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 December 19, 1960
Despite being forced by "Scrooge" Ben Weaver to arrest bootlegger Sam Muggins on Christmas Eve, Andy still manages to have the most wonderful Christmas in Mayberry. This is the only Christmas episode in the eight-year series.
12   "Stranger in Town" Don Weis Arthur Stander December 26, 1960
The citizens of Mayberry are suspicious of a young stranger (William Lanteau) who seems to know everything about them. First appearance of Floyd the barber, played for the only time by Walter Baldwin.
13   "Mayberry Goes Hollywood" Bob Sweeney Benedict Freedman & John Fenton Murray January 2, 1961
Mayberry is chosen as the setting for an upcoming movie, so the whole town (except Andy) gets carried away with all the glamour. First appearance of Howard McNear as Floyd Lawson, the barber.
14   "The Horse Trader" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 9, 1961
Andy makes up a story about an old useless cannon in order to sell it to an antique dealer (Casey Adams aka Max Showalter) – even though he had just told Opie about honesty.
15   "Those Gossipin' Men" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 16, 1961
Aunt Bee sets out to prove that men are bigger gossips than women. The men spread a rumor that a visiting shoe salesman (Jack Finch) may actually be a talent scout. The salesman is puzzled when townspeople individually come to his hotel room to perform for him.
16   "The Beauty Contest" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 23, 1961
Andy is made sole judge of a beauty contest, and the townspeople pester him by promoting their favorite contestants.
17   "Alcohol and Old Lace" Gene Reynolds Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 30, 1961
Two spinster sisters point Andy and Barney in the direction of local moonshiners....but the spinsters are moonshiners, too.
18   "Andy the Marriage Counselor" Gene Reynolds David Adler1 February 6, 1961
A couple who just moved into town are always disturbing the peace with their arguing, so Andy tries an experiment to make them act nice to each other, but it makes them snap at everyone else.
19   "Mayberry on Record" Gene Reynolds John Fenton Murray & Benedict Freedman February 13, 1961
A stranger comes to town to produce a record of Andy and a local bluegrass band, but Andy suspects he's a con artist.
20   "Andy Saves Barney's Morale" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 February 20, 1961
Andy goes out of town leaving Barney in charge for the day, but when he returns he finds that Barney put the whole town in jail.
21   "Andy and the Gentleman Crook" Bob Sweeney Ben Gershman & Leo Solomon February 27, 1961
'Gentleman' Dan Caldwell (Dan Tobin), a notorious con man being held in the Mayberry jail becomes a hero to everyone but Andy, who is not fooled.
22   "Cyrano Andy" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart March 6, 1961
Andy tries to help Barney win over Thelma Lou (Betty Lynn), but Barney thinks Andy is trying to steal her away.
23   "Andy and Opie, Housekeepers" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 March 13, 1961
Andy and Opie try to break their habit of making the house a mess while Aunt Bee is away tending to a sick cousin. First appearance of Hope Summers's character Clara Edwards, called Bertha Edwards in this episode.
24   "The New Doctor" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson March 27, 1961
Andy suspects that the new doctor (George Nader) is trying to steal Ellie away from him.
25   "A Plaque for Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman April 3, 1961
The Women's Historical Society has discovered that a descendant of a Revolutionary War hero is living in Mayberry, but that person turns out to be Otis, the town drunk.
26   "The Inspector" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart April 10, 1961
Ralph Case (Tod Andrews) a by-the-book state inspector intends to impeach Andy and Barney for running the courthouse carelessly.
27   "Ellie Saves a Female" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 April 17, 1961
Ellie decides to give a farm girl a makeover, despite the protests of the girl's father.
28   "Andy Forecloses" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman April 24, 1961
Andy tries to help a financially strapped family keep their home, in spite of having to give them a foreclosure notice initiated by heartless old mortgage holder Ben Weaver. First episode in which Juanita Beasley, a waitress Barney sometimes dates, is mentioned.
29   "Quiet Sam" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum May 1, 1961
Barney is suspicious of reticent farmer Sam Becker (William Schallert), so he convinces Andy to investigate. Barney thinks Sam might be growing marijuana.
30   "Barney Gets His Man" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman May 8, 1961
Barney "accidentally" helps capture Eddie Brooke (Barney Phillips) an escaped convict, but the criminal escapes again after swearing revenge on Barney.
31   "The Guitar Player Returns" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson May 15, 1961
Jim Lindsey returns to Mayberry after making it big in show business, but it turns out he's out of work and flat broke. Last episode with the character Ellie Walker.
32   "Bringing Up Opie" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart May 22, 1961

Andy and Aunt Bee forbid Opie from visiting the courthouse after school, so with nothing else to do, Opie wanders away from home.

Season 2 (1961-1962)

  • Season 2 consisted of 31 episodes.
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33 1 "Opie and the Bully" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 October 2, 1961
When Andy finds out a bully is repeatedly taking Opie's milk money, he encourages Opie to stand up for himself.
34 2 "Barney's Replacement" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 9, 1961
Barney thinks that a state's attorney (Mark Miller), who's been sent to Mayberry for law enforcement training, has been sent to replace him.
35 3 "Andy and the Woman Speeder" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 16, 1961
Andy gives a woman from Washington (Jean Hagen) a fine for speeding, but she refuses to pay and is locked up in the Mayberry jail, playing on Barney's sympathy, until her trial.
36 4 "Mayberry Goes Bankrupt" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart October 23, 1961
Andy is forced to evict an old man (Andy Clyde) for failing to pay back taxes, but he finds a century-old savings bond among the man's possessions which has grown to an outrageously high value.
37 5 "Barney on the Rebound" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson October 30, 1961
After an argument with Thelma Lou, Barney finds a new girlfriend, who turns out to be a visiting con artist (Beverly Tyler) and her husband-associate (Jackie Coogan)
38 6 "Opie's Hobo Friend" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock November 13, 1961
Opie befriends a drifter (Buddy Ebsen) who proves to be a bad influence.
39 7 "Crime-Free Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Paul Henning November 20, 1961
Two crooks posing as an FBI agent and a reporter create a ruse in Mayberry so they can rob the town bank. Andy is not fooled.
40 8 "The Perfect Female" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart November 27, 1961
After Barney and Thelma Lou set Andy up on a blind date with Karen Moore (Gail Davis), Thelma Lou's visiting cousin, Andy tries to find out if she is "the one." Karen surprises Andy by besting him at skeet-shooting.
41 9 "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman December 4, 1961
Aunt Bee falls for Mr. Wheeler (Edgar Buchanan), a handyman who has a way with women. He temporarily moves into their house, while Andy has to finish most of the chores that Wheeler starts.
42 10 "The Clubmen" Bob Sweeney Fred S. Fox & Iz Elinson December 11, 1961
Andy and Barney are invited to a posh gentlemen's club in Raleigh. However, at the club's get-acquainted party, Barney makes a fool of himself by his misinformed attempts at conversation.
43 11 "The Pickle Story" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock December 18, 1961
Andy and Barney replace Aunt Bee's bad-tasting homemade pickles with store-bought pickles, but find themselves in a real one when she decides to enter her pickles in a contest at the county fair. (This episode was voted by fans as their favorite of the entire series).<>
44 12 "Sheriff Barney" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman December 25, 1961
When Barney is offered the sheriff's post in a neighboring town, he and Andy trade places for the day to see if Barney is up to the job.
45 13 "The Farmer Takes a Wife" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 1, 1962
A farmer (Alan Hale, Jr.) comes to Mayberry looking for a wife in an unconventional manner, and chooses Barney's girlfriend Thelma Lou, much to Barney's distress.
46 14 "The Keeper of the Flame" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 8, 1962
Opie is put in charge of a candle and matches in a secret club, and soon after is accused of burning down the barn where the club met.
47 15 "Bailey's Bad Boy" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman January 15, 1962
A spoiled rich teenager (Bill Bixby) is arrested for speeding and sideswiping a farmer's truck, and Andy helps him learn to take responsibility for his behavior.
48 16 "The Manicurist" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson January 22, 1962
A manicurist (Barbara Eden) sets up shop in Floyd's barber shop, but ends up unintentionally causing trouble when the men of Mayberry start flocking to her for manicures, making their wives jealous. Last appearance of Mayor Pike.
49 17 "The Jinx" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart January 29, 1962
Andy tries to help a Mayberry resident (John Qualen) end his apparent bad luck and convince him that he is not hexed, as many of the townspeople believe.
50 18 "Jailbreak" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock February 5, 1962
Barney clumsily lets a prisoner (Allan Melvin) escape, so Andy and Barney have to recapture him.
51 19 "A Medal for Opie" Bob Sweeney David Adler1 February 12, 1962
Opie must learn the value of good sportsmanship when he comes in last in a footrace he was sure he would win.
52 20 "Barney and the Choir" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson February 19, 1962
Barney joins the Mayberry choir, but proves to be a terrible singer. Not wanting to hurt Barney's feelings, Andy must find a way to keep him in the choir but neutralize his singing.
53 21 "Guest of Honor" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart February 26, 1962
A pickpocket (Jay Novello) is ironically made the random "guest of honor" in Mayberry.
54 22 "The Merchant of Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman March 5, 1962
Andy helps a struggling traveling salesman (Sterling Holloway) stay in business against the wishes of crusty store owner Ben Weaver (Will Wright).
55 23 "Aunt Bee the Warden" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson March 12, 1962
With the courthouse jail full of moonshiners, Otis has to serve his time in the Taylor house, under the supervision of Aunt Bee who keeps him busy with chores.
56 24 "The County Nurse" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart March 19, 1962
Andy tries to talk defiantly unwilling Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) into getting a tetanus shot from county nurse Mary Simpson (Julie Adams).
57 25 "Andy and Barney in the Big City" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock March 26, 1962
Andy and Barney get involved in the pursuit of a jewel thief while on a business trip to Raleigh. Talkative Barney foolishly lets the thief know they will be staking out his next target. Arte Johnson has a small role as the hotel clerk.
58 26 "Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock April 2, 1962
Andy and Aunt Bee both think the other is anxious for her to marry the town dry cleaner, Fred Goss (Fred Sherman).
59 27 "Three's a Crowd" Bob Sweeney Charles Stewart & Jack Elinson April 9, 1962
Barney keeps interfering with the romance between Andy and county nurse Mary (Sue Ane Langdon), preventing them from being alone.
60 28 "The Bookie Barber" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & R. Allen Saffian April 16, 1962
Floyd lets an out-of-town barber (Herb Vigran) rent out his shop, but the new tenant turns out to be running an illegal gambling operation.
61 29 "Andy on Trial" Bob Sweeney Jack Elinson & Charles Stewart April 23, 1962
J. Howard Jackson (Roy Roberts), a big-city newspaper publisher uses his attractive reporter (Ruta Lee) to manipulate Barney to get Andy charged with malfeasance to get back at him over a traffic ticket.
62 30 "Cousin Virgil" Bob Sweeney Phillip Shuken & John L. Greene April 30, 1962
Barney's bumbling cousin Virgil (Michael J. Pollard) visits Mayberry and ends up causing trouble for Andy.
63 31 "Deputy Otis" Bob Sweeney Iz Elinson & Fred S. Fox May 7, 1962

Andy makes Otis a temporary deputy so he can impress his visiting brother Ralph (Stanley Adams) and his wife (Amzie Strickland), whom he told he really was a deputy.

Season 3 (1962-1963)

  • Season 3 consisted of 32 episodes.
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64 1 "Mr. McBeevee" Bob Sweeney R. Allen Saffian & Harvey Bullock October 1, 1962
Opie's description of his new friend Mr. McBeevee (Karl Swenson) is hard to believe.
65 2 "Andy's Rich Girlfriend" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 8, 1962
Andy tries to comprehend the upper-class wealth of his girlfriend Peggy McMillan (Joanna Moore).
66 3 "Andy and the New Mayor" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & R. Allen Saffian October 15, 1962
Mayor Roy Stoner (Parley Baer) does not like the way Andy does his job.
67 4 "Andy and Opie – Bachelors" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 22, 1962
Andy and Opie have Peggy take care of them while Aunt Bee is away.
68 5 "The Cow Thief" Bob Sweeney R. Allen Saffian & Harvey Bullock October 29, 1962
Mayor Stoner goes over Andy's head and calls in an expert to solve a string of cow thefts.
69 6 "Barney Mends a Broken Heart" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben November 5, 1962
After Andy and Peggy have a fight, Barney tries to fix Andy up with other girls, who are a poor match, including the eccentric Lydia Crosswaithe. First episode with "The Fun Girls".
70 7 "Lawman Barney" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben November 12, 1962
Barney loses his self-esteem when two farmers ignore his order to move their produce truck out of town.
71 8 "The Mayberry Band" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum November 19, 1962
Andy is determined to get the Mayberry band into the state band competition, no matter how bad they sound. The mayor is reluctant to finance their trip.
72 9 "Floyd, the Gay Deceiver" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben November 26, 1962
Floyd has pretended to be a rich man in letters to his female pen pal, who then suddenly decides to visit. Andy hastily arranges a deception so that Floyd can continue the ruse.
73 10 "Opie's Rival" Bob Sweeney Sid Morse December 3, 1962
Opie feels threatened by Andy's relationship with Peggy. Last appearance of Peggy.
74 11 "Convicts at Large" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 10, 1962
Barney and Floyd are taken hostage by three escaped female convicts in a country cabin. Last appearance of Floyd until episode 118 due to Howard McNear's stroke.
75 12 "The Bed Jacket" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock & R. Allen Saffian December 17, 1962
Andy tries to get a one-of-a-kind bed jacket that Aunt Bee wants for her birthday.
76 13 "The Bank Job" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 24, 1962
Barney sets out to prove that the Mayberry bank can be easily robbed because of lax security measures. Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) makes his debut.
77 14 "One-Punch Opie" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock December 31, 1962
Opie learns to stand up to an older new boy in town who likes to cause trouble.
78 15 "Barney and the Governor" Bob Sweeney Bill Freedman & Henry Sharp January 7, 1963
Barney writes a parking ticket on the governor's car and refuses to tear it up.
79 16 "Man in a Hurry" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell January 14, 1963
A traveling businessman's (Robert Emhardt) car breaks down in Mayberry on a Sunday and he is impatient to get it fixed in time for his meeting in Charlotte...but Wally the mechanic does not work on Sundays. Andy's family welcomes him to stay with them. (This story was voted by fans as their second-favorite of the entire series. <>
80 17 "High Noon in Mayberry" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 21, 1963
Barney assumes the worst when Andy gets a letter from an ex-convict he shot in the leg and captured a few years earlier (Leo Gordon) saying he's coming to Mayberry to settle matters between them.
81 18 "The Loaded Goat" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock January 28, 1963
Andy and Barney have to find a goat loose in town that just ate dynamite before he blows up.
82 19 "Class Reunion" Charles Irving Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell February 4, 1963
Andy meets an old sweetheart at a high school reunion, and their romance briefly rekindles. (The yearbook has actual high school pictures of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts.)
83 20 "Rafe Hollister Sings" Charles Irving Harvey Bullock February 11, 1963
Rafe Hollister (Jack Prince) reveals his hidden talent as a singer for a benefit show, but Mayor Stoner does not like his shabby appearance. Rafe proves him wrong when his performance at the show receives a positive reception. Last appearance of Mayor Stoner.
84 21 "Opie and the Spoiled Kid" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum February 18, 1963
A spoiled kid gives Opie bad advice about how Opie should manipulate Andy to get what he wants.
85 22 "The Great Filling Station Robbery" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock February 25, 1963
Andy and Barney investigate a string of robberies at Wally's Filling Station to find out whether or not a young employee is responsible.
86 23 "Andy Discovers America" Bob Sweeney John Whedon March 4, 1963
Andy's advice to Opie and his schoolmates about history homework gets him in trouble with the new schoolteacher, Helen Crump (Aneta Corsaut), so he tells Opie and his friends a story about Paul Revere's ride to resolve the situation.
87 24 "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man" Bob Sweeney John Whedon March 11, 1963
Aunt Bee listens to a medicine man's (John Dehner) sales pitch and ends up inviting him to supper.
88 25 "The Darlings Are Coming" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 18, 1963
Andy has his hands full when a musical mountain family called the Darlings comes to Mayberry.
89 26 "Andy's English Valet" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock March 25, 1963
English tourist Malcolm Merriweather (Bernard Fox), a "gentleman's gentleman", goes to work as Andy's valet to pay his traffic fine.
90 27 "Barney's First Car" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum April 1, 1963
Barney spends his three hundred dollars worth of life savings on a car from the elderly Mrs. Lesh (Ellen Corby) that turns out to be a lemon.
91 28 "The Rivals" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock April 8, 1963
Opie has a crush on his schoolmate Karen, so Barney tries to teach Opie about women....but Opie ends up "dating" Thelma Lou.
92 29 "A Wife for Andy" Bob Sweeney Aaron Ruben April 15, 1963
Barney tries to set up Andy with a potential wife, but Andy has his mind on Helen Crump.
93 30 "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs" Bob Sweeney Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell April 22, 1963
A pack of stray dogs comes into the courthouse, causing problems just as a state official is visiting.
94 31 "Mountain Wedding" Bob Sweeney Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum April 29, 1963
The Darlings ask Andy to help them deal with wild mountain man Ernest T. Bass (Howard Morris), who wants to stop Charlene and Dud Wash from getting married. First episode with Ernest T. Bass. Only episode with both Ernest T. and the Darlings.
95 32 "The Big House" Bob Sweeney Harvey Bullock May 6, 1963

Barney and Gomer are in charge of guarding two of four criminals while Andy is out pursuing the other two. George Kennedy plays a state police detective.

Season 4 (1963-1964)

  • Season 4 consisted of 32 episodes.
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96 1 "Opie the Birdman" Dick Crenna Harvey Bullock September 30, 1963

Opie accidentally kills a mother bird with his new slingshot and decides to care for the three baby birds left behind.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #24 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[2] In 2009, it moved to #18.[3]
97 2 "The Haunted House" Earl Bellamy Harvey Bullock October 7, 1963
Andy, Barney and Gomer go into an old abandoned mansion to retrieve a baseball.
98 3 "Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army" Dick Crenna Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 14, 1963
Ernest T. Bass tries to enlist in the Army so he can get a uniform to impress his girlfriend, but when he's rejected, he takes it out on Mayberry.
99 4 "The Sermon for Today" Dick Crenna John Whedon October 21, 1963
A visiting preacher (David Lewis) encourages the congregation to relax and enjoy life – which is not as easy as they thought, as they frantically rehearse the town's out-of-tune band and try to repair the broken bandstand and worn uniforms.
100 5 "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee" Earl Bellamy Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 28, 1963
Briscoe Darling resorts to kidnapping Aunt Bee to court her, leaving Andy to try and resolve the situation.
101 6 "Gomer the House Guest" Earl Bellamy Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum November 4, 1963
Gomer is fired from Wally's Filling Station and moves in with the Taylors.
102 7 "A Black Day for Mayberry" Jeffrey Hayden John Whedon November 11, 1963
A gold shipment is coming through Mayberry and Barney accidentally leaks the news, causing a crowd to turn out to welcome the armored car.
103 8 "Opie's Ill-Gotten Gain" Jeffrey Hayden John Whedon November 18, 1963
Andy rewards Opie with a new bicycle for his perfect grades, which then turn out to be a grading mistake.
104 9 "A Date for Gomer" Dick Crenna Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 9, 1963
Barney sets Gomer up with Thelma Lou's homely, shy cousin as a date for a dance. This episode, originally scheduled for November 25, was pre-empted due to CBS News' extended coverage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and funeral.
105 10 "Up in Barney's Room" Jeffrey Hayden Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 2, 1963
Barney is evicted from his rooming house for cooking in his room. He finally wins Mrs. Mendelbright (Enid Markey) the landlady's respect again by protecting her from a con man (J. Pat O'Malley) .
106 11 "Citizen's Arrest" Dick Crenna Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell December 16, 1963
Barney gives Gomer a ticket for making a U-turn, then the tables are turned when Gomer "arrests" Barney for the same violation.
107 12 "Opie and His Merry Men" Dick Crenna John Whedon December 30, 1963
Opie and his friends play Robin Hood and his Merry Men when they steal food from their parents to give to a hobo (Douglas Fowley).
108 13 "Barney and the Cave Rescue" Dick Crenna Harvey Bullock January 6, 1964
Andy and Helen find their way out of a cave after a landslide traps them, but they return to the cave when they hear Barney is leading a rescue team, so that he will get credit for saving them.
109 14 "Andy and Opie's Pal" Dick Crenna Harvey Bullock January 13, 1964
Opie gets jealous when Andy pays extra attention to Opie's new friend Trey Bowden (David Alan Bailey) .
110 15 "Aunt Bee the Crusader" Coby Ruskin John Whedon January 20, 1964
Aunt Bee leads a ladies' protest against Andy and Barney when a chicken farmer is about to be evicted to make way for a new highway. They are shocked, however, when Mr. Frisby (Charles Lane) the evictee they are sympathetic for, is found to be a moonshiner.
111 16 "Barney's Sidecar" Coby Ruskin Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum January 27, 1964
Barney gets a motorcycle for the Sheriff's Department and finds many uses for it.
112 17 "My Fair Ernest T. Bass" Earl Bellamy Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell February 3, 1964
Andy tries to turn Ernest T. Bass into a sophisticated gentleman, taking him to a society party.
113 18 "Prisoner of Love" Earl Bellamy Harvey Bullock February 10, 1964
An attractive female jewel thief (Susan Oliver) attempts to seduce Andy and Barney so she can escape from the Mayberry jail.
114 19 "Hot Rod Otis" Earl Bellamy Harvey Bullock February 17, 1964
Otis, the town drunk, has Andy and Barney worried when he buys a car. Andy and Barney try to scare Otis into giving up his car by pretending they are mourning his death in an accident.
115 20 "The Song Festers" Earl Bellamy Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum February 24, 1964
Barney's pride is hurt when he is replaced in the town choir by Gomer, who is discovered to have a beautiful singing voice.
116 21 "The Shoplifters" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick March 2, 1964
Barney goes undercover, pretending to be a mannequin to find a shoplifter at Weaver's Department Store.
117 22 "Andy's Vacation" Jeffrey Hayden Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell March 9, 1964
Andy takes a vacation at home, leaving Barney and Gomer in charge of the courthouse. They then continually pester Andy for help with problems that arise.
118 23 "Andy Saves Gomer" Jeffrey Hayden Harvey Bullock March 16, 1964
Gomer is overly grateful to Andy for putting out a fire at Wally's, and pesters Andy by wanting to help him in gratitude. Howard McNear returns as Floyd after suffering a stroke.
119 24 "Bargain Day" Jeffrey Hayden John Whedon March 23, 1964
Aunt Bee buys a 150-pound side of beef at a discount market, but the Taylors' old freezer doesn't work.
120 25 "Divorce, Mountain Style" Jeffrey Hayden Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum March 30, 1964
Charlene Darling Wash intends to divorce Dud (Bob Denver) so she can marry Andy.
121 26 "A Deal Is a Deal" Jeffrey Hayden Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick April 6, 1964
Opie and his friends get involved in a deal to sell worthless salve. Barney and Gomer pose as a veterinarian and Opie's father to try to get the distributors to buy the salve back from the boys.
122 27 "Fun Girls" Coby Ruskin Aaron Ruben April 13, 1964
Two fun-loving but overbearing women from Mount Pilot cause problems by being amorous to Andy and Barney, which makes Helen and Thelma Lou jealous. First appearance of Goober (George Lindsey). Only episode with both Goober and Gomer.
123 28 "The Return of Malcolm Merriweather" Coby Ruskin Harvey Bullock April 20, 1964
Malcolm Merriweather returns to Mayberry, doing housework and cooking for Andy and making Aunt Bee feel unneeded.
124 29 "The Rumor" Coby Ruskin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell April 27, 1964
Barney starts a rumor that Andy and Helen are engaged after he sees them kissing in a jewelry store.
125 30 "Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick May 4, 1964
Feeling that Barney takes her for granted, Thelma Lou starts dating Gomer to purposely make Barney jealous.
126 31 "Back to Nature" Coby Ruskin Harvey Bullock May 11, 1964
Andy, Barney and Gomer take Opie and his friends on a camping trip, where Barney and Gomer manage to get themselves lost in the woods.
127 32 "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." Aaron Ruben Aaron Ruben May 18, 1964

In this backdoor pilot for the spin-off series Gomer Pyle-USMC, Gomer enlists in the Marine Corps and Andy comes along to make sure things go well with Sergeant Carter (Frank Sutton).

Season 5 (1964-1965)

  • This is the last season to be broadcast in black-and-white before the show went to color.
  • This season consisted of 32 episodes.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
128 1 "Opie Loves Helen" Aaron Ruben Bob Ross September 21, 1964
Opie develops a crush on Helen and wants to buy a gift for her.
129 2 "Barney's Physical" Howard Morris Bob Ross September 28, 1964
Andy and Aunt Bee help Barney meet the new Civil Service physical requirements for law enforcement officers.
130 3 "Family Visit" Howard Morris Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum October 5, 1964
Aunt Bee's sister and her family come to visit from out of state. James Westerfield and Maudie Prickett guest star.
131 4 "The Education of Ernest T. Bass" Alan Rafkin Everett Greenbaum & Jim Fritzell October 12, 1964
Ernest T. Bass tries to earn his diploma after his girl calls him illiterate. His antics badly disrupt Helen's classroom.
132 5 "Aunt Bee's Romance" Howard Morris Harvey Bullock October 19, 1964
Aunt Bee resumes her romance with an old flame, Roger Hanover (Wallace Ford) – a practical joker with a suspicious background.
133 6 "Barney's Bloodhound" Howard Morris Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick October 26, 1964
Barney tries using a dog to catch an escaped convict.
134 7 "Man in the Middle" Alan Rafkin Gus Adrian & David Evans November 2, 1964
Andy tries to settle a lovers' quarrel between Barney and Thelma Lou, only to get himself caught in the middle.
135 8 "Barney's Uniform" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick November 9, 1964
Barney starts wearing his uniform all the time when a grocery owner threatens to beat him up the next time he sees him in plain clothes.
136 9 "Opie's Fortune" Coby Ruskin Ben Joelson & Art Baer November 16, 1964
Opie finds a wallet containing $50 and must wait one week to see if anyone claims it - if not, the money is his.
137 10 "Goodbye, Sheriff Taylor" Gene Nelson Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen November 23, 1964
Andy makes Barney acting Sheriff when he goes to Raleigh for a job interview.
138 11 "The Pageant" Gene Nelson Harvey Bullock November 30, 1964
Aunt Bee gets the lead in the Mayberry Centennial Pageant, but she proves to be a terrible actress.
139 12 "The Darling Baby" Howard Morris Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 7, 1964
The Darlings choose Opie as the future husband of Charlene's baby girl and insist that Andy sign a marriage contract.
140 13 "Andy and Helen Have Their Day" Howard Morris Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick December 14, 1964
Andy and Helen try to have a nice private picnic, but Barney keeps interrupting them.
141 14 "Three Wishes for Opie" Howard Morris Richard M. Powell December 21, 1964
Barney buys fortune-telling paraphernalia that seem to really grant wishes, and Opie wants to see if his wishes will be granted.
142 15 "Otis Sues the County" Howard Morris Bob Ross December 28, 1964
Otis is talked by his lawyer (Jay Novello) into suing the county after he suffers a fall in the Mayberry jail.
143 16 "Barney Fife, Realtor" Peter Baldwin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick January 4, 1965
Barney decides to sell real estate as his second job and tries to get Andy to sell his house.
144 17 "Goober Takes a Car Apart" Peter Baldwin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick January 11, 1965
After Andy puts him in charge of the courthouse, Goober dismantles a car and rebuilds it inside the courthouse.
145 18 "The Rehabilitation of Otis" Peter Baldwin Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman January 18, 1965
Barney tries to cure Otis of his drinking habit.
146 19 "The Lucky Letter" Theodore J. Flicker Richard M. Powell January 25, 1965
Barney thinks he's received bad luck after tearing up a chain letter.
147 20 "Goober and the Art of Love" Alan Rafkin Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen February 1, 1965
Andy and Barney get Goober to ask out Lydia Crosswaithe (Josie Lloyd) so he doesn't have to tag along on their dates.
148 21 "Barney Runs for Sheriff" Alan Rafkin Richard M. Powell February 8, 1965
Barney ends up running against Andy for Sheriff when a new job offer for Andy falls through.
149 22 "If I Had a Quarter Million Dollars" Alan Rafkin Bob Ross February 15, 1965
Barney finds $250,000 from a recent bank robbery and sets out to catch the culprit.
150 23 "TV or Not TV" Coby Ruskin Art Baer & Ben Joelson March 1, 1965
Three crooks posing as TV producers attempt to take advantage of Mayberry's "Sheriff Without a Gun" by robbing the bank. Gavin MacLeod played one of the crooks. In a season 6 episode ("Taylors in Hollywood"), MacLeod played an actor playing Andy in a movie based on "Sheriff Without a Gun".
151 24 "Guest in the House" Coby Ruskin Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman March 8, 1965
Helen gets jealous of a pretty girl (Jan Shutan) staying with the Taylors for awhile.
152 25 "The Case of the Punch in the Nose" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick March 15, 1965
Barney discovers a file of an old forgotten assault case between Floyd and grocer Charles Foley (Frank Ferguson) that was never resolved. Barney reopens the case and his actions cause old feelings to flare up.
153 26 "Opie's Newspaper" Coby Ruskin Harvey Bullock March 22, 1965
Opie publishes local gossip in his newspaper, embarrassing Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee who had made unflattering comments about fellow townspeople.
154 27 "Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau" Theodore J. Flicker Ben Joelson & Art Baer March 29, 1965
Aunt Bee invents a story that the butter and egg man (Woodrow Chambliss) is her new boyfriend....but he happens to be married.
155 28 "The Arrest of the Fun Girls" Theodore J. Flicker Richard M. Powell April 5, 1965
The Fun Girls get themselves arrested on purpose, once again disrupting the romantic lives of Andy and Barney when Helen and Thelma Lou discover them at the courthouse at night with the girls.
156 29 "The Luck of Newton Monroe" Coby Ruskin Bill Idelson & Sam Bobrick April 12, 1965
A peddler (Don Rickles) keeps having bad luck and Andy and Barney try to help.
157 30 "Opie Flunks Arithmetic" Coby Ruskin Richard Morgan April 19, 1965
Opie needs to improve in his arithmetic, and Andy gets pressure from Barney to help him. Last appearance of Barney Fife as a regular character.
158 31 "Opie and the Carnival" Coby Ruskin Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen April 26, 1965
Opie tries to win a birthday present for Andy at a carnival, unaware that the shooting gallery is a scam.
159 32 "Banjo-Playing Deputy" Coby Ruskin Bob Ross May 3, 1965
Andy hires a shy, timid carnival banjo player (Jerry Van Dyke) as a temporary deputy.