MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 422 this week

Return to Mayberry (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Romance  -  13 April 1986 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 468 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 1 critic

After being away for awhile, Andy Taylor returns home to Mayberry to visit Opie, now an expectant father. While there he ends up helping Barney Fife mount a campaign for sheriff.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 591 titles
created 24 Nov 2011
 
a list of 2695 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 1246 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 
a list of 141 titles
created 26 Jul 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Return to Mayberry (TV Movie 1986)

Return to Mayberry (TV Movie 1986) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Return to Mayberry.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964–1969)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The misadventures of a bumbling Marine named Gomer Pyle.

Stars: Jim Nabors, Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell
The Love God? (1969)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Abner Audubon Peacock (Don Knotts) is the publisher of a bird-watcher's magazine which is converted into a girlie mag by an unscrupulous operator Osborn Tremaine (Edmond O'Brien).

Director: Nat Hiken
Stars: Don Knotts, Anne Francis, Edmond O'Brien
Matlock (1986–1995)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holliday
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Jesse W. Haywood graduates from dental school in Philadelphia in 1870 and goes west "to fight oral ignorance." Meanwhile stagecoach robber Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushing is offered a pardon ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rafkin
Stars: Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades, Jackie Coogan
Play the Game (2009)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young ladies' man teaches his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather, and plays his best mind games to meet the woman of his dreams.

Director: Marc Fienberg
Stars: Paul Campbell, Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Michael Preece
Stars: Tim Conway, Don Knotts, David Wayne
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Don Knotts is Hollis Figg, the dumbest bookkeeper in town. When the city fathers buy a second-hand computer to cover up their financial shenanigans, they promote Figg to look after things, ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Rafkin
Stars: Don Knotts, Joe Flynn, Edward Andrews
The Jim Nabors Show (TV Series 1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Jim Nabors, Albert Able, Jonelle Allen
Onionhead (1958)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After his girlfriend Jo refuses to make a commitment to their relationship, Al Woods decides to enlist and finds himself in the US Coast Guard. He makes it through basic training but a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Andy Griffith, Felicia Farr, Walter Matthau
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: William R. Wyse
Stars: George Lindsey, Lindsay Bloom, John Chappell
She's the Sheriff (1987–1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Hildy Granger lives in a town near Lake Tahoe. Her husband's the Sheriff and after his death, she's made his successor. And she tries to balance her work with raising her two children. One ... See full summary »

Stars: George Wyner, Pat Carroll, Lou Richards
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Ernie Kovacs, Dick Shawn, Margo Moore
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Charlene Darling (as Maggie Peterson-Mancuso)
...
...
Rodney Dillard ...
Doug Dillard ...
Mitch Jayne ...
Edit

Storyline

This was a reunion bringing back most of the characters from The Andy Griffith Show. It begins with Andy Taylor returning to Mayberry and planning to run for his old job of Sheriff but when he arrives, he discovers that his old deputy and friend, Barney Fife, is planning to run also. So Andy decides to back down. And at the same time there are some strange things going on, and Barney's stumped, so Andy has to help him out. Also Barney's planning to propose to his old girlfriend Thelma Lou, and Opie, Andy's son is about to become a father. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 April 1986 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

By 1986 the original outdoor set from The Andy Griffith Show (1960) had been destroyed, so the Mayberry town square had to be re-created in a small town in California. This results in the road that originally came to an end in front of the courthouse now going straight on by, being much wider, and a flagpole being in the middle of the street. See more »

Goofs

The production crew apparently payed very little attention when they were filming the scene in the classroom (with Barney dressed as a clown). You can see boys sitting in seats with the names "Melissa" and "Annie" on them, and a girl seated in a seat for "Edwin." See more »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Return to Mayberry (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fans of the series will be pleased
18 September 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This update of the old "Andy Griffith Show" is one of the better reunions of the many that popped up in the 1980s. No fewer than 16 actors who appeared in the original series are present, including Ron Howard, who by this time had gone on to much bigger and better things as the director of many hit feature films.

The plot finds former Mayberry sheriff Andy Taylor and his wife Helen returning to town for the birth of son Opie's first child. Perennial second-banana (and Andy's former deputy) Barney Fife is now running for sheriff, the job he always wanted. But it turns out that Andy wants his old job back, too. This unspoken conflict and the selfless efforts by Andy and Barney to resolve it are very touching.

There's a silly subplot about alleged sightings of a monster in the town lake that detracts from the proceedings. And some of the continuity from the sequel "Mayberry RFD" series isn't followed. But what you really want is to see how these old friends and neigbors are doing, and to feel some nostalgia. And on these two points, "Return to Mayberry" doesn't disappoint.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why wasn't Aunt Bee on 'The Return to Mayberry'? TimLRogersSTLMO
Opie's Mother.... pgstclair1
Why wasn't the movie done on CBS? b_schlechter200
Wish they would release it on DVD L_Forster
when and where????? cashcharles
Aunt Bee's voice at the gravesite b_schlechter200
Discuss Return to Mayberry (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page