The Andy Griffith Show: Season 8, Episode 28

Opie and Mike (18 Mar. 1968)

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Opie helps Mike learn how to deal with a bully at school.

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When Sam Jones' son Mike is being bullied at school, Opie offers to help out. He puts the bully in his place and soon Mike has a big brother and a hero to to look up to. They spend a lot of time together and Andy is worried that because of the differences in their ages, it's inevitable that Opie will move on and Mike will be hurt as a result. Opie says not to worry, that these things always work themselves out. Soon, Opie develops an interest in the new girl that has just moved in next door and doesn't have a lot of time for Mike. Sam has a talk with his son about human nature but Mike soon finds his own reasons not to be blue. Written by garykmcd

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Good, moral episode.
17 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though the later seasons of the Andy Griffith Show (made in color) lost a lot of the old look and feel of the black and white episodes, and sorely missed Deputy Barney Fife, the writers didn't miss a beat with fun and morally entertaining shows. This episode from 1968 tells a story regarding bullies that's been present since I was in school in the 1960s. The writers of the Andy Griffith Show found a way to keep the show and its characters fresh for 8 years, and they are to be commended for that. There are only a few other half-hour series from the 50s and 60s that really hit the nail on the head with such superb writing (Leave It To Beaver, Superman, and The Dick Van Dyke Show come to mind). What a great time to grow up. Times have sure changed, and these programs are sorely missed. When I was a kid I couldn't wait to get home from school to watch these great programs. That was nearly 50 years ago!


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