The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 8

Opie's Charity (28 Nov. 1960)

TV Episode  |   |  Comedy, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 131 users  
Reviews: 2 user

Andy is upset when he finds out that Opie gave only three cents to a charity drive and starts to teach the boy about sharing with others less fortunate. When he finds out the reason Opie ... See full summary »



0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

« Previous Episode | 8 of 249 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
Deputy Barney Fife (credit only)
Tom Silby
Annabelle Silby


Andy is upset when he finds out that Opie gave only three cents to a charity drive and starts to teach the boy about sharing with others less fortunate. When he finds out the reason Opie can't contribute more is because he is saving up to buy his girlfriend Charlotte something, Andy thinks he's going to squander it on toys and calls him a playboy. Aunt Bee scolds Andy for not having more faith in his son and he must eat crow when Opie tells him he is going to buy Charlotte a new coat for next winter because her mother cannot afford to. Written by bobbymaxwell

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Family





Release Date:

28 November 1960 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


In the opening scene, Opie is pitching to Andy in front of the courthouse and Andy is wearing a catchers mitt on his left hand. To let Annabelle Silby into the courthouse, Andy begins to open the courthouse door with his right hand because the left is still in the catchers mitt. As they're stepping over threshold the next camera shot is from inside the courthouse where we get to see Andy finish opening the door with his bare left hand and the catchers mitt is nowhere in sight. See more »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: ...where there's somewhere like 400 needy boys in this county alone, or 1 1/2 boys per square mile.
Opie Taylor: There is?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Sho' is.
Opie Taylor: I never seen one, Pa.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Never seen one, what?
Opie Taylor: A half a boy.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Well, its not really a half a boy, its a ratio.
Opie Taylor: Horatio who?
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Not Horatio. A ratio. Its mathematics - arithmetic. Look now Opie, forget that part of it. Forget the part about the half a boy.
Opie Taylor: Its pretty hard to forget a thing like that Pa.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good message AND full of laughs
14 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this again last night. The only other review at present on IMDb has a pretty good description EXCEPT the reviewer claims this is not all that funny. That's where we differ.

The opening sequence sees Andy playing catcher to Opie's pitching on the sidewalk and when a lady comes by to talk to Andy, he props up her umbrella on her shoulder and has her stand, unknowingly to the woman, as if she were the batter while Opie pitches to a squatting Andy. The woman seems amused as Andy explains what he did with her.

The funniest scene in the early going was the return of Tom Silby, who wanders up to Andy on the street and thus shocks him as Andy starts to greet him and then remembers that he hasn't seen this man since "they lowered him"--that is, his funeral. It seems Tom left his wife two years ago after a fight and rather than admit she couldn't keep a husband, she pretended he died and orchestrated a funeral for him.

The scenes with Tom and Andy, including visiting his headstone in the cemetery were hilarious--I think among the funniest scenes in the series that did not include either Barney or Floyd.

I also much enjoyed Andy's rambling criticism of how selfish Opie was for only giving 3 cents to a charity drive and how it embarrasses Andy. He is suddenly stopped by Aunt Bee, who lectures him on how he is showing the same sort of pride that he was criticizing Mrs. Silby for a minute earlier.

In viewing the first episodes of this series in the last week, I am impressed with how much funnier Aunt Bee was than she generally was for most of the series' run. She had a few scenes where she had a witty retort for either Andy or Opie and was quite fun to watch as she listened to Andy's stories to Opie or his rambling about different matters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What Did Andy See In Helen? Nevadalonghorn
Howard and Millie joannabaroncelli
No Civil War references? michaelmartind
Barney Wearing Out His Welcome PigWont
It's Charlene Darling...but it's not! Videoguy7579
Single Most Erotic Moment of the Entire Series? phantomcurator-178-818096
Discuss Opie's Charity (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: