When Barney is offered the job of sheriff in a nearby town, he and Andy trade jobs for a day to see what kind of sheriff he would be.


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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Aunt Bee Taylor (credit only)
Jack Prince ...
Councilman Dobbs
Ralph Dumke ...
Mayor Purdy
Paul Bryar ...
Mr. Osgood
Orville Sherman ...
Mr. Welch
Frank Warren ...
Joseph Hamilton ...
Checker Player
Jack Teagarden ...
Greendale Councilman


Needing a new sheriff until the next election, the mayor and councilmen of nearby Greendale see an article in the Mayberry Gazette about the low crime rate there. Deciding that they could never get Andy, they opt to offer the job to Barney. Andy doesn't think it's a good idea and tells Barney so. He thinks Barney needs more experience and needs to be more creative in finding solutions to problems. Barney doesn't agree, so Andy and he switch jobs for a day to see how he will do as sheriff. Barney soon realizes his own limitations and Andy arranges for him to make a key arrest - just enough for him to save face but also to get him to stay on as a deputy. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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25 December 1961 (USA)  »

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During the 1961 episode "Sheriff Barney," it is revealed that Barney Fife lives at 411 Elm Street, Mayberry. Coincidentally, this is the EXACT same address of the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building, in Dallas, from which Lee Harvey Oswald would shoot and kill President John F. Kennedy nearly two years later. See more »


Frances Bavier is listed in the End Credits, but does not appear in the episode. See more »


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