The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3, Episode 25

The Darlings Are Coming (18 Mar. 1963)

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The musical mountain family descends upon Mayberry.


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Episode credited cast:
Olan Soule ...
John Masters
Charlene Darling (as Margaret Ann Peterson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Dillard ...
Jebbin Darling (as The Dillards)
Rodney Dillard ...
The Dillards ...
Mitch Jayne ...
Darling Brother (as The Dillards)
Dean Webb ...
Oether Darling (as The Dillards)


The musical Darling Family - father Briscoe, daughter Charlene and four sons - show up in Mayberry to collect Charlene's fiancé, 'Dud' Wash, a soldier who is arriving on the bus the next day. The family patriarch rents a single room and sneaks in the rest of the family and Andy is soon at the hotel trying to figure out what to do with them. The Darlings are a good family and aren't really troublemakers so Andy agrees to let them stay the night at the courthouse. The real problem however is that daughter Charlene has taken a real shine to Andy and goes after him with a vengeance. She hasn't seen Dud for a while and isn't sure what her feelings are about him. Dud's arrival however sets everything straight. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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18 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Andy Griffith and The Dillards sang and practiced together, earlier, before the show debuted, on Monday, October 3rd, 1960. See more »


Andy Taylor: Well, I caught him earlier on a 10-17.
John Masters: Dipping a hat in a horse trough?
Andy Taylor: Yeah.
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Referenced in The Andy Griffith Show: Mountain Wedding (1963) See more »


Salty Dog
(traditional folk song)
Performed by Maggie Mancuso, The Dillards, Denver Pyle, and Andy Griffith
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The Darlings come to the big city
30 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Andy finds a family filling their truck radiator from the memorial horse troph. Their is some very funny dialog in this episode between Andy and Mr. Darling. It is worth watching for that reason alone. The Darlings are there to meet Dud Walsh who is returning from serving his country. He and Darlene have been "pledged" since they were small children. Meanwhile Darlene develops a crush on Andy and Mr Darling keeps trying to find a place for the family to spend the night. Andy keeps ducking Darlenes advances, and trys keeping the family out of trouble. He eventually puts them up in the jail til they can meet the bus the next day. Some fine bluegrass here also.

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