The musical mountain family descends upon Mayberry.



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Episode credited cast:
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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1.33 : 1
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Aunt Bee Taylor: Did you like the white beans you had for supper?
Andy Taylor: Mm-hmm.
Aunt Bee Taylor: Well, you didn't say anything.
Andy Taylor: Well, I ate four bowls. If that ain't a tribute to white beans, I don't know what is.
Aunt Bee Taylor: Well...
Andy Taylor: Eatin' speaks louder than words.
Aunt Bee Taylor: You know, your education was worth every penny of it.
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Referenced in The Andy Griffith Show: Mountain Wedding (1963) See more »


Banjo in the Hollow
(as "Tearin' Up Your Old Clothes for Rags") (instrumental)
Performed by Denver Pyle, The Dillards, and Andy Griffith
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Maybe I am just an odd-ball, but I hated the Darlings....
20 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The fictional Darling family (actually made up of Denver Pyle and some talented bluegrass performers) made several appearances on "The Andy Griffith Show"--and I hated every one of these shows. I am not 100% sure why--it's probably because these folks were just not very funny. Yet they must have been popular since they were recurring characters AND the current score on IMDb is very respectable...but I still hate 'em!

The Darling family arrives in Mayberry to meet the bus--it seems that Charlene's fiancé, Dud, is coming home from the military. However, in the meantime, the family comes in contact with the Sheriff and, with little provocation, Charlene falls in love with Andy and wants him instead of Dud. Andy is horrified but NEVER really makes himself clear or threatens to kill the family to make them go away--I know I sure would have! In the end, Charlene's love is fickle and the sight of the super-manly Dud returns her back to her old Dud-lovin' self.

Aside from some decent music, the entire Darling clan consists of Denver over-acting, Charlene behaving like a dog in heat and the sons who just stare off as if they have brain injuries. It's supposed to be funny...but I never found myself laughing and whenever these episodes air, I try to see if there's something better on TV.

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