The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The Legend of Barney Fife 

While Barney is back in Mayberry, a convict escapes and heads to Mayberry to get even with him for sending him to prison the year before.




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Episode cast overview:
Farley Upchurch
Warden Hix (as Harry Holcomb)
Avery Noonan
Opie Taylor (credit only)


Barney is still in Mayberry and is a bit reluctant to stay on when he hears how great his replacement Warren Ferguson is doing. He changes his tune somewhat when he sees the pedestal that Warren has put him on. His real problem however is that a convicted felon who swore to take his revenge on him, Avery Noonan, has escaped from the penitentiary and is making his way to Mayberry. Since Goober is repairing his car, Barney is stuck there and has to join Andy and Warren in the manhunt. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family





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17 January 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Barney's uniform shirt and pants are different colors. See more »

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If Barney had just show Warren in the face, this could have been an excellent episode...
24 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

After the 1965-66 season, Don Knotts left "The Andy Griffith Show" to pursue a career in films. It was a mistake in hindsight, as he was sorely missed on the show and Knotts only went on to make a few mediocre films, but considering all the money begin dangled at him, you can't fault him too much. Unfortunately, however, without Barney Fife, the show never again recaptured its original beauty and perfection. And, to make things worse, they introduced a character straight from hell--Warren. Unlike Barney, Warren was not only incompetent but thoroughly unlikable and 100% obnoxious--like a giant walking boil (but even less welcome). Fortunately, Warren's abominable presence only screwed up 8 of the shows and the public couldn't stand him...and he was removed from the show.

Barney is in town and the new Deputy is thrilled to see him and hear Barney's stories of success. Oddly, Warren looks up to Barney and this serves to feed Barney's ego. But, when a prisoner escapes from state prison and he's vowed revenge against Barney, it's up to Andy once again to save Barney's pride and help him avoid being killed.

While this is not a particularly good return episode for Barney because Warren was in it way too often, at least it was better than the previous show--which featured the unpleasing sight of seeing Barney's heart ripped out and thrown in his face (at least figuratively speaking).

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