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:
Aunt Bee Taylor
Deputy Warren Ferguson
Goober Pyle
Floyd Lawson
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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He's mean, Barn, real mean
13 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The problem with this episode isn't the producers' attempt to replace Don Knotts with Jack Burns, but the writers' and director's betrayal of the character of Barney Fife by making him a buffoon and not a little insufferable into the bargain. It's fascinating to see the change in the way Don Knotts portrays Barney after hanging up the uniform at the end of season five. I suppose playing to the camera for the cinema made him think he had to turn up the volume on Barney's idiosyncrasies and weaknesses, which, instead of continuing to endear him to the viewers only made him (at least to this viewer) sort of annoying.Warren is actually the more appealing of the two here as he plays the star- struck greenhorn whose law enforcement idol turns out to be Mr. Chicken himself. This story rehashes the much earlier one from season 2 in which Barney unintentionally captures the escaped convict Eddie Brook. It worked then because Don Knotts made us believe that his character could, in his childlike way, actually deceive himself into thinking he was a hero.This time around we aren't buying it, even if Warren is, and we only wish Barney had kept his mouth shut or at least swallowed his gum again. The best lines all go to Goober in his assessment of Barney's mental health after getting several conflicting demands about the latter's car repair. Finally, it's nice to see that Frank Cady has got out of jail from the previous season and apparently enrolled in journalism classes.

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