The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1, Episode 2

The Manhunt (10 Oct. 1960)

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The state police notify Barney about an escaped prisoner heading toward Mayberry and plan to use the courthouse as their headquarters for the big manhunt. Captain Barker and his men arrive,... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Opie Taylor (as Ronnie Howard)
Capt. Barker
Cheerio Meredith ...
Mike Steen ...
The Sergeant
Frank Gerstle ...
William Challee ...
Townsman (as Bill Challee)
Lillian Culver ...
Barney Fife's Mother
Dick Elliott ...


The state police notify Barney about an escaped prisoner heading toward Mayberry and plan to use the courthouse as their headquarters for the big manhunt. Captain Barker and his men arrive, make their plans, which don't include Andy or Barney, and leave to set up their roadblocks. Not willing to be left out, the two spring into action and Barney is caught off guard by the criminal, who takes his gun and ties him up. Stung by Barker's words after reporting the turn of events, Andy comes up with a plan to capture the escapee, earn the respect of the state police, and regain the townsfolk's confidence. Written by bobbymaxwell

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This is the first episode of many in which Deputy Fife accidentally discharges his duty revolver, causing Andy to confiscate Barney's bullets. See more »


When Andy and Barney are sitting in the squad car in front of the courthouse, they are sitting several feet apart, Andy next to the driver's door and Barney next to the passenger door. When they change to a closeup, Barney is close enough to Andy that their shoulders are nearly touching. See more »

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While not a particularly funny episode, it did a lot to further the character development and improve the series.
11 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Unlike many sitcoms, laughs were not the main aim of the writers of "The Andy Griffith Show". Instead, characters were paramount and the making the town and its people made this as stand-out show. Here, we see big city folk looking for a desperate criminal. They pretty much treat Andy and Barney like rubes and discount them at every turn. So, when Andy is able to show that despite his country background that he is a man of common-sense and integrity, it does a lot to make the show more than some hick comedy--which it certainly wasn't. Well-crafted and exciting--this is yet another exceptional episode of an exceptional series.

By the way, although he was never a series regular, this is the first appearance of the world's greatest supporting actors of the era--a guy who gave great color to every show in which he appeared (and they were many). Burt Mustin is in a typically small role, but as usual, every second is like gold. Too bad he wasn't in the show more often, though the series seemed to get along pretty well despite this!

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