In the sleepy township of Mayberry, North Carolina the Sheriff/Justice of the Peace Andy Taylor is just about to join citizens Wilbur and Rose in holy matrimony. Rose is Andy's former ... See full summary »

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In the sleepy township of Mayberry, North Carolina the Sheriff/Justice of the Peace Andy Taylor is just about to join citizens Wilbur and Rose in holy matrimony. Rose is Andy's former housekeeper and marrying Wilbur means that she will no longer take care of Andy and his six year old son Opie. During the wedding, Opie makes it known that he objects to the marriage because he feels that it means that Rose doesn't love him anymore. Into Rose's place comes Andy's Aunt Bee who is leaving her lonely spinster life to live with Andy and Opie full time, yet there are objections from Opie who sees Aunt Bee as an interloper who will never live up to all the things that Rose was in his life. All attempts to prove the Aunt Bee isn't needed fail and so do Andy's attempts to make her more accessible to Opie, like teaching her to fish and play baseball. The last straw however comes when Opie discovers that his bird Dickie is missing from his cage because Aunt Bee left it open while cleaning it. ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts

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3 October 1960 (USA)  »

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Andy and Opie are the only holdovers from The Danny Thomas Show. Francis Bavier was also in that episode but she played a woman named Henrietta. Here she plays Aunt Bee for the first time. See more »

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When Andy and Aunt Bee are ready to leave, Opie goes outside to stop them. On the closeup shots of Andy, there is a large dent in the truck's roof that is not there in other shots of that scene. See more »

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The Crawdad Song
Traditional Folk Song
Performed by Andy Griffith
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Just perfect
20 February 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I'm not going to repeat the plot description, but I'll say this is an excellent first episode and introduction to the characters. Andy Griffith is full of human warmth and is funny without seeming to make any effort. He also has great chemistry with the rest of the cast. Don Knotts has a couple of opportunities to shine as Deputy Barney Fife. Ron Howard is adorable as little Opie and he steals the show in this episode.

The father-son relationship between Andy and Opie shines here. Highlights include the moment when Opie tells Andy that he is planning to run away. The ensuing conversation is both hilarious and heart- warming.

The story manages to be funny and touching at the same time. It doesn't need to steal cheap laughs by resorting to off-color humor. The humor is just there, but above all there's a heart to the story: you want to spend time with these characters not just because they are funny, but because you like them. This is the opposite of shows like Family Guy, that desperately try to be funny by resorting to the lowest kind of humor and the most despicable characters they can make.


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