The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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The New Housekeeper 

Sheriff Andy Taylor invites Aunt Bee to stay and help raise his 6-year-old son Opie when his housekeeper, Rose, leaves to get married. Opie objects to the change.



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Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Wilbur Pine
Cheerio Meredith ...


In the sleepy township of Mayberry, North Carolina, 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 his objection to the marriage known as he feels it means Rose doesn't love him anymore. Into Rose's place comes Andy's Aunt Bee, who leaves 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 Opie's attempts to prove that Aunt Bee isn't needed fail, as does Andy's attempts to make her more accessible to Opie, like teaching her to fish and play baseball. The last straw comes when Opie discovers his bird Dickie missing from his cage because Aunt Bee left it open while cleaning it. Finally, Aunt Bee decides that it ... Written by Jerry Dean Roberts / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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3 October 1960 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Sheriff Andy Taylor: Anybody here know why these two should not be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace. I now pronounce you man...
Opie Taylor: I know why they shouldn't be married.
Sheriff Andy Taylor: Opie, what're you tryin' to do?
Opie Taylor: I'm speakin' now so's I won't have to forever hold my peace.
Deputy Barney Fife: You're not supposed to speak.
Opie Taylor: Then why did he ask?
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer.
Performed by Earle Hagan.
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The Perfect Pilot
4 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Andy and Opie's long-time housekeeper, Rose, ties the knot and moves away, Aunt Bea comes to Mayberry to fill the void in their lives. And so begins one of the finest American sit-coms of early television.

We are introduced to Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith of "No Time for Sergeants"), Aunt Bea, (Frances Bavier), Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts), and 6 year-old Opie Taylor (Ron Howard), all living in a rural, mid-20th century American dream. In subsequent episodes, we will meet Howard, Floyd, Goober and Gomer Pyle, Otis, Helen Crump, Thelma Lou and the bluegrass-playing Darling family.

We are treated to a slice of small-town Mayberry, North Carolina, in this first episode, and the slow-paced comedy and direction (by creator and producer Sheldon Leonard) leaves us aching to return to this innocent time and place. In that television era, sexism, homophobia and racial bias are unacknowledged, but Sheriff Taylor applies the law with an equal hand while he loves and supports his family and community.

Deceptively simple, this pilot manages to capture the promise of the entire 249-episode series. Heartstrings are tugged, but only because the emotions are real, not calculated.

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