The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Andy's Vacation 

Andy takes a much-needed vacation, leaving Barney and Gomer in charge. Unfortunately, nobody will let him get any rest.


Jeffrey Hayden


Everett Greenbaum, James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell)




Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard) (credit only)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Allan Melvin ... Escaped Prisoner
Dabbs Greer ... Naylor
James Seay ... The State Policeman
Molly Dodd ... Maudie
Jim Nabors ... Gomer Pyle


Andy has become quite irritable of late and he finally agrees with Barney's suggestion that he take a week's holiday and relax. He plans on sitting at home and just catch up on some reading but the calls never stop and Barney - with more than a bit of help from temporary Deputy Gomer - seems to be getting into trouble right and left so he finally decides to go off into the woods for a bit of camping. Back at the jail, Barney and Gomer soon find themselves caring for a prison escapee in their custody who has little trouble getting away from them. It's left to Andy to resolve the situation. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family


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Several times throughout this episode, Andy is shown reading a National Geographic magazine. The magazine cover features the old black and white print format without any photo, but the magazine had featured cover photos ever since the July 1959 issue. Since this episode takes place in 1964, the magazine Andy is reading must have been at least 5 years old by that time. See more »

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Flood? What flood?
27 November 2019 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

You have to wonder, as many times as they show up in the series, what Dabbs Greer and Allan Melvin were doing when they weren't playing supporting roles on TAGS, each with such a distinctive voice that you know who's on the screen without even looking at it. Aside from the mildly suggestive dancing on display at the carnival in season five (as suggestive as a woman named Flossie dancing to a half-wit playing a banjo can be), Barney's suggestion to Andy of taking in a rabbit club in Miami Beach is about as close as we get to any mention of adult entertainment on the series. Don Knotts and Jim Nabors make great comedy together, and it's fun to watch Gomer, whether intentionally or not, work some slackness into Barney's taut ship to get a predictable reaction from him. National Geographic joins The Wall Street Journal and TV Guide (and Boating, sort of) as actual brands seen in the series, something that was uncommon on television at the time. You wonder why, as the seasons progressed, they bothered to tape over the M on the faceplate of the Motorola radio in the courthouse, or why Andy's Martin guitar concealed its brand on the head stock. The seldom seen epilogue has the funniest moment as Barney reads aloud the newspaper's account of the capture and, briefly stumbling on the misspelling of his name (yet again), continues reading and mispronouncing it to Andy's amusement.

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Release Date:

9 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:



Black and White | Black and White (1960-1965)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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