The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Barney's First Car 

It's a red-letter day in Mayberry when Barney decides to join the motoring world, but things go sour when his cream-puff turns out to be a lemon.


Bob Sweeney


James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum

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Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Jim Nabors ... Gomer Pyle
Betty Lynn ... Thelma Lou
Ellen Corby ... Myrt 'Hubcaps' Lesh
Allan Melvin ... Jake, Myrt's Accomplice
Hallene Hill Hallene Hill ... Mrs. Rose Temple
Tom Allen Tom Allen ... Reverend Temple - Rose's Nephew


Barney makes the decision to buy a car for the first time. He sees an ad in the paper that sounds just like what he's looking for and when the seller comes to Andy's house, he's more convinced than ever. The vendor is a little old lady whose husband has recently died. She claims the car was only ever driven a low speed and that it just breaks her heart to sell it. Andy advises caution and suggests that he have Wally the mechanic give the car a once over but Barney won't hear of it. The old woman has him wrapped around her little finger so tight that he even overpays for the car. Not surprisingly, the car breaks down the next day when he take her out for the first time. When Gomer checks it out, he finds saw dust in the transmission, used to keep it all running smoothly for a few days and a sure sign he was taken for a ride. They soon find exactly what that old lady has been up to. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

1 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the all-time favorite episode of Andy Griffith. See more »


After the tow truck arrives at the garage, all the bad guys go in to the office. The emergency blinkers on the truck are still blinking. In the next shot the blinkers are no longer blinking. See more »


Andy TaylorOpie TaylorAunt Bee TaylorGomer PyleThelma Lou: [All repeating various versions of] I smell gas. Do you smell gas?
Barney Fife: All right, all right, so you all smell gas. Of course you smell gas! What do you think this car runs on, coal?
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Classic Barney
27 April 2016 | by jpop59See all my reviews

This episode contains all the classic elements that make "The Andy Griffith Show" appealing to so many people. It centers around Barney and the decision to spend his life's savings($300)on a used car. Of course the car is a supposed one owner, pampered cream-puff that has been "handled with kid gloves". And the car owner is a supposed recently widowed "little old lady" who's husband also happened to be named Bernard. The highlight of the episode is a Sunday drive in the country in Barney's new ride with Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Thelma Lou and Gomer. This episode is also a perfect example of how important the incidental music (by composer Earle Hagen)was to the series (note the use of a harpsichord used in the scenes with Mrs. Lesh.) Ultimately, this episode spotlights Don Knotts who gets to display the entire range of Barney's emotions as he navigates his way through his first big purchase. One of the series' best.

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