The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Mr. McBeevee 

Opie starts talking about his new friend Mr. McBeevee, but his description is hard to believe.

Director:

Bob Sweeney

Writers:

R.S. Allen (as R. Allen Saffian), Harvey Bullock
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Andy Griffith ... Andy Taylor
Ron Howard ... Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Don Knotts ... Barney Fife
Frances Bavier ... Aunt Bee Taylor
Karl Swenson ... Mr. McBeevee
Thurston Holmes Thurston Holmes ... Charlie (voice) (credit only)
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Storyline

After Barney's embarrassment at mistaking Opie's imaginary horse Blackie for real, both Andy and Barney take Opie's announcement of a man he met in the woods as imaginary, too, especially when described as walking atop trees, jingling as he strides, blowing smoke from his ears, carrying twelve extra hands on his belt, and wearing a big, shiny silver hat. Andy's problem comes when Opie starts bringing home gifts from his supposed imaginary friend. Opie refuses to deny Mr. McBeevee's unprovable existence, even in the face of corporal punishment for not being able to distinguish fact from falsehood, becoming a crisis in parenting for Andy. Written by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode features a rare look at the Taylor's back yard. See more »

Goofs

When Barney, Andy and Opie go outside to see "Blackie," the shadow of the audio boom and the mic are clearly visible across the back screen door. See more »

Quotes

Andy Taylor: Ope, uh, 'member the fun you was havin' this mornin' gollopin' around the backyard on... Blackie? We was both enjoyin' that little game. Course, now-now the truth is they... they never was any real Blackie. That's just somethin' that you made up. That right? Well, about, uh, about this Mr. McBeevee. Maybe the same thing happened there. Maybe you, uh, made him up, too, just for fun, and... They-they's nothin' wrong with that. What's wrong is usin' a Mr. McBeevee to get out of work and to explain...
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Soundtracks

The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Opie's Fantastic Friend
19 March 2014 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW maintained a beautiful balance between comedy and heartfelt drama. A few episodes reached the sublime; "Mr. McBeevee," a touching parable about reason and faith, is one of them. Opie talks excitedly about his new friend, Mr. McBeevee, and describes him in fantastical terms (he walks in the treetops, wears a silver hat, has twelve extra hands, blows smoke from his ears, etc.). At first Andy and Barney accept this as childhood make-believe, but when Opie starts coming home with a series of gifts (including an Indian hatchet) supposedly from Mr. McBeevee, Andy is forced to call the fantasizing to a halt. Meanwhile, we are made privy to the fact that Mr. McBeevee is indeed real and that his whimsical quirks all have a rational explanation. Andy tells Opie he will not punish him if he denies Mr. McBeevee's existence; this scene is a high water acting mark for both Andy Griffith and Ronnie Howard, showing the depth of the father/son relationship. The payoff, when Andy finally meets Mr. McBeevee and comes back to tell Barney about it, is nothing short of cathartic. "Mr. McBeevee," more than the better-known "Opie the Birdman," wins my prize for the finest episode of the series, and it will be sure to bring a tear (and, finally, a twinkle) to your eye.


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