The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
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Sheriff Barney 

When Barney is offered the job of sheriff in a nearby town, he and Andy trade jobs for a day to see what kind of sheriff he would be.


Bob Sweeney

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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 (credit only)
Howard McNear ... Floyd Lawson
Jack Prince ... Rafe Hollister
Hal Smith ... Otis Campbell
Dabbs Greer ... Councilman Dobbs
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Mayor Purdy
Paul Bryar ... Mr. Osgood
Orville Sherman ... Mr. Welch
Frank Warren Frank Warren ... Art
Joseph Hamilton ... Checker Player
Jack Teagarden ... Greendale Councilman (as Jack Teagardin)


Needing a new sheriff until the next election, the mayor and councilmen of nearby Greendale see an article in the Mayberry Gazette about the low crime rate there. Deciding that they could never get Andy, they opt to offer the job to Barney. Andy doesn't think it's a good idea and tells Barney so. He thinks Barney needs more experience and needs to be more creative in finding solutions to problems. Barney doesn't agree, so Andy and he switch jobs for a day to see how he will do as sheriff. Barney soon realizes his own limitations and Andy arranges for him to make a key arrest - just enough for him to save face but also to get him to stay on as a deputy. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

25 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mayberry Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was incorrectly reported that Frances Bavier wasn't in the episode, but she was credited at the end. Francis Bavier was indeed in the episode during the traffic pileup that Goober caused. She went to the jail to find out what was going on at the same time a mother was in there complaining to Barney about Otis forcing her son to cross the street. See more »


Frances Bavier is listed in the End Credits, but does not appear in the episode. See more »


Barney Fife: Why don't we go up to the hospital some night and take the bolts off of the wheelchairs? That'd be funny, too.
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The Fishin' Hole
Written by Earle Hagen and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
Performed by Earle Hagen
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And sweet 'tater pie!
22 November 2018 | by elbgaSee all my reviews

Deep trivia fans have a ball with this episode: When was the town of Greendale incorporated? What are the names of the two complainants who charge into the courthouse seeking justice from Sheriff Fife? And what was the seemingly precedent-setting case that Barney cites as a possible solution to their imbroglio? But as Andy maintains in the much later story "Goober Makes History," it's not so much dates, names, and places that are as important as the reasons behind events that shape the course of history. In short, this is just a very funny episode that runs from the Canadian border, if Otis's subconscious is to be believed, down through Ohio and back to a Mayberry presided over, for a blessedly short time, by acting Sheriff Fife. Of note, Dabbs Greer (and his unmistakable accent) makes his first of many appearances on TAGS, and Jack Prince finally settles on the name of Rafe Hollister, whose round, grinning face and folksy charm make him someone we'd all like to call a friend. Finally, I'm impressed not only by the number of times over eight seasons a boy on a bicycle is admonished by Andy or Barney for riding where he's not supposed to be riding, but also, with every viewing of this episode, by the way young Ron Howard coolly delivers his lines to Andy while straddling the desk railing and shelling peanuts the whole time. I believe he drops just one!

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