The Andy Griffith Show: Nip it, Nip it, Nip it!
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 12:09 PM
MR. McBEEVY? Man, that's my favorite episode too. Since Andy seemed like the perfect sheriff, perfect dad, and perfect all around guy, I love those episodes where Andy is wrong about Opie, or the particular woman he was seeing. (Too bad the entire relationship with Helen Krump was one big mistake. She certainly didn't understand Andy. Ellie, the pharmacist was my favorite.)
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 1:57 PM
Too bad the entire relationship with Helen Krump was one big mistake.
It wasn't until I read what others of you said here about Helen that I knew other people didn't like her. I thought it was just me. For those of you who don't like Helen, why?
My reason is that I prefer Andy's interaction with the other people of Mayberry, even if he always ends up being right; but when he's hooked up with Helen, he gets all doofy. I especially hate the eps when he's supposed to be jealous. Andy comes across more mean than jealous, and I like my small-town fictional sheriffs sweet and nice.
For some reason, the local station that shows TAGS right now got to almost the last show before Mayberry RFD around January 2. Instead of starting all over at Season 1, they started at the end of Season 5 (the last few where Barney was already gone, but the show hadn't gone technicolor). So there's all Helen, all the time. Whyyyy? Argh.
Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 2:58 PM
I liked Ellie fine, but I liked that one who sang even better.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 11:01 AM
Anyone like Warren as deputy? Anyone? Bueller? Nana?
I used to avoid watching the color eps; so last night when I saw Andy and Barney's class reunion, I was surprised to see that Thelma Lou had gotten married. I wish they had married Helen off instead.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 3:31 PM
Nowadays, that seems like nothing if a show is in color, but back then (which might I add I wasn't even born but I grew up watching this show in reruns with my parents who were hippies then). You just cannot have The Andy Griffith Show without Barney!
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 1:40 AM
Small nit to pick here: After Andy and Opie cleaned up, Andy realized that Aint Bee would feel unneeded and decided they should mess it back up. After they finished doing this, nosy neighbor Clara Edwards stopped by on their way out the door. When she saw how messy the house was she cleaned it up. When they brought Aint Bee back to the house they were surprised that the house was spotless, and started messing it up again behind her back. At the end Clara, all impressed with herself, asks Bee how she found the house when she got back. She said something like, "It was a complete mess!" Clara stomped off offended.
--The episode in which Aunt Bee left town for a few days; Andy and Opie do absolutely no housecleaning in her absence; Bee comes home early to find an immaculate house because Andy and Opie had furiously cleaned up when they found she was coming; Bee feels unneeded; Andy and Opie mess up the house again behind her back to cheer her up; it works
Hate the color episodes
Hate Helen Crump. I thought Ellie was the prettiest.
Don't really have a favorite ep, but I love the picke ep and the one where Ben Weaver has Mr. Scobey(sp?) arrested at Christmas. Andy decides to arrest the whole family, including the children, and have a party at the jail. Ben is so lonely he tries repeatedly to get arrested so he can join the fun. I like the part where he is looking in through the bars and singing along and the part right after when he falls and his cover is blown.
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 9:45 AM
"OH! you jump in the pot, the pot too hot, jump in the..."
Crap, can't remember the rest! It ended with Barney posing as the bride at the wedding so Ernest wouldn't kidnap her.
Like, that one too. This kind of thing happens all the time.
My favorite episodes:
--The pickle episode (yay!)
Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 11:31 AM
I also didn't know that George Lindsay (Goober Pyle) had a bachelor's degree in BioScience and taught science before becoming an actor.
I don't have a favorite ep, but I do have favorite characters (and least favorites). Fave characters: Andy, Opie, Barney, Otis, Aunt Bee, Goober, Gomer, and The Darlings. Meh characters: Howard Sprague, Floyd, Ellie, and Thelma Lou. Annoying characters: HELEN, Ernest T. Bass, and Warren.
Posted Feb 8, 2004 @ 3:25 AM
Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 2:52 PM
I did see the special, and the affection between Griffith and Cunningham was still great and real.
There was another special a while back--ten years ago, maybe?--where Andy and Helen come back to town because Opie, now the editor of the Mayberry newspaper, and his wife are about to have a baby. This was when Ron Howard was flying especially high as a director. I read that he asked for Griffith's help in interpreting a line reading during the filming of the special, and Griffith was so touched he almost cried.
Ellie was cool. I found it interesting that they had her get elected to the city council and handily compete with Andy in things like skeet shooting during the period when TAGS was filmed. Of course, they played up the battle of the sexes aspect in the scripts, but then they left it alone, which was surprising for the time it was filmed.
Posted Feb 9, 2004 @ 5:50 PM
In the episode where Barney and Thelma Lou are setting Andy and Helen up for the first time, it was Barney who was aghast that Helen Crump could not cook, had no interest in things domestic and expected to continue working full-time after she married. Andy thought this was quite reasonable for a woman in her position. The show had a surprisingly feminist /equality between the sexes tone for the early sixties. It was only in the later (colour) years that the relationship between Helen and Andy changed.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 @ 9:51 AM
The show had a surprisingly feminist /equality between the sexes tone for the early sixties.
They even tried to liberate Aunt Bee from time to time. I believe she ran for city council, had a cooking show, and opened a restaurant among other things. I think this all happened in the color years, too.
It was only in the later (colour) years that the relationship between Helen and Andy changed.
Since I haven't seen all the color eps, could you explain what you mean by this, dustylil? All I gathered from the color eps I've seen is that Andy Griffith seemed tired of the show. His character seemed meaner, if that makes any sense; but I haven't seen much of Andy's interaction with Helen to note a change in their relationship.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 @ 3:16 PM
In the later episodes both Helen and Andy demonstrated anger and jealousy when the other showed even the mildest attention to members of the opposite sex. In an episode in the seventh season, Helen even advised her visiting niece to hide her athletic prowess so Opie's masculine pride would not be hurt. The mutual respect of the early years had been replaced by deceit and suspicion.
I agree that Andy did seem meaner in his relations with others in the later years - just as Helen's feisty independence became cranky abrasiveness.
Posted Feb 11, 2004 @ 7:23 PM
Posted Feb 18, 2004 @ 6:02 PM
It's very simple, no frills (kinda like her - and I mean that as a compliment!) and the inscription reads "Actor - Trouper".
Of all the characters who romanced Andy, Helen was probably the best - I liked the way "Helen" freely acknowledges that she makes frozen dinners for herself most of the time!
Posted Mar 11, 2004 @ 3:13 AM
When Barney found moonshine behind Jubel's barn. He sipped it up rather quick and then proceeded to stagger around and reprimand Jubel. "Jubel, Jubel, Jubel."
I was taking a class on the Civil War and every time they mentioned Jubal Early, I giggled uncontrollably, Jubal Jubal Jubal...
Sue Ane Langdon played a girlfriend of Andy's for a couple of episodes. She was a nurse. Then Joanna Moore -- mother of Tatum O'Neal -- played Peggy who I think is the one you mean.
I thought Joanna Moore played Peggy, who was a nurse. Not sure who Sue Ane Langdon is, but I get my facts straight from the source: TVLand!
I thought Ellie Walker rocked Mayberry but maybe it's just me. She is awesome in everything. Hated Helen Crump. Read here for all the reasons I hated Helen Crump.
The Mr. McBeevy episode was a remake of an episode of Make Room For Daddy where the daughter (Angela Cartwright) has an imaginary friend with a magic red coat (who turned out to be the doorman of their apartment building). Not that Mr. McBeevy didn't rock, but who gives a kid an axe to play with?
For the record, I don't love the color eps either, but they weren't all bad. There were definitely some "moments".
Posted Apr 19, 2004 @ 2:56 PM
Posted May 24, 2005 @ 1:31 PM
Oh, sad news about Howard Morris. He was fantastic.
Posted May 24, 2005 @ 1:35 PM
He'll be missed.
There was supposed to be a TAGS gathering in Nashville with Thelma Lou, Barney, and Goober, but it was cancelled. I hope the remaining cast is well and in good health.
Posted May 25, 2005 @ 2:00 AM
There is/was a hole-in-the wall restaurant called Brown's Diner, one of those places where everybody from Vanderbilt medical professors to country music performers and songwriters would go for burgers. They closed for remodelling at about the same time one of the first TAGS books came out and there was a local TAGS convention to mark the occassion. So Brown's got Howard Morris to come by and throw a ceremonial rock through the window to begin the beginning of the tear-down.
Posted Jul 22, 2005 @ 9:50 AM
Posted Jul 22, 2005 @ 10:15 AM
Andy's women(in my preference):
It's a great show.
Posted Jul 27, 2005 @ 2:24 AM
She's juuuuust evading my memory. Which one was she? Was she blond?
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