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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Opie gets a job is the best color episode.
    At the soda shop?
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    Ernest T. Bass episodes are my absolute faves. He was only in five, I believe. Next faves are episodes with the Darlings coming down from the mountain. Quality t.v. right there.
    I had an autographed picture of Ernest T hanging in my office for years.
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    At the soda shop?

    I think it was at the market and he's competing with another boy for the full time gig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoydsOfSummer View Post
    Ernest T. Bass episodes are my absolute faves. He was only in five, I believe. Next faves are episodes with the Darlings coming down from the mountain. Quality t.v. right there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    I think it was at the market and he's competing with another boy for the full time gig.
    Yep, the other kid has a sick father and wants to help the family, Opie just wants to buy something, Andy gets all proud and brags on Opie, then Opie finds out why the other kid needs the job and gets himself canned, Andy climbs up his butt and dresses him down, once he finds out why Opie quits he tells him that he was proud of his boy... and he was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    Yep, the other kid has a sick father and wants to help the family, Opie just wants to buy something, Andy gets all proud and brags on Opie, then Opie finds out why the other kid needs the job and gets himself canned, Andy climbs up his butt and dresses him down, once he finds out why Opie quits he tells him that he was proud of his boy... and he was wrong.

    Because Opie is not a boy, he's a man.

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    No spoiler alert? You think Andy would have learned from the one where Opie returned some money he found that he was legally entitled to. Or the time where he used some money Andy gave him so a poor friend of his at school could buy a coat.

    I actually did watch that one recently. Most of the color episodes just don't do it for me. Unless I'm mistaken, Don Knotts left the show right before they started showing it in color. It just seemed to me that Andy was crankier when Barney left.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    No spoiler alert? You think Andy would have learned from the one where Opie returned some money he found that he was legally entitled to. Or the time where he used some money Andy gave him so a poor friend of his at school could buy a coat.

    I actually did watch that one recently. Most of the color episodes just don't do it for me. Unless I'm mistaken, Don Knotts left the show right before they started showing it in color. It just seemed to me that Andy was crankier when Barney left.
    Yes the color dividing line is when Barney left the show. It just wasn't the same without him. I usually don't watch the color episodes either. Just didn't have the quality. I felt the same way about Andy. It seemed the further the show went along the crankier he became. I think Helen was giving him too of a hard time myself.
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    I actually did watch that one recently. Most of the color episodes just don't do it for me. Unless I'm mistaken, Don Knotts left the show right before they started showing it in color. It just seemed to me that Andy was crankier when Barney left.
    I think Andy was cranky because his new partner Warren was incredibly weak.Whoever cast the character of Warren as Barneys replacement was beyond clueless. Warren and the Howard Sprague guy really ruined the show.

    Speaking of cranky Mayberry people. I have read that Francis Bavier ( Aunt Bea) was hardly the sweet lady she portrayed on the show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    I think Andy was cranky because his new partner Warren was incredibly weak.Whoever cast the character of Warren as Barneys replacement was beyond clueless. Warren and the Howard Sprague guy really ruined the show.

    Speaking of cranky Mayberry people. I have read that Francis Bavier ( Aunt Bea) was hardly the sweet lady she portrayed on the show.
    It was Jack Burns, who was more famous for his bits with the Doritos guy Avery Schriver.

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    I think this is rare but maybe not...I'm in my mid-20s and I LOVE the Andy Griffith Show. I think I've seen just about every episode and always try to catch it on TV Land if I'm watching TV...
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    I think Andy was cranky because his new partner Warren was incredibly weak.Whoever cast the character of Warren as Barneys replacement was beyond clueless. Warren and the Howard Sprague guy really ruined the show.

    Speaking of cranky Mayberry people. I have read that Francis Bavier ( Aunt Bea) was hardly the sweet lady she portrayed on the show.
    I had heard the same about Bavier. Below is the WIKI article about her. In it states that she was difficult to get along with. Andy said she did apoligize before she died for being cranky and difficult.
    It wasn't in the WIKI page but I had heard that when she died they found she had a bunch of cats in her home. Apparently a cat lover with way too many. I don't remember where I read that now so I don't know how true it may be,TIFWIW.

    Bavier had a love-hate relationship with her most famous role, Aunt Bee. As a New York actress, she felt her dramatic talents were being overlooked. At the same time, she played Aunt Bee for ten seasons and was the only original cast member to remain with the series from the original pilot episode to the spin-off Mayberry R.F.D.[2] In contrast to her affable character Aunt Bee, Bavier was easily slighted and the production staff would often appease her by "walking on eggshells". She won the Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy in 1967. Series star Andy Griffith addressed the fact that the two sometimes clashed during the series' run. According to Griffith (Larry King Live, April 24, 1998), Bavier phoned him four months before she died, and said she was deeply sorry for being "difficult" during the series' run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    I think Andy was cranky because his new partner Warren was incredibly weak.Whoever cast the character of Warren as Barneys replacement was beyond clueless. Warren and the Howard Sprague guy really ruined the show.
    It would have been tough for anyone to follow Don Knotts. IIRC, he won 5 consecutive best supporting actor Emmys for the show. The beauty of Barney Fife was that he was so many things wrapped in one character and a lot of those were contradictions. He was sweet but he could be somewhat mean and cruel. He was knowledgeble about rules and regulations but would throw them overboard if someone flattered him. If things were going his way, he could be cool, calm and collected. If they weren't he would get nervous, uptight and panicky. And the way he acted when he got panicky was genius. It's a credit to Knotts, Griffith and the writers that Barney Fife was such a great character. I thinkafter an episode or two, Griffith knew that his character had to be the straight man to Barney. The scenes I liked best were the ones where Barney would be sweet-talking on the phone to Juanita from the diner and Andy would come in, unbeknowst to Barney, and catch Barney singing or making some kind of noise or whatever. About my absolute favorite would have to be the time Andy asked Barney to recite the preamble to the Constitution. He basically had to feed Barney every word and as it went on, Barney's hair got all messed up and by the time he finished, he was a mess. Of course there was a bit of a goof in the editing. I believe right after they finished, Opie came in and the next time they cut to Barney, he was well groomed as ever.

    I never liked Howard Sprague either. Jack Burns used to work with George Carlin when they first started out. I remember that summer replacement series he and Avery Schrieber had in 73. He's actually the voice of Vince in the Vince and Larry crash test dummies commercials.
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    For those of you who can remember the '60's...

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    They are still around and playing. I saw them recently on a bluegrass show--I believe it was on PBS. I had a friend who claims he had a record of theirs that had a song called "Two Hits and the joint turned Brown".
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoydsOfSummer View Post
    They are still around and playing. I saw them recently on a bluegrass show--I believe it was on PBS. I had a friend who claims he had a record of theirs that had a song called "Two Hits and the joint turned Brown".
    They're the Dillards, I've seen them on the circuit back in the 80's during my BG phases.

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    According to WIKI the Warren character was only on 11 shows. The character was unpopular and was dropped about mid season.
    Barney Fife was probably the best TV character of all time. Don Knotts was perfect for the role and there was really no way to follow up with anyone else. I saw Don Knotts on one of TAGS reunion shows and he said the reason he left was that Andy Griffith kept telling him he was going to end the show. He said he waited around as long as he could for a final decison from Griffith before signing a movie contract with some company to do a number of films over the next few years. After signing that contract there was no going back on a regular basis. He did come back from time to time as a guest.


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